Home Area Networks

Researcher Profiles

Dr. David Greaves

Dr. David J. Greaves is a lecturer in the University of Cambridge, Computer Laboratory and is the Project Leader of the HAN group. After completing his Ph.D. in 1989 from University of Cambridge, he worked in Olivetti Research Labs as a Research Scientist, where he developed ATM prototype switches and line interfaces. He was one of the first advocates of the ATM technology outside of the core network. In 1993, he was the network architect for the Cambridge Interactive Television Trial which was the world's first testbed to provide ATM network connectivity all the way to the home. His research interests are varied, including high-speed networks, Wireless networks, Operating Systems, formal Hardware verification tools and languages, high-level language design and distributed systems. He is the CTO of Virata Ltd., and is a consultant for a dozen other places. He is a fellow and director of studies in Corpus Christi College.

External Web Page: www.cl.cam.ac.uk/~djg

Dr. Daniel Gordon

Dr. Daniel Gorden is the chief architect of the HAN project. Whether it is Warren ATM switches or nifty Media Blocks, he has built them all. Dr. Daniel Gorden was awarded the Ph.D. degree in 1999 by Cambridge University for his thesis on scheduling in optically-based ATM switching fabrics. He has worked as a Research Assistant on Fairisle project (an experimental ATM network) and on Warren project. His research interests include high-speed optical networks, operating systems and hardware design and verification. Although we managed to find a rare picture of Dr. Gorden, he is very camera shy; still you can easily spot him by his characteristic desk with innumerable wires, circuit boards and CRTs. Dr. Gorden now works on the AutoHan project and is responsible for its integration with Warren ATM network.

External Web Page: www.cl.cam.ac.uk/~dlg10

Dr. Alan Blackwell

Dr. Alan Blackwell is a Senior Research Associate in the Computer Laboratory. His background is in electronic systems/product design and in cognitive Psychology. He is a specialist in the psychology of programming, especially graphical programming languages, and programmable devices designed for use by non-specialists. Dr Blackwell's research at Cambridge University, and previously for Hitachi Advanced Software Centre and Cambridge Consultants, has led to more than 40 publications, and he regularly convenes meetings and edits collected publications in the fields of Psychology of Programming and Thinking with Diagrams. He is the user interface specialist on the Home Area Networking project, where he is especially concerned with programmability and interface design. 

External Web Page: www.cl.cam.ac.uk/~afb21

Mr. Umar Saif

Mr. Umar Saif, is a Ph.D. student in the University of Cambridge, Computer Laboratory. His research interests include ad-hoc networks, embedded operating systems, distributed systems, ubiquitous systems and itinerary computing with special focus on autonomous mobile agents. Mr. Saif started his Ph.D. in October 1998 when he was just 20 years old. He has, since, worked with the HAN group on the AutoHan project. He is designing a mobile agent-based system for an auto-configuring, self-organizing, completely decentralized and reliable ubiquitous network; what he calls an "Alive Network". He has worked as a teaching assistant/research assistant, and has won the All-Palkistan Software competition for advanced research.

External Web Page: www.cl.cam.ac.uk/~us204

Mr. Sang-bum Suh


Mr. Sang-bum Suh has developed both the hardware and software for the HDTV and other computer systems in the consumer electronics and information industries. He received BSc, and ME degrees in electronic engineering before starting his PhD in the University of Cambridge, Computer Laboratory. He was one of the first developers of the Korean Teletext system that started its broadcast around the 1988 SEOUL Olympic games. He was also one of the project leaders in charge of designing the first commercially available MPEG-2 digital CATV and VOD network around the SEOUL metropolitan area that was deployed for a trial service to several hundred subscribers in the mid 1990s. His designed network was able to provide each subscriber with a 21 Mbps bandwidth over the FTTC link. His research interests are home networking under a noisy physical environment, network caches, and network computing.

External Web Page: www.cl.cam.ac.uk/~sbs27

Mr. Andrew McNeil

Mr. Andrew McNeil originally came to Cambridge in 1993 to do a Maths Degree,and hasn't got around to leaving yet. After graduating he saw the error of his ways and changed to Computer Science. He is currently a Ph.D. student working on the application of event technology to the problems of high level control and configuration of Home Networks. His interests include distributed systems, operating systems, compilers, and putting a processor in anything with more than 2 buttons. If you are still wondering what is it with the picture on the left, then this creative piece of photography is a tribute to Mr. McNeil's awesome hair style, for this is his only "decent" picture he had with him when this page was made.

External Web Page: www.cl.cam.ac.uk/~aam1005

Mr. Richard Leiser

Mr. Richard Leiser is our new RA, primarily involved with the HanLan project. Richard shares Dan's passion for compsci toys. He can often be seen playing with wires, measuring thier impulse responses, building ASICs and helping everyone to make our research possible.

External Web Page Not yet, he has better things to do :-)

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