School of
Information Technology and Electrical Engineering

Speaker: Farzaneh Pakzad
Seminar Date: Thu, 29/01/2015 - 10:00
Venue: 49-502
Host: A/Prof Marius Portmann

Seminar Type:  PhD Confirmation Seminar


Software Defined Networking (SDN) is a new approach to configure and manage computer networks, by separating the forwarding of packets (data plane) from the intelligence which controls how packets are forwarded (control plane). The network control is placed in a (logically) centralised entity called the SDN controller. SDN further  provides a higher level of abstraction and makes networks more programmable and easier to change. The benefits of SDN have been shown for different wired networks, especially data centre networks. It has been shown that SDN can greatly improve network performance, efficiency, as well as simplicity and flexibility of network management. The goal of this research is to explore how the concepts of SDN can be applied efficiently to wireless networks, with a special focus on Wireless Mesh Networks (WMNs). The hypothesis is that the performance and other benefits  gained from SDN in wired networks can also be achieved in wireless networks. In order to achieve this, a number of research challenges will be addressed in this research, including bootstrapping, topology discovery, network  monitoring and routing


Farzaneh Pakzad is a PhD student at the School of ITEE at the University of Queensland. Farzaneh has a MSc degree in Computer Engineering from the Islamic Azad University, Arak, Iran. Her main research interests include wireless networks and Software Defined Networks.