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If you are not intimately aware of the limitations of your solution, you are not intimately aware of your solution. Dan Kaminsky

The SysNet Lab at NUCES-Islamabad covers a wide range of systems research from both the EE and CS domain. The lab research initiatives range from embedded and cyber-physical systems to large scale distributed networks.

In the area of embedded system the lab is carrying out research regarding energy harvesting and energy transference for a networked cyber-physical system, and developing and underwater acoustic tesbed using software-defined radio.

In the area of distributed computer systems, the lab has initiatives in the area of cloud computing, software-defined networking (SDN), and botnet detection. A collaborative proposal, with Nayatel as an industrial partner, for real-time detection and prevention of botnet traffic was completed in Feb, 2014.

We also have a Microsoft Research (MSR) funded project for a smart-home alternative to the UPS+battery solution used to alleviate the burden of load-shedding. Through this project, we are officially recognized as partner in a new initative MSR has launched in July 2013 Lab-of-Things (LoT).

Dr. Affan is offering a seminar course on SmartHomes_and_SmartGrids.

News / Announcements


Life at SysNet
  • We had a successful presentation (kudos Naveed) at IPSN 2014, with very positive response from the community. It was a breakthrough outing for the SysNet team, with hopefully many fruitful things emerging from within it.
  • Our SoftUPS Demo got accepted at ACM eEnergy 2014 (top ranked conference in the emerging area of smart energy system) to be held at Cambridge, UK this year. Congratulations to the SoftUPS team!
  • We have our second A+ conference acceptance at DSN 2014 for paper titled "Titan: Enabling Low Overhead and Multi-faceted Network Fingerprinting of a Bot". Congratulations to Osama and Waqar. This is a completely indigenous paper with all authors from SysNet.
  • Our paper titled "Sensors with Lasers: Building a WSN Power Grid" , has been accepted at IPSN (SPOTS track). IPSN is one of the most prestigious WSN conference (along with SenSys) and this is the first completely indigenous work accepted at IPSN from Pakistan. Congratulation to Naveed on this achievement.
  • SysNet lab, and the SoftUPS group, deliver a tutorial on Home Automation using LoT/HomeOS at FIT 2013 on Dec 16, 2013.
  • Our poster on "BotFlex: A Community-driven Tool for Botnet Detection" has been accepted to CCS 2013. Congratulations to the BotFlex team (Sheharbano and Zaafar).
  • Our paper, in collaboration with Dell and xFlow, titled "A Framework to Rapidly Test SDN Use-Cases and Accelerate Middlebox Applications" has been accepted at LCN'13.
  • Microsoft Research (MSR) has awarded SysNet a research grant to develop SoftUPS. Our solution aims to build a smart-home application (using MSR HomeOS abstraction) to replace the current UPS+battery solution to load-shedding, with a more greener, lower-cost, and efficient ICT-inspired solution. Our project is also listed in the Lab of Things (LoT) community launched by MSR in July 2013 [1].
  • Congratulation to Niaz and Waqas, on the first completely indigenous work from SysNet at the WUWNet Conference titled "A Low-cost and Flexible Underwater Platform to Promote Experiments in UWSN Research".
  • Our survey paper "A Taxonomy of Botnet Behavior, Detection and Defense" has been accepted to IEEE Communications Surveys and Tutorials, which has an impact factor of 6.3.


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