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: Amr El-Rasad
Dr. El-RasadAmr Amr El-Rasad received his B.Sc. in electrical engineering and M.Sc. in engineering mathematics from Alexandria University, Egypt, in 2004 and 2010, respectively. He received his Ph.D. in computer science from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabia in 2016. Prior to KAUST, he was assistant lecturer for the Faculty of Engineering, Alexandria University, Egypt. Dr. El-rasad research interests include optical networks, broadband access, wireless sensor networks, software defined networks, and queuing systems.

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: Harleen Kaur Gill

Harleen is a Research ADSC04308ssistant at CONNECT research centre in Trinity College Dublin, Ireland under supervision of Prof. Marco Ruffini. Her research interests include Software Defined Networks, Network Security and Communications.
Harleen has received Bachelor’s in Technology degree from Punjab Technical University, India and then completed Masters in Engineering from Thapar University, India and worked on “Capture, Analyze and Detect Malicious Activities in University Network Traffic.”


Ph.D CandidateNima Afraz.

DSC_3061Nima 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.