As part of a broader organisational restructure, data networking research at Swinburne University of Technology has moved from the Centre for Advanced Internet Architecture (CAIA) to the Internet For Things (I4T) Research Lab.

Although CAIA no longer exists, this website reflects CAIA's activities and outputs between March 2002 and February 2017, and is being maintained as a service to the broader data networking research community.


Associate Professor Philip Branch

Tel:+61 3 9214 5847


Associate Professor,  Department of Telecommunications, Electrical, Robotics and Biomedical Engineering , 1 Jan 2016
Acting Director, Centre for Advanced Internet Architectures 1 July 2014 to 30 June 2015

Senior Lecturer, Department of Telecommunications, Electrical, Robotics and Biomedical Engineering

  • PhD, Monash University, Computer Systems Engineering, "Interactivity and Interactive Video on Demand, " 2000.
  • Master of Technology, ECS Engineering, University of Tasmania, "Patterns of Cell Loss in ATM Multiplexers," 1994.  
  • Bachelor of Science (Computer Science and Mathematics), University of Tasmania, 1982.
  • Graduate Certificate of Teaching and Learning, Swinburne University of Technology, 2005
  • Diploma of Business, Hobart TAFE, 1992
  • 2016 Associate Professor, Swinburne University of Technology
  • 2003-2015: Senior Lecturer, Swinburne University of Technology
  • 2014-2015: Acting Director, Centre for Advanced Internet Architectures
  • 2000-2003: Development Manager, Ericsson AsiaPacific Labs
  • 1999-2000: Business Analyst, Melbourne IT Ltd.
  • 1994-1999: Senior Research Engineer, ANSPAG/Research Fellow Monash University.

Teaching 2015:

  • Unit convenor and instructor (*convenor only, #instructor only)
    • Network Security and Resilience / Advanced Security
    • Network Modelling and Analysis*
    • Introduction to Programming with MATLAB Tutorial (NEU students only) #
    • Wireless Communications


  • Research Leader, "Data Network Traffic Classification"
  • Current projects
    • Mesh Networks and Smart Cities
    • BGP Anomaly Detection
    • GENIUS - Game ENvironment Internet Utilisation Study
  • Past projects
    • BITSS - Broadband Internet Traffic Simulation & Synthesis
    • LIFE - Lawful Interception For Everyone
Selected publications: here

Postgraduate PhD student supervision  (*=Coordinating Supervisor):
  • Jonathan Kua, "Video delivery over TCP"
  • Djuro Mirkovic, "Network Coordinate Systems"
  • *Bahaa Al-Musawi, "Early detection of BGP anomalies"
  • Lawrence Stewart, "Empirical evaluation of transport protocol performance, impact and dynamic behaviour"
  • *Rhys Shobbrook, "Learning Styles and Engineering Education"
Completed PhD supervision (*=Principal Coordinating Supervisor):
  • *Tuan Dinh, "Workload estimation for supercomputer clusters "
  • Warren Harrop, "Investigations into the monitoring and control of IP networks through the application of immersive virtual environment metaphors," 2015
  • *Tony Cricenti, "Traffic Modelling of Online First person Shooter Games," 2014
  • *Abolfazl Nazari, "Seamless Multimedia over Heterogeneous Wireless Networks," 2013
  • Imrul Md Hassan, "Effect of Retransmission on the Performance fo the IEEE 802.11 MAC Protocol for DSRC," 2013
  • Kewin Stoeckigt, "Analysis, Limitations and Improvements of Voice over IP in the 802.11 WLAN," 2012
  • Sebastian Zander, "Performance of Selected Noisy Covert Channels and their Countermeasures in IP Networks," 2010
  • Raj Vasa, "Growth and Change Dynamics of Open Source Software Systems," 2010
  • Thuy Nguyen, "A novel approach for practical real-time, machine learning based IP traffic classification," 2009
University and Faculty committees:
  • Swinburne University Human Research Ethics Committee (Subcommittee)
  • FSET Higher Degree Research Committee
  • FSET Student Progress Review Committee
  • CAIA Research Higher Degree Coordinator
 Media commentary and interviews:
Other activities (incomplete):
  • Course Advisory Committee, Abbey College
  • External grant application reviewer, Fonds National de la Recherche Luxembourg, 2015
  • TPC International Conference on Communication System and Network Technologies 2015
  • CAIA Seminar, "Metadata Retention", 23 April 2015
  • Reviewer, Journal of Network and System Management, 2015
  • Reviewer, Journal of Information Security and Applications,  2014, 20155
  • Reviewer, IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology (IEEE CSVT), 2014, 2015
  • Reviewer, IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking (IEEE/ACM ToN), 2015,2016
  • TPC Australasian Information Security Conference (ACSW-AISC), 2013, 2014, 2015
  • Reviewer, ACM Transactions on Multimedia Computing (ACM TOMM), 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
  • Reviewer, Journal of Zhejiang University,  2014, 2015
  • TPC IEEE International Conference on Contemporary Computing and Informatics (IEEE ICCCI), 2014, 2015
  • Faculty Research Ethics Advisor
  • Reviewer, IEEE Network Magazine, 2013, 2014
  • TPC International Conference on Advances in Computing, Communications and Informatics, 2012, 2013, 2014
  • TPC Third International Symposium Pattern Recognition and Image Processing (PRIP-2014))
  • Invited speaker "Media vs Piracy" seminar, 21st March 2012
  • Reviewer, Journal of King Saud University - Computer and Information Sciences, 2014, 2016
  • Faculty seminar "Obtaining research ethics approval for educational research projects"
  • Reviewer, Journal of Network and Computer Applications, 2014
  • Webinar "eForensics - Privacy, Security and Online Media", June 2011
  • Mysterious and rather alarming mention in this Jonathan Creek parody (from 5 seconds) April 23 2010
Last Updated: Wednesday 20-Jan-2016 16:45:30 AEDT | Maintained by: Philip Branch ( | Authorised by: Grenville Armitage (