Gorry Fairhurst received his first degree in Applied Physics and Electronics from the University of Durham, UK, and a PhD in Communications Engineering from the University of Aberdeen, UK. He is currently a Professor in Communications at the School of Engineering at the University of Aberdeen, where he coordinates the research activities of the School's Research Groups. He is a member of the Communication and Imaging Research Group.
He is the named author of more than 100 published papers, he is a contributor to IETF RFCs. He continues to be an active member of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) where he contributes to the Transport and Services (TSV) Area, where he chairs the DCCP working group and chaired the TANA activity. He is also active in other IETF areas,and chairs the ipdvb Working Group. He participates in ETSI standardisation, is a co-leader of the Future Internet working group in the EC ISI European Technology Platform.
The Electronics Group (ERG) in the School of Engineering at theUniversity of Aberdeen (UoA) is a part of the Communications and Optical Engineering Research Group. In this subject he has a long-standing reputation of work in IPv4 and IPv6, especially over challenging links. The Communications and Imaging Research Group has a proven research capability in the development of new protocols, implementation of link-specific enhancements, testing and the assessment of network performance.
Current work includes IP transport protocols for Voice-over-IP (VoIP), Internet Television (IPTV), TCP evolution and the binding between transport and services. Research includes implementation (in Linux), Standards developments and research work studying the increase in the heterogeneity of IP networks, and the challenges in bringing support for a range of wireless links with significantly different characteristics. This work is linked to standardisation in the IETF.
He has had a long-running activity in multicast deployment (for IPv4 and IPv6), working with projects on routing and multicast transport. Current projects include mobility interactions with multicast (funded partly by Inmarsat and partly by the University of Aberdeen) and the cross-layer enhancement for multicast file delivery (currently funded by EPSRC and joint with University of Surrey).Work in satellite communications has focussed on the IP interface, with work on the GSE specification, IPv6 over satellite, transport protocol optimisation and DVB-RCS systems. and other specifications published by the Digital Video Broadcast (DVB) Project. Within FP6, he leads activities in two FP6 Networks of Excellence (SatNEx in satellite communications and 3DTV in next generation digital TV and SATSIX, where work focuses on tools to analyse the IP performance of streaming media flows, specifically to understand the implications of sharing capacity when deploying 3-play services).
This research has favoured a blend of simulation and practical investigation. From the roof of our building we have operated a wide range of Very Small Aperture satellite Terminals (VSATs) - primarily for IP network benchmarking and pilot demonstrations. Although we have operated a number of two-way VSATs including a number of very early prototype Ka-Band terminals, we currently maintain a selection of DVB-based satellite terminals. I also provide a series of lectures on the Internet and Digital Video Broadcast as a part of an annual one-week professional course at the University of York.
My current research interests include:
Since 2004, my research group has been a member of the prestigious European SatNEx Network of Excellence, which brings together 22 leading European research establishments in the satellite communications field, and within this, he leads the work on Standardisation.
I teach a course on Communications Engineering (EG3567).
I have been an
invited speaker at many commercial and research meetings on TCP/IP and
Broadband standards and the future evolution of the transport service for the Internet.
I participate in several standards processes, and strongly advocate open discussion in the development of communications standards. My current activities are focussed on the European Telecoms Standards Institute (ETSI) Broadband Satellite Multimedia working group (of TC-SES) and the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), where I chair the IPDVB and DCCP working groups. I also chaired the TANA BoF on peer-to-peer transport.
I am a member of the UK EPSRC College.