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Nabeel Akhtar

I'm from a small town near Multan, Pakistan. Currently doing PhD at Boston University, USA. Passionate about computer networks, technology, traveling, and mountains.

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My Research

I am interested in Network Virtualization. I am working on resource allocation problems for Network Function Virtualization, Virtual Function placement and routing problem, Elastic management of resources for virtual functions. I am also looking at “serverless computing” and “microservices”.

EL-SEC: ELastic Management of SECurity Applications on Virtualized Infrastructure – Spring 2015 to present

  • Advisers: Prof. Ibrahim Matta
  • Concepts from Control theory and SDN (Software Defined Networking) are used for NFV (Network Function Virtualization) elastic management and deployment.

Network Function Placement, Orchestration and Management - Spring 2016 - present

  • Advisers: Prof. Ibrahim Matta
  • NFV placement and traffic routing problem.

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 2012 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.