Wireless Networks (WiNe) Research Group



  • Shutao Lu, Wuyungerile Li, Yintu Bao, Alvin Valera, Winston KG Seah and Baoqi Huang, Routing over Best Links is not necessarily Better in Wireless Multi-hop Networks, IEEE/ACM International Symposium on Quality of Service (IWQoS), 19–21 June 2024, Guangzhou, China.
    A successful outcome from the collaboration with our partners in Inner Mongolia University (IMU) from an idea conceived by Prof. Winston Seah, namely,
    "Wireless network route selection considers mainly network or link metrics, always picking the best links, thus channeling all packets through a subset of all available links. This leaves weaker links under-utilized although such links can in fact be used to carry smaller packets or packets with less stringent requirements and free up bandwidth on the better links for larger packets or traffic with higher service requirements. As network traffic volume and heterogeneity increase in future networks, we need to maximize the usage of available network bandwidth and distribute the network traffic load. We combine network link metrics and packet attributes to determine the successful packet transmission probability, and then use this outcome to pick suitable links to forward the packet, which is not necessarily the link with the best metric." The paper was presented by Shutao Lu at IWQoS 2024 in Guangzhou, China.


  • Zhiyang Li, Wentao Ding, Xiujin Wang, Wuyungerile Li and Winston KG Seah, A Novel Exponential Dynamic Inertia Weight for Particle Swarm Optimization, International Joint Conference on Neural Networks (IJCNN), June 30 - July 5, 2024, Yokohama, Japan.
    Successful outcome from our occasional forays into the theoretical AI domain with our IMU collaborators.
    "To address the shortcomings of traditional PSO like, easily falling into local optimum and inadequate sharing of information among particles, as well as, enhance the search capacity of the particle swarm algorithm, this paper presents a novel particle swarm optimization algorithm known as Exponential Dynamic Inertia Weight for Particle Swarm Optimization (ExDyPSO). ExDyPSO is composed of two parts: firstly, by introducing dynamic inertia weight based on exponential distributions and acceleration factors that vary with the number of iterations, harmonizes the global and local search capabilities. Secondly, a stochastic particle- based jump-out strategy is proposed to surmount the case of particles falling into stagnation during the search process, thus effectively addressing the issue that PSO is prone to falling into local optimum."

  • Xingyun He, Hu Liu, Wuyungerile Li, Alvin C Valera and Winston KG Seah, EABC: Energy-aware Centrality-based Caching for Named Data Networking in the IoT, 25th IEEE International Symposium on a World of Wireless, Mobile and Multimedia Networks (WoWMoM), 4-7 June 2024, Perth, Australia.
    A successful outcome from the collaboration with our partners in IMU. ABC was developed Dr Jakob Pfender for his PhD research on IOT caching performance in our group. Our IMU collaborators worked with us to extend the design with an energy-aware component that extended the network lifetime significantly. The paper was presented by Xingyun He at WoWMoM 2024 in Perth, Australia.

Presentations by group members

Professor Winston Seah has been awarded a James Cook Research Fellowship in Engineering Sciences and Technology for research titled ‘Quantum Networking Algorithms and Protocols

2021 Graduation Ceremony -- Congratulations Muru

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Emerging Innovator Muru at the KiwiNet Investment Committee August 2021 - Emerging innovator presentation, held in the Parliament.

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Our Emerging Innovators - Muru (centre) and Duncan (right) with Paul (Wellington UniVentures Commercialisation Manager)


Recent Achievements

  • Duncan Cameron, Murugaraj Odiathevar, Alvin Valera and Winston KG Seah, POLUS: Detecting and Characterising Latency Under Load In Multi-Bottleneck Wireless Internet Service Provider Networks, IEEE/IFIP Network Operations and Management Symposium (NOMS), May 6–10, 2024, Seoul, South Korea.

  • Duncan Cameron, Murugaraj Odiathevar, Alvin Valera and Winston KG Seah, ElasticWISP-NG: Towards Dynamic Resource Provisioning for WISP Access Networks, 38th International Conference on Advanced Information Networking and Applications (AINA), April 17-19, 2024, Kitakyushu, Japan.

  • Janel Huang, Murugaraj Odiathevar, Alvin Valera, Jyoti Sahni, Marcus Frean and Winston KG Seah, Realtime BGP Anomaly Detection using Graph Centrality Features, 38th International Conference on Advanced Information Networking and Applications (AINA), April 17-19, 2024, Kitakyushu, Japan.

International Collaboration Success

  • Xiaojing Liu, Jiayu Cui, Winston KG Seah, Xiaodong Xu and Gang Xu, Opportunistic Routing using Q-Learning with Context Information, accepted by the 30th International Computing and Combinatorics Conference (COCOON), August 23-25, 2024, Shanghai, China.

