BiographyDr Nurul I. Sarkar is an Associate Professor in the School of Computer and Mathematical Sciences at Auckland University of Technology (AUT), New Zealand. He is a regularly invited keynote speaker, chair, and committee member for various national and international forums. He has more than 19 years of teaching experience in universities at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels and has taught a range of subjects, including advanced network and internet technologies, data communications, wireless networking, computer hardware, and eCommerce. He holds a PhD in Electrical and Electronic Engineering (Field of study: Wireless networks) from the University of Auckland. “Tools for Teaching Computer Networking and Hardware Concepts," his first book was published by IGI Global in 2006 which received a lot of commendation worldwide. His second book "Improving the Performance of Wireless LANs: A Practical Guide," has been published by Taylor & Francis in January 2014.
Dr Sarkar leads Network and Security Research Group (NSRG) at AUT University. He has published more than 120 articles in refereed international journal and conference proceedings, including IEEE Communications Magazine, IEEE Transactions on Education, Elsevier Journal of Network and Computer Applications, Int. Journal of Wireless & Mobile Networks, Int. Journal of Advanced Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing, Int. Journal of Business Data Communications and Networking, Journal of Selected Areas in Telecommunications, Int. Journal of Wireless Networks and Broadband Technologies, Measurement Science & Technology, Int. Journal of Web-based Learning and Teaching Technologies, Int. Journal of Electrical Engineering Education, Int. Journal of ICT Education, and SIGCSE Bulletin. He has had several externally funded research grants, including a TEC collaborative research grant of nearly $650K, TechNZ (FRST) grant, BuildIT grant, and University of Auckland grant.
Dr Sarkar was the recipient of AUT’s Design and Creative Technologies Faculty Research Awards 2012, co-recipient of the 2009 IJICTE Editor’s award for most outstanding paper for a research article on Miniproject-based learning as an effective tool for teaching advanced computer networks to graduate students. He was also the co-recipient of the 2006 IRMA International Conference Best Paper Award for a fundamental paper on the modelling and simulation of wireless networks. His research interests are in multi-disciplinary areas, including wireless network architecture, wireless MAC and routing protocols, cross-layer design optimization, multiple QoS supporting emergency traffic in WLANs and WiMAX, VoIP and video over WLANs, TCP over WLANs, Internet technologies, wireless mesh networks, cognitive radio networks, performance evaluation, radio propagation measurements, network security, and tools to enhance methods for teaching and learning computer networking and hardware concepts.
Dr Sarkar is a member of various professional organizations and societies, including IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc), and Australasian Association for Engineering Education. He served as TPC co-chair for the IEEE ICC 2014, APCC 2012, TENCON’10 and ATNAC’10, and Chairman of the IEEE joint NZ North and South ComSoc chapter (2005, 2007, 2012, 2014) which won the ‘Best Chapter Achievement Award’ in 2012. He has organized 2012 IEEE NZ Wireless Workshop held in Auckland, and 2013 AUT-China Network and Security Research Group Workshop at AUT University. He has also organised several IEEE Distinguished Lecturer talks for the members of the wider university community in New Zealand.
Dr Sarkar is a senior member of IEEE and fellow of ITU-UUM. He was a guest editor for AP Journal of Networks, editor for Elsevier Journal of Network and Computer Application, associate editor for Int. Journal of Wireless Networks and Broadband Technologies, and member of the editorial review boards of several prestigious journals. He served as associate technical editor for the IEEE Communications Magazine (2005-2010) and technical program committees of various leading networking conferences (e.g. IEEE Globecom, ICC, WCNC, PIMRC, UbiCoNet, ISCC, ATNAC, ICNC, and ACM SIGCSE) as well as track and session chairs for several national and international forums.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Dr Sarkar's research interests are in multi-disciplinary areas, including wireless network architecture, network modelling and performance evaluation, wireless MAC and routing protocols, TCP over WLANs, wireless mesh networks, high density wireless networks, multiple QoS provisioning for emergency traffic in WLANs and WiMAX, VoIP and Video over WLANs, cognitive radio networks, radio propagation measurements, network security, curriculum development, and tools to enhance methods for teaching and learning computer networking and hardware concepts.