Staff

Academic Staff

Prof Dimitrios Pezaros

Dimitrios Pezaros is (full) Professor of Computer Networks in the School of Computing Science at the University of Glasgow. He is the Head of the Glasgow Systems Section (GLASS), founding director of the Networked Systems Research Laboratory (netlab), and director of the Cyberdefence laboratory at Glasgow. Prof Pezaros has published widely and is leading research in computer communications, network and service management, and resilience of future virtualised networked infrastructures, exploring technologies such as Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV).

He has received funding in excess of £4.5m for his research by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), the European Comission (EC), the London Mathematical Society (LMS), the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the University of Glasgow, and industry (incl. BT, Huawei, Airbus Group, Brocade, Google, NATS, Solarflare, etc.).

He has been a visiting professor at the University of Athens, Department of Informatics and Telecommunications (2019), and he currently serves as Associate Editor on the editorial board of IEEE Transactions on Network and Service Management. He holds BSc (Hons.) and PhD degrees in Computer Science from Lancaster University, and has been a doctoral fellow of Agilent Technologies Inc. between 2000 and 2004. Prof Pezaros is a chartered engineer, a fellow of the BCS and the IET, a fellow of the HEA, and a senior member of the IEEE and the ACM.

Dr Angelos Marnerides

Dr. Angelos K. Marnerides is a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in the School of Computing Science at the University of Glasgow (UoG). Angelos' research revolves around applied security and resilience for Internet-enabled cyber physical systems. His research philosophy is in designing systems with strong theoretical foundations and in providing practical, data-driven implementations that are deployable in the real world. Prior to that he was a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in the School of Computing and Communications at Lancaster University and the founding director of the innovative Digital Infrastructure Defense (i-DID) group leading the activities of 11 researchers. His research has received significant funding from the industry (e.g., Fujitsu, BAE, Raytheon), governmental bodies (e.g., EU, IUK, EPSRC) and he has been invited to serve as an expert reviewer in grant review panels (e.g., Chilean research commission). He has been a member of the IEEE and the ACM since 2007 and served as a Technical Program Committee (TPC) member, TPC track and workshop co-chair and organiser for several top IEEE and IFIP conferences including IEEE ICC, IEEE GLOBECOM, IEEE INFOCOM, IEEE CCNC, IFIP Networking, IEEE WoWMoM, and IEEE GLOBALSIP leading him to receive IEEE ComSoc contribution awards in 2016 and 2018. He holds an MSc ('07) and PhD ('11) in Computer Science from Lancaster University and held postdoctoral and visiting researcher positions at Carnegie Mellon University (USA), University of Porto (Portugal), Lancaster University (UK) and University College London (UK).

Researchers

Marco Cook

Marco is currently a final year PhD student funded through an EPSRC iCASE studentship, supported by the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl). He works on the intersection of anomaly detection and digital forensics within industrial control systems (ICS), and is currently exploring data provenance and fingerprinting to enable attack detection for programmable logic controllers (PLCs).

Stefanos Sagkriotis

Stefanos is currently a last year PhD student funded through an EPSRC/BT iCASE studentship, researching topics in the intersection of in-network compute and orchestration. He holds a Master's degree (MSc) in Data Science from the University of Glasgow, UK (2018). He received his degree in Informatics and Telecommunications from the University of Peloponnese, Greece (2017). 

More info: Scholar linkTwitterPersonal page

Dr Chris Williamson

Dr. Chris Williamson is a Research Associate within the James Watt School of Engineering of the University of Glasgow. Chris received his B.Eng. (with honours) and subsequent M.Eng. degrees in electrical, electronic and energy engineering from Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow, U.K., in 2017 and 2018, respectively. He was then awarded a Ph.D. degree in electronic and electrical engineering from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, U.K., in 2022. His research interests include the use of semiconductor devices to provide encryptions solutions for IoT applications and devices, utilisation of ester-based liquid dielectrics in pulsed power machines, impulse breakdown of liquid dielectrics focusing predominantly on environmentally friendly fluids, interfacial flashover of composite insulating systems and dielectric breakdown under non-standard voltage stress. Chris was a recipient of the IET award in 2017.

Research Students

Haruna Adoga

Haruna Umar Adoga is currently a PhD student at the School of Computing Science, University of Glasgow. He holds a Bachelors degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering, from the University of Maiduguri, Nigeria (2009), and a Masters degree in Computer Science, University of Hertfordshire, UK (2016).

His research interests are in the areas of Software Defined Networking (SDN), Edge Computing, Network Function Virtualization (NFV), Future Networks, and Network Management.

