Anwar Haque

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Assistant Professor

Office: Middlesex College 415
Tel:519-661-2111 ext. 87428
Email:ahaque32@uwo.ca

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Dr. Anwar Haque is an Assistant Professor in the Dept. of Computer Science at the University of Western Ontario, Canada. He also serves as Industry Expert in Residence in the faculty of Science at Western. Before joining Western, he was an Associate Director at Bell Canada. Dr. Haque received his Ph.D. in Electrical & Computer Engineering and M.Math in Computer Science, both from the University of Waterloo. Dr. Haque’s primary research areas of interest include wireless/wireline network resources and performance management/optimization and cyber-security, focusing on IoT-based smart services and applications. He has been awarded several national/provincial-level research grants, including NSERC, MITACS, OCE, and SOSCIP. Dr. Haque is currently an associate editor for the Elsevier Vehicle Communications journal and the IEEE Canadian Journal of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Dr. Haque is the director of the WING Lab, where he conducts cutting edge research in emerging network technologies and smart services, and established a strong collaborative partnership with several industry leaders.

Research Interests

Dr. Haque’s primary research areas of interest include wireless/wireline networks resources and performance management/optimization, and network security focusing on smart services and applications (e.g., Intelligent Networks, Autonomous Drones, Connected Vehicles, Smart City/Home, Smart Grid).

Selected Publications

Selected 2020-2021 Journal Papers:

  1. *W. Chen, A. Haque, and K. Sedig, "Design of Interactive Visualizations for Next-Generation Ultra-Large Communication Networks," in IEEE Access, doi: 10.1109/ACCESS.2021.3057803 [Impact Factor 4.640]
  2. *Syed Naqvi, Pin-Han Ho, Sagar Naik, Anwar Haque, and Tanveer Ahmed, “Multi-Pair Cable Measurements for 5G Indoor Service Provisioning”, Accepted, IEC Journal of Networking and Network Applications (J-NaNA) 
  3. *I. Shaer, Sidebottom, A. Haque, and A. Shami “Safely Executing Egress Traffic Engineering Changes”, Accepted, Elsevier Computer Networks [Impact Factor 4.20] 
  4. *Y. Al Mtawa, A. Haque, and H. Lutfiyya, “Migrating from Legacy to SDN: A Network Reliability Perspective”, Accepted, IEEE Transactions on Reliability [Impact Factor 3.177]
  5. *Y. Al Mtawa, A. Haque, and B. Bitar, “The Mammoth Internet: Are We Ready?”, in IEEE Access, vol. 7, pp. 132894-132908, 2019. [Impact Factor 4.640]

 

Selected 2020-2021 Peer-reviewed Conference Papers:

  1. *R. Nekvi and A. Haque, “Evaluating Contact Tracing Apps for Privacy Preservation and Effectiveness”, Accepted, 40th IEEE INFOCOM 2021 (The Ninth International Workshop on Security and Privacy in Big Data - BigSecurity 2021), May 10, 2021 [Acceptance Rate ~5%]
  2. *F. Chen, *G. Gugan, R. Solis-Oba, and A. Haque, “Simple and Efficient Algorithm for Drone Path Planning”, Accepted, 55th 2021 IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC 2021) [Acceptance Rate 39%]
  3. *J. Hunte, Lutfiyya, and A. Haque, “A Novel Cost Effective Fault Localization Framework for Smart Grid Distribution Networks”, Accepted, 55th 2021 IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC 2021) [Acceptance Rate 39%]
  4. *Harsh Dhillon and Anwar Haque, “Towards Network Traffic Monitoring Using Deep Transfer Learning”, Accepted, 19th IEEE TrustCom 2020 [Acceptance Rate 25%]
  5. Shaer, A. Haque, and A. Shami, “Multi-Component V2X Applications Placement in Edge Computing Environment”, Nominated for Best Paper Award, 54th IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC 2020), Dublin, Ireland, 2020, pp. 1-6, doi: 10.1109/ICC40277.2020.9148960. [Acceptance Rate 39%]
  6. *T. Randhawa and A. Haque, “Network Impact Modeling and Analysis: A QoS Perspective”, Accepted, IEEE 62nd Globecom 2020, Taipei, Taiwan, 2020 [Acceptance Rate 38%]
  7. Best Paper Award: *Y. Ali, and A. Haque, “Towards the Development of a Novel Service Cost Modeling: An ISP Perspective”, Accepted, IEEE 7th ISNCC 2020, Montreal, Canada, October, 2020 [Acceptance Rate 37%]
  8. *A. Alam, *T. Halabi, A. Haque, and M. Zulkernine, “A Novel Framework for Evaluating and Enhancing Cloud Reliability in Next Generation End-to-End Networks”, Accepted, IEEE 62nd Globecom 2020, Taipei, Taiwan, 2020 [Acceptance Rate 38%]
  9. *A. Alam, *T. Halabi, A. Haque, and M. Zulkernine, “Multi-Objective Interdependent VM Placement Model based on Cloud Reliability Evaluation”, IEEE 54th International Conference on Communications (ICC 2020), Dublin, Ireland, 2020, pp. 1-7, doi: 10.1109/ICC40277.2020.9149347 [Acceptance Rate 39%]
  10. *G. Gugan, and A. Haque, “Towards the Development of a Robust Path Planner for Autonomous Drones”, 2020 IEEE 91st Vehicular Technology Conference (VTC2020-Spring), Antwerp, Belgium, 2020, pp. 1-6, doi: 10.1109/VTC2020-Spring48590.2020.9128387. [Acceptance Rate 46%]

