Nabeel Akhtar      

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Nabeel Akhtar
Working on: Network Function Virtualization (NFV), Recursive InterNetwork Architecture (RINA)
PhD Student
Department of Computer Science
Boston University, Boston, USA
Advisor: Prof. Ibrahim Matta

Resume: (last updated: Dec. 2016) PDF
Email: nabeel AT bu DOT edu

I am a PhD student in the Department of Computer Science at Boston University. I joined CS@BU in Fall’13.

I was visiting Create-Net in Italy for Spring 2016. At Create-Net, I was working on network traffic optimization and NFV placement problem for 5G network.

At BU, I am working with Prof. Ibrahim Matta. One of the main projects that I am working on is Recursive InterNetwork Architecture (RINA).
RINA is a new network architecture that is based on the fundamental principle that networking is inter-process communication (IPC). It recurses the IPC service over different scopes.

I am also working on Network Function Vitualization (NFV) management using Control Theory.
NFV traffic management and NFV service placement are also my area of interest.

Research Interests

Education

  • Master of Science, Computer Engineering, 2011-2013
    Koc University, Istanbul. Turkey
    Graduated: July 2013

  • Bachelor of Science, Computer Science, 2007-2011
    Lahore University of Management Science, Lahore, Pakistan
    Graduated: June 2011

Publications

  • Nabeel Akhtar, Ibrahim Matta and Yuefeng Wang. “Managing NFV using SDN and Control Theory”. IEEE/IFIP International Workshop on Management of the Future Internet (ManFI 2016), co-located with IEEE NOMS 2016, Istanbul, Turkey, April 2016. (pdf)

  • Yuefeng Wang, Ibrahim Matta and Nabeel Akhtar. “Application-Driven Network Management with ProtoRINA”. IEEE/IFIP Network Operations and Management Symposium (NOMS 2016), Istanbul, Turkey, April 2016. (pdf)

  • DEMO: Nabeel Akhtar, Ibrahim Matta and Yuefeng Wang. “Managing NFV using SDN and Control Theory”. IEEE/IFIP Network Operations and Management Symposium (NOMS 2016), Istanbul, Turkey, April 2016. (pdf) (tutorial)

  • TECH.REPORT: Yuefeng Wang, Ibrahim Matta and Nabeel Akhtar “Application-Driven Network Management with ProtoRINA”, Technical Report BUCS-TR-2015-003, Boston University, 2015. (pdf)

  • TECH.REPORT: Nabeel Akhtar, Ibrahim Matta and Yuefeng Wang “Managing NFV using SDN and Control Theory”, Technical Report BUCS-TR-2015-013, Boston University, 2015. (pdf)

  • POSTER: Nabeel Akhtar, Ibrahim Matta and Yuefeng Wang “Managing NFV using SDN and Control Theory”, IEEE Network Innovators Community Event Workshop (NICE 2015), co-located with IEEE ICNP 2015, San Francisco, USA, Nov. 2015. (pdf)

  • Yuefeng Wang, Nabeel Akhtar and Ibrahim Matta “Programming Routing Policies for Video Traffic”, International Workshop on Computer and Networking Experimental Research using Testbeds (CNERT 2014), co-located with ICNP 2014, Raleigh, NC, USA. October 2014. (pdf)

  • TECH.REPORT: Yuefeng Wang, Nabeel Akhtar and Ibrahim Matta “Programming Routing Policies for Video Traffic”, Technical Report BUCS-TR-2015-005, Boston University, 2014. (pdf)

  • Yuefeng Wang, Ibrahim Matta and Nabeel Akhtar “Experimenting with Routing Policies Using ProtoRINA over GENI”, The Third GENI Research and Educational Experiment Workshop (GREE2014), March 19-20, 2014, Atlanta, Georgia. (pdf)

  • N. Akhtar, S. Coleri Ergen, and O. Ozkasap, “Vehicle Mobility and Communication Channel Models for Realistic and Efficient Highway VANET Simulation,”
    IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, vol. 64, no. 1, pp. 248-262, January 2015 (pdf)

  • N. Akhtar, O. Ozkasap, and S. Coleri Ergen, “Analysis of VANET topology characteristics via realistic vehicle mobility and communication channel models,” accepted in the proceedings of IEEE Wireless Communication and Networking Conference (WCNC 2013), Shanghai, China, April 2013 (pdf)

  • N. Akhtar, S. Coleri Ergen, and O. Ozkasap, “Analysis of Distributed Algorithms for Density Estimation in VANETs,” accepted in the proceedings of IEEE Vehicular Networking Conference (VNC) (VNC 2012), Seoul, Korea, Nov. 2012 (pdf)

  • Nabeel Akhtar, “Vehicle Mobility, Communication Channel Modeling and Traffic Density Estimation in VANETs,”
    MSc thesis (pdf)

  • POSTER: N. Akhtar, O. Ozkasap, and S. Coleri Ergen, “Realistic Mobility and Channel Modeling in Vehicular ad-hoc Networks,”
    Turk Telekom Group R & D University Relation Workshop, Istanbul, Turkey. Dec. 2011

Research Experience:

  • Network Function Placement, Orchestration and Management

    • Advisers: Prof. Ibrahim Matta

    • NFV placement and traffic routing problem.

