I’m Richard Mortier or, more commonly, mort. I’m a University Lecturer in NetOS, part of the Systems Research Group in the Cambridge University Computer Laboratory. Until Dec/2014 I was a Horizon Transitional Fellow in Computer Science with the Horizon Digital Economy Research Institute at the University of Nottingham School of Computer Science. I can be contacted by email (preferred) at, or by phone on +44 (0)1223 334419. I am online at Twitter and Github. My Erdős number appears to be 3.


Richard Mortier
Cambridge University
15, JJ Thomson Ave
Cambridge, CB3 0FD UK
+44 (0)1223 334419


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My office in the Computer Lab is FN17.


I have worked on topics from distributed system performance monitoring and debugging, to Internet routing protocols, to real-time media platform design and implementation. I have worked in a variety of roles, from high-level platform architect, to designer and implementer of complex networked systems, to website designer and builder. I have consulted and worked for a broad range of companies, including startups (μ, S, M, L) and corporates (M, L) in both the US and UK. Following the acquisition of Unikernel Systems by Docker Inc., I currently contract with Docker Inc.

I do occasionally undertake other consultancy and development work – contact me if desired.


In 2001 I completed my Ph.D., “Internet Traffic Engineering” with the Systems Research Group at the University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory. Since then I have worked as a researcher with the IP Group, Sprint ATL; the Systems & Networking Group, Microsoft Research Cambridge; and most recently I was founder at Vipadia Limited (technology acquired by Voxeo Corp).

Outside work I practice Wudang Tai Chi Chuan, and taught for the Cambridge University Tai Chi Chuan Society for several years. I am also a keen, if woefully out-of-practice, classical guitarist.

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