Upcoming Events:

  • Title: The Evolution of Data Centre Network Architectures
    • When: 15 March, Friday, 12.00 pm – 1.00 pm
    • Venue: RMIT University, Building 80 (Swanston Academic Building, Swanston Street), Level 01, Room 02
    • Speaker: Professor Suresh Subramaniam, George Washington University, Washington DC, USA
      Our society is becoming increasingly dependent on analyzing huge amounts of data generated in a large variety of ways. Analyzing the “big data” in the cloud requires a tremendous amount of computing and storage resources, and data centers have emerged as the workhorses of the cloud. Large data centers already consist of tens of thousands of servers, and are expected to scale to hundreds of thousands or even millions of servers with total throughputs in the order of several Tbps. Data centers are extremely power-hungry, and already account for over 2% of worldwide energy consumption. Designing data center networks that are both scalable and energy-efficient is very challenging. To address this challenge, the architecture of the data center network has evolved from the conventional multi-layer architecture to modern approaches that marry electronics and optics. This lecture takes a look at this evolution and discusses emerging alternatives.
    • Presenter Bio:
      Suresh Subramaniam received the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Washington, Seattle, in 1997. He is Professor and Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the George Washington University, Washington DC, where he directs the Lab for Intelligent Networking and Computing. His research interests are in the architectural, algorithmic, and performance aspects of communication networks, with current emphasis on optical networks, cloud computing, and data center networks. He has published about 200 peer-reviewed papers in these areas, and his research has been supported by several grants from the US National Science Foundation and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Dr. Subramaniam is a co-editor of three books on optical networking. He has served in leadership positions of several leading conferences including IEEE ComSoc’s flagship conferences of ICC, Globecom, and INFOCOM. He sits on the editorial boards of the IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking and the IEEE/OSA Journal of Optical Communications and Networking. During 2012 and 2013, he served as the elected Chair of the IEEE Communication Society Optical Networking Technical Committee. He received the 2017 SEAS Distinguished Researcher Award from George Washington University. He was elevated to Fellow of the IEEE in 2015 for his “contributions to optical network architectures, algorithms, and performance modeling”.
  • Title: 5G Opportunities & Technology
    • When: 28 March, Thursday, 09.30 am – 10.30 am
    • Venue: RMIT University, Building 80 (Swanston Academic Building, Swanston Street), Level 01, Room 02
    • Speaker: Stephen Howell, General Manager, Enterprise Business and Government, Wireless Network Engineering, Telstra
      Mobile networks are moving to the next generation. This 5G world has been driven by new use cases that will be explored in this presentation. Despite this generational change, many of our traditional radio planning techniques remain valid. A brief review of these techniques will be covered and differences for 5G explained.
    • Presenter Bio:
      Stephen Howell is the General Manager, Enterprise Business and Government within Telstra’s Wireless Network Engineering. He has spent over twenty-five years in the mobile network industry working on engineering projects that have advanced the performance and coverage of Australia’s mobile phone networks. Initially this work was focused on the first generation of networks (AMPS) where he assisted
      the development of the world’s first remote down-tilt base station antenna system.
      A love of radio and taste for developing new ideas has found Stephen involved in many Australian and world leading projects like – Telstra’s NextG network where he led the team that selected the technology and performed the initial network design; the first auctions of mobile frequency spectrum in Australia where he developed the technical framework for these auctions with the ACMA and the first Australian demonstrations and implementation of an LTE- Advanced network.

      Stephen has been active in the Asia Pacific region, setting up and then running for many years, the radio work group within the Ericsson Asia Pacific User group. More recently he has spent some time consulting to other operators in Asia. Today in his General Manager role he fronts a team of highly experienced engineers who are responsible for the testing and development of innovative new ideas and technology for Government and industry. His mission is to maintain the world leading status of Telstra’s mobile radio networks. Stephen holds degrees in Science (Physics) and a Communications Engineering degree from RMIT University.

Past Events:

  • 22 April 2016: IEEE Comsoc and Signal Processing Societies : ” What is 5G, and when will it arrive”, by Stephen Howell, General Manager, Wireless Network Engineering, Telstra. Room-04, Level-03, Building 37, (cnr of A’Beckett St & Swanston St), Swanston Street, RMIT University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia at 10.45 am (1 hour).
  • 3 May 2016: RMIT IEEE Student Branch will be hosting a Lunch Time Talk . Title: Internet-of-Things (IoT), Embedded Systems and Arduino Revolution. Presenter: Prashant Dabholka
  • Title: Stochastic Tools Used To Improve and/or to Evaluate MAC Layer in WIMAX Networks.
    • When: 6.00pm-7.30m, 30 May, 2016.
    • Venue: Building 80 , Level 01, room 02 (Swanston Academic Building), Swanston Street. RMIT University, Melbourne, VIC 3001.
    • Speaker: Prof. Ben Othman Professeur des Universités / Full Professor, Laboratoire L2TI (EA 3043), Université de Paris 13.
    • ABSTRACT: Wireless and mobile networks have many advantages as easy deployment, user mobility and provide network access to users regardless to their locations. The most critical problems that arise in these networks are on the resource allocations as the bandwidth is limited, the propagation (multi-path, fading, distortion) and security since communications are transmitted over radio waves. In this lecture I will present several works done to model/Improve Quality of Service in Wireless networks. Three different methods will be presented in this lecture. In the first part a new model based on Markov chains is presented to model the different service classes defined in IEEE 802.16. The second part I will present a new AC that we have defined for IEEE 802.16 and we have evaluated using Stochastic Automata Networks. Finally I will present a stochastic comparison for admission control in wireless networks.
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    • When: 3 Days Workshop during 6, 7 and 8 June, 2016.
    • Time: 6.00pm-7.30pm each day.
    • Venue: Room 15, Level 03, Building 80 (Swanston Academic Building), 445 Swanston Street, RMIT University, Melbourne
    • Speaker: Dr. Tinku Rasheed, Area Head, Future Networks Department, Create-Net Research, Italy.
    • ABSTRACT: Softwarization is recognized as one of the key features of the upcoming evolution of mobile cellular networks (5G networks) as it drives the paradigm shift of mobile network design and implementation. While softwarization plays this key role for 5G network deployment, management and service provisioning, it is important to note the variety of needs for softwarization in different segments of 5G networks (network segments include the radio access, core network, transport network, network cloud, mobile edge etc) based of the requirement of the specific segments. SDN (Software-defined Networks) and NFV (Network Function Virtualization) are the potential candidates to enable such paradigm shift in the design of 5G Networks. While NFV enables network infrastructure sharing and the “softwarization” of the network functions, SDN enable the decoupling of the control plane and data plane allowing dynamic network programmability. This workshop will provide an overview and analysis of the architectural evolution with the introduction of NFV and SDN in mobile networks. We also introduce different case studies of the impact of such architectural shift on different mobile network segments (radio access, mobile edge computing, mobile backhaul, multi-domain convergence). The workshop will cover the following topics:
      • Day 1: Network Softwarization in 5G: Architectural evolution and NFV/SDN primers for mobile networks
      • Day 2: NFV Management and Orchestration in 5G Networks
      • Day 3: Case Studies of applying NFV/SDN in mobile network segments
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  • 07 April 2017: IEEE Communications Society Chapter: “NOKIA: IP Networks” Mr. Reza Shahab, Nokia. Friday 07th April from 4.30pm-5.30m. RMIT University, Room 68, Level 11, Building 008 (445 Swanston Street). Enquiries to Dr. Karina Gomez (
  • 17 August 2017: IEEE Board Industry Outreach: The purpose of this industry outreach is to engage Melbourne’s industry and technology leaders, explore current and emerging issues of mutual interest, and determine how IEEE, as a major producer of technical information and educational activities, can better serve our members, professions, and the public. We welcome the opportunity to discuss what IEEE can do to help meet the needs and support the long-term vitality of your workforce and continued success of your business.
    • IEEE Delegation
      Mrs. Karen Bartleson, IEEE President
      Mr. Jim Jefferies, President-Elect
      Prof. Barry Shoop, Past President
      Dr. Dejan Milojicic, Director, Division VIII
      Dr. Jim Prendergast, Executive Director
      Prof. S.K. Ramesh, Vice President, Educational Activities
      Mr. Don Wright, IEEE-SA President
      Dr. Eddie Custovic, Chair, IEEE Victorian Section
      Mr. Patrick Russoniello, Corporate Manager
    • Friends and ColleaguesMr. David Cooper, Ericsson Australia Pty Ltd.
      Mr. Colin Pritchard, Ericsson Australia Pty. Ltd.
      Mr. Daniel Willis, NBN Co. Ltd.
      Miss Carolyn Phiddian, NBN Co. Ltd.
      Mr. Justin Zhao, Huawei
      Mr. Mitar Marescuk, Huawei
      Mr. Djordje, Dikic, Palette
      Prof. Thas Nirmalatha, University of Melbourne
      Mr. Diogo Luiz Montagner, Juniper Networks Australia Pty. Ltd.
      Mr. Maytry Thianesysavanh, Juniper Networks Australia Pty. Ltd.
