Faculty of Engineering

Research Interests

My research background has been in system performance, computer networks and distributed systems. We built our first computational grid at Victoria in 1990 based on a network of HP workstations. My current focus is on e-Science and e-Research and the use of ICT to enable researchers to work faster and better.

My interests include identity management and resource allocation as well as assisting scientists to make use of new ICT tools for computation, visualisation and data management.

Since 2008 I have been a member of the BeSTGRID Steering Committee.

See also the e-Research site to find more about e-Reseach and the people involved in e-Research at Victoria University of Wellington.


For a list of my recent publications, please see the Publications Database.


I have been involved in the development of the Internet and research networks for over twenty five years. I led the group that introduced international networking to New Zealand in 1985. Throughout the nineties I was involved in the development of the Internet in New Zealand, the Pacific and internationally. In the late nineties I was on the Board of NetLink, an ISP, and Domainz, the company that initially managed New Zealand's domain name space. In 2000 I chaired a working group that designed the New Zealand DNS Registry System. I am a Fellow of InternetNZ.

From 2000 I was part of a working group that eventually led to the development of KAREN (the Kiwi Advanced Research Network). I chaired the Capability Fund Advisory Panel for KAREN. In 2007 I was made a KAREN Fellow.

I was Head of the School of Mathematics Statistics and Computer Science from 2004 through 2008 and Head of the School of Engineering and Computer Science from 2009 through 2011. I have been Dean of Engineering since 2008.