Basil, A. et al., A Software Defined Network Based Research on Fairness in Multimedia, FAT/MM WS, 27th ACM International Conference on Multimedia (ACM MM 2019), France. 10/2019
The demand for online distribution of high quality and high throughput content has led to a non-cooperative competition of network resources between a growing number of media applications. This causes a significant impact on network efficiency, the quality of user experience (QoE) as well as a discrepancy of QoE across user devices. Within a multi-user multi-device environment, measuring and maintaining perceivable fairness becomes as critical as achieving the QoE on individual user applications. This paper discusses application- and human-level fairness over networked multimedia applications and how such fairness can be managed through novel network designs using programmable networks such as software-defined networks (SDN).
This work is supported by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) under EPSRC Grant EP/P033202/1 (SDCN).
The SDCN project will be co-organising and sponsoring the opening event Merged Futures of the newly established initiative Digital Northampton.
“Digital Northampton is a collaboration between the University of Northampton, Northamptonshire County Council and local digital businesses designed to support digital innovation in and around Northampton. Its aims include:
- To connect Bringing together individuals looking to enhance their business through digital transformation with the best minds working on innovative digital solutions
- To collaborate Unlocking the potential of the local digital economy in Northamptonshire by inspiring, educating and supporting digital innovation in our county
- To grow Creating a digital hub for Northampton to enable growth of small digital industries and job opportunities for digital talent in Northamptonshire”
The aims echo SDCN project’s objectives on social and economic impact. We believe our research and experimentation at University underpin digital innovations for the business and communities in Northamptonshire and elsewhere.
“Merged Futures is a free, one-day Digital Northampton event bringing together experts in emerging technologies to showcase the great work taking place in Northamptonshire.
We will explore the potential to further develop and innovate for the benefit of our businesses, students and residents.”
When and where
Friday 14 June, 10:00am – 6:00pm with after-show
Learning Hub, Waterside Campus, University of Northampton, NN1 5PH
I had the great pleasure of joining a Westminster Higher Education Forum event today as a speaker. My session was chaired by the Labour MP Mr Alex Sobel and the main theme of the session is around the opportunities and challenges in adopting new technologies in colleges and universities in the UK. The venue was packed with 100+ delegates from over 60 institutions and businesses across England. I spoke about our research findings on the use of VR in education and shared my views on how technologies can empower human educators in Education 4.0. The transcript of my talk is available here.
While most University staff members are setteling in our new and modern Waterside campus, we have also welcomed a new workshop space at the Portfolio Innovation Centre on University’s Avenue Campus. The workshop has just had the furnitures moved in but it will soon see lots of research, development, testing, and experimentation. The workshop will support SDCN project as well as any of my reseach students who require short-term R&D space (for final-year projects, MSc projects ,etc.). So I’ll be an interesting place of oscilloscopes, VR goggles, Raspberry PIs, drones, network switches, media streamers and most importantly talented young people. I’ll encourage them to post stories of their research here.
(and yes, a coffee machine is ready and whiteboards are coming soon.)
The vacancy can be accessed directly via https://jobs.northampton.ac.uk/vacancy/research-assistant-fixed-term-361582.html and will remain active until 11.59pm on 12 September 2018.
We wish to appoint a Research Associate to work on the EPSRC-funded project “Software Defined Cognitive Networking (SDCN)”. The SDCN project aims at enhancing online video distribution, which takes the vast majority of internet traffic. We seek to develop new context-aware network models to improve the user experience and network efficiency using software-defined networks.
We invite applications from enthusiastic individuals with experience in relevant aspects of communication networks. The ideal candidate will be a proficient programmer in languages appropriate for scientific computing (e.g. Python, Java), have knowledge of statistical modelling. The role will require you to engage with external partners and stakeholders, and therefore you should possess excellent communication skills with evidence of working effectively as an individual and within a team. You will have strong project management skills and have an ability to write up research for peer-reviewed conferences and journals.
You will work at the University of Northampton’s new Waterside Campus. A dedicated lab at the university’s Avenue Campus will also accommodate research and experimentation activities. The University promotes continuing professional development (CPD) and provides access to development for staff at all levels.
The candidate should possess a PhD in computer science or closely related field. This is a fixed term appointment of 12 months.
For informal enquiries, please contact Dr Mu Mu, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Our project-associated 3.5 year PhD studentship received 9 strong applications. The applicants came from the UK, Europe, Asia and America. After careful reviewing process, we shortlisted 3 applicants (two male and one female) for the interview. It was not an easy decision for the panel and we really hoped that we could give an offer to each of them!
The successful candidate has now received the unconditional offer and due start October 2018. Hopefully we’ll see a post from the student soon.
This year’s CCNC was held in the iconic Flamigo. Thanks to the size of the venue, I was able to achieve 10,000 steps fitness goal everyday during the conference by walking between sessions at different part of the building. For my talk, I started by sharing the aims of our project and the challenges we face in the field of distributed multimedia and networking. I emphasised on the human factors in delivering online media and our approaches to equip communication networks with the awareness of viewers’ experience at the end of the cable.
The main contribution of our work is the “sliding perception window”, a concept that is built on top of the moving average-based prediction. The next steps are to conduct further user experiments to model psychlogical impacts and to experiment with different options of implementation using SDN.