Distributed and Networked Systems Group

Many of the successes of today’s digital world, such as the Internet, World Wide Web, blockchain, distributed ledgers, cloud computing, and social networks, are underpinned by distributed and networked systems. The interests of this group span both technical and socio-technical challenges arising in these settings.

Overview of research interests

Our group brings together a number of academics with an interest in various kinds of systems: distributed systems, networked systems, social systems, concurrent systems, and combinations thereof. We maintain a strong inter-disciplinary focus on socio-economic questions arising in the context of user interaction with these systems and emergent behaviours that stem from such interactions.

There is a broad interest in both theoretical underpinnings of such systems as well as large-scale data-driven empirical analyses and topics of active research includes:

  • Complex network analysis, including controllability and criticality
  • Concurrency control
  • Development of control policies
  • Distributed coordination
  • Distributed trust
  • Edge networks and cloud computing
  • Fault-tolerance
  • Formal verification
  • Information processing in networks
  • Resource management
  • Social computing and computational social science
  • Web tracking and privacy.


Members of our group work in close collaboration with the industry and public sector organisations, and contribute regularly to standards bodies such as the IEEE, ETSI and W3C.