Nouf AlHarbi

Nouf Alharbi received her B.Sc. in Computer Science at Taibah University, Saudi Arabia, with first-class honours in 2008. Since 2010, she holds the post of a lecturer with the Faculty of Computing Sciences at Taibah University. She obtained her M.Sc. degree in Computer Science from the Faculty of Computing and Information Technology, King Abdulaziz University, in 2016. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. at the School of Computing Science, University of Glasgow, U.K. Her research interests include wireless sensor networks (WSNs), routing algorithms, optimisation techniques, industrial WSNs and industrial IoT.

Hatem Almazarqi

Hatem Almazarqi is currently a PhD student at the School of Computing Science, University of Glasgow. He obtained his Master 's degree in Information Technology from the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) and his BS from King Abdulaziz University (KAU). His research interests are in the areas of Internet measurements, anomaly detection, cybersecurity and network security. Currently, his research work focuses on profiling of large-scale IoT-based botnets.

Ghadeer Alsharif

Ghadeer Alsharif is currently a PhD student at the School of Computing Science, University of Glasgow. She obtained her M.Sc. degree in Information Technology from the Faculty of Computing and Information Technology, King Abdulaziz University, in 2019. her research interests include network security, Internet of Things (IoT), Software-defined Networks (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV).

Kelsey Collington

Kelsey Collington is a second year PhD student in Computer Science at the University of Glasgow. The working title of her PhD is ‘Organisational Resilience in Nuclear Industries’. She is interested in enabling resilience through improving the integration of technology, specifically anomaly detection systems for ICS, into organisations. Increasing the ‘explainability’ of technology, through considering how it interacts with people and processes, is expected to aid this integration in part by increasing the users trust in the technology.

Kai Feng

Kai Feng is currently a PhD student at the School of Computing Science, University of Glasgow, supervised by Dr Angelos Marnerides. He is a recipient of the School of Computing Science Scholarship. His research focuses on the discovery of zero-day vulnerabilities in ICS/IoT, Reverse Engineering, and Fuzzing.

Teodor Karkashina

Master’s degree in informatics from University of Peiraeus and currently a PhD student at the School of Computing Science, University of Glasgow.
Research interests are in the areas of Software Defined Networking (SDN) and dataplane programmability.

Xicheng Li

Xicheng Li is a second-year PhD student in the School of Computing Science at the University of Glasgow. His research interests are software-defined networks, network function virtualisation and related in-network computing areas.

The current working projects are taming the heterogeneity of the hybrid deployment of programmable SDN switches and leveraging state-of-the-art in-network computing techniques to empower industrial IoT applications.

Interns and Project Students

Dávid Balla

David Balla is a PhD candidate at the Budapest University of Technology. He is a member of High Speed Networks Laboratory (www.hsnlab.hu) at the Department of Telecommunication and Media Informatics. His main research focuses on open source Function as a Service solutions, but he is also interested in high speed data-center network solutions as well as distributed storage systems.

Irian Leyva Pupo

Irian Leyva-Pupo is a Research Assistant and a PhD candidate of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC). Received her BSc. degree in Telecommunication and Electronic Engineering from the Technological University of Havana José Antonio Echeverría (Havana, Cuba) in 2015. Currently, her research work focuses on optimization problems, 5G networks, NFV and SDN. She completed her internship in our group in 2019.

Alejandro Llorens Carrodeguas

Alejandro Llorens-Carrodeguas is a research assistant and a Ph.D. candidate at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC). Received his BSc. degree in Telecommunication and Electronic Engineering from the Technological University of Havana José Antonio Echeverría (Havana, Cuba). The operation and management system are his main experiences. His current research interests include NFV, SDN, Data Distribution Service, 5G networking and Machine Learning. He completed an internship in our group in 2019.

Angelos Perivolaropoulos

Summer internship project on GNF for resource-constrained environments; currently pursuing his BSc in Computing Science degree.

Check out his internship blog here.

Alejandro Santoyo-Gonzalez

Alejandro Santoyo Gonzalez is a Research Assistant and PhD Candidate of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. He previously worked as solution manager for Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. and as a datacenter engineer with a main focus on IT infrastructure, virtualization platforms, technical support and service management. His current research interests are Edge Computing, 5G, NFV, programmable networking, optimization problems and algorithms. He completed an internship in our group in 2018.

Márk Szalay

Márk Szalay is a Ph.D. candidate at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics. He is a member of the High Speed Network Laboratory (http://hsnlab.hu/) in the Department of Telecommunications and Media Informatics. His main research interests include Software-Defined Networking, Cloud Computing, Cloud Orchestration, and Delay-Critical Services.

