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Communications and Services

The Communications and Services research group has a wide ranging interest in service engineering across an array of network technologies, including voice, home and data networks. Key interests include service oriented architecture, service creation, and feature or service interaction.

However the group also has a communications leaning, for example P2P overlays and more recently their role within mobile communications. The group has an interest in the programmability of Wireless Sensor Networks and is investigating this in wind farm and home care settings. 

Often the focus of our work is on the control of networked resources using software services. This includes the use of policies as a means to control service behaviour in a more abstract and user-oriented way. The group has experience with services controlling:

Furthermore, the group investigates the integration of these diverse services to achieve added value.

Because of the importance of formal methods in the design of complex communications systems, there is commonality of interest with the Applied Formal Methods research group. There are also an overlapping interest with the Care Technologies Research group in the use of networks to support home care.


For members of the group there is also a private group page.

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Members of the research group work on a number of different aspects of communications and services:

The group has achieved international and national standing. Results of our work are frequently published in international conferences and scholarly journals and magazines. Members of the group serve on program committees of major conferences and act as editors for respected journals. For instance, the premier international forum for feature interaction is the International Conference on Feature Interactions in Software and Communications Systems series of events. The group has made significant contributions to these events, both in terms of papers and organisation; the group co-chaired the May 2000 running of this series. In recognition of the key role of telecommunications service engineering, Stirling was responsible for the EPSRC engineering network called FORCES (Forum for Creation and Engineering of Telecommunications Services). Stirling also leads the MATCH home care research collaboration between the Universities of Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, and Stirling.

If you are interested in our work, please contact the group leader: