The N4D Lab conducts research on understanding the fundamental challenges of providing universal Internet access and explores technological solutions to solve some of the challenges. The lab's mantra is to follow a cross-disciplinary approach cross-cutting Computer Science, Social Science, Economics and Regulation to conduct cutting edge user led technological research that can demonstrate socio-economic transformational impact. The N4D lab is led by Arjuna Sathiaseelan from the Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge. The lab's activities are funded by the EU H2020, FP7 and EPSRC grants. Arjuna Sathiaseelan is also the Chair of the Internet Research Task Force (IRTF) Global Access to the Internet for All (GAIA) Research group.
Our works spans different research areas: exploring the role of future Internet architectures in solving the universal Internet access problem, enabling decentralised access and service infrastructures, measurement based studies, socio-economic modelling of the different stakeholder value chain etc. We were involved with the Asian Institute of Technology to deploy the first rural village community network in Thailand. We closely work with several research organisations such as the International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in Africa etc to deploy some of the solutions developed in the lab.
We are always on a lookout for excellent PhD students with a good systems background interested in working on Internet access related problems. We are also interested to host short term visiting researchers who can contribute to the lab activities. If you are interested, please contact Arjuna Sathiaseelan.