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Shakeel Ahmad

Dr Shakeel Ahmad

Associate Professor

School of Media Arts and Technology

023 8201 6095 ext. 6095 Room no. JM506

Biography

Shakeel is an associate professor in multimedia communications and networks in the School of Media Arts and Technology. He joined Solent University in October 2015 as the course leader in the computer networking programme.

Shakeel received his PhD (Dr.-Ing) from the University of Konstanz, Germany, in 2008 for his work on optimized network-adaptive multimedia transmission over IP networks. He received his MSc in Information and Communication Systems from TUHH, Germany and BSc (Hons) in Electronics and Communication Engineering from UET Lahore, Pakistan. Before joining Solent University, he worked at De Montfort University as a senior research fellow and the course leader in MSc Electronic Engineering.

His main research area is multimedia communications and computer networks. Video streaming, the most pervasive form of multimedia communication, imposes a number of challenges including limited and fluctuating bandwidth, packet losses, and strict end-to-end delay constraint. These challenges are even more pronounced in mobile wireless networks affecting users’ quality of experience when they stream at higher bit rates. Recent proliferation of handheld devices, 4K and 8K video resolutions, Multiview and 3D video coding, and mixture of virtual reality have imposed a number of challenges, and opened a number of new research dimensions as well. The goal of his research is to maximize users’ quality of experience in a scalable and sustainable fashion with minimum required computing and networking resources. He has published more than 30 research articles in peer-reviewed international conferences and journals.

Shakeel has worked on various consultancy and research projects. He was a co-investigator on The Community Network Game, a project funded by the European Commission under the FP7 programme from 2010 to 2012. He has experience of successful PhD completions both as the first and the second supervisor. He is a member of IEEE and IET. He also holds a PG Certificate in Higher Education and is a Fellow of Higher Education Academy.

Taught courses

Further information

  1. Teaching experience

    Shakeel has many years' teaching experience at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels in the areas of multimedia communications, computer and data networks, network implementation and communication technology.
  2. Recent publications

    Shakeel has contributed to a number of journals and conference papers. Click the link below to find out more.

    Book chapters

    • Hamzaoui, R., Ahmad, S., Akaidi, M. A., Reliable Wireless video streaming with digital fountain codes, In: Encyclopedia of Wireless and Mobile Communications, Taylor & Francis, 2007.

    Journal papers

    • S. Ahmad, C. Bouras, E. Buyukkaya, M. Dawood, R. Hamzaoui, V. Kapoulas, A. Papazois, G. Simon, Peer-to-peer live video streaming with rateless codes for massively multiplayer online games, Peer-to-Peer Networking and Applications, doi:10.1007/s12083-016-0495-7, 2016
    • Dawood, M., Hamzaoui, R., Ahmad, S. and Al-Akaidi, M., 2016. Error-resilient packet-switched mobile video telephony with channel-adaptive rateless coding and early reference picture selection. Signal, Image and Video Processing, pp.1-8.
    • Adarbah, H.Y., Ahmad, S. and Duffy, A., 2015. Impact of noise and interference on probabilistic broadcast schemes in mobile ad-hoc networks. Computer Networks, 88, pp.178-186.
    • Khattak, S., Maugey, T., Hamzaoui, R., Ahmad, S. and Pascal, F., 2015. Temporal and Inter-view Consistent Error Concealment Technique for Multiview plus Depth Video. IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology, 99, pp.1-12 p.10.
    • Liu, J., Ahmad, S., Buyukkaya, E., Hamzaoui, R. and Simon, G., 2014. Resource allocation in underprovisioned multioverlay peer-to-peer live video sharing services. Peer-to-Peer Networking and Applications, 8(3), pp.399-413.
    • Khattak, S., Hamzaoui, R., Maugey, T., Ahmad, S. and Frossard, P., 2013. Bayesian early mode decision technique for view synthesis prediction-enhanced multiview video coding. Signal Processing Letters, IEEE, 20(11), pp.1126-1129.
    • Khattak, S., Hamzaoui, R., Ahmad, S. and Frossard, P., 2013. Fast encoding techniques for Multiview video coding. Signal Processing: Image Communication, 28(6), pp.569-580.
    • Ahmad, S., Bouras, C., Hamzaoui, R., Liu, J., Papazois, A., Perelman, E., Shani, A., Simon, G. and Tsichritzis, G., 2011. Community tools for massively multiplayer online games. International Journal on Advances in Networks and Services, 4(3-4).
    • Ahmad, S., Hamzaoui, R. and Al-Akaidi, M.M., 2011. Unequal error protection using fountain codes with applications to video communication. Multimedia, IEEE Transactions on, 13(1), pp.92-101.
    • Ahmad, S., Hamzaoui, R. and Al-Akaidi, M., 2010. Adaptive unicast video streaming with rateless codes and feedback. Circuits and Systems for Video Technology, IEEE Transactions on, 20(2), pp.275-285.
    • Ahmad, S., Hamzaoui, R. and Al-Akaidi, M., 2009. Optimal packet loss protection of progressively compressed 3-D meshes. Multimedia, IEEE Transactions on, 11(7), pp.1381-1387.

