16 December 2015 – Fifth year Computer Science PhD student Nimantha Baranasuriya and his collaborators won the Best Short Paper Award at the International Conference on emerging Networking EXperiments and Technologies (CoNEXT 2015),

that was held in Heidelberg, Germany, in early December. CoNEXT is a prestigious conference in field of Computer Networking and Communications and serves as a ‘major forum for presentations and discussions of novel networking technologies that will shape the future of Internetworking’. According to Nimantha, of the numerous submissions received by the conference organisers, only 24% of long papers and 15% of short papers were accepted.

Nimantha’s paper, titled “QProbe: Locating the Bottleneck in Cellular Communication”, addresses finding the source of performance issues that users face when they are connected to the Internet using 3G or LTE connections. “If you notice that a YouTube video is not loading properly on your phone, for example, the tool we built helps you figure out whether the problem is caused by the cellular link or by the Internet path between you and the YouTube server that you are connected to,” explained Nimantha. He is supervised by Dr. Seth Gilbert.