SEcure Networks and Distributed Systems (SENDS) Research Group

The evolution and maturity of parallel, distributed, and Cloud computing in the last few decades has opened up new horizons in research and applications in these domains. The objective of SEcure Networks and Distributed Systems (SENDS) research group at NUCES is to explore and provide innovative and secure solutions in the rich field of distributed computing. Our team focuses on investigation, design and development of scalable and efficient systems, environments, and algorithms for the delivery of services to the end user in a distributed environment over the internet or via a private network. Our research group is working in various related domains such as Information Security and Privacy, Cloud and Distributed Systems, Computer Networks, Performance Modeling, Green Computing, High-Performance Parallel Computing, SDN, Ubiquitous and  Pervasive Computing, Internet of Things, Formal Methods and Trust management in Distributed Systems. 

Research Areas

  • Cloud, Edge, and Fog Computing
  • Ubiquitous and Pervasive Computing
  • Internet of Things
  • Information Security and Privacy
  • High-Performance Parallel Computing (Supercomputing)
  • Green Computing
  • Computer Networks (Performance Modeling, Admission and Congestion Control, Quality of Service, Mobility Management and its Cost Analysis, P2P systems, Routing Protocols, Fault Management)
  • Software Defined Networking
  • Business Processes and Services Oriented Architectures
  • Middleware Systems
  • INRIA, France
  • IMT (Institut Mines-Télécom), Atlantique, France
  • Institute of Information Technology (itec), University of Klagenfurt, Austria
  • Protocol Engineering Lab, Department of Software, Sangmyung University, South Korea
  • DISI, University of Trento, Italy
Selected Publications
  • Christian Mayer, Muhammad Adnan Tariq, Ruben Mayer, Kurt Rothermel, "GrapH: Traffic-Aware Graph Processing", In IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems, 2018. 
  • Ehtesham Zahoor, Zubaria Asma, Olivier Perrin, "A Formal Approach for the Verification of AWS IAM Access Control Policies",  In proceedings of the 6th European Conference on Service-Oriented and Cloud Computing, ESOCC 2017, Oslo, Norway, 2017.
  • Sukanya Bhowmik, Muhammad Adnan Tariq, Boris Koldehofe, Frank Duerr, Thomas Kohler, Kurt Rothermel, "High Performance Publish/Subscribe Middleware in Software-Defined Networks", In IEEE Transactions on Networking, 2017.
  • Hassan Ali-Ahmad, Kashif Munir, Philippe Bertin, Karine Guillouard, Meryem Ouzzif, Xavier Lagrange, “Processing Loads Analysis of Distributed Mobility Management and SIP-based Reachability”, Springer Telecommunication Systems, 63(4), pp 681-696, 2016.
  • Kashif Munir, Xavier Lagrange, Philippe Bertin, Karine Guillouard, Meryem Ouzzif, “Performance analysis of mobility management architectures in cellular networks”, Springer Telecommunication Systems, 59(2), pp 211-227, 2015.
  • Ahmed Bouchami, Olivier Perrin, Ehtesham Zahoor, "Trust-based formal delegation framework for Enterprise Social Networks", In proceedings of the 14th IEEE International Conference on Trust, Security and Privacy in Computing and Communications (IEEE TrustCom-15), 2015.
  • Muhammad Adnan Tariq, Boris Koldehofe, Kurt Rothermel, "Securing Broker-Less Publish/Subscribe Systems using Identity-Based Encryption", In IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems, Special Issue on Trust, Security and Privacy, 2014.
  • Ehtesham Zahoor, Olivier Perrin, Ahmed Bouchami, "CATT: A Cloud Based Authorization Framework with Trust and Temporal Aspects", In proceedings of the 10th IEEE International Conference on Collaborative Computing: Networking, Applications and Worksharing, 2014.
  • Ehtesham Zahoor, Kashif Munir, Olivier Perrin, Claude Godart, “A bounded model checking approach for the verification of Web services composition”, International Journal of Web Services Research (IJWSR), 10(4), pp 62-81, 2013.
  • Ehtesham Zahoor, Kashif Munir, Olivier Perrin, Claude Godart, “An Event-Based Approach for Declarative, Integrated and Self-Healing Web Services Composition”, International Journal of Services Computing (IJSC), ISSN 2330-4472, 1(2), pp 13-24, 2013.
Team Members
  • Dr. Ehtesham Zahoor (Head) 
  • Dr. Kashif Munir 
  • Dr. Asma Ahmad
  • Dr. Adnan Tariq 
  • Dr. Muhammad Asim 
  • Dr. Mirza Omer Beg 
  • Mr. Jawad Hassan
  • Ms. Rafia Rahim
  • Mr. Zubair Farooqi  

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