    Conference publications

    • H. Y. Adarbah, S. Ahmad, "Efficient Route Discovery using Channel Adaptive Probabilistic Broadcasting in Zigbee Wireless Sensor Networks", 25th International Conference on Software,  Telecommunications and Computer Networks, 21-23 Sep. 2017, Split, Croatia.
    • H. Y. Adarbah, S. Ahmad, B. Arafeh, and A. Duffyy, "Efficient Broadcasting for Route Discovery in Mobile Ad-hoc Networks", International Symposium on Performance Evaluation of Computer and Telecommunication Systems (SPECTS), July 26-29, 2015, Chicago, USA.
    • A. Zanbouri, M. Al-Akaidi and S. Ahmad, Adaptive Unequal Error Protection to Enhance Multicast Live Video Streaming, Proc. MESM 2014, Middle Eastern Multiconference on Simulation and Modelling, Muscat, Oman, Feb. 2014.
    • Jiayi Liu, Shakeel Ahmad, Eliya Buyukkaya, Raouf Hamzaoui and Gwendal Simon, Resource Allocation in Underprovisioned Multioverlay Live Video, in: Proc. ACM CoNEXT Capacity Sharing Workshop, Nice, France, Dec. 2012.
    • E. Buyukkaya, S. Ahmad, M. Dawood, J. Liu, F. Zhou, R. Hamzaoui, G. Simon, Level-based peer-to-peer live streaming with rateless codes, Proc. IEEE International Symposium on Multimedia, Irvine, California, USA, Dec. 2012.
    • S. Ahmad, C. Bouras, E. Buyukkaya, R. Hamzaoui, A. Papazois, A. Shani, G. Simon, F. Zhou, Peer-to-peer live streaming for massively multiplayer online games, Proc. P2P'12, (demo paper), Tarragona, Spain, Sept. 2012.
    • F. Zhou, S. Ahmad, E. Buyukkaya, R. Hamzaoui, G. Simon, Minimizing server throughput for low-delay live streaming in content delivery networks, Proc. NOSSDAV 2012, Toronto, June 2012.
    • S. Khattak, R. Hamzaoui, S. Ahmad, P. Frossard, Low-complexity multiview video coding, PCS'2012, Picture Coding Symposium, Poznan, May 2012.
    • S. Ahmad, C. Bouras, E. Buyukkaya, R. Hamzaoui, V. Kapoulas, A. Papazois, A. Shani, G. Simon, Evaluating P2P Live Streaming Systems: the CNG Case, Proc. 17th International Conference on Distributed Multimedia Systems (DMS'2011), Florence, Aug. 2011.
    • Dawood, M., Hamzaoui, R., Ahmad, S., Al-Akaidi, M., Error resilient packet-switched video telephony with adaptive rateless coding and reference picture selection, Proc. MESM 2010, Middle Eastern Multiconference on Simulation and Modelling, Alexandria, Dec. 2010.
    • S. Ahmad, C. Bouras, R. Hamzaoui, A. Papazois, E. Perelman, A. Shani, G. Simon, and G. Tsichritzis, The Community Network Game project: Enriching online gamers experience with user generated content, Proc. 2nd Int. Conf. Creative Content Technologies (CONTENT 2010), Lisbon, Nov. 2010.
    • S. Ahmad, C. Bouras, R. Hamzaoui, A. Papazois, E. Perelman, A. Shani, and G. Simon, The Community Network Game project: Enhancing collaborative activities in online games, Proc. Networked & Electronic Media Summit, Barcelona, Oct. 2010.
    • Ahmad, S., Hamzaoui, R., Al-Akaidi, M., Video multicast using unequal error protection with Luby Transform codes, Proc. MESM 09, Middle Eastern Multiconference on Simulation and Modeling, Beirut, Lebanon, Sep. 2009.
    • Dawood, M., Hamzaoui, R., Ahmad, S., Al-Akaidi, M., Error-resilient packet switched H.264 mobile video telephony with LT coding and reference picture selection , Proc. EUSIPCO 09, Glasgow, Aug. 2009.
    • Ahmad, S., Hamzaoui, R., Al-Akaidi, M., Practical channel-adaptive video streaming with fountain codes, Proc. ICPCA 08, The Third International Conference on Pervasive Computing and Applications, Alexandria, Oct. 2008.
    • Ahmad, S., Hamzaoui, R., Al-Akaidi, M., Unequal error protection using LT codes and block duplication, Proc. MESM 08, Middle Eastern Multiconference on Simulation and Modelling, Amman, Aug. 2008.
    • Ahmad, S., Hamzaoui, R., Akaidi, M. A., Robust live unicast video streaming with rateless codes, Proceedings of 16th annual Packet Video Workshop Lausanne, Switzerland, Nov. 2007. (Best IBM student paper award)
    • Ahmad, S., Hamzaoui, R., Optimal error protection of progressively compressed 3D meshes, Proceedings of IEEE International Conference on Multimedia and Expo. (ICME 06), Toronto, Canada, July 2006.
    • Ahmad, S., Malik, S., Implementation of Optical Burst Switching Framework in Ptolemy Simulator, In IEEE E-Tech July, 2004. Karachi, Pakistan.

    Miscellaneous

    1. Ahmad, S., Hamzaoui, R., Optimal error protection of progressively compressed 3D meshes, Konstanzer Schriften in Mathematik und Informatik, No. 222, University of Konstanz, Dec. 2006.
    2. PhD Dissertation: "Optimized Network-Adaptive Multimedia Transmission over Packet Erasure Channels"
    3. MSc Thesis: "Multi-Standard Convergence in Mobile Terminals" Master thesis"
    MSc Research Project: "Design and implementation of Optical Burst Switching"
  3. Research interests

    Shakeel's research and teaching interests include computer networks, multimedia communications, video streaming, channel coding, P2P networks, communication protocols, and mobile ad-hoc networks.
  4. Awards

    Click the link below to find out more about the awards Shakeel has received during his career.
    • Best paper award for the paper “The Community Network Game project: Enriching online gamers experience with user generated content” in International Conference on Creative Content Technologies (CONTENT 2010), Lisbon, Nov. 2010.
    • Best IBM student paper award for “Robust live unicast video streaming with rateless codes” in Proceedings of 16th Annual Packet Video Workshop Lausanne, Switzerland, Nov. 2007.
    • Outstanding Academic Performance Scholarship 2003 (TUHH Germany).