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Dr Chris Edwards

Senior Lecturer

Academic and Other Relevant Experience

I hold a BSc in Computer Studies (First Class Hons, Liverpool John Moores University, UK, 1995) and a PhD in Computer Science (Lancaster University, UK, 2000). Over the last ten years I have been involved in leading Lancasterís input into various EPSRC and EU funded initiatives. The desire to develop network protocols that can be applied into the present day Internet has meant that much of my research has had an underpinning requirement to be secure.

Current Role

Currently I am a Senior Lecturer in the School of Computing and Communications at Lancaster University. I teach in the areas of Advanced Networking, and Operating Systems. I am also the PhD Director of Studies in the School. Current research in the areas of network mobility, and the efficient provision of rural Internet access, is supported by the EPSRC and commercially by Cisco Systems.

Security Research

My research that related directly to the Cyber Security domain fits into two main areas, secure network mobility, and trusted asynchronous messaging. Mobile IP and Network Mobility protocols such as NEMO BS) have been available for a number of years now to facilitate Host and Network Mobility. However, these protocols are not widely deployed in the real world, because they were implemented on a significant assumption, that a Mobile Host (MH) or a Mobile Network (MN) would be able to obtain quick, trouble-free, but most of all secure network access whilst it roams. My work to provide such access has been supported by a number of sources including the European Commission (the u2010 project), JANET UK (Mobile IP Trails), and perhaps most notably, Cisco Systems in their sponsorship of a number of Ph.D students at Lancaster. In the messaging domain, the specific problems being tackled by this work are that of attempting to improve the security and efficiency of asynchronous messaging, and searchability of the OpenPGP WoT, and also work on a method of securing TCP/IP connections using OpenPGP. The work contains a number of changes to various parts of the existing email infrastructure; the overall design aims to improve security (through adding cryptography). This work was sponsored by an EPSRC studentship.

Selected Esteem Indicators

  • Awarded a Cisco Fellowship as part of their University Research Programme
  • Member of the team awarded the Lancaster University commercialization prize for dissemination of Mobile IPv6 work into industry
  • General Chair for the International Conference on Networks for Grid Applications (GridNets). Guest Editor for the International Journal of Grid Computing, a journal published by Elsevier.
  • Served on programme committees for a number of iterations of the follows events:
    • EurAsian Conference on Information and Communication Technology
    • IFIP/IEEE Protocols for High-Speed Networks (PfHSN)
    • IFIP International Workshop on Internet Charging and QoS Technologies
    • IEEE International Symposium on Applications and the Internet
    • IEEE Bandwidth on Demand (BoD)
  • Given a number of keynote speeches and private invited talks

Key Security Research Projects

Network Mobility Studentship

  • Role: Principal Investigator and Supervisor
  • Type: Contract Research Work
  • Period: 2004 - 2009

U2010 Enterprise Next Generation Network Vision 2010

  • Role: Principal Investigator
  • Type: Competitive Bid
  • Period: 2006 - 2009

Mobile IP Trials

  • Role: Joint Principal Investigator (with Dr Race)
  • Type: Competitive Bid
  • Period: 2007 - 2008

Mobile Internet Studentship

  • Role: Principal Investigator and Supervisor
  • Type: Contract Research Work
  • Period: 2008 - 2012

Key Security and Related Publications

  • P. Georgopoulos, B. McCarthy, C. Edwards (2011). ``A Collaborative AAA Architecture to Enable Secure Real-World Network Mobility'', 10th International Conference on Networking, Springer LNCS 6640, pp. 212-226.
  • P. Georgopoulos, B. McCarthy, C. Edwards (2011). ``Towards a Secure and Seamless Host Mobility for the Real World'', The 8th International Conference on Wireless On-demand Network Systems and Services (WONS), IEEE, pp. 134-141.
  • B. McCarthy, C. Edwards, M. Dunmore (2009). ``Using NEMO to Support the Global Reachability of MANET Nodes'', 28th Conference on Computer Communications (IEEE INFOCOM), IEEE, pp. 2097-2105.
  • P. Tipper, C. Edwards (2007). ``Trusted Asynchronous Structured Messaging Architecture'' International Conference on Internet and Multimedia Systems and Applications (IMSA 2007), ACTA Press, pp. 111-116.