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Research projects

Our core activities centre around networking and communications, multimedia, mobility, and distributed systems. Typically our method is to prototype hardware, systems and applications for each research topic we explore. Our approach is intensely practical, and we focus on building large scale working systems, which we deploy widely both within our laboratory and within the University. Great care is taken to facilitate the sharing of technology and research results between projects, for example by the use of a common distributed systems framework.


Technical reports and publications from our research, past and present, are online, with a searchable index.
Some of our lab videos are available for download.

Current projects

The Broadband Phone System is a radical approach to providing everyday communications for the new millennium.
Distributed Systems using CORBA.
The Collapsed LAN project is exploring low-latency high bandwidth interconnect.
The Personal Media Management project aims to provide a coherent set of tools and storage architecture for managing archives of digital media.
The Augmented Vehicle project is hoping to make car travel easier, safer, quicker and more enjoyable.
The Consumer Broadband project looks into a future of fibre and high speed wireless access to the home.
The Location Systems project is investigating how computers can sense what's happening in their environment.
Sentient Computing provides a new kind of user interface that extends throughout the building.
The Augmented Reality project uses head mounted displays and PDAs to extend the users' senses.
Virtual Network Computing, remote cross-platform access to PC or Unix desktops.
JCN is our low-power, highly-configurable, full-featured embedded processor for mobile applications.

Past projects

The Active Badge system continues to be important in much of our research.
Some early ATM work resulted in a fabric of ATM switches.
Smart ATM Modules were multimedia peripherals which complimented the ATM switches.
Medusa was a software environment for creating multimedia applications.
The Teleporting System was a novel approach to mobile computing.
Our interest in networking extends to Broadband Radio ATM.
Our interest in sensor systems includes experience with GPS.
VMR - Video Mail Retrieval using speech recognition.
The DART project brought information retrieval to multimedia.
The 868MHz radio module was a project to develop a low-power, 200kb/s radio module for use in future wireless projects.
pen was our low-power, short-range radio networking system.
Early networking research was based on slotted ring technologies.
The Pandora System was our first major multimedia project.
The Streams Project brought mobility to multimedia.
The face database used for part of our face recognition project is available for download.
AMIE - a European Commission funded project.
Multiworks - a European Commission funded project.
Computer Architecture

Commercial spin-offs

Virata Corporation develops semiconductors and communications software for Internet access equipment suppliers.
IPV (Internet Pro Video) is a multinational high technology company founded in 1995 as Telemedia Systems Ltd. to develop, market and license advanced technologies that empower flexibility in the storage, management, delivery, access and retrieval of digital media over any type of network.
Born out of an earlier spin-out, Adaptive Broadband Ltd, Cambridge Broadband is a supplier of carrier class point-to-multipoint broadband wireless access equipment for high-capacity multi-service networks

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