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Dr Nicholas Race

Senior Lecturer

Nicholas Race


Lancaster University


Lancaster LA1 4WA

United Kingdom

Tel: +44 1524 510123

Location: D14

Research overview

Nick's research interests lie principally within the following areas:

- Wireless Mesh Networks, specifically the associated technical platforms and management infrastructure. More recently the focus has been on issues relating to security, developing intrusion/anomaly detection techniques and appropriate remediation strategies (e.g. OpenLIDS presented at MobiCom 2009).

- P2P and Content Distribution Networks, with particular emphasis on the design of overlay networks to support heterogeneity (as exemplified within our work on Stealth DHTs).

- Software Defined Networks (SDN), developing network-aware caching solutions that utilise emerging OpenFlow technology (e.g. work on OpenCache).

He is currently the principal investigator at Lancaster of the OFELIA, STEER and FI-CONTENT2 European projects. He was the principal investigator at Lancaster of P2P-Next, a €19 million pan-European project consisting of 21 industrial partners, media content providers and research institutions. 

PhD supervision

SDN, Content Distribution, IPTV, Social TV, Wireless Mesh Networks, Security


Dr Nicholas Race is a Senior Lecturer within the School of Computing and Communications at Lancaster University, and works jointly with Information Systems Service (ISS) under the umbrella of the Network Research and Special Projects Unit (NRSP). The group was established in 2003 to enhance research partnerships and conduct innovative, yet practical-based research. He has published over 50 refereed papers in the areas of autonomic (or cognitive) wireless mesh networks, mobile and ubiquitous computing, and modern approaches to the delivery of multimedia content (including the use of caching techniques, content delivery networks, QoS and P2P solutions). He is a technical programme committee member for many international conferences and workshops, including IDMS, MIPS, MMNS, ICETE, WINSYS, GridNets, GOBS and MCCSIS. He has received both the University's Commercialisation Prize (for overseeing the development of the IPv6 protocol stack with Microsoft) and the Community Prize (for the ongoing work in Wray).

Current Teaching

CSc245: Computer Science Innovation

CSc353: Advanced Networking

CSM008: Advanced Networking and the Internet

ICTF6431: Information System Security Management

DCS315: Media Coding and Distribution

Career Details

Academic Qualifications:

Doctor of Philisophy (2000)

1st Class B.Sc. Hons in Computer Science, Lancaster (1996)


Senior Lecturer, School of Computing and Communications, Lancaster University, 2008 - present

Lecturer, Computing Department & ISS, Lancaster University, 2003 - 2008

Research Lecturer, Computing Department, Lancaster University, 2001 - 2003

Research Assistant, Computing Department, Lancaster University, 2000 - 2001

Professional Role

Editorial board member of Computer Communications

Programme Co-Chair of DE2013: Open Digital

PC Member of key conferences in my field: ACM Multimedia, Multimedia Systems (MMSys), EWSDN

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