The Next Generation Networking Group (NG2) is a core group of faculty at UCSB whose research, both individually and collaboratively, span a broad range of research problems. Together with other faculty in Computer Science, the NG2 members are investigating and solving core problems in networking research that are fundamental to enhancing the service and reliability of the Internet.

The major NG2 research projects follow both network-centric and application-centric thrusts. The Internet has evolved beyond one or even many wired backbones to include satellite, wireless, and cellular links. Dealing with the unique physical characteristics of these media and providing support for traditional Internet applications are both key areas of NG2 research. In addition, as the Internet and its use continue to evolve, there will be a need for more sophisticated network services to support increasingly complex applications. Investigating research areas in network support for multimedia data, overlays, peer-to-peer, security, and quality-of-service are all directions in NG2.

NG2 is working to become one of the premiere networking research groups in the world. It has a core group of highly talented faculty, strong collaborative ties, outstanding research labs, significant research impact to-date, and a core group of more than 30 students and researchers.

Affilated Labs: 
MOMENT Lab, Networking and Multimedia Systems Lab, Next Generation Networking Group, RACELab, SAND Lab


Professor Almeroth's general research interests include computer networks and protocols, wireless networking, multicast communication, large-scale multimedia systems, and mobile applications.  More recent interests are in the intersection of networking technology and its use in society.


Prof. Belding’s main research interests are in mobile and wireless communication networks, including the study of production networks through large trace collection, and the development of solutions to improve network performance and the user experience. Recently studied technologies include wireless LANs, mesh networks, cellular networks, 60 GHz networks, and white spaces spectrum. 

Chandra Krintz

Chandra has led a number of research projects that have advanced the state-of-the-art in programming systems in ways that improve performance and energy consumption, and that ease development and deployment of software.

The use of geometry and graph theory, as conceptual tools and an algorithmic lens, has proved invaluable in a number of scientific and engineering disciplines.

Along with Professor H. Zheng, I co-lead the SAND Lab for research on Systems, Algorithms, Networking and Data.  In recent years, my research has taken a data-driven approach to understanding real networking and systems problems, and using data analysis and models to guide the development of solutions using algorithm and systems. 

Heather Zheng

Prof. Zheng’s research interests lie in the general area of wireless networking and systems, with particular focus on wireless data centers, smartphone systems, and dynamic spectrum access systems. She has also been actively working on social networks and graph analysis.