Network & Communication Technologies Lab


About

The Network and Communication Technology (NCT) group is actively engaged in various areas related to Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). We look on the innovative research in computer and communication networks toward Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR). NCT lab also explores new algorithms, methods, protocols, techniques and applications in Mobile Cellular Communications, Satellite and Space-based communications, Internet of Things (IoT), Internet of Vehicles (IoV), Network Mobility, Smart Grid Computing, Robotics, Embedded Sensors, Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Applications, Information Centric Network (ICN), and Software Defined Network (SDN). We also focus on theoretical research in the interdisciplinary area between communications, networking, and social science. Currently we absorption research related on 5th Generation (5G) and Big Data too. Each of these areas has its own challenge; research advances are needed to ensure the continued evolution and enhancement of the solution and publish the research outcome in recognized academic publications. Besides that, the result will also be communicated during specific subjects offered by this lab.


Members


Head of Lab
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Rosilah Hassan
Members
Dr. Azana Hafizah Mohd Aman
Ts. Dr. Mohammad Kamrul Hasan
Dr. Khairul Azmi Abu Bakar

Research Focus


Table 1: Research Aims

Research Areas

Aims

Mobile Cellular Communications

The aim of this research is to find new algorithms and protocols for the Next Generation Mobile specifically for the access technologies, routing, mobility, interference, attenuation, resource allocation that can efficiently establish the communication link with its dimension of quality.  Example currently, the 5G mobile cellular communications system is a major shift in the way mobile communications networks operate. New network typologies, access networks and the like were defined and implemented. 

 

Satellite and Space-based communications

The aim of this research is to find new methods, mechanisms of the link budgeting, attenuation, and communication protocols with possible broad applications in defense, naval communication, homeland security as well as the consumer that can connect and communicate efficiently with the standard Quality of Services (QoS). We focuses on QoS parameters in cellular mobile communication such as delay, throughput, bandwidth and security.

Internet of Things (IoT)

This research aims to identify new methods, protocols, topologies and the design concepts for various application of IoT: smart city, Internet of Vehicles (IoV), Internet of Medical Things (IoMT) RFID, and Data Mining. The findings shall enhance the performance of the respective applications with the standard quality.

Besides that, the research aims to create algorithms and schemes to present, analyze and process data collected by sensors. The measurement of different sensed data such as pressure, temperature, light, and object detection is one of the potential hypotheses to solve many complex problems by combining them with Big Data using ICN architecture.

 

Smart Grid Computing

This research aims to find new or enhance methods, protocol, link infrastructure and techniques for  smart grid communication. It shall increase efficiency by mitigating the synchronization, reliability, latency and criticality of data delivery, and support for multicast.

Network design

The aim of this research is to find new or enhance network architecture and infrastructure that fulfill next generation of network requirement.  The designs shall improve the architecture or infrastructure requirements according to recent needs.  Network design is a category of systems design that deals with data transport mechanisms. As with other systems' design disciplines, network design follows an analysis stage, where requirements are generated, and precedes implementation, where the system (or relevant system component) is constructed.

Network security

The aim of this research is to find new or enhance methods, protocols or techniques to secure communication medium. The methods shall protect traffic for all layers or specific layer involves in the corresponding network architecture. Our concentration is on  a broad term that covers a multitude of technologies, devices and processes. It is more on rules and configurations designed to protect the integrity, confidentiality and accessibility of computer networks and data using both software and hardware technologies.

Intelligence networking

The aim of this research is to find new or enhance methods, protocol or techniques that embed on artificial intelligence (AI)  to improve network performance. The methods shall improve the traffic, data or packet delivery of the corresponding network.

Network Quality of Service (QoS)

The aim of this research is to find new or enhance process flow or framework that enhance the QoS parameters. Achieving the required Quality of Service (QoS) by managing the delay, delay variation (jitter), bandwidth, and packet loss parameters on a network becomes the secret to a successful end-to-end (e2e)  answer.

Network Simulation

The aim of this research is to develop new or enhance network algorithm and simulate it using latest network simulator and emulator. The algorithm must be able to accurately resemble the network model and nodes behavior of the corresponding network. We used  a software program to models the behavior of a network by calculating the interaction between the different network entities (routers, switches, nodes, access points, links etc.).


Related Publisher


Table 2: Related Publisher (April 2020)

Rank

Specific

Q1

Elsevier - Journal of Ad hoc Networks
IEEE Access
MDPI Symmetric

Q2

Elsevier - Computer Networks
Frontiers of Physics
MDPI–Sensors
MDPI–Energies
MDPI –Symmetry
Springer- Wireless Networks
PlosOne

Q3

Elsevier - Journal of Information Security  and Applications
MDPI–Computer
Springer- Telecommunication Systems

Q4

Wiley- Transactions on Emerging Telecommunications Technologies
Springer- Wireless Personal Communications
Research Journal of Elektronika ir Elektrotechnika
Security and Communication Networks
Malaysian Journal of Computer Science

Scopus/ESCI/WOS

IEEE Internet of Things Magazine
Journal Of Mechanics Of Continua And Mathematical Sciences
3C Technologia
Engineering Letters

MyCite

General computing

Book Chapters
WoS/Scopus

Springer -Proceedings
IEEE -Proceedings


Subjects Offered


Table 3: Subjects offered

Level

Subject

Postgraduate Subjects

1. TTTN6384  Computer Network
2. TTTN6014 Network Design and Simulation

Undergraduate Subjects

  1. TTTK2133 Data Communication and  Telecommunication
  2. TTTK2103 Introduction to Computer Networks
  3. TTTN3513 Network and Computer Security