 

Teaching

Courses taught in 2020/21

  • CS3305 Operating Systems
  • CS4457 Advanced Computer Networks
  • CS9657 Advanced Computer Networks (Fall 2017-2020): Class size: 14-15

Awards

  • IEEE Canada Service Award (for providing outstanding industry support/partnership to 33rd Canadian Annual IEEE Conference in Electrical and Computer Engineering 2020 in the area of platinum and other corporate sponsorships, distinguished industry leader keynote, and a high profile industry panel on smart systems) IEEE 33rd CCECE 2020, London, ON, August 30 – Sept. 2, 2020

 

  • Best Paper Award: * Ali, A. Haque and B. Bitar, "Towards the Development of a Novel Service Cost Modeling: An ISP Perspective”, 2020 International Symposium on Networks, Computers and Communications (ISNCC), Montreal, QC, Canada, 2020, pp. 1-7, doi: 10.1109/ISNCC49221.2020.9297261

 

  • Nominated for Best Paper Award, 33rd IEEE CCECE 2020, London, ON, August 30 – Sept. 2, 2020: * Al Mtawa, *H. Singh, A. Haque, and A. Rafaey, “Smart Home Networks: Security Perspective and ML-based DDoS Detection”

 

  • Recent Awards to my Supervised HQP:
    1. Shahida Jabeen, PDF, NSERC PDF Award 2020-2022
    2. Mauli Bhatt, UG research student, NSERC USRA Award, Summer 2021
    3. Yaser Al Mtawa, PDF, Best Paper Award (Nominated), IEEE CCECE 2020
    4. Yasmeen Ali, Best Paper Award, IEEE ISNCC 2020
    5. Luka Benjanin, UG research student, Western USRG, Summer 2020
    6. Carolyn Owen, UG research student, NSERC USRA Award, Summer 2019
    7. Abdelkareem Jaradat, M.Sc. student (co-supervised), First Prize Winner at the UWORCS 2019 conference (best research proposal presentation category), Dept. of Computer Science, Western University

Professional Activities and Industry Links

Editorship
  • Associate Editor, Elsevier Vehicular Communications, 2020 - present
  • Associate Editor, IEEE Canadian Journal of Electrical and Computer Engineering, 2021 - present
  • Guest Editor, Elsevier Vehicular Communications (Special Issue: Secure and Privacy-Preserving Communications in Autonomous Vehicle Networks), 2017

 

Research Grant Committee

  • Member, Tri-agency NFRF (New Frontiers in Research Fund) Committee, 2021

 

Industry Chair

  • Smart Infrastructure and Services (SIS) Consortium Chair (2018 - present)
  • IEEE London (ON, Canada) Section Industry Chair (2018 - present)

 

