Assessing of affects on application-level mobile device quality of experience measures

With the growth of mobile device platforms such as smartphones and tablets, users now primarily experience the wireless networks they uses, whether cellular or WiFi based, through the context of the apps that they use. Hence, a heavy Skype user may perceive a given network to be of substantially different quality than would be perceived by a heavy text-messaging user. This reality has lead to a growing interest in quality-of-experience (QoE) measures as a compliment to more traditional network-level quality-of-service (QoS) measures. This internship will study how QoE measure are affected by changes in mobile device technologies, with the popular Android and iOS platforms servicing as the exemplar platform technologies. Quantifying and understanding how QoE changes with platform changes is important as, particularly for cellular and cable operators, it goes directly to the core issues such as how operators would use these new types of measure to improve their services to their customers, how to design and improve better apps, etc. This internship will be conducted as part of University of Victoria’s Entrepreneurial Engineering Master’s Program, and hence, under the strong guidance of Wesley Clover and the Alacrity Foundation such that the full intension is to produce industry-usable and applicable results.

Intern: 
Mustafa Abousaleh
Faculty Supervisor: 
Drs. Thomas Darcie & Stephen Neville
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