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Some of the project highlights of the Department are listed below:

Networking and Systems

A General Approach for Fast Extraction of Low-level Disk Characteristics
Staff Dr. CHU, Xiao Wen (Principal Investigator)
Abstract The performance gap between magnetic disks and RAM is steadily increasing. In order to bridge this gap, it is valuable to obtain and exploit accurate information about the low-level disk characteristics so as to optimize the system performance. In this project, we investigate the low-level disk characteristics and develop tools that can efficiently extract variant low-level disk characteristics.

A Microeconomic Approach for Digital Rights Management in P2P Networks
Staff Dr. CHU, Xiao Wen (Principal Investigator)
Abstract Peer-to-peer (P2P) networks are self-organizing distributed systems, with no centralized authority or infrastructure. In this project, we propose novel approaches to both new and existing problems, and unify them into one integrated approach for enhancing the copyright protection in P2P networks and thwarting selfish behaviors.

Efficient Resource Management in Reliable Wavelength-Routed WDM Networks
Staff Dr. CHU, Xiao Wen (Principal Investigator)
Abstract Optical networks based on wavelength-division multiplexing (WDM) are growing at unprecedented rates to accommodate the ever-increasing demand for bandwidth. The objective of this project is to develop an efficient resource management scheme for reliable wavelength-routed WDM networks. This includes an advanced routing and wavelength assignment (RWA) algorithm with restoration capability, and also an effective wavelength converter allocation scheme.

Explore Business Models for Streaming Applications in Peer-to-Peer Environments
Staff Dr. CHU, Xiao Wen (Co-Investigator of External Project)
Abstract Peer-to-peer (P2P) file-sharing systems have already become one of the most efficient tools for individuals to exchange digital information goods over Internet. The project involves in designing incentive mechanisms, investigating possible business models and pricing schemes that work for P2P streaming applications. These issues are all critical for the success of P2P streaming applications.

Lightpath Rerouting in Wavelength-Routed WDM Networks
Staff Dr. CHU, Xiao Wen (Principal Investigator)
Abstract WDM technology has been widely deployed in optical backbone networks to accommodate the ever-increasing bandwidth demand. This project aims at decreasing the blocking probability by lightpath rerouting. The first step is to thoroughly investigate the design of intentional lightpath rerouting algorithms, and the second step is to investigate the effect of integrating passive lightpath rerouting and intentional lightpath rerouting.

Performance Evaluation of IEEE 802.11 Based Wireless LAN with Internal UDP Traffic
Staff Dr. CHU, Xiao Wen (Principal Investigator)
Abstract IEEE 802.11 based Wireless LANs have become ubiquitous. The objective of this research project is to design systematic and reproducible experiments to show that, with uncontrolled UDP traffic in the network, the AP will become the system bottleneck and the system goodput could drop to an unacceptable level, mainly due to buffer overflow at the AP.

Using Fuzzy Control Approach to Provide QoS Guarantees in Web Servers
Staff Dr. CHU, Xiao Wen (Principal Investigator)
Abstract With the wide spread usage of web applications, the number of accesses to a website is ever increasing. This project aims to address the delay performance problem in two web server architectures: the single-tier architecture and the cluster architecture. We shall investigate ways to manage the resources of the web servers to provide the performance guarantee for premium class users.

Assignment of Movies to Heterogeneous Video Server
Staff Prof. LEUNG, Yiu Wing (Supervisor of PhD Student Mr. HOU, Yuen Tan Ricky)
Abstract As a VOD system is being used and evolved, its servers probably become heterogeneous. We formulate the problem of assigning movies to heterogeneous servers for minimal blocking probability, prove its NP-hardness, and propose to use problem relaxation and goal to get close-to-optimal assignment.

Logical Subnetting for Constructing All-Optical Multi-Fiber Networks
Staff Prof. LEUNG, Yiu Wing (Supervisor of PhD Student Mr. CHAN, Kam Chau Tony)
Abstract All-optical multi-fiber networks require large and expensive optical switches. To tackle this problem, the existing approach adopts an individual node perspective and focuses on designing the internal node architectures that require smaller optical switches. In this PhD project, we advocate to take an entire network perspective and propose a logical subnetting approach to further reduce the switch size required.

A Research Centre for Ubiquitous Computing
Staff Prof. NG, Joseph Kee Yin (Principal Investigator)
Abstract The objectives of this Research Center are: to coordinate research activities & to excel in some focused areas related to ubiquitous computing; to construct test-beds for testing & benchmarking; and to develop software for ubiquitous applications. The Center will play a leading role in technology transfer and the commercialization of research results to products and services to the consumers.

Data-Centric Filter Management and Routing Optimization for Distributed Monitoring Systems
Staff Prof. XU, Jian Liang (Principal Investigator)
Abstract This research project proposes to take data-centric designs to improve performance for distributed monitoring systems. Two issues namely filter management for approximate monitoring and routing optimization for in-network data aggregation are studied under this project.

Energy-Conserving Quality-Aware Data Collection in Wireless Sensor Networks
Staff Prof. XU, Jian Liang (Principal Investigator)
Abstract Energy efficiency is a critical consideration in the design of a wireless sensor network. This project exploits the trade-off between data quality and communication cost to improve energy efficiency in sensor data collection.

Project in Different Research Areas:

Computational Intelligence Databases and Information Management Networking and Systems Pattern Recognition and Machine Learning Others
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