Recent News


  • AERPAW: A first-of-its kind facility: AERPAW is an outdoor testbed for advanced wireless experiments that was funded starting September 2019, a five-year project that is expected to be funded to a total of $24M in cash and in-kind cutting-edge equipment donations. It is envisioned to extend over much of the Centennial Campus, and extend into areas south as well as areas east of campus, intended to serve a nationwide community of academic and industrial researchers. It consists of programmable radios and programmable drones on a programmable network. Dr. Dutta is one of five Co-PIs for the grant, and is acting as the Chief Architect (Networking and Systems) for the facility.

    AERPAW Project Website


  • University Reappointment, Promotion, and Tenure Committee: During 2019-20 and 2020-21, Dr. Dutta is serving on the URPTC. This committee advises the provost in continually reviewing the RPT process, including randomly selected dossiers from each college, and other material associated with the process such as the academic regulations. As part of the process review, the URPTC is also charged with reviewing all dossiers for faculty who received a negative decision for reappointment, promotion and/or tenure from the Dean.

    University Reappointment, Promotion, and Tenure Committee


  • Chapter in new definitive handbook: Dr. Dutta is the author (along with his Japanese colleague, Dr. Hiroaki Harai) of the chapter on "Traffic Grooming" in a new compendium work, in four parts and thirty-five chapters, on Optical Networking. Each chapter was authored by acknowledged world authorities in the respective fields. The book is now available for purchase online, and an e-book version will be available in Fall of 2020.

    Product page of the Springer Handbook of Optical Networks


  • Fall 2020 course: Preparing for Academic Research: Since Fall, 2016, Dr. Dutta has taught a seminar in Fall on preparing for academic research, targeted at incoming Ph.D. students. The students who take it learn and practice the processes of academic research, in preparation of working with their advisors. Incoming Ph.D. students will also be able to count this seminar as a full course toward their Ph.D. degree, and make contact with other faculty through this course, some of whom will be guest lecturing!

    More info on this course - or navigate to "Teaching" from header


  • Congratulations, Dr. Russell Meredith! Russell successfully defended his doctoral thesis in June, 2019. He was advised by Dr. Douglas Reeves, and co-advised by Dr. Dutta since his Oral Preliminary exam. His primary work has been in security of Open Shortest Path First (OSPF), the routing workhorse of the Internet. Russell examined several key vulnerabilities of OSPF, and conceived and demonstrated various security mechanisms at various levels, which together make for comprehensive security against OSPF attackers. He goes on to a research job with the US government in Maryland.

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  • Departmental Service Starting December, 2018, Dr. Dutta has been serving as the Associate Department Head on an interim basis, to provide continuity and support to Dr. Gregg Rothermel, who started in November 2018 as the new Department Head of Computer Science.



Selected News Past


  • General Co-Chair for IEEE Sarnoff Symposium: In 2019, Dr. Dutta served as a General Co-Chair for the 40th incarnation of the long-standing and iconic Sarnoff Symposium, in New Jersey, September 23rd - 24th.

    IEEE Sarnoff Symposium


  • Congratulations to Harshvardhan Joshi for successfully passing the Oral Preliminary examination (the Ph.D. proposal) in Summer, 2019! Now that Harsh has embarked on the final stretch of his doctoral work leading to his Ph.D. defense, he is pulling together all the research he has done on various aspects of botnet detection and security as a service.

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  • Congratulations, Dr. Shireesh Bhat! Shireesh successfully defended his doctoral thesis in May, 2017. His primary work has been in the ChoiceNet project, specifically issues of efficient service composition, and the representation of service alternatives.

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  • University Standing Committee on Extension, Engagement and Economic Development: During 2016-17 and 2017-18, Dr. Dutta served on the USCoEEED. This committee advises university leadership on extension, engagement and economic development, recommends related regulations and procedures, and performs advocacy activities that include awarding of various established awards, including the prestigious Opal Mann Green award.

    University Standing Committee on Extension


  • Congratulations, Dr. Parth Pathak ! In Fall, 2016, Dr. Pathak started on a new position as faculty at George Mason University. He had previously completed his Ph.D. at NCSU under Dr. Dutta's guidance, followed by a post-doctoral fellow position at UC Davis with Dr. Prasant Mohapatra. All the best to Dr. Pathak in his new position!

    Check out Dr. Parth Pathak's current activities


  • Congratulations, Dr. Magreth Mushi! Magreth successfully defended her doctoral thesis in June, 2016. Her primary work has been in studying the human aspect of network administration and management, specifically errors in network configuration, through surveys, controlled experiments, and interviews; followed by the design of SDN-based systems that can counteract the introduction of such errors into network configurations.

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  • Firefighting drones ?! Following up on the highly successful 2014 NCSU CentMesh Drones Challenge, which concluded in April 2014, we kicked off another year-long student challenge for 2014-15. This time, it was not only a programming challenge, but also a challenge to design and hone some of the drone's subsystems. In addition, there was a specific real-world mission - to design and demonstrate a drone capable of aiding a firefighter by going into burning buildings as advance guard. Several teams completed the challenge, which was administered as a Special Topic course, conducted by Dr. Dutta, Dr. Mihail Sichitiu (ECE), Dr. Edgar Lobaton (ECE), or Dr. Larry Silverberg (MAE). More details are available from the Firefighting Drone Challenge webpage. We continue to be interested in guiding motivated students to build on the platforms produced for even more increased realism.

