Professor Alan Marshall holds the chair in Communications Networks at the University of Liverpool where he is director of the Advanced Networks Group. He is a senior member of IEEE and a Fellow of the IET. He has spent over 25 years working in the Telecommunications and Defence Industries. He has been visiting professor in network security at the University of Nice/CNRS, France, and Adjunct Professor for Research at Sunway University Malaysia. He has published over 270 scientific papers and holds a number of joint patents in the areas of communications and network security. He has formed a successful spin-out company Traffic Observation & Management (TOM) Ltd specialising in intrusion detection & prevention for wireless networks. His research interests include Network architectures and protocols; Mobile and Wireless networks; Network Security; high-speed packet switching, Quality of Service & Experience (QoS/QoE) architectures; Distributed Haptics and multi-sensory communications. He was head of the Department from 2015 to 2024.