Toby Moncaster

Toby Moncaster (PhD Student)


Research Interests



The following is a brief summary of my CV.

Career Highlights

QA Lead at Hailo 2011 I spent several months before my PhD working as the QA lead for Hailo, a highly successful start-up creating a taxi booking application for London's famous black cabs. QA was a new experience for me and one I found highly enjoyable (although I may not have followed standard QA practise in much of what I did!).

Senior Researcher at BT 2006-2010 I spent 4 years doing research at BT ending up as a Senior Researcher. During that time I did a lot of work with the IETF, an interest I still maintain. I was heavily involved with the Trilogy Project which aimed to re-architect the Internet to better respond to the changing demands of the modern world.


I started my PhD here in the Computer Laboratory in October 2011. I passed my first year Viva in July 2012 and am now a full PhD student. I am hoping to graduate in 2014. My research has mainly focussed on data centre networking with an emphasis on energy efficiency. I am funded through the EPSRC INTERNET project.

I graduated from Essex University in 2003 with an MEng in Electronic and Telecommunications Systems Engineering. I received a Distinction and was awarded the Qinetiq Prize for Outstnading Performance in my degree. Between 2003 and 2006 I studied for a PhD at Essex University but never completed it after getting my fulll time job at BT.

I did my GCSEs and A-levels at Rugby School in the early 1990s. My A-level results were Physics (A), Maths (B), Further Maths (B), Chemistry (B).

Other Activities

I began climbing about 12 years ago. While at Essex University I was extensively involved in the University of Essex Mountaineering Club acting variously as Treasurer, Secretary and Gear Officer. I now try to climb at least once a week at the local climbing wall.

I enjoy DIY including quite adventurous projects like fitting new lavatories, building furniture and fitting new lights. I have now started to get interested in various hacking activities like Arduino and Raspberry Pi.

I like walking and cycling although I have not been all that adventourous with either. I love to spend time in the hills and mountains and there are times when I wonder whether Cambridge was a sensible place to choose to live ;).