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
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
deliver additional information to a hand-held PDA. All of this research
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 www.salfordphonesproject.co.uk. 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.
Research students graduated
- C Sathitwiriyawong, (PhD), "New Protocol-less LAN Bridge Algorithms Designed for the Efficient Handling of Topology Reconfigurations and an Improved Resilience to Frame Errors". Approved July 1996
- N M Blackie, (PhD), "Using networked multimedia to improve customer service in the UK utility market", Approved March 2000
- J Y Sai (MSc), “A generic architecture for a WAP Content and Proxy Server” , Approved December 2001
- M Hope, (PhD), "High bandwidth multimedia networks for field engineers in the utility industry, Passed, December 2003
- Fadi Ali El-Moussa (PhD), “An integrated active network approach to the provision of Intrusion Detection, Network Access Policy and Firewall functionality”, Passed April 2004
- Abdul Muin Abdul Rahman (PhD), “A network aware adaptable application using a novel content scheduling and delivery scheme”, Passed March 2007
- Adbul Rahman Mohammed Tasir, (PhD), “Active networking for intelligent network traffic routing), Passed June 2007
- Duncan Bates (PhD), “Building user context into workflow process models”, Passed July 2007
Research students under supervision
- Po Cheng (PhD), “Object location and tracking network solutions"
- Qi Liu (PhD), “Context driven ad-hop networks”
- Wei Wang (PhD), “QoS for Seamless Mobility”
- Laurence Murphy (PhD Staff Candidate), “High Definition Broadcast IPTVmThe future of Broadcasting and its implications for Networks and communities”
- Rik Whittaker (MSc, Part-Time), “Development of Multi-media learning modules"
- EPSRC Grant (GR/N35823) "Intelligent Optimisation of Information Processing for Context Aware Environments", £154,072, EPSRC DIM Programme, (N Linge, M Hope and N Blackie), 1/Oct/2000 to 30/Jun/2004
- EPSRC Grant (EP/D504686/1) “Engaging with Communications”, £104,000 (N Linge and D Parsons), 1/Jan/2006 to 31/Dec/2007
- Research Councils National Science Week Award 2007, £1,850, “Message Received and Understood? – Telecommunications in the 21st Century” (N.Linge, D. Parsons, K. Booth, S.L.Hill, H.Takruri-Rizk)
- Higher Education Academy, Nigel Linge and Kate Booth, Partners: MoSI, SETPOINT, Salford CLCnet , “Supporting pre-University ICS teaching”, £ 3,000, Dec 2007 to Jul 2008
- EPSRC (PPE) , Nigel Linge, David Parsons and Kate Booth, Partners: MoSI, BT Connected-Earth, SETPOINT, Centre for Science Education, Salford CLCnet,“Engaging with Communications – broadening outreach and supporting the curriculum”, £ 234,551, Jan 2008 to Dec 2009
- Research Councils UK, Nigel Linge, David Parsons, Haifa Takruri-Rizk, Kate Booth, and Steve Hill Partners: MoSI, SETPOINT, “Our Interconnected World – The role of telecommunications in society” £ 1,500
- UKERNA - Ja.net, Nigel Linge and Martin Hope , Partners: Daresbury Laboratory, ISD“Mobile IP Trials”, £ 3,000 (12 months)
- UKERNA Ja.net , Nigel Linge, Martin Hope, Adil Al-Yasiri and Duncan Bates, Partners: Daresbury Laboratory, “Location Awareness Trials”, £8,000 (12 months)
- JISC Capital Programme, Haifa Takruri-Rizk and Nigel Linge, Partners: Open University, Napier University, Sheffield Hallam University, Cardiff Women’s Workshop, UK Resource Centre for Women in SET, “Cross institutional use of e-learning to support Lifelong Learners”, £ 17,000 , Sep 2007 to Feb 2009
"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
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 :