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Dr Shakeel Ahmad

Associate Professor

Department of Science and Engineering

Dr Shakeel Ahmad


Shakeel is an associate professor in computing in the Department of Science and Engineering. He joined Solent University in 2015. In 2020 he won OfS funding of £500,000 to design and launch the PG conversion course in AI and Data Science, and in 2021 he won OfS funding of £50,000 for the National Data Skills Pilot project. He is the course leader of BSc (Hons) Cyber Security Management, BSc (Hons) Computer Systems and Networks Engineering and MSc Applied AI and Data Science.

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.

Further information

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

Taught courses

BSc (Hons) Computer Science

Find your specialism on this BCS-accredited degree. Gain problem-solving skills, create innovative technologies and prepare for a career in many industries, including cybersecurity and data analysis.

BSc (Hons) Computer Networks Engineering

Well-qualified network engineers are in high demand and this degree is delivered in partnership with Cisco Networking Academy providing essential skills for the computing industry.

BSc (Hons) Cyber Security

Want to protect the world from hackers, viruses and cyber-attacks? This practical degree course enables you develop the in-demand skills in a growing industry.

BSc (Hons) Software Engineering

Learn how to design, develop, and maintain software applications to create innovative technology solutions and enhance user experiences on this BCS-accredited degree.

MSc Applied AI and Data Science

Immerse yourself in the in-demand fields of AI and data science. Using problem-based approaches, your studies will equip you with the knowledge and skills to open doors to a wide range of careers.