Syed Hasan

Electrical and Computer Engineering
Syed Hasan

Primary Research Area

  • Networking and distributed computing - Computer networking



Before coming to the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, he was  working as an associate professor at the department of Computer Science and Engineering, Dhaka University, Bangladesh. He has a passion for improving lives by spreading the benefits of Information and Communication Technology at the grass roots level. With this vision, he has been actively involved with a number of projects which aim to improve Internet access, ICT literacy and promote use of the Internet for the benefit of people in Bangladesh. From July 2011 to June 2013, as the president of Internet Society Bangladesh Dhaka Chapter, he worked towards advancing the mission of the Internet Society. He believes that in many Asian countries like Bangladesh, proper education and use of an open and affordable Internet can not only remove a lot of obstacles but also has the possibility to change the lives of people by raising awareness, improving connectivity and facilitating freedom of expression. In order to improve the openness of Internet, he is collaborating on a project titled open Internet with the Internet Society Netherlands chapter. Besides this, he participated at the 7th Internet Governance Forum (IGF) where he contributed in different sessions which brought in a developing country's perspective into the discussions. Faisal is playing a very important role in Internet Governance capacity building in Bangladesh. Faisal also participated at the 82nd and 86th IETF meetings as an Internet Society fellow. He is committed to work towards increasing participation at the IETF from developing countries. Faisal has been well connected with a number of International groups. For example, he is an active member of Asia New Zealand Young Leaders Network, Asia Pacific Advanced Network (APAN) and Network Start up Resource Center (NSRC) and Asia Pacific Network Information Center (APNIC). He holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Otago, New Zealand.

At the university of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, he is involved with the Illinois Cyber Security Scholars Program (ICSSP) which is NSF funded project tailored to produce students with advanced skills in cyber-security related areas. He has also contributed significantly in preparing the network forensics course curium for the newly initiated 'digital forensics' course.

His research interest is in TCP congestion control, protocols for audio-video streaming, distributed social networks, Software Defined Networks, Cryptography and Network Security, Future Internet Research



Resident Instruction

  • ECE 220 Computer Systems and Programming
  • CS 498 AL Digital Forensics II Spring 2015
  • ECE 198KL Computer Engineering II Fall 2014
  • ECE 397 ICSSP Seminar
  • CS 498 AL1 Digital Forensics Fall 2013, Fall 2014
  • ECE 422 Computer Security 1 Spring 2014

Research Interests

  • TCP Congestion Control, Software Defined Networks, Cryptography and Network Security, Future Internet Research, Distributed Systems

Research Areas

  • Computer networking
  • Cryptographic systems and protocols
  • Networking and distributed computing
  • Operating systems

Selected Articles in Journals

Articles in Conference Proceedings

Conferences Organized or Chaired

  • Organized, Internet Security workshop, 2012 and 2013
  • Organized, IPv6 Workshop with APNIC, Dhaka, Bangladesh 2011 and 2012
  • Program Committee Member, NZCSRSC 2007: the 5th New Zealand computer science research students’ conference, Hamilton, New Zealand, April 2007
  • External Reviewer, PDCAT’07: The Eighth International Conference on Parallel and Distributed Computing, Applications and Technologies, Adelaid, Australia, December 2007
  • Program Committee Member, PDCAT’08: The Ninth International Conference on Parallel and Distributed Computing, Applications and Technologies, Dunedin, New Zealand, December 2008


  • Speaker (remote), ”BdREN: an Emerging NREN”, Internet2 Fall 2009 Member Meeting, San Antonio, Texas, October 2009
  • Speech on, "My Story", Asia:NZ Young Leaders Reunion, Taoranga, New Zealand, 2012.
  • Speech on, ”Internet Governance in 2012 and Beyond”, Daffodil International University, Dhaka, Bangladesh, June 2012
  • Speech on ”Internet and BdREN Updates”, 35th APAN Meeting, Honolulu, Hawaii, January 2013
  • Speech on, ”Internet Governance in 2012 and Beyond”, Systems Research Lab, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand, February 2012
  • Speech on, ”Cyber Attacks and Security: Challenges for Freedom of Expression”, workshop on Freedom of Expression, Social Media and the Internet in Bangladesh, Dhaka, Bangladesh, January 2013.

Professional Societies

  • Country representative-Bangladesh, Asia Pacific Advanced Network (APAN) 2008-Present
  • President, Internet Society Bangladesh Dhaka Chapter 2011-2013

Courses Taught

  • CS 461 - Computer Security I
  • ECE 198 - Intro to Computer Eng II
  • ECE 220 - Computer Systems & Programming
  • ECE 422 - Computer Security I