Advisory Board Member

  • Member, National Cybersecurity Consortium 2020 - present
  • OCE/RTDS Advisory board member for provincial initiative in autonomous vehicle for southwestern Ontario (2017-2018)

 

Recent Conference / Workshop Chairs

  1. Conference Industry Chair: IEEE 34th CCECE 2021, Canada
  2. Workshop Session Chair: IEEE Infocom 2021 (workshop: BigSecurity), May 10th 2021
  3. Conference Industry Chair: IEEE 33rd CCECE 2020, London, ON, Canada
  4. Conference Patron Co-Chair: IEEE 15th CNSM 2019, Halifax, Canada
  5. Conference Session Chair: IEEE 62nd Globecom 2019 (Track: Virtual Reality and Machine Learning), Hawaii, USA
  6. Conference Session Chair: IEEE 89th VTC 2019 (Track: Security I), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  7. Workshop Chair, Smart Infrastructure and Services (SIS), Western University, London, ON Nov 14 - 15 2018

 

Panel Moderator

  1. Panel Topic: Smart Infrastructure and Services: Are We Ready?
    Panel Members: IBM, Juniper Networks, Huawei, and Geotab
    Event: IEEE 33rd CCECE 2020, London, ON, Canada, Aug 31st 2020

 

  1. Panel Topic: The Smart City Ecosystem: A Closer Look
    Panel Members: NRC Canada, Burns & McDonnell, Oxford County, Bell Canada
    Event: Smart Infrastructure and Services (SIS) Workshop, Western University, London, ON Nov 14 - 15 2018

 

Research Grant Reviewer

  1. NSERC Discovery Grant (2019, 2020, 2021)
  2. NSERC CRD ((2019)
  3. MITACS Accelerate (2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021)
  4. MITACS Elevate (2019)

Recent Technical Program Committee (TPC) Member: TPC - IEEE Conferences: WiMob 2021, CNSM 2019-2021, Globecom 2015-2021, NOMS 2016-2020, ICC 2016-2020, ICCVE 2019, QRS 2019, COMNATSAT 2019, APCC 2016/2019, STPSA 2018, IM 2015/2017, RNDM 2015-2017, COMPSAC 2017, Networks 2016, HASE 2015-2016, CASCON 2015

 

Recent International Journal Reviewer: IEEE Trans. on Reliability 2021, Elsevier Computer Networks 2021, IEEE TNSM 2020, Book Proposal Review, Taylor & Francis - 2019, IEEE Communications Letters 2018; IEEE Trans. on Mobile Computing 2018; Wiley Security and Privacy 2017,  IEEE JSAC – 2017,  OSA JOCN – 2017

Research Projects

Since July 2016, I have administered a total of 19 research grants (a total of ~$2.5M of funding) as PI (fourteen grants) and co-PI (five grants) which are funded through NSERC, OCE, SOSCIP, MITACS, Western, and my industry partners. Also, I received apprx. $1.5M of industry support in the form of Lab equipment from Juniper Networks for setting up my SDN labs at Western.

 

Selected Recent Research Projects:

  1. Western Interdisciplinary Development Initiatives - IDI (co-PI, PI: Laurie Donelle, 2021) “Drones for Health: Mapping the successes and challenges of Drones for Health at the intersection of social, ethical, and technological considerations.”

 

  1. WING Labs Infrastructure Donation (PI, 2020, ~$1.5M in Equipment Donation): “Next Generation End-to-End Software Defined Networking (SDN) Labs”, Network equipment support received from Juniper. This carrier-grade SDN network test-bed will be the first end-to-end network research Labs in Canadian academia.

 

  1. Western WIN 4.0 Research Grant (PI, 2020-2021): “Anomaly detection in water lines using acoustic-based smart sensing”.

 

  1. Western WIN 4.0 Research Grant (co-PI, PI: Dr. Hanan Lutfiyya, 2020-2021): “Classifying Appliances Operation Modes Using Machine Learning”.

 

  1. NSERC Discovery and NSERC Discovery Launch Supplement Grants (PI, 2019-2024): “Towards a cost-effective, software-centric, and Quality of Service (QoS) friendly framework for next generation networks”. This research program is about developing a novel software-centric, cost-effective, and QoS friendly network architecture that would offer carrier-grade quality guarantees (i.e., QoS) while minimizing network capital and operational expenses.