Best Paper Award

PhD student, Hang Yu's paper on "Pulse Arrival Scheduling for Nanonetworks Under Limited IoT Access Bandwidth" has won the Best Paper Award in the 42nd IEEE Conference on Local Computer Networks (LCN) held in Singapore 9-12 Oct 2017. We have four papers, including the Best Paper, in this conference which is ranked A by CORE/ERA since 2008. A recording of the presentation can be found here.



VUW PhD scholarships

Three times a year, Victoria University of Wellington accepts applications for admission into our PhD programme with Wellington Doctoral Scholarships as well as other externally funded scholarships. The application process is managed by our Faculty of Graduate Research and details are available from their website. Applicants who are interested to do research in 5G/6G networks, quantum internet, quantum networking, IoT, wireless networks and future internet technologies, are strongly encouraged to contact Prof Winston Seah or any of our Research Team staff members.

Master of Engineering Scholarship on "Mesh routing for predator detection in thick vegetation"

The School of Engineering and Computer Science is offering a full-time Master of Engineering (ME) scholarship (domestic tuition fees** plus a 1-year tax free stipend of NZ$20,000) to an excellent candidate to work on "Mesh routing for predator detection in thick vegetation". This scholarship is sponsored by the SfTI BioSecurity Technology Spearhead grant and the research will aim to develop a novel mesh routing protocol to support a network of autonomous mobile sensors deployed to search and find the last predators in New Zealand's vast landscape.

The successful candidate is expected to have excellent fundamental knowledge of networking, especially in mesh routing protocols, routing in low-power and lossy networks, and other related topics. Knowledge of theoretical performance analysis techniques and hands-on experience in common network simulation platforms (e.g. OmNet++, QualNet, etc) would be advantageous.

Interested applicants, please contact Prof Winston Seah via email attaching your transcripts, publications list, and CV. If you are suitable, you will then be provided with the information on how to apply for admission into our ME degree programme.

**Important Note: International students other than those from Australia will be liable to pay the difference between the full international student fee (~NZ$46K) and the domestic fee (~NZ$10.5K).

WiNe Research Areas

WiNe focuses on networking technology that enables the plethora of diverse devices in the Internet to communicate effectively and reliably over wireless communication, including both the wireless access as well as relevant core network technologies to achieve these goals. We study advanced networking protocols and architectures for the fast evolving Internet and 5G/6G mobile telecommunication systems.

  • Wireless Networking Algorithms and Protocols: The research addresses challenging issues with environmentally friendly energy efficient algorithms and protocols for different forms of wireless networks operating in day-to-day as well as extreme conditions. Of particular interest are the MAC, RLC and random access protocols for 5G/6G networks to support the massive number of Internet of Things (IoT) devices, and the use of network function virtualization (NFV) for resource management and optimization.
  • End-to-end Wired/Wireless Network Inter-connectivity: The focus of our research is on algorithms/protocols/techniques for interconnecting wireless access networks to and across the wired backbone. This research will consider the relevant core network technologies needed to provide end-to-end connectivity, focusing on latest technology trends, like Software Defined Networking (SDN), NFV, Mobile Edge Computing, Distributed Mobility Management, as well as the core network aspect of 5G/6G networks which has evolved towards an IP-centric network.
  • Wireless Network Anomaly Detection: The focus of our current research is on novel ways of detecting anomalous behaviour in wireless networks, that goes beyond security. We explore new ways of identifying and detecting anomalous network traffic that may be the precursors to attacks and other malicious activities, utilizing machine learning and deep learning. A key research focus is on establishing trust in the IoT and building a secure trust framework.

Externally Funded Research Projects

Current Ongoing

  • SfTI BioSecurity Technology, "Finding the last predators," CALLAGHAN INNOVATION, October 1, 2021 - June 30, 2024, Co-PI Winston Seah, with team members, Alvin Valera, Jyoti Sahni and Yau Hee Kho, NZ$395,306.56.


Establishing Trust in Internet of Things using Physically Unclonable Functions and Blockchains, Royal Society of New Zealand, July 2018 Catalyst Seeding: General, Ref. No. 18-VUW-043-CSG, February 1, 2019 – January 31, 2021, NZ$79,750. Collaborating partners are National Chiao Tung University (Taiwan) and Universiti Putra Malaysia (Malaysia).

Software-Defined Green Internet of Things, Huawei NZ, July 1, 2016 - 30 June, 2019, NZ$330,000.

Scalable Traffic Classification in Internet of Things (IoT) for Network Anomaly Detection, ISIF Asia, Internet Operations Research Grants, January 1 - December 31, 2018, US$34,000.

Research Team

Find out more about our Research Team and how to work with them:

Research Publications

Members of the group have produced a number of publications over the years: