The SANDS research group is led by Anwitaman Datta, and most of its personnel are placed in the Parallel & Distributed Computing Centre. At SANDS we study the scalability, security, social and self-organizational aspects of networked and distributed systems (hence the S* in its name).
We believe that in the 21st century, knowledge based societies will continue to be driven by large-scale networked distributed systems which are self-organizing and adaptive to their environment, and will be strongly coupled to the social bonds and activities it facilitates and serves. Such large-scale networked distributed systems online social & collaboration networks at the application layer, and the back-end distributed information system, be it a cloud or peer-to-peer infrastructure, in addition to the Internet and wireless & mobile communication layer on which the distributed information system layer itself is built. We investigate self-organization and algorithmic issues of these systems and networks and their scalability, resilience, adaptivity, security and performance under dynamic and wide-spectrum of environments.