Dr. Arjuna Sathiaseelan
Senior Research Associate
E-mail: firstname dot surname (cl.cam.ac.uk)
Tel: +44 (0)1223 763781


Dr Arjuna Sathiaseelan is a Senior Research Associate at the Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge. He leads the Networking for Development (N4D Lab). The research group conducts research on novel Internet architectures for improving and reducing the cost of Internet access. He is the Chair of IRTF Global Access to the Internet for All (GAIA) research group and a member of the Internet Research Steering Group (IRSG). He is in the Access Advisory Panel of the United Nations Foundation's $75 million Digital Impact Alliance (funded by the Melinda and Gates Foundation, USAID and SIDA). He is also in the advisory board of Ubuntu Power - an social enterprise focussed on providing affordable off grid energy and Internet to underserved communities and Ensemble- an social business incubator in Democratic Republic of Congo. He is also in the advisory board of the EU NETCOMMOMS project. He is a member of the Center for Science and Policy (CSaP). He is also a member of the Cambridge Big Data initiative as a principal investigator interested in big data for development and understanding the interplay between users, networks and data for development and humanitarian crisis.

His research interests also include architecting the Future Internet, enabling quad-play (voice, video, data, mobility) convergence and mobile systems especially inter-RAT mobility. He has co-authored and contributed to several Internet standards and drafts (IETF) and contributed to the DVB-RCS2 standardization at the ETSI TM-RCS.

In the past he was a Research Fellow (Connected Digital Economy - Rural Digital Economy hub and Networking - School of Engineering) at University of Aberdeen. He was also an Associate with the Center for Sustainable International Development (CSID) at Aberdeen where he founded and convened the ICT4D group.

He was also the Chief Evangelist @ United Mobile Apps, India, where he helped the company raise one million dollars in venture capital funding.

Arjuna Sathiaseelan has a PhD in Networking from Kings College London (2005), MSc in Computing and Internet Systems from Kings College London (2001) and Bachelors in Computer Science and Engineering from NIT, Trichy, India (2000). He was awarded the Young Alumini Achiever Award from NIT Trichy (2016).

For an upto date CV (January 2017).


For list of publications, see here

Key Contributions

2012-: Initiated the Networking for Development (N4D) lab at the Computer Laboratory. The research group conducts research on novel Internet architectures for improving and reducing the cost of Internet access. Also founded the Internet Research Task Force's (IRTF) "Global Access to the Internet for All (GAIA)" research group. This initiative brings together some of the major players (industry, academia and NGO) in networking and ICT for development (Google.org, NSRC, A4AI, Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation etc) under one common umbrella to understand and scope out the challenges in providing universal access and to influence standardisation efforts that could potentially change the Internet landscape to be more inclusive. Currently the Chair of the IETF GAIA Research Group with Co-chair Mat Ford (ISOC).

2010-2012: Contributed to the standardization efforts at ETSI TM-RCS on the Higher Layer Specification for DVB-RCS2 (QoS, MPLS and VLAN Support).

2006-: Influenced the standardization of several transport protocols to suit multimedia applications at the IETF - especially influenced the change to the core congestion control algorithm of TFRC (RFC5348) which obsoleted RFC 3448 and TCP Congestion Window Validation (RFC 7661):
  1. Alternative Network Deployments: Taxonomy, characterization, technologies and architectures, J. Saldana, A. Arcia-Moret, B. Braem, E. Pietrosemoli, A. Sathiaseelan, M. Zennaro, IETF RFC 7962, August 2016 .

  2. Updating TCP to support Variable-Rate Traffic, G. Fairhurst, A.Sathiaseelan, R. Secchi, RFC 7661, November 2015.

  3. Low Extra Delay Background Transport (LEDBAT), S. Shalunov, G. Hazel, J. Iyengar, M. Kuehlewind, RFC 6817, December2012 (contributor).

  4. RTP and the Datagram Congestion Control Protocol (DCCP), C. Perkins, IETF RFC 5762, April 2010 (contributor).

  5. Quick-Start for DCCP, G.Fairhurst and A.Sathiaseelan, IETF RFC 5634, August 2009.

  6. Profile for DCCP Congestion Control ID 4: the Small-Packet Variant of TFRC Congestion Control,S. Floyd and E. Kohler, IETF RFC 5622, August 2009 (contributor).

  7. TCP Friendly Rate Control (TFRC): Protocol Specification, S. Floyd, M. Handley, J. Padhye, J. Widmer, IETF RFC 5348, September 2008 (contributor).

  8. Faster Restart for TCP Friendly Rate Control (TFRC), E. Kohler, S. Floyd and A. Sathiaseelan. Expired, draft-ietf-dccp-tfrc-faster-restart-06.txt.

