Samira Afzal

Ph.D. Graduate in Electrical Engineering

samira [at]

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Short Bio

I graduated my Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering at the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (FEEC), University of Campinas (UNICAMP), in November 2019. My thesis entitled “CAPA: Content-Aware and Path-Aware Scheduling Strategy for Wireless Video Streaming” under the supervision of Prof. Christian Rothenberg. My research was carried in collaboration with Samsung Research under the technical lead of Dr. Vanessa Testoni. During my Ph.D., I had a deep investigation in multipath strategies for mobile and wireless networks suitable to the MPEG Media Transport (MMT) protocol. I received my master’s degree in IT engineering at Sharif University of Technology (SUT) in 2011. My master thesis entitled ” Accurate and Low-Cost Location Estimation Using Machine Learning Techniques in Wireless Sensor Networks ” under the supervision of Prof. Hamid Beigy, researching deeply on wireless sensor networks, localization algorithms, and machine learning approaches.

Research Interests

  • 5G technology, Cloud, Edge and Fog computing
  • Internet of Things (IoT), Wireless Sensor Networks (WSN) and Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS)
  • Mobile video streaming, video standards including codecs and network transport protocols (e.g., MMT, DASH, MPTCP, QUIC)
  • Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence
  • Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV).
Standardization Effort
  • Contribution to the MMT standard: ISO / IEC JTC 1 / SC 29 N17977 ISO / IEC 23008-13 4th Edition MPEG Media Transport Implementation Guideline (IG)
  • Patents
  • OLIVEIRA J. F.; AFZAL, S.; TESTONI, V. Método para Transmissão de Vídeo Digital Adotando Estratégias de Escalonamento com Reconhecimento de Percurso e Conteúdo em Redes Heterogêneas usando Protocolo MMT. 2018. INPI BR 10 2018 070605 5.
  • OLIVEIRA J. F.; AFZAL, S.; TESTONI, V. Method for Digital Video Transmission Adopting Packaging Forwarding Strategies with Path and Content Monitoring in Heterogeneous Networks Using MMT Protocol, Method for Reception and Communication System. 2019. US Patent 16387249.
  • Publications

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    • [PDF] S. Afzal, C. E. Rothenberg, V. Testoni, P. Kolan, and I. Bouazizi, “Multipath MMT-based approach for streaming high quality video over multiple wireless access networks,” Computer networks, p. 107638, 2020.
      title={{Multipath MMT-based approach for streaming high quality video
      over multiple wireless access networks}},
      author={Afzal, Samira and Rothenberg, Christian Esteve and Testoni,
      Vanessa and Kolan, Prakash and Bouazizi, Imed},
      journal={Computer Networks},


    • [PDF] S. Afzal, V. Testoni, J. F. de Oliveira, C. E. Rothenberg, P. Kolan, and I. Bouazizi, “A novel scheduling strategy for MMT-based multipath video streaming,” in 2018 IEEE Global Communications Conference: communication qos, reliability and modeling (Globecom2018 CQRM), Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 2018.
      AUTHOR="Samira Afzal and Vanessa Testoni and Jean Felipe {de Oliveira} and
      Christian Esteve Rothenberg and Prakash Kolan and Imed Bouazizi",
      TITLE="A Novel Scheduling Strategy for {MMT-based} Multipath Video Streaming",
      BOOKTITLE="2018 {IEEE Global Communications Conference}: Communication QoS, Reliability
      and Modeling {(Globecom2018 CQRM)}",
      ADDRESS="Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates",
      KEYWORDS="Video streaming; MMT protocol; multipath streaming; path-and-content-aware


    • [PDF] [DOI] R. D. R. Fontes, S. Afzal, S. H. Brito, M. A. Santos, and C. E. Rothenberg, “Mininet-WiFi: Emulating software-defined wireless networks,” in Proceedings of the 2015 11th international conference on network and service management (CNSM), Washington, DC, USA, 2015, p. 384–389.
      title={{Mininet-WiFi: Emulating software-defined wireless networks}},
      author={Fontes, Ramon Dos Reis and Afzal, Samira and Brito, Samuel HB and Santos, Mateus AS and Rothenberg, Christian Esteve},
      booktitle = {Proceedings of the 2015 11th International Conference on Network and Service Management {(CNSM)}},
      series = {CNSM '15},
      year = {2015},
      isbn = {978-3-9018-8277-7},
      pages = {384--389},
      numpages = {6},
      url = {},
      doi = {10.1109/CNSM.2015.7367387},
      acmid = {2879040},
      publisher = {{IEEE} Computer Society},
      address = {Washington, DC, USA},


    • S.Afzal, H.Beigy. “A localization algorithm for large scale mobile wireless sensor networks: a learning approach.” The Journal of Supercomputing 69.1 (2014): 98-120.
    • 2012

    • S.Afzal “Localization algorithm for large scale mobile wireless sensor networks.” Journal of Basic and Applied Scientific Research 2.8 (2012): 7589-7596.
    • S.Afzal “A review of localization techniques for wireless sensor networks.” Text Road Publication ISSN (2012): 2090-4304.