Team Members

Principal Investigator: Marco Ruffini

Prof. Marco Ruffini received his M.Eng. in telecommunications in 2002 from Polytechnic University of Marche (Italy), and after working for Philips R&D in Germany he joined Trinity College Dublin (TCD) in 2005, where he received his Ph.D. in 2007. Since 2010 he’s assistant professor (tenured 2014) at TCD. He is part of the CTVR/CONNECT telecommunications research centre and a technical coordinator of the FP7 DISCUS project and holder of a personal Science Foundation Ireland Principal Investigator award. He has authored more than 60 publications and 10 patents. His research focuses on flexible high-capacity fiber broadband architectures and open access SDN.


Postdoctoral researcher: Frank Slyne
Frank Slyne as carried out a PhD in the research area of Metro Nodes implemented in a flat-core and Long Reach Passive Optical Networks (LR-PON) architecture. The approach of Software Defined Networks is applied so as to optimise functionality, energy, capacity and utilisation. The overall vision for LR-PON is being pursued within the context of the EU-FP7 project DISCUS.


Ph.D Candidate: Sandip Das

Sandip is a Research Assistant at CONNECT research centre in Trinity College Dublin, Ireland under supervision of Prof. Marco Ruffini. His research interests include cloud-RAN and optical-wireless convergence.



Ph.D CandidateNima Afraz.

Nima obtained a master degree on Computer Systems Architecture (2014) and a bachelor degree on Computer Hardware engineering (2011). Both his academic and professional experiences have benn focused in Computer Networks. His major research interests are Computer Networks, Software Defined Networks, Internet of Things and online privacy. His thesis in both graduate and undergraduate studies was on Delay based TCP congestion control techniques.