    Information about CentMesh (including Drones Challenge) - or navigate "Research" → "Projects" from header


  • Congratulations to Rob Udechukwu for getting a paper accepted at the CoolSDN Workshop co-located with ICNP 2014. Rob's paper presents his work on designing and demonstrating a seamless general-purpose in-network service insertion mechanism integration into OpenFlow. He made a short video describing this work - see the SDN Labs link below.

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    Information about SDN Labs - or navigate "Research" → "Projects" from header


  • Dr. Dutta delivered an invited talk in Summer, 2014, at the Advanced Computing and Microelectronics Unit at the world-famous Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata. The talk was on the evolution of Internet architecture, with special reference to network-neutrality issues, and the emergence of the service-oriented Internet. The talk was on the kind invitation of Dr. Bhabani P Sinha, head of the ACMU.

    Information about related research - or navigate "Research" → "Projects" from header


  • Congratulations to Kasyap Marmavula for successfully defending his M.S. thesis! Kasyap not only did very challenging work for his MS thesis, but also was one of the two students who between them enabled the entire CentMesh Drones Challenge 2014. He is moving on to employment at Citrix, and has a bright career ahead of him.

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  • Drones Challenge completed: The first ever programming challenge at NCSU on unmanned aerial computing platforms culminated in a day-long final challenge in which the finalist teams took turns running their programs on CentMesh drones to see if they code would - ahem - fly. The six-month long programming challenge was hosted and made possible by the CentMesh research and teaching facility we have built over the last few years.

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    News & Observer story on event - or see the Drones Event page



  • Congratulations, Dr. Trisha Biswas! Trisha successfully defended her doctoral thesis in April, 2014. Her primary work has been in Petal Routing, which uses several different types of geo-diverse or diffuse multipaths to provide network-layer redundancy in the face of jamming, and most recently, in a linear system modeling of these and other similar wireless multihop routing systems. She goes on to a research job with Aruba Networks, in Sunnyvale, CA.

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  • Mesh Design book published "Designing for Network and Service Continuity in Wireless Mesh Networks", co-authored by former student Parth H. Pathak and Dr. Dutta, published by Springer, just came out. The book focuses on performance predictability of the wireless mesh network paradigm, and considerations in designing networks from the perspective of survivability and service continuity metrics.




  • View Dr. Dutta's talk at SAS: Recently Dr. Dutta was invited to deliver a talk by SAS Institute in their "BIRD's Eye View" seminar series - mainly on the future Internet architecture topic but also about his research in general. SAS has retained the archived video of that talk, and has kindly made it available to general viewing here.


  • Congratulations, Dr. Parth Pathak ! Parth defended his thesis on July 9, 2012, with flying colors. During his stay here, Parth has worked on various aspects of wireless networking, published 8 papers, including a remarkably comprehensive survey on wireless mesh networks. Most recently, his work focused on survivability and continuity issues in wireless mesh networks - he and I have jointly authored a book on the subject which is currently in press. He is moving on to a post-doctoral fellow position at UC Davis with Dr. Prasant Mohapatra. All the best, Parth!


  • GENI-IMF project demo: Our three-year Integrated Measurement Framework project is drawing to a close. In the last several GENI Engineering Conferences we have successfully demonstrated IMF functionality; at the recently concluded GEC14 (July 9 - 11, 2012) in Boston we effectively demonstrated completed IMF functionality. The demo session was held in the Stata Center of MIT, which was hosting GEC14.

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  • Sankalp's work published at Mobihoc: Sankalp Nimbhorkar defended his MS thesis early in 2012, but his thesis work, jointly with some work by Parth Pathak, was published as a paper at ACM Mobihoc 2012 (June 11 - 14, 2012, Hilton Head, SC) on variable width channel allocation for wireless networks, using back-pressure approach at the physical layer. Thanks to Sankalp for following up with the effort to publish, and to Parth for extensive help.


  • SoSL Project with UNM: Dr. Dutta is lead PI for a new collaborative grant from the NSA Science of Security Lablet, with Dr. Meeko Oishi from University of New Mexico as the collaborating PI. This is Dr. Dutta's second SoSL grant. This project will investigate specific network security systems by viewing them as feedback control systems, and attempting to determine general stability results or other characterization for them.


  • Elsevier OSN Special Issue: Dr. Dutta was guest editor of the special issue of Elsevier Journal of Optical Switching and Networking on Green Communications and Networking (Volume 8, Issue 3, 2011). He also served as guest editor of the special issue (Volume 9, Issue 2) on IEEE ANTS 2010 - collecting extended versions of outstanding papers at the IEEE Advanced Networking and Telecommunications Systems conference (Dec 16 - 18, 2010, Mumbai, India), and on IEEE ANTS 2009 (Volume 7, Issue 4, 2010). He also serves on the editorial board.



Last updated: March, 2020