Associate Members

Dr Christos Anagnostopoulos

Dr Christos (Chris) Anagnostopoulos is Associate Professor (Senior Lecturer) in Distributed and Pervasive Computing, School of Computing Science, University of Glasgow. His expertise is in the areas of large-scale distributed data management systems and in-network information processing. He has received funding for his research by the EC/H2020 and the industry. Dr Anagnostopoulos is coordinating (PI) the projects: EU H2020/GNFUV and EU H2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie (MSCA)/INNOVATE, and is a co-PI of the EU PRIMES and UK EPSRC CLDS. Dr Anagnostopoulos is an author of over 140 refereed scientific journals/conferences [scholar], [dblp]. He is leading the Essence: Pervasive & Distributed Intelligence within the Knowledge and Data Engineering Systems Group (IDA Research Section). He is also an associate member of the Networked Systems Research (NETLAB). Dr Anagnostopoulos before joining Glasgow was an Assistant Professor at Ionian University and Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Athens and University of Thessaly. He has held postdoctoral positions at University of Glasgow and University of Athens in the areas of context-aware computing systems. He holds a BSc, MSc, and PhD in Computing Science, University of Athens. He is an associate fellow of the HEA, member of ACM and IEEE.

Dr Lewis Mackenzie

Lewis Mackenzie is a Senior Lecturer in Computing Science and a member of the Systems research section. His teaching in recent years has been primarily in data communications, networks and computer systems. His research interests are in mobile ad hoc, vehicular and wireless sensor networks, advanced computer architectures and simulation.

Alumni

Dr Gubran Al-Kubati

Gubran graduated with a Master in Science (M.Sci) in wireless communication engineering (2007--2009) and is currently working in Systems research section. His research interestes include wireless and mobile communications, vehicular ad hoc networks, Quality of Service (QoS), and cross-layer design for wireless networks.

Walaa Alayed

Walaa has been a PhD student working in the area of routing protocols for next generation wireless sensor networks

Dr Ibrahim Alghamdi

Ibrahim Alghamdi received his Master in Computer Science from Monmouth University in 2014 and his BS from Al-Baha University in 2009. Alghamdi has been with Al-Baha University since 2010, teaching courses in programming languages, networking, and software engineering. Currently, he is a PhD student at the University of Glasgow focusing on Resource Allocation in Cloud Computing. He is a member of the Glasgow Systems Section.

Dr Abeer Ali

Abeer has graduated her PhD (2020) on virtualised security provisioning for Cloud Data Centres.

Dr Levente Csikor

Levente has been a research associate at the School of Computing Science, University of Glasgow working on an Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) funded project called Network Measurement as a Service between 2016 and 2017.

Previously, he received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degree in technical informatics from the Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME) in 2010 and 2015, respectively.
He has been a research fellow
at the High Speed Networks Laboratory, Department of Telecommunications and Media Informatics, BME. Levente was involved in FP7 Unify project, as well as in several industrial projects carried on between HSN Lab and Ericcson TrafficLab Hungary (ETH) and Ericsson AB Sweden (EAB).
Recently, his interests have focused on Software-Defined Networking (SDN), and Network Function Virtualization (NFV), in particular, the dataplane performances of different software-based network functions.

Dr Richard Cziva

Richard has been a PhD student and a Research Associate in the group. His research focused on the efficient allocation of resources in Cloud Data Centre networks through the exploitation of converged network-server resource management and Software-Defined Networking (SDN). Recently, he has also been working on Network Function Virtualisation (NFV) by developing the Glasgow Network Functions (GNF) framework.

Gregg Hamilton

Project on 'Distributed VIrtual Machine Migration for Cloud Data Centres' (MRes, 2014); now at Linn

Dr Natascha Harth

Natascha Harth is currently a PhD student at the School of Computing Science, University of Glasgow. She received her B.Sc in Business Information Technology from the Cooperated University Mannheim, Germany (2014) in cooperation with Hewlett Packard (HP). Natascha worked for HP as a Technical Consultant for Business Intelligent solutions. She was awarded a Master (MSc) in Data Science from the University of Glasgow (2016).

Her research areas are: Edge Computing, intelligent predictive modelling for Internet of Things (IoT) environments, and Stochastic Optimisation.

Dr Mircea Iordache

Mircea is an RA and PhD student at the University of Glasgow focusing on enhancing security for Software-Defined Networks.