  • Managing NFV using SDN and control theory     – Spring 2015 to present

    • Advisers: Prof. Ibrahim Matta

    • Concepts from Control theory and SDN (Software Defined Networking) are used for NFV (Network Function Virtualization) management and deployment.

  • Recursive InterNetwork Architecture (RINA)     – Fall 2013 to present

    • Advisers: Prof. Ibrahim Matta

    • RINA is a new network architecture that is based on the fundamental principle that networking is inter-process communication (IPC). It recurses the IPC service over different scopes.

  • Analysis of realistic Channel Models for VANETs     – Fall 2011 to Spring 2013

    • Advisers: Dr. Sinem Ergen and Dr. Oznur Ozkasap

    • This project deals with analyzing different channel models and proposing a realistic model for vehicular ad-hoc network (VANET).

  • Realistic Mobility Modeling for VANETs     – Fall 2011 to Spring 2013

    • Advisers: Dr. Sinem Ergen and Dr. Oznur Ozkasap

    • In this project, we integrate real-world road topology and real-time data extracted from the Freeway Performance Measurement System (PeMS) database into the microscopic mobility model in order to generate realistic traffic flows along the highway.

  • Distributed Algorithms for density estimation in VANETs     – Summer 2011 to Spring 2013

    • Advisers: Dr. Sinem Ergen and Dr. Oznur Ozkasap

    • The project deals with proposing fully distributed and infrastructure-free mechanisms for the density estimation in vehicular ad-hoc networks. This study is inspired by the mechanisms proposed for system size estimation in peer-to-peer networks.

  • Providing VANET security through group based approach     – Fall 2010 to Spring 2011

    • Advisers: Dr. Fareed Zaffar

    • The project deals with security aspects in VANETs. We analysed existing frameworks for providing security and proposed a more efficient framework for evaluating security.

  • Shortest path traffic flow optimization in VANETs     – Summer 2011

    • Advisers: Dr. Fareed Zaffar

    • The project deals with computing the shortest path for vehicles using heuristic data and active query caching. Road-side units (RSU) were used to assign weights to different paths and A-star algorithm was then used to compute the shortest path using distance-plus-cost heuristic function.

  • Development and Analysis of P2P Network Size Estimation     – Summer 2010

    • Advisers: Dr. Oznur Ozkasap

    • In this project, we analysed and implemented distributed algorithm for network size estimation in P2P networks using Planet-Lab as the underlying test bed.

  • Color-based feature matching to track objects in consecutive video frames     – 2010

    • Advisers: Dr. Sohaib Khan

    • Best Project Award at International Conference on Machine Vision (ICMV 2010)

    • In this project, RBG-pixel based matching and SIFT algorithm were used with trajectory to track a frame in a live video feed. Different augmented reality effects were then generated within the frame using a completely automated process.

Work Experience

  • Research Intern: Akamai Technologies     – Summer 2016

    • Project: Over-Representation Analyzer for Anomaly Detection.

    • Description: Developing a tool which will help Akamai Media Performance team to identify problems (anomalies) in Akamai media delivery network.

    • Cambridge, USA

  • Graduate Researcher: Create-Net, Italy     – Spring 2016

    • Project: NFV traffic management and service placement for 5G network

    • Description: Virtual Network Function management and deployment for 4G and 5G networks in Europe.

    • Trento, Italy

  • Research Intern: Akamai Technologies     – Summer 2015

    • Project: Feature Selection, Anomaly Detection and Change Detection in Media Delivery.

    • Cambridge, USA

  • Research Assistant - Boston University     – Spring 2014 to Spring 2015

    • Project: Experimenting with Programmable Management Policies over GENI

    • Department of Computer Science,

    • Boston University, Boston, USA

  • Research Assistant - Koc University     – Fall 2011 to Spring 2013

    • Wireless Network Laboratory, Department of Computer Engineering,

    • Chanel Modeling, Realistic Mobility Modeling and distributed algorithms for density estimation in vehicular ad-hoc networks

    • Koc University, Istanbul, Turkey

  • Summer Research Assistant, Koc University     – Summer 2010

    • Project: Distributed Protocol for Frequent Item Set Discovery and network size estimation for P2P network

    • Koc University Summer Research Program, Istanbul, Turkey

  • IT Consultant: Sidat Hayder     – Summer 2009

    • IT Department

      • Worked on the second biggest database system in Pakistan, ‘‘Land Record Management Information System’’ (LRMIS)

      • Worked as software quality assurance consultant

Teaching Experience

  • Koc University Aug. 2011 - July 2013
    Department of Computer Science and Engineering

    • ENG 200 Probability for Engineers - Spring 2013

    • COMP 416 Computer Networks - Fall 2012

    • COMP 202 Data Structures and Algorithm - Spring 2012

    • COMP 132 Advanced Programming - Fall 2011

  • Lahore University of Management Science Aug. 2010- Jun. 2011
    Department of Computer Science

    • CS 212 Computational Problem Solving - Spring 2011

    • CS 371/ CMPE 371 Computer Networks - Fall ’2010’