Hello I'm

Said Jawad Saidi

Network Systems and Measurement Enthusiast + Lifelong Learner
  • +49-68193253516
  • Max Planck Institute for Informatics, Saarbrücken, Germany

About Me

Hello, I'm Jawad. I am a Computer Science Researcher, passionate about Internet Measurement and Networked Systems --of course, I'm still at the beginning of this journey. I'm a 4th year Ph.D. student in the Internet Architecture Research Group, advised by Prof. Anja Feldmann, at Max-Planck-Institute for Informatics. My research journey started by building Systems for the verification of Software Defined Networks. It was followed by building a distributed system called Flowyager that helped network operators to collect, summarize, index, and query Terabytes of Network Flow data interactively. Recently, I've been working on measuring the Client-Server landscape of IoT devices on the Internet. Yes, I'm fascinated by the "Things" that are connected to the Internet. You can find out more about my work by scrolling down or contacting me. Who does not like to have a nice discussion?

  • Internet Measurement
  • Network Systems
  • IoT
  • Wide Area Data Analytics
  • Data Aggregation and Summarization
  • Some Software Defined Networking
Downlaod CV


Ph.D. Candidate, Saarland University

Jun 2017 - Now


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

Research Assistant, MPI-INF

Mar. 2018 - Now
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


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.


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