Dr Richard Nelson

Senior Lecturer (Computer Science)

Qualifications: BE(Hons) ME PhD Canterbury

Contact Details

Room: G.1.28
Phone: 07 858 5054
Extension: 5054
Fax: +64 7 858 5095

About Richard

I completed a BE(Hons) in Electrical Engineering at the University of Canterbury in the late '80s before starting to work in telecommunications industry, first in Wellington, then in London before returning to Canterbury and completing an ME and PhD in the Electrical Engineering Department. After that I went to Melbourne and worked as a Research Fellow in the Centre for Telecommunications and Information Engineering (CTIE) at Monash University. There I became a Project Leader for the Australian Telecommunications CRC. I was involved in extensive consulting work in Australia and Internationally.

I have been at Waikato since 2003. I have been the science lead on three science funding contracts.  I have worked extensively with NZ Internet Service Providers and am a trustee of the NZ Network Operators Group.

Research Interests

My primary research interests are in Network Measurement and in Software Defined Networking. In network measurement I lead projects in distributed active measurement and in passive measurement and traffic analysis.  In the past I have worked on mobile networks particularly IPv6 looking at providing simple mechanisms to improve handover performance.

Teaching Commitments

Recent Publications

  • Alcock, S., Lorier, P., & Nelson, R. (2016). Libtrace: a packet capture and analysis library (Version 4.0) [Libtrace is a library for trace processing. It supports multiple input methods, including device capture, raw and gz-compressed trace, and sockets; and multiple input formats, including pcap and DAG.]. Retrieved from

  • Alcock, S., Möller, J. P., & Nelson, R. (2016). Sneaking past the firewall: Quantifying the unexpected traffic on major TCP and UDP Ports. In Proceedings of the ACM SIGCOMM Internet Measurement Conference, IMC (pp. 231-237). NY, USA. doi:10.1145/2987443.2987447

  • Nelson, R., & Littler, R. (2015). Broadband testing review.

  • Ko, R. K. L., Russello, G., Nelson, R., Pang, S., Cheang, A., Dobbie, G., . . . Holmes, G. (2015). STRATUS: Towards returning data control to cloud users. In G. Wang, A. Zomaya, G. M. Perez, & K. Li (Eds.), Algorithms and Architectures for Parallel Processing: ICA3PP International Workshops and Symposiums Proceedings Vol. LNCS 9532 (pp. 57-70). Zhangjiajie, China: Springer International Publishing. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-27161-3_6 Open Access version:

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