      Mr. Chia Tan, Cisco SP SE Director APJC
      Mr. Raymond Janse van Rensburg, Cisco SE Director ANZ SalesMr. Stephen Howell, Telstra General Manager Specialised Design, and Support
      Mr. Law Wayne, Telstra Senior Engineering for 3GPP standards and IoT technologies
    • Discussion
      Industry trends and how IEEE can help address challenges and opportunities
      The unmet knowledge/technological needs within your industry and global market(s) and how IEEE can better engage with you to address those needs
      What existing/new products and services would deliver more value to your company
      How your mid-career engineering professionals stay current with evolving technology
      How IEEE can support the training and educational needs of technical professionals through the arc of their careers
      What role IEEE can play with respect to entrepreneurship and start-ups
      What keeps you up at night
  •  17 August 2017:  TechieClub visits at Melbourne Girls Grammar School.
    • Objective: Inspire girls to pursue engineering degrees and careers
    • Activity: ComSoc together with RMIT students organized technical workshops for inspiring Middle Years students (5 to 8), to choose engineering professional degrees. We visited Melbourne Girls Grammar School on 17/05/2017 for 2 hours workshop on fishing packets on the internet, we had 25 girls.
  • Title: Android Security: A story still in the making after 8 years! A perspective from Google, Academia and Start-ups point of views
    • When:  Tuesday, 5/9/2017.
    • Time: 17:30 to 18:30.
    • Venue: Room 001, Level 02 , Building 80 (Swanston Academic Building), 445 Swanston Street, RMIT University, Melbourne
    • Speaker: A/Prof. Giovanni Russello, Associate Professor with the Computer Science Department, at the University of Auckland.
    • ABSTRACT: In mid-2017, Google Android is still the dominating mobile OS with a solid 85% of market share. A key-aspect in Android’s success is its openness. Google allows several device manufacturers to use Android. Moreover, Android supports a very dynamic app landscape accessible through the Google Play marketplace as well as third-party markets. The rate of Android success is only matched by the increase in malicious activity targeting Android. Between 2011 and 2012 the malware samples targeting Android has gone up of 1000%. At the end of 2012, Android has crashed another record becoming the top target for malicious code overtaking Microsoft’s Windows operating system. Currently, Android malware is still on the rising despite Google efforts to make its mobile platform more secure. In this talk, I will walk you through some of the important aspects and developments of Android and its security model. Following that, I will cover the most relevant academic efforts that over the years have appeared for enhancing Android security. Finally, I will cover some of the insights I have learned during my stint as CEO of a startup trying to bring to the market a security solution for Android.
  • Title: Networking for Big Data: Challenges and Opportunities
    • When: 6.00pm-7.00m, 09 May, 2018
    • Venue: Room 02, Level 07, Building 12 RMIT University, Swanston Street, Melbourne (map attached)
    • Speaker: Dr Shui Yu (SMIEEE), IEEE Distinguished Lecturer, School of Information Technology, Deakin University
      Big Data is one of the hottest topics in data science community. However, we found that the fancy learning and mining applications would be impossible without the support from the underneath layers, which is generally named as Networking for Big Data or Big Data Networking. It is an emerging and attractive topic in networking and communication communities. In this talk, we will firstly overview the current landscape of this energetic area, and then present the unprecedented challenges in this new domain, and finally discuss the current research directions in the field. We humbly hope this talk will shed light for forthcoming researchers to further explore the uncharted part of this promising land.
  • Title: A Robust Alternative for EM algorithm to handle Outliers-using Integrated Square Distance (L2E)
    • When: 24 October, Wednesday, 12.30 pm – 1.30 pm
    • Venue: RMIT University, Building 80 (Swanston Academic Building, Swanston Street), Level 10, Room 14
    • Speaker: Dr. Umashanger Thayasivam, Associate Professor, Rowan University, New Jersey, USA
      Expectation Maximization (EM) with the Maximum Likelihood framework is most popular choice for parameter estimation method for mixture models for univariate and multivariate data. However, the major concern in standard EM algorithm is, it is sensitive to model misspecification and outliers. EM algorithm also requires the number of clusters to be known a priori. In this talk I will discuss a robust data driven alternative based on minimum integrated square distance, namely L2E, which can outperform EM when outliers present, at the same time can also use for model-based clustering for Gaussian Mixture Models (GMM). With the big data era, simple tasks such as data cleaning not easy to handle, hence this L2E become a powerful alternative in such practical situation. I will illustrate the use of L2E through simulations and real data analysis. I will also discuss the robustness properties of our estimators.