Dr Paul Gardner-Stephen

Senior Lecturer

College of Science and Engineering

place Tonsley (4.01)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Dr. Paul Gardner-Stephen views himself as the digital version of a blacksmith, crafting creative and skilled solutions to a wide range of problems. His research interests include, networking, scalable computing, mobile devices, mobile communication infrastructures, disaster and attack resilient technology, creating understandable computers and the application of all these to make the world a better place.

Qualifications
  • PhD (Computer Systems Engineering / Bioinformatics), Flinders University (2007),
  • Bachelor of Science (Computer Science), Flinders University (2000).
Honours, awards and grants

Grants and awards of more than AUD$1,800,000 equivalent since 2010, including:

Key responsibilities
  • Undertaking research in computer science and related fields, with a specific focus on the Serval Project, a humanitarian endeavour to make mobile telecommunications available to all people, regardless of income, location or disaster by allowing off-the-shelf cell phones to communicate directly without needing cell towers.
  • Contributing to the delivery of networking and communications topics within the School of Computer Science, Engineering & Mathematics.
Research expertise
Communications technologies
Computer software
Distributed computing
Other information and computing sciences
Research interests

Dr. Gardner-Stephen's research interests include SPAM, networking, scalable computing, mobile devices, mobile communication infrastructures, disaster and attack resilient technology, and the application of all these things to make the world a better place, and include:

The Serval Project: Telecommunications any where, any time.

  • Using OpenBTS as a basis for creating low-cost low-power GSM mobile telephone base stations
  • Using Village Telco's Mesh Potato wireless back-haul devices to create ad-hoc and infrastructure-free "land-line" telephone networks
  • Implementing the Mesh Potato feature-set on Android based smart phones to enable the creation of mixed mobile and land-line self-meshing ad-hoc telephone networks
  • Creating distributed infrastructure-free protocols that allow people to use their existing telephone numbers on ad-hoc telephone networks, both for temporary disaster-relief telephony and ad-hoc telephony for remote and emerging regions.
  • Creating Mesh-Potato compatible devices that operate on other unlicensed spectrum, such as the ISM UHF bands that promise much greater range, especially in remote and emerging regions.
  • Creating network services that scale to millions of simultaneous connections to handle demand surges, e.g., during disaster situations.
  • Creating innovative mesh-based networking solutions to meet specific industrial needs.

SPAM:

  • Investigating methods for filtering SPAM in languages other than English.
Teaching interests

Networking, security, telecommunications and resilience.

Topic coordinator
COMP3781 Cyber Security
ENGR2782 Computer Networks
ENGR8782 Computer Networks GE
ENGR3811 Network Administration
COMP8781 Cyber Security GE
ENGR3821 Network Engineering
ENGR8781 Network Engineering
Supervisory interests
Computer science
Information and communication technology (ICT)
Information technology IT
Information technology for development
Information/communication technology
Resilience
Serval project and mesh networking
Social networking sites
Social networks
Higher degree by research supervision
Current
Associate supervisor: SPAM (1), Energy efficient wireless networks (1)
Publications
Expert for media contact
Computers
Engineering - Computer Systems
Science
Technology
Computer Science and related fields
Serval Project and mesh networking
Shoe Phone (and its medical applications)
Available for contact via
Or contact the media team
+61 8 82012092
0427 398 713
Media expertise
  • Computers
  • Engineering - Computer Systems
  • Science
  • Technology
Interests
  • Computer Science and related fields
  • Serval Project and mesh networking
  • Shoe Phone (and its medical applications)