Introducing PhD Student Ahmed


Ahmed Osama Basil is an international PhD student who received the PhD grant and will be working on the Software Defined Cognitive Networking advertised project as a new member of the team.

Education: Ahmed finished his American Diploma with Cairo American College in 2015. Later on he finished BEng Computer Systems Engineering with a First Classification certificate from the University of Northampton in 2018.

Technology Experience: Ahmed has worked for two years as a part time Professor Assistant for the Computer Communications, Operating Systems, and Software engineering modules within the university. He has experience with numerous programming languages, mathematical modelling software, and made a couple of graphical user interfaces focused on Quality of Service and user-end feedback.

Other Skills: Ahmed has other skills like leadership, shown when he led his IT & Computing Society as its president, IEEE Student Branch founder within the university, and by being Chair of the Student Union of the UoN. From all of these experiences and past activities, Ahmed become comfortable with public speaking, presentation, organising events, leading projects and helping students within his societies and assistance classes.

To know more about Ahmed and his technological history including his projects, activities, qualifications, certifications, and programming skills click here to visit his Linked-In portfolio.


Moving in Portfolio Innovation Centre

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.)

Post-doctoral Research Assistant position

The vacancy can be accessed directly via 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:

Project-associated PhD student to start in October 2018


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.

Presenting intelligent network designs at CCNC 2018

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.


PhD Studentship open to applicants!


UPDATE: The PhD advert is now online at
 It is also being circulated to relevant mailing lists and social media.

A 3.5-year PhD studentship is now approved by the University as part of its support for the project. It offers a great opportunity for a recent graduate or someone with related work experience to work on an emerging research topic along elite industrial and academic partners. The job advert will be online soon on and the University’s website and open to applicants of any nationalities. The application deadline is early January (for a March start).

SDCN goes to Ireland for a project review

[Author: Mu]

I accepted an invitation from Science Foundation Ireland to conduct a project review for one of its prestigious research programmes. It was a fantastic experience to visit Ireland and see how resilient people are off the back of hurricane Ophelia. The work at the host institution is forward-thinking and I am glad to witness all the positive changes made by a single research project over two years of time.

And yes, I did have a couple of hours to spend in Dublin before my late morning flight back home:



Paper accepted by IEEE CCNC 2018

A “visionary paper” introducing the conceptual designs of our software-defined cognitive networks has been accepted by IEEE CCNC 2018 Work-in-Progress track. IEEE CCNC is one of the targeting outlets of SDCN project due to its unique balance between academic research and industrial innovation. The WiP track is particularly suitable for us at an early stage of the project. Our work will be presented orally during the conference and will be published in the Proceedings of IEEE CCNC 2018 and IEEE Xplore. I am also a TPC member of the Cloud Services and Networking track so I will also offer my support to the track chairs during the conference sessions.

The expected outcomes are:

  • Disseminate SDCN research
  • Widening academia and industrial collaborations
  • Support the Cloud Services and Networking track as a TPC member

Mu, M., Software Defined Cognitive Networking: Supporting Intelligent Online Video Streaming, to appear in proceedings of 15th IEEE Annual Consumer Communications & Networking Conference (CCNC 2018), USA, 01/2018

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SDCN visits BBC R&D

[Author: Mu]

It has been a great visit to the BBC R&D South Lab in London. The main purpose of the trip is to discuss potential collaborations and an MSc student project on immersive TV with Rajiv (thank you for inviting us!) off the back of our success in ACM TVX 2017. I gave a talk on the modelling of human perception in media synchronisation and (shamelessly) inserted a quick intro of SDCN project at the beginning of my talk (like that kind of YouTube advert which you can’t skip 🙂 ). In fact, media sync and SDCN are two great examples of how multimedia research and communication network research complement each other.


I also sampled some very interesting VR demos arranged by Vino and her VR team. We exchanged some thoughts on future directions on VR particularly in the context of TV broadcasting.