Dr Simon Jouet

Simon was a Research Assistant and PhD student at the School of Computing Science, University of Glasgow until 2017. Now in industry.

Dr Andrzej Kamisiński

Andrzej Kamisiński is a Research Associate in the School of Computing Science at the University of Glasgow, and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Telecommunications at the AGH University of Science and Technology in Kraków, Poland. He received his B.Sc., M.Sc., and Ph.D. degrees in Telecommunications from AGH University of Science and Technology in 2012, 2013, and 2017, respectively. In 2015, he joined the QUAM Lab in the Department of Information Security and Communication Technology at NTNU (Trondheim, Norway) for four months as a Visiting Ph.D. Student, where he worked with Professor Bjarne E. Helvik and with Telenor Research on dependability of Software-Defined Networks. In summer 2018, he was a Visiting Research Fellow in the Communication Technologies group, Faculty of Computer Science, University of Vienna, collaborating with Professor Stefan Schmid on research projects related to dependability and security of communication networks. Between 2018 and 2020, he has been a member of the Management Committee of the 'Resilient Communication Services Protecting End-User Applications From Disaster-Based Failures' European COST Action. His primary research interests span dependability, programmability, and security of computer and communication networks. In addition, he has a passion for aviation, especially sailplanes and air traffic control. He is a licensed sailplane pilot and he also plays organ and piano.

Dr Konstantinos (Kostas) Kolomvatsos

Dr Kostas Kolomvatsos received his B.Sc. in Informatics from the Dept. of Informatics at the Athens University of Economics and Business in 1995, his M.Sc. and his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Dept. of Informatics and Telecommunications at the University of Athens (UoA) in 2005 and in 2013, respectively. Currently, he belongs in the Teaching Staff of the Department of Informatics and Telecommunications, UoA and serves as a Senior Researcher in the same department. He also serves as an Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Thessaly, Department of Computer Science. He has participated in several European and National research projects and he was the Principal Investigator in the research project ENFORCE in the Department of Computer Science, University of Thessaly.  His research interests are in the definition of Intelligent Systems adopting Machine Learning, Computational Intelligence and Soft Computing for Pervasive Computing, Distributed Systems and Large Scale Data Streams. He is the author of over 50 publications in these areas.

Stefanos Nikolaou

Stefanos Nikolaou was a Research Assistant in the School of Computing Science at the University of Glasgow during 2018-19. He holds a master equivalent degree in information and communication engineering from the University of the Aegean, Greece, and an MSc in Data Science from the University of Glasgow. His research interests lie in the field of  bio-insired applications for Software-Defined Networking as well as in Edge Computing and predictive modeling for Internet of Things.

Dr Fotis Savva

Fotis Savva was a PhD candidate and a member of the Information Data and Analysis (IDA) section at the School of Computing Science at the University of Glasgow. He researched how Machine Learning can be applied in Networked Systems to alleviate some of the inherent problems in routing and traffic engineering. His expertise lies in the domains of large-scale data analytics systems and how machine learning can be applied to expedite complex query processing and data analytic tasks. His work on “Query-Driven Learning for Next Generation Predictive Modelling and Analytics” received 2nd place at the Student Research Competition at ACM SIGMOD 2019. In 2016 he was awarded an EPSRC scholarship for his PhD studies. He holds a BSc (Hons) First Class in Computer Science from the University of Glasgow (2016).

Dr Kyle Simpson

Dr. Kyle Simpson is now an Extensibility Engineer at Arista Networks – formerly a Postdoctoral Research Assistant at the University of Glasgow, supervised by Professor Dimitrios Pezaros. He wored on the intersection of programmable dataplane hardware and data-driven networking, including examining low-latency, efficient packet processing frameworks for in-situ IoT defence via the TruSDEd project.

Publications and writings are listed on Orcid.

Dr Posco Tso

SICSA NGI fellow (2011-2014); now lecturer at Loughborough University.

Dr Kyle White

Kyle was a SICSA funded PhD student researching how to increase resilience and safety in Air Traffic Management communication networks and automated systems. Now in industry.

Dr Qianru Zhou

Qianru Zhou has been a Research Associate with the group between 2018 and 2019. Her research focus has been on knowledge base autonomic network management and in Software Defined Networking (SDN). She received her Bachelor degree in Telecommunication Engineering from Shenzhen University, Guangdong, China, in 2009, her MSc degree in Optical Engineering from Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, Beijing, China, in 2013, and her PhD from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK in 2018. She has also worked as a System Programmer in Sanmina, Shenzhen, China, in 2014.