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Computer Networking and Telecommunications Research

Nigel Linge

Professor Nigel Linge
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Professor Nigel Linge is an electronic engineer by profession and has been working in the computer networking field since 1983 when he commenced his PhD researching techniques for the interconnection of local area networks. That early interest in network interconnection continues to this day with research into routing protocols and network quality of service management with particular reference to the maintenance of quality of service for the provision of seamless mobility in networks.   Other research interests include a significant area of work in context driven networks in which information about a user, their location, and task being performed can be used to influence the behaviour and performance of the network.  This work not only includes applications but also new lower level network protocols that are necessary for acquiring and disseminating context information.  A recent development arising from this research has been the creation of a new multimedia visitor guide (mi-Guide) for the Museum of Science and Industry's"Connecting Manchester" Gallery which uses location and user context to deliver additional information to a hand-held PDA.  All of this research has been supported through funded EPSRC research grants and PhD students. 

In addition to his research interests, Professor Linge has a very active public engagement profile where he has a keen interest in explaining and demonstrating telecommunications and computer networking, and specifically the engineering that underpins them, to schools and the general public. This work too is funded by the EPSRC and Research Councils and has involved him delivering high profile public lectures in the region, providing support to local schools and staging Family Telecommunications Days at the Museum of Science and Industry.   You can find out a lot more about these activities from our associated website  Current work is focusing on the development of mi-Guide to support teachers in schools.

Throughout his time in academia Professor Linge has delivered lecture modules on a range of subjects including digital electronics, microprocessor systems, communication protocols, traffic routing, global networks and computer network design.  He is also interested in teaching methods and has undertaken projects into the development of on-line learning for postgraduate students, the use of problem based learning to teach network design and is currently working on the development of new teaching materials for pre-University courses on communications.   

Professor Linge has also undertaken a range of management roles within the University of Salford which have included terms of office as the Director of Graduate Studies and Head of the School of Computing, Science and Engineering.

He is also an active member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, having been the Chairman of the Manchester Network and Chairman of a Professional Group C3.  Today he maintains an active involvement with the Manchester Network through the Communications, Broadcasting and Multimedia Technical Group.   He is also a Fellow of the IET, a Chartered Engineer, Fellow of the BCS, a Chartered IT Professional and Fellow of the
Higher Education Academy.

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Research students under supervision




Selected publications

"Improving working practices within the Utility industry through mobile context aware geographic information systems." (2000), M Hope, T Chrisp and N Linge, 8th International Symposium of ACMGIS, Washington D.C., USA, November 10th-11th 2000

"Generic WAP Server Design to Provide Flexible Developers' Environment and Real-Time WAP Proxy Server Functions", (2000), J Y Sai and N Linge, IeC2000, Innovation Through Electronic Commerce, Manchester (UK), 14-16 November 2000

"Performance analysis of a self-learning routing algorithm for adaptive management of a network topology", (2001), Girtzis A and Linge N Seventeenth UK Teletraffic Symposium on Networks - AService Centred Approach,16-18 May 2001, pp18/1-18/6, Institution of Engineers of Ireland, Dublin, Ireland

Duncan Bates, Nigel Linge, Tim Ritchings and Tom Chrisp, DESIGNING A CONTEXT-AWARE DISTRIBUTED SYSTEM – ASKING THE KEY QUESTIONS, CIIT 2003, Arizona, USA, 17-19 November 2003.

A PROPOSED MODEL FOR A CONTEXT AWARE DISTRIBUTED SYSTEM, Duncan Bates, Nigel Linge, Martin Hope,  Tim Ritchings, 1st International Workshop on Ubiquitous Computing (IWUC 2004), April 13-14, 2004 - Porto, Portugal.

“Exploiting Problem Based Learning for the teaching of computer network design”, Linge N and Parsons, D., Problem-based Learning – A Quality Experience?, University of Salford 15th-17th September 2004

Problem-Based Learning as an Effective Tool for Teaching Computer Network Design, N. Linge and D.Parsons, in IEEE Transactions on Education, Vol. 49, No. 1, February 2006, ISSN 0018-9359

Active router approach to defeating denial of service attacks in networks, Dr Fadi Ali El-Moussa, Professor Nigel Linge, and Dr Martin Hope, IET Communications, Feb 2007, Vol 1 Issue 1, pp55-63, ISSN 1751-8628

mi-Guide : A Wireless Context Driven Information System for Museum Visitors, Prof. Nigel Linge, Prof. David Parsons, Mr Duncan Bates, Dr. Robin Holgate, Ms Pauline Webb, Mr David Hay and Dr. David Ward, Proceedings of the 1st International Joint Workshop on Wireless Ubiquitous Computing, WUC 2007, Funchal, Portugal, June 2007, pp43-53, ISBN: 978-972-8865-94-8

Bates, D., Linge N., Parsons D. et al., Building Context into a Museum Information Guide.  In CSNA 2007, Proceedings of the IASTED Conference Communication Systems, Networks and Applications, Beijing, China, October 8-10 2007, pp 235-241. ISBN CD : 978-0-88986-702-4.