Dr Paul Gardner-Stephen

Academic Level C

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, security and protocol design (including for space-based applications), 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.

  • 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.
Teaching interests

Networking, security, telecommunications and resilience.

Topic coordinator
ENGR2782 Computer Networks
ENGR8782 Computer Networks GE
ENGR3821 Network Engineering
ENGR8781 Network Engineering
COMP2812 Operating Systems
COMP9812 Operating Systems GE
Supervisory interests
Computer science
Information and communication technology (ICT)
Information technology IT
Information technology for development
Information/communication technology
Serval project and mesh networking
Social networking sites
Social networks
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: Resilient Telecommunications Systems (1)
Higher degree by research student achievements
Watcharachai Kongsiriwattana

PhD - DEC 2018

Expert for media contact
Engineering - Computer Systems
Computer Science and related fields
Serval Project and mesh networking
Shoe Phone (and its medical applications)
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0427 398 713
Media expertise
  • Computers
  • Engineering - Computer Systems
  • Science
  • Technology
  • Computer Science and related fields
  • Serval Project and mesh networking
  • Shoe Phone (and its medical applications)