The members of NRL (founded by Prof A. Hafid in 2005) are interested in developing techniques for better support of distributed systems/applications that use (wide area) networks for communication. Although the goal is to conduct basic networking and distributed systems research, many of our efforts have been motivated by the need to support one or more real-world applications. The research program of NRL includes development of new algorithms, models, architectures, management schemes, and data communications techniques for next generation networks including Wireless Mesh Networks, Sensor networks, mobile ad hoc networks, vehicular networks, cellular networks and optical networks.