  9. An architecture to support explicit rate signaling over End-to-End paths, D.Lopez, E. Lochin, A. Sathiaseelan, Expired, draft-lopez-ietf-tsvwg-ipern-00.txt

Ongoing PhD Students

1. Anwaar Ali (with Prof. Jon Crowcroft)

2. Mohibi Hussain (with Prof. Jon Crowcroft)

3. Roger Baig (with Prof. Leandro Navarro (UPC))

4. Aroub AlNasser (with Dr. Debbi Marrais (Warwick) and Abdul Rahman AlKhalifa (King Saud University))

Completed PhD Students

Ziaul Hossain (with Prof. Gorry Fairhurst)

Israfil Biswas (Prof. Gorry Fairhurst)


Current grants/projects

EPSRC GCRF African Internet Measurement Observatory (2016-2017): Co-I

EU H2020 RIFE (2015-2018): PI

EU H2020 UMobile (2015-2018): Co-PI

Past grants/projects

EU FP7 COSMOS (2014-2015): PI & Coordinator

EPSRC Public Access WiFi Service (PAWS) (2012-2014): Researcher Co-I, Technical Lead & Senior Research Associate

EPSRC Rural Public Access WiFi Service (2012-2014): Co-PI

RCUK Rural Digital Economy Project (2010-2012): Research Fellow

Fellowship by Thales Alenia Space (2009): Research Fellow

EU SATSIX (2006-2009): Research Fellow

EU SATNEX (2006-2009): Research Fellow

Organizing Committee

Co-Chair, IFIP Networking Interdisciplinary workshop on DIY and community networking, June 2017.

Chair, GAIA Community Networks: Sustainability & Regulation Workshop, January 2017.

Chair, ACM SIGCOMM GAIA Workshop, August 2016.

Co-Director, Workshop on New Frontiers in Internet of Things, Co-Sponsored by the International Telecommunications Union, Telecommunication Development Sector (ITU-D), the Internet Society (ISOC) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA). March 2016.

Co-Chair, Workshop on High Dimensional Big Data - Efficiency and Accuracy, EPSRC and Cambridge Big Data, March 2016.

Editor, IEEE Communications Magazine Feature Topic on Wireless Technologies for Development (W4D), December 2015.

Special Sessions Chair, 13th IEEE Consumer Communications and Networking Conference (IEEE CCNC'16) , Las Vegas, January 2016.

General Chair, ACM DEV 2015, London, November-December 2015.

Exhibits and Sponsorship Chair, WiSats 2015, Bradford, June 2015.

Chair, IRTF GAIA workshop, co-located with ACM DEV, San Jose,  December 2014.

Poster Chair, 11th International Conference on Mobile and Ubiquitous Systems: Computing, Networking and Service (MOBIQUITOUS), December 2014.

Coordinator, Towards an Affordable Internet Access for Everyone: The Quest for Enabling Universal Service Commitment, Dagstuhl Seminar, November 2014.

Chair, IRTF GAIA European workshop, Cambridge, October 2014.

Co-Chair, IEEE/IFIP Wireless On-demand Network Systems (WONS), Special Session on Community Wireless Networks, April 2014.

Chair, IRTF GAIA workshop, IETF 89, London,  March 2014.

Chair of the ACM MobiCom LCDNet,  September 2013.

Invited Talks

5G4All, ACM SIGCOMM AINTEC, Bangkok, December 2016.
Cloudrones, TechFugees Conference, Cambridge, July 2016.
Networking for Development, Technology for the Bottom Billion Workshop, Cambridge, June 2016.
Networking for Development, Distinguished Lecture, Amrita University, India, April 2016.
Networking for Development (N4D) Lab Activities, ICTP, March, 2016.
Networking for Development, School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science Seminar, Queen Mary University, March 2015.
Does the Internet Need Everybody?, Workshop on Ethics in Internet Engineering, Oxford, March 2015.
Networking for Development, DigiWorld Executive Club, Vodafone, July 2014.
Public Access WiFi Service (PAWS), Workshop on Internet Monitoring Study, European Commission, Brussels, May 2014.
Virtual Public Networks, Cambridge Wireless Virtual Networks SIG, London, April 2014.
Virtual Public Networks, ON.LAB, Stanford, March 2014.
Virtual Public Networks, Cisco Enterprise, San Jose, March 2014.
An Internet Architecture for the Challenged, IAB Workshop, Cambridge, December 2013.
LCDNet: Lowest Cost Denominator Networking, Networks and Services Research Laboratory, Electrical and Electronics Engineering, UCL, November 2013.
LCDNet: Lowest Cost Denominator Networking, Network Operations and Internet Security Lab, College of Computing, Georgia Tech, October 2013.
LCDNet: Lowest Cost Denominator Networking, Workshop on Participatory Networks and Privacy: New Research Issues, University of Nottingham, September 2013.
LCDNet: Lowest Cost Denominator Networking, Next Generation Networking, Coseners, July 2013.
Architecting the Internet for the Challenged, Workshop on DTN Communications, Space Internetworking Center, Greece, June 2013.
LCD-Net: Lowest Cost Denominator Networking - Enabling donated lunches in the Internet, Systems Research Group, Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge, December 2012.
Pervasive Internet: Rural Reality or Pipe Dream, Cafe Connect, Bonar Bridge, July 2011.
Enabling zero-cost connectivity for disadvantaged communities, School of Computer Science, University of St.Andrews, June 2011.
Satellite Internet for Rural Access, dot.Rural Seminar, University of Aberdeen, April 2011.
Enabling zero-cost connectivity for disadvantaged communities, Center for Sustainable International Development (CSID), University of Aberdeen, March 2011.
Internet Technology to support Rural Digital Inclusion, University of Cambridge, October 2009.