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Next Generation Middleware Group

The Next Generation Middleware group at Lancaster University is comprised of academics, researchers and PhD students actively involved in middleware research; we have many years of experience in this field, having contributed significantly to key developments such as the emergence of distributed object technology (e.g. CORBA) and, more recently, component-based services (.NET, EJB, etc). We are particularly recognised for our work on advanced solutions that go well beyond commercial technologies. For example, our work on augmenting middleware platforms with support for multimedia, real-time, asynchronous mobile communication, and peer-to-peer communication for ad-hoc environments.Most recently, we have pioneered reflective middleware as a principled means of supporting both customisation and dynamic re-configuration of middleware platforms and associated services. The OpenCom platform is a particular success story of our research. This open and reflective component model acts as a common development and distribution environment for our research systems. OpenCom is available for use, and has been used by a number of academic institutions in the UK, Norway, Mexico and Brazil.

Contact

For further information about our research please contact:

Professor Gordon Blair
Computing Department
Lancaster University
LANCASTER
LA1 4YR
Email: gordon - add @comp.lancs.ac.uk
Professor Geoff Coulson
Computing Department
Lancaster University
LANCASTER
LA1 4YR
Email: geoff - add @comp.lancs.ac.uk