Safiqul Islam is an Associate Professor at University of South-Eastern Norway in Bø, Norway. He received his Ph.D. from University of Oslo, advised by Professor Michael Welzl and Professor Stein Gjessing, with two best paper awards. He has published several articles in high-ranked conferences and journals and his Ph.D. work was also in the top 4 at the 2018 IEEE/IFIP Network Operations and Management Symposium. He actively participated in two EU projects (NEAT and RITE) and was technical lead of an international project (“TCP-in- UDP”) with Huawei, China. He is active in the IETF and IRTF where he co-authored two RFCs. He has also contributed to designing the test-cases and congestion control algorithms in the IETF RMCAT working group.


  • Congestion Control
  • Transport Protocols
  • Machine Learning


  • PhD in Computer Science, 2017

    University of Oslo

  • MSc in Communication Systems, 2010

    KTH - Royal Institute of Technology

Selected work experiences


Associate Professor

University of South-Eastern Norway

Oct 2021 – Present Norway

Visiting Researcher

The Institut supérieur de l’aéronautique et de l’espace and TeSA Laboratory

Mar 2020 – Mar 2020 Toulouse, France
Worked on the usage of ML on network coding with Professor Emmanuel Lochin

PostDoctoral Research Fellow

University of Oslo

Mar 2018 – Sep 2021 Norway
Identifying and addressing exciting use cases for Machine Learning applied to networking; writing project proposals; taking undergraduate (IN3230 Computer Networks, FALL 2019), master and PhD courses (IN 5150/9150 (seminar on Recent Advancements in Internet Protocols); and supervising master and PhD students.


University of Oslo

Aug 2017 – Feb 2018
Worked towards developing TCP congestion control coupling for H2020-NEAT EU project. NEAT is a flexible service-oriented Internet transport layer API aiming to facilitate the evolution of Internet’s transport layer in long-term.


University of Oslo and Huwaei Technologies Ltd

Aug 2015 – Jul 2016
Proposed and implemented single path TCP congestion control coupling using TCP-in-UDP encapsulation at the IETF TCPM and IRTF ICCRG working groups.

Senior Lecturer

Daffodil International University

Jan 2011 – Sep 2012
Taught bachelor level courses: Computer Networks, Data Communication, Programming Languages; and supervised bachelor projects



I was the technical lead of this 1-year industry collaboration with Huawei that started on 1 August 2015.


I was also a partipant of the EU FP7 RITE project (work package 1). RITE was funded by the European commission under the fp7-ICT programme. RITE proposes to remove the root causes of unnecessary latency over the Internet.

EU-Horizon 2020 - NEAT

I was a Participant of EU-Horizon 2020 - NEAT (work packages 3 and 4). The NEAT project wants to achieve a complete redesign of the way in which Internet applications interact with the network.


(2021). TCP Control Block Interdependence. RFC 9040.

PDF Project DOI

(2021). Collaboration in the IETF: An Initial Analysis of Two Decades in Email Discussions. ACM Computer Communication Review (CCR) 51(3) (editorial).

(2021). Transport Services: A Modern API for an Adaptive Internet Transport Layer. IEEE Communications Magazine 59(4).


(2020). Online Identification of Groups of Flows Sharing a Network Bottleneck. IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking.

Project DOI

(2020). Follow the Model: How Recursive Networking Can Solve the Internet’s Congestion Control Problems. 2020 International Conference on Computing, Networking and Communications (ICNC).