University of Lancaster
Lancaster University’s Computing Department (since August 2010 the School of Computing and Communications - SCC) has grown into one of the pre-eminent computer science departments in the UK with a team of over 120 full and part-time researchers and a portfolio of nearly 50 ongoing UK and EU funded research projects. Lancaster has established a world-wide reputation in many areas within the Internet domain ranging from router, protocol and service research to higher level aspects related to Quality of Experience and HCI. Further, Lancaster has also been pioneering in mobile IP, and resilient and secure communication infrastructures and services. In the 2008 UK Research Assessment Exercise, 100% of the Computing Department’s research has been considered to be of international quality and emerges in the top ten in the country overall for research quality. There is also a tradition of active technology transfer direct to industry; Lancaster has long received direct funding from numerous leading IT and telecommunications companies including Agilent, BT Labs, Microsoft, Orange, Cisco, France Telecom, Telekom Austria, Lucent and Intel. Further, members of the Computing Department have been active in International Standardisation bodies such as ISO, ITU-T, EBU and SMPTE. The Department of Management Science at Lancaster University has one of the largest operational research and systems teaching staff numbers in the UK, with an outstanding research and publishing record. It is organized in three main subject areas – operational research, operations management and information systems. The Department is one of eight in the Lancaster University Management School in which 75% of research activity has been assessed as world leading or internationally excellent in terms of originality, significance and rigour, and in which 95% of research is at least of international standing. Within Lancaster there is considerable expertise in the area of resilience, next generation networking, and the Future Internet. Different projects are being carried out in related areas within SCC. For instance, Lancaster has been involved in a number of projects related to autonomic communications architectures and resilience aspects in Next Generation networks. More specifically these activities are carried out in the FP6 funded FET project ANA, and the FP7 funded ResumeNet and Intersection projects. Further, Lancaster is partner in the India-UK Advanced Technology Centre in next Generation Networks, where it is specifically concerned with resilience and security in next generation networks considering the constraints of rural infrastructures and challenging network conditions. Lancaster has also been a key partner in the FP6 NoE E-Next on Emerging Networking Experiments and Technologies and the FP6 NoE CONTENT on Content Networks and Services for Home Users. Further, within SCC, many projects dealing with the relationship between social and technical aspects of IT systems design and use have been completed or ongoing. The research uses a range of ethnographic techniques for examining user experience as part of the design and evaluation of computing systems, both in commercial and industrial environments as well as domestic and healthcare settings. Within the Management Science Department at Lancaster there is an established expertise in the analysis and management of risk, particular risk of catastrophic in complex socio-technical systems. This work has attracted funding from the EU, the UK EPSRC and regulatory organizations. The Department’s research in operational research, operations management and information systems all contribute in some way to its expertise in risk.