 

  1. TELUS Research Grant (PI, 2016-2021): “Network QoS Impact on Customer Experience (NiCE)”, (with TELUS). This project is about improving TELUS customers’ quality of experience (QoE) through understanding the impact of network Quality of Service (QoS) on customer services.

 

  1. Bell Canada Research Grant (PI, 2017-2021): “Internet Traffic Growth, its impact, associated network economics in ISPs”, (with Bell Canada)”. This project is about exploring top Internet applications that are responsible for increasing the traffic growth network costing methodologies and compare Bell Canada’s costing methods and models with other costing concepts and methodologies.

 

  1. OCE/SOSCIP Talentedge Grant (PI, 2017-2019): “Fault localization and resiliency in Smart Grid”, (with Tillsonburg Hydro Inc., and IBM). This project is about automating the power failure notification system in Hydro’s grid systems.

 

  1. OCE/SOSCIP Accelerator HQP Grant (PI, 2018-2019): “Fault localization and resiliency in Smart Grid”, (with Tillsonburg Hydro Inc., and IBM). This project is about automating the power failure notification system in Hydro’s grid systems.

 

  1. NSERC Strategic Project Grant (co-PI with 2 others, PI: Abdallah Shami, 2018-2021): “Smart Virtualized Platform for Cloud Management Systems”, (with TELUS, Ericsson). This project is about designing a comprehensive framework for smart cloud management.

 

  1. NSERC Strategic Project Grant (co-PI with 7 others, PI: Kostas Kontogiannis, 2017-2019): “Middleware framework and programming infrastructure for IoT Services
    , (with Bell Canada, IBM, and Tillsonburg Hydro Inc.). This project is about specification and design of novel frameworks that would allow for the runtime monitoring, active management, and adaptation of large scale IoT systems (i.e. devices, networks, computational resources, applications).

 

  1. MITACS Accelerate Grant (PI, 2019-2022): “RESPOND (Resource Efficient Smart Packet Optical Network Design)”, (with Juniper Networks). This project is about developing a scalable and optimal IP MPLS traffic allocation model while minimizing the overall network cost.

 

  1. NSERC CONNECT Grant (co-PI, PI: Abdallah Shami, 2018): “Smart connected Infrastructure and digital Services (SIS) Workshop”, (with multiple companies). This project is about developing the necessary foundation to form a workgroup that will play a vital role in shaping the Canadian smart services and technology landscape in coming years. This grant is to support the operational expenses to organize the SIS workshop in Nov 2018.

Selected Recent News / Media Release / Interviews

  1. Interview Topic: COVID-19 Research
    Interview taken by Western University Communications (weblink TBA)
    Date: Mar 23rd, 2021
  2. Interview Topic: COVID-19 Contact Tracing App Assessment Tool
    Global News Radio Interview: Global News Radio Interview
    Date: Nov 16th, 2020
  3. Media Releases: COVID-19 Contact Tracing App Assessment tool developed by my team received nationwide media attention, including CTV, CBC, Global News, Vancouver Sun, and others. Followings are some media releases on Nov 11th 2020:
  4. Interview Topic: Impact of 5G on Canadian Technology, Business, and Economy
    TV Interview taken by Fairchild TV (weblink TBA)
    Date: Aug 5th, 2020
  5. Interview Topic: Autonomous Drones
    Interview taken by Western Science Media (weblink TBA)
    Date: July 14th, 2020
  6. Western News on 5G partnership with Bell Canada
    url: https://news.westernu.ca/2020/06/western-partners-with-bell-on-5g-research-initiative/
  7. Western News on “Smart Power Grid and Tracing the Blackout and Reducing Downtime”
    url: https://www.uwo.ca/sci/research/infinity/smart_power_grids.html
  8. Interview Topic: Western University researchers to develop self-healing smart grid
    Interview taken by SOSCIP, Date: Jan 30th, 2018
    url: https://www.soscip.org/stories/western-university-researchers-develop-self-healing-smart-grid/