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Prof Peter Kirstein
Room 7.04, Malet Place Building
UCL Computer Science
Gower Street
Tel: 02076797286
Fax: 02076797286
  • Professor of Computer Communications Systems
  • Dept of Computer Science
  • Faculty of Engineering Science

Education and Early Career

Peter Thomas Kirstein was born in Berlin, Germany in 1933, but moved to the UK in 1937. He was educated at Highgate School in London. He went to Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge U. He received a BA from Cambridge U in Mathematics and Electrical Engineering (1954), with further degrees in Electrical Engineering of MSc (1955) and PhD (1958) from Stanford U and a DSc (1970) from London U. His PhD thesis was entitled “A solution to the equations of space-charge flow by the method of the separation of variables”.

In 1958, he became Lecturer at Stanford U in microwave engineering. In 1959 he joined the Centre of Nuclear Research in Geneva as an accelerator physicist. During his time there he spent six months in the  at the Joint Centre for Nuclear Research in Dubna, Russia. In 1963 he joined the European Office of the US General Electric Corporate Research Centre responsible for evaluating European scientific research. After joining the University of London, he continued this activity on a consulting basis for a further 25 years.

Academic Career  

Peter Kirstein joined the University of London Institute of Computer Science in 1967, first as Reader and then Professor of Computer Communications Systems. He transferred to the new UCL Department of Statistics and Computer Science in 1973, then setting up and becoming its first Head of the Computer Science Department (1980-1994). He continued as Director of Research in that department for some years, and remains as an active Professor.

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Research Summary

His current research interests are in the further technical development to make the Internet of Things (IoT) more acceptable and deployable. One part of this is ensuring that the deployment of IPv6 proceeds more rapidly, since that protocol is a clear requirement for large IoT deployments More broadly it is focused on the differences between the fairly homogeneous nature of the Internet edge nodes compared to the widely differing IoT ones. While the Internet will continue to be used for the wide-area communication, special measures need to be taken near the periphery. The impact of these considerations on the development of the Future Internet remains a fertile avenue for research.

Details of his previous research can be found on his website at: https://peterkirstein.wordpress.com/research/

Teaching Summary

I have no current teachng duties

01-OCT-1975 – 30-SEP-2010 Professor Computer Science University College London, United Kingdom
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