Dr Richard Nelson

Senior Lecturer (Computer Science)

Qualifications: BE(Hons) ME PhD Canterbury

Contact Details

Room: G.1.28A
Phone: 07 858 5054
Extension: 5054

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

  • Zaicu, N. F., Luckie, M., Nelson, R., & Barcellos, M. (2021). Helix: Traffic engineering for multi-controller SDN. In Proc ACM SIGCOMM Symposium on SDN Research (SOSR '21) (pp. 80-87). New York, NY, USA: ACM. doi:10.1145/3482898.3483354

  • Sanger, R., Luckie, M., & Nelson, R. (2020). Towards transforming OpenFlow rulesets to fit fixed-function pipelines. In Proc 2020 Symposium on SDN Research (SOSR 2020) (pp. 123-134). San Jose, CA: ACM. doi:10.1145/3373360.3380844 Open Access version:

  • Nelson, R. (2019). Future trends in IM: Industrial strength security. IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Magazine, 22(6), 33-34. doi:10.1109/MIM.2019.8917901

  • Sanger, R., Luckie, M., & Nelson, R. (2019). Identifying equivalent SDN forwarding behaviour. In Proc 2019 ACM Symposium on SDN Research (SOSR '19) (pp. 127-139). New York, NY: ACM. doi:10.1145/3314148.3314347 Open Access version:

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