Hello I'm

Said Jawad Saidi

Network Systems and Measurement Enthusiast + Lifelong Learner
  • TBA
  • Huawei Technologies, Munich Reseach Center, Munich, Germany

About Me

Hello, I'm Jawad, a Networked Systems Researcher and Engineer, currently working at Huawei Technologies. I work on developing intelligent systems and tools to help cloud operators and SRE teams quickly detect and repair anomalies in the cloud.

My passion lies in Networked Systems and Internet Measurement. I obtained a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Saarland University and Max-Planck-Institute for Informatics. There, I had the privilege of working with some brilliant researchers and worked on exciting projects in the Internet Architecture Research Group, under the guidance of Prof. Anja Feldmann.

My research journey began with the development of Systems for the verification of Software Defined Networks. I then went on to build a distributed system called Flowyager, which facilitated network operators to collect, summarize, index, and query Terabytes of Network Flow data interactively. I worked on measuring the Client-Server landscape of IoT devices on the Internet, which I find fascinating. I'm enthusiastic about exploring the possibilities of the "Things" that are connected to the Internet.

You can find more information about my work by scrolling down or by contacting me. I am always open to having discussions about my research and its implications.

  • Internet Measurement
  • Network Systems
  • IoT
  • Wide Area Data Analytics
  • Data Aggregation and Summarization
  • Some Software Defined Networking
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Ph.D. Computer Science, Saarland University

Thesis: Characterizing the IoT Ecosystem at Scale

Jun 2017 - Feb 2023


M.Sc. Informatics, TU-Berlin

2014 - 2016

 Thesis: Investigating Mechanisms for Tracing Packets through SDN

 Best M.Sc. Informatics Graduate Award by TU-Berlin

 DAAD Scholarship

B.Sc. Computer Science, Kabul Education University

2009 - 2012


Work Experience

Senior Research Engineer in Cloud Data Center Networks, Huawei Technologies Munich Research Center

August. 2022 - Now
Responsibilities :
  • Develop new intelligent systems and tools aimed at SRE and cloud operators to enable them to quickly detect and repair anomalies
  • Contribute with systems to the future generation of AIOps for networks and Intent-Based Networks 
  • Take engineering approach to network verification involving Network modelling, static and dynamic analysis
  • Help implement new ideas and concepts to support self-driving networks
  • Work with AI/ML researchers/engineers to develop new tools for network performance analysis, anomaly detection, root cause analysis and network verification
  • Develop new tools using cutting edge technology focusing on efficiency and automation

Research Assistant, MPI-INF

Mar. 2018 - August 2022
Responsibilities :
  • Participitated in multiple research projects(Systems and Measurement)
  • Assisted in teaching activities
  • Routine scientific tasks, e.g. talks, colloqiums and conferences

Guest Researcher, TU-Berlin

Nov. 2019 - Mar. 2020 
Responsibilities :
  • Research project on detection of IoT devices in Internet traffic 
  • Collection, cleaning, and analysis of high volume, real world internet traffic

Research Assistant, TU-Berlin

Jun. 2017 - Mar. 2018
Responsibilities & Projects:
  • Verification of Software Defined Networks
  • Detection of Amplification Attacks in Internet
  • Building a distributed system to collect, index, and query high-volume network flow captures
  • Teaching activities

Graduate Student Worker, TU-Berlin

Sep. 2016, 6 Months
Responsibilities :
  • Research project on verfification of Software Defined Networks
  • Modified Open vSwitch
  • Implemented a Control and Data Plane verification mechanism using Binary Decision Diagrams


Deep dive into the IoT backend ecosystem, ACM IMC'22

Said Jawad Saidi, Srdjan Matic, Oliver Gasser, Georgios Smaragdakis, Anja Feldmann 

One bad apple can spoil your IPv6 privacy, ACM SIGCOMM CCR'22

Said Jawad Saidi, Oliver Gasser, Georgios Smaragdakis 

A Haystack Full of Needles: Scalable Detection of IoT Devices in the Wild, ACM IMC'20

Said Jawad Saidi, Anna Maria Mandalari, Roman Kolcun, Hamed Haddadi, Daniel J Dubois, David Choffnes, Georgios Smaragdakis, Anja Feldmann 

Exploring Network-Wide Flow Data with Flowyager, IEEE TNSM

Said Jawad Saidi, Aniss Maghsoudlou, Damien Foucard, Georgios Smaragdakis, Ingmar Poese, Anja Feldmann 

Towards Consistent SDNs: A Case for Network State Fuzzing, IEEE TNSM

Apoorv Shukla, Said Jawad Saidi, Stefan Schmid, Marco Canini, Thomas Zinner, Anja Feldmann 

Flowtree: Enabling Distributed Flow Summarization at Scale, ACM SIGCOMM 18 - Posters & Demos

Said Jawad Saidi, Damien Foucard, Georgios Smaragdakis, Anja Feldmann 

Latest Updates and Activities

Presented our work on Scalable Detection of IoT Devices in The Wild at IoT working group at RIPE 82. 
Checkout the video + slides at: 



Check out my blog post on APNIC. Click here.


Attended Symposium on the "Web and Internet Policy"


Attended CONEXT'20 Conference


Attended IMC'20 Conference and presented our work on Detection of IoT devices in the Wild.


Attended IoT Meets Security Summer School.


Featured Posts

How IoT devices can endanger your IPv6 privacy

Check out my latest blog post on APNIC about an privacy leakage associated with IoT devices. 

How IoT devices can endanger your IPv6 privacy

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How to detect IoT devices in a network

I wrote a blog post for APNIC on detecting IoT devices in an ISP and IXP.

Check it out under the following link:

How to detect IoT devices in a network

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