This includes work investigating the applications of networks which have no fixed infrastructure, and could lead to a more dynamic model of the Internet. A particular focus is on routing data over wireless ad-hoc networks, which could be used in emergency situations, such as through an earthquake or from a terrorist attack, where the network infrastructure has been destroyed. A novelty of the work is in the usage of mobile agents to carry important information on routing over the network. The research group are one of the leading research teams in Europe on mobile agent research, especially in its application to ad-hoc routing. A major focus of the work is in creating ad-hoc routing protocols over wireless networks, which allows for mulitple routes for different types of traffic profiles, such as:
The work has resulted in several major publications, including:
Buchanan WJ , Migas N, Sinclair G and McArtney K, Analysis of an Agent-based Metric-Driven for Ah-hoc, On-Demand Routing, Journal of Ad-hoc Networks, Vol 4, 2006, pp 146-167, 7doi:10.1016/j.adhoc.2004.04.009
Buchanan WJ , Migas N, Sinclair G and McArtney K, Analysis of an Agent-based Metric-Driven for Ah-hoc, On-Demand Routing, Journal of Ad-hoc Networks, 2005.
Buchanan W, Migas N and McArtney, Agent-based Systems for Ah-hoc Routing in Wireless Networks, BCS Symposium/Colloquium on Mobile and Complex Agent Applications, September 2004, Napier University.
Migas, N, Buchanan W and McArtney K, Migration of Mobile Agents in Ad-hoc, Wireless Networks, IEEE ECBS 2004, Prague.