Information for Prospective Students
You're here because:
- you clicked the 'Info for Students' link on my web page, or
- you contacted expressing interest to work with me.
In either case, thanks for your interest! 😀 I am always on the lookout for good and enthusiastic people to work with me.
I am interested in the following topics (in no particular order):
- Cloud brokerage and adaptive decision support
- Fog computing services of different types, and managing their hosting on micro-clouds
- Implementing the Intent Driven Networking concept
- Decentralised Internet infrastructures, especially for disaster recovery
- Opportunistic networking, and opportunistic composition of distributed systems
- Measuring online systems, such as social networks and web infrastructures
If any of the above is interesting to you, here is what you need to know.
Please select the relevant link:
I receive a large number of requests from all over the world. In order to filter these, I look for a number of things as detailed below.
- I expect my students to be strong system programmers and with good data analysis skills. I also expect them to publish at least 2 publications before graduation, at least one of which at a top tier systems venue.
- Please only make contact with me once you have an idea of what you want to work on and how it would be relevant to my fields of research (see above). You need to think about how it overlaps with your interests and experience.
- Once you know this, send me such details in the form of a concise research proposal (1-2 pages) along with a CV (include previous degrees and grades, any publications, awards of excellence, and the title of your favourite film).
- Your proposal should outline the problem you want to work on, why you want to work with me in particular, and what knowledge and skills you will bring to solve said problem. If these points are not clarified, I am inclined to ignore your email.
- When emailing me, please send any attached documents in PDF. I will not open Word documents.
- If I find your proposal interesting and convincing, I will let you know so you can name me as a supporter of your official application using the standard procedure.
I wish you the best with your postgraduate career.
- A Masters project in the UK is relatively short, but quite intense. I will meet you at least weekly for supervision and support. In return, I expect total commitment from your end.
- As with all other student projects, I expect my students to be strong system programmers and with good data analysis skills. I also expect them to be creative and have good problem solving skills. Publishing is not a must, but 1 good paper resulting from your work would strongly indicate the importance and quality of your work.
Third Year Project Students
- I expect my students to be confident at coding and data analysis.
- I will meet you every week to make sure you are on the right path.
- You need to take ownership of your project as it is your work that will be evaluated at the end of it. It is you who needs to define, develop, and defend the project. My job is to guide you through it.
- The project is worth 300 hours, which translates to 15 hours of work per term week. Make sure you manage your time and priorities carefully to give your project the time it needs.
- To give you a good grade I need to see progress and not just an end result. Make sure you show up to meetings and deliver the expected work that we agree upon week to week.
- The University gives you access to a number of very rich online digital libraries such as ACM and IEEE. Make use of them! You will need to identify related works as part of your project.
- If your work is of good quality, I will support you in getting it published.
Feel free to chat with me if you want any more information or clarification.
- There are usually one or more paid internship opportunities available over summer. Please email me to inquire about these, ideally around March-April.
- For Lancaster-based internships, these are typically 10 weeks long and involve significant systems coding and problem solving. All artifacts need to be well documented and open sourced.
- Remote internships are also possible, although pay would be conditional for legal and administrative reasons. They are, however, not restricted to the summer. Please email me to inquire, including a CV (in PDF) and a short statement (< 150 words) about what interests you and why this is a worthy subject.