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Dr Ronak Al-Haddad

Lecturer

Faculty:
Faculty of Science and Engineering
School:
Computing and Information Science
Location:
Cambridge
Areas of Expertise:
Computer Science , Cybersecurity and Networking
Research Supervision:
Yes

Ronak teaches Computer Networks and Cyber Security, with specialist areas in network routing, switching, and security. Her research interests include software defined networks (SDN), traffic performance and quality of service (QoS).

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Background

Ronak graduated with a BSc degree in Software Engineering, and MSc in Computer Science. Being interested in computer networking and new technologies, she pursued her PhD in software defined network (SDN).

Ronak has been an active academic and researcher, focusing mainly on developing new frameworks and algorithms to improve traffic performance and quality of service (QoS) issues like bottlenecks and congestion in network traffic communication based SDN-slicing networks.

Her research was focused on SDN network management and queueing, network slicing, network function virtualisation (NFV), novel data statistical analysis strategies, multimedia applications classification and scheduling, and more recently testing QoS parameters and security in machine learning (ML), artificial intelligence (AI), and 5G and 6G network technology. She is a member of the Royal Society’s International Exchanges Committee from January 2024 to December 2026. The Royal Society provides grants and fellowships for outstanding scientific researchers in the UK and internationally. Her role as a member of the committees panel is to play an integral role in the assessment of applications for Royal Society grants and fellowships and ensure that the Royal Society continues to fund excellence in scientific research. She is also a member of the IEEE and the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society (IEEE IES).

Spoken Languages

  • Arabic
  • English

Research interests

  • Software defined networks (SDN) and intelligent controllers
  • Multimedia applications and quality of service (QoS)
  • Traffic classification, bandwidth management, and queueing mechanisms
  • Testing and comparing performance parameters and security using advanced machine learning (ML) and AI algorithms in the new paradigm of SDN
  • Testing the effect of using Slicing mechanisms on network performance and security in wireless networking, 5G and 6G network technology

Teaching

Course leader:

Module leader and tutor of:

Module tutor of:

  • Data Security
  • Basic Maths for Technology
  • Mathematics for Technology

Qualifications

  • PGCert Higher Education, Anglia Ruskin University, 2023
  • Fellow of Higher Education Academy; FHEA, PR266428, UK, 2023
  • PhD in Science and Engineering, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK, 2021
  • MSc in Computer Science (Distinction), Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK, 2014
  • BSc degree in Software Engineering, Alrafedin University College, Baghdad, Iraq, 2005

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Member of IEEE
  • Member of IEEE Industrial Electronics Society (IEEE IES)
  • Member of the Royal Society’s International Exchanges Committee. From January 2024 until December 2026.

Selected recent publications

Al-Haddad, R., Velazquez, E., Fatima, A., Winckles, A., 2021. A Novel Traffic Shaping Algorithm for SDN-Sliced Networks using New WFQ Technique. International Journal for Advanced Computer Science and Applications (IJACSA), 12(1). doi: 10.14569/IJACSA.2021.0120101.

Al-Haddad R., Velazquez, E. S., 2019. A Survey of Quality of Service (QoS) Protocols and Software-Defined Networks (SDN). In: Arai K., Kapoor S., Bhatia R. (Eds.), 2019. Intelligent Computing: Proceedings of the 2018 Computing Conference, Volume 2 (Cham: Springer).

Al-Haddad, R., Velazquez, E. S., Winckles, A., 2017. QoSVisor: QoS framework for SDN. In: Proceedings of Computing Conference 2017 (IEEE Xplore). doi: 10.1109/SAI.2017.8252257

Recent presentations and conferences

Al-Haddad, R., Sanchez Velazquez, E., 2018. A new framework based on Software-Defined Networks to support QoS in a sliced architecture. Presentation, Anglia Ruskin University/ICE Research Seminar series for PhD students, School of Computing and Information Science, Cambridge, UK.

Al-Haddad, R., Velazquez, E. S., 2018, July. A Survey of Quality of Service (QoS) Protocols and Software-Defined Networks (SDN). Presentation, Science and Information Conference, London, UK.

Al-Haddad, R., Sanchez Velazquez, E., 2017. New framework based on Software-Defined Networks to support QoS in a sliced architecture. Presentation, Anglia Ruskin University/ICE Research Seminar series for PhD students School of Computing and Information Science, Cambridge, UK, 13 December 2017.

Al-Haddad, R., Velazquez, E. S., Winckles, A., 2017. QoSVisor: QoS framework for SDN. Presentation, Computing Conference, London, UK, July 2017.

Al-Haddad, R., Sanchez Velazquez, E., 2016. QoSVisor: Action QoS Slicer based SDN. Poster, Anglia Ruskin University/VSIRG, Department of Computing and Technology, Chelmsford, UK, 14 April 2016.

Al-Haddad, R., 2016. QoSVisor: QoS Framework for SDN. Presentation, Anglia Ruskin University/VSIRG Seminar Series, Department of Computing and Technology, Chelmsford, UK, 13 December 2016.