I am an academic in the Department of Computing at Imperial College London. My research focuses on modelling and simulation of IT services and business processes, with the goal of optimising their design, runtime control, and quality characteristics (performance, cost, reliability, …). In this context, I investigate together with my team advanced methods based on stochastic and probabilistic models (e.g., queueing models, caching modelshidden Markov modelsagent-based formalisms, …), as well as statistical and machine learning techniques (e.g., likelihoods, MCMC, Variational inference, Bayesian optimization, …) for mining, predicting, and optimizing system characteristics.

Prospective PhD/post-doc applicants: I am willing to supervise new students with an interest for machine learning and probabilistic modelling. My team offers a lively and friendly environment to carry out postgraduate studies. Feel free to contact me if you wish to discuss opportunities.

Departmental PhD scholarships are available for prospective PhD students, check out the application deadlines. I am also interested to sponsor prospective applicants for Marie-Curie actionsEPSRC postdoctoral fellowships, and the Imperial College Research Fellowship.

Projects: My ongoing and recent projects are in the area of Cloud computing, where modeling and simulation is used for both system design and runtime control. I will soon start coordinating RADON (2019-21), a large collaborative project on serverless computing and Function-as-a-Service (FaaS). Recently completed projects include DICE (2015-18), OptiMAM (2015-16), iBids (2014-17), and MODAClouds (2012-15). I also co-maintain a number of research tools, such as JMT, LINE, and KPC-Toolbox.

Teaching: I teach three courses at Bachelor and Master’s levels: C343 Operations research, C337 Simulation and modeling, and C339 Performance engineering.

PhD admissions: for general inquiries related to PhD admissions in our department, please contact the PhD programme administrator, Dr Amani El-Kholy.

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