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- 18 May: Sean Murphy is running a course called NoSQL Data Management in the Cloud. This course will give the attendees a good overview of NoSQL systems, how they have evolved and contexts in which they are useful and preferable to traditional SQL systems. The attendees will also learn through demonstrated example how to configure a Hadoop/Pig/Cassandra system on EC2, populate it with data and query it.
- 16 April: The paper 'Analysis and Validation of the Maximal Reasonable Link Group Size in Static 802.11a Wireless Mesh Networks: A Study Towards Channel Assignment' by Sebastian Robitzsch and Liam Murphy has been accepted for publication at IEEE HotMESH'12.
- 23 February: Welcome to Saima Arif, new PhD student in the group. She has Master degree in computer Science from Fatima Jinnah Women University Rawalpindi, Pakistan (2007), where she worked as Teaching Assistant for one year. She worked in Software house (Buraq Integrated Solutions) as a Technical Writer for one year and she worked as researcher 2 years at the University of Warwick, UK.
- 1 February: Welcome to Soufiene Djahel, new research fellow in the group. Dr. Soufiene Djahel is mainly involved in TRAFFIC project. In 2011, he was a postdoc fellow at ENSIIE where he was involved in a research project aiming at designing communication protocols for Hybrid Sensor and Vehicular Networks (HSVNs). He got his Ph.D degree in computer science in December 2010 from university of Lille1, France. The research interests of Soufiene Djahel fall under the field of wireless networking with main focus on communication protocols design and security in MANETs, WMNs, VANETs and WSNs.
- 1 February: Welcome (back) to John Fitzpatrick, new research fellow with us. Dr. John Fitzpatrick received a PhD from University College Dublin (UCD), Ireland in 2008. After receiving his PhD he was a postdoctoral researcher in the department of computer science and informatics at UCD working on a number of projects including the EU FP7 project CARMEN. John is the recipient of an IRCSET Inspire Marie Curie Scholarship and from 2010 to 2012 was a research fellow with NEC Labs Europe in Heidelberg, Germany. John is now a research fellow at UCD working on a number of Science Foundation Ireland, Enterprise Ireland and European projects.
- 23 January: Welcome to Anthony Ventresque, new research fellow in the group. Anthony studied both Computer Science and Philosophy. He obtained a Master degree in Philosophy (2001), got a Master degree in Computer Science and a PhD in 2008 in University of Nantes, France. He was research and teaching assistant during year 2009 at University of Nantes and a research fellow since 2010 till 2011 in Nanyang Technological University.
- 23 January: Welcome to Andres Omar Portillo Dominguez, new PhD student in the group. He obtained a Bachelor degree in Information Systems from Tec de Monterrey (2000) and got a Master degree in Business Administration from Thunderbird University (2008). From a professional side, Omar has 11+ years of experience in the software industry in which he has played the roles of software engineer, business analyst, architect and project /program manager for companies in the consulting, manufacturing, retailing, banking and telecommunication domains.
- 17 January: Congratulations to a Cristian Olariu, John Fitzpatrick and Liam Murphy who won the overall best paper award at IEEE/COMSOC CCNC 2012 (Consumer Communications and Networking Conference) for their paper entitled A QoS based call admission control and resource allocation mechanism for LTE femtocell deployments. CCNC is one of the IEEEs flagship communication conferences and is co-located with the CES trade show. It focuses on Highlighting the latest in Entertainment & Consumer Communications Technologies. The winning paper was selected as the best paper from over 200 submissions. The paper designed a mechanism to allow mobile operators to dynamically perform call admission control and resource allocation for femtocells that are backhauled via business/residential DSL internet connections. The mechanism improves the overall voice call quality and prevents the call quality degradation that occurs in many femtocell deployments due to the residential internet connection being outside of the control of the mobile operator.
- 7 November: Welcome to Somnath Mazumdar, new PhD student in the group. Somnath completed his Master of Science in Ubiquitous Networking and Computing from INRIA Sophia-Antipolis, France.