Imperial College London

ProfessorJulieMcCann

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Computing

Professor of Computer Systems
 
 
 
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Tomic I, Breza M, McCann J, Jamming-Resilient Control and Communication Framework for Cyber Physical Systems, Living in the Internet of Things 2019

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McCann JA, Picco GP, Gluhak A, Johansson KH, Torngren M, Gide Let al., 2019, Connected Things Connecting Europe, COMMUNICATIONS OF THE ACM, Vol: 62, Pages: 46-51, ISSN: 0001-0782

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Benkhelifa F, Elsawy H, McCann JA, Alouini MSet al., 2019, Recycling Cellular Downlink Energy for Overlay Self-Sustainable IoT Networks

© 2018 IEEE. This paper investigates the self-sustainability of an overlay Internet of Things (IoT) network that relies on harvesting energy from a downlink cellular network. Using stochastic geometry and queueing theory, we develop a spatiotemporal model to derive the steady state distribution of the number of packets in the buffers and energy levels in the batteries of IoT devices given that the IoT and cellular communications are allocated disjoint spectrum. Particularly, each IoT device is modeled via a two- dimensional discrete-time Markov Chain (DTMC) that jointly tracks the evolution of data buffer and energy battery. In this context, stochastic geometry is used to derive the energy generation at the batteries and the packet transmission probability from buffers taking into account the mutual interference from other active IoT devices. To this end, we show the Pareto-Frontiers of the sustainability region, which defines the network parameters that ensure stable network operation and finite packet delay. The results provide several insights to design self-sustainable IoT networks.

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McCann J, Zheng Q, 2019, Message from the Program Chairs: ICPADS 2018, Pages: xxii-xxiii, ISSN: 1521-9097

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Fu A, Tomic I, McCann J, Asynchronous sampling for decentralized periodic event-triggered control, 2019 American Control Conference, Publisher: IEEE

Decentralized periodic event-triggered control(DPETC) strategies are an attractive solution for wireless cyber-physical systems where resources such as network bandwidthand sensor power are scarce. This is because these strategieshave the advantage of preventing unnecessary data transmis-sions and therefore reduce bandwidth and energy requirements,however the sensor sampling regime remains synchronous.Typically the action of sampling leads almost immediately toa transmission on an event being detected. If the sampling issynchronous, multiple transmission requests may be raised atthe same time which further leads to bursty traffic patterns.Bursty traffic patterns are critical to the DPETC systemsperformance as the probability of collisions and the amount ofrequested bandwidth resources become high ultimately causingdelays. In this paper, we propose an asynchronous samplingscheme for DPETC. The scheme ensures that at each samplingtime, no more than one transmission request can be generatedwhich prevents the occurrence of network traffic collision.At the same time, for the DPETC system with asynchronoussampling a pre-designed global exponential stability andL2-gain performance can still be guaranteed. We illustrate theeffectiveness of the approach through a numerical example.

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Yu W, Lin X, Zhang W, Pei J, McCann JAet al., 2019, SimRank*: effective and scalable pairwise similarity search based on graph topology, VLDB Journal, ISSN: 1066-8888

Given a graph, how can we quantify similarity between two nodes in an effective and scalable way? SimRank is an attractive measure of pairwise similarity based on graph topologies. Its underpinning philosophy that “two nodes are similar if they are pointed to (have incoming edges) from similar nodes” can be regarded as an aggregation of similarities based on incoming paths. Despite its popularity in various applications (e.g., web search and social networks), SimRank has an undesirable trait, i.e., “zero-similarity”: it accommodates only the paths of equal length from a common “center” node, whereas a large portion of other paths are fully ignored. In this paper, we propose an effective and scalable similarity model, SimRank*, to remedy this problem. (1) We first provide a sufficient and necessary condition of the “zero-similarity” problem that exists in Jeh and Widom’s SimRank model, Li et al. ’s SimRank model, Random Walk with Restart (RWR), and ASCOS++. (2) We next present our treatment, SimRank*, which can resolve this issue while inheriting the merit of the simple SimRank philosophy. (3) We reduce the series form of SimRank* to a closed form, which looks simpler than SimRank but which enriches semantics without suffering from increased computational overhead. This leads to an iterative form of SimRank*, which requires O(Knm) time and O(n2) memory for computing all (n2) pairs of similarities on a graph of n nodes and m edges for K iterations. (4) To improve the computational time of SimRank* further, we leverage a novel clustering strategy via edge concentration. Due to its NP-hardness, we devise an efficient heuristic to speed up all-pairs SimRank* computation to O(Knm~) time, where m~ is generally much smaller than m. (5) To scale SimRank* on billion-edge graphs, we propose two memory-efficient single-source algorithms, i.e., ss-gSR* for geometric SimRank*, and ss-eSR* for exp

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Calder M, Dobson S, Fisher M, McCann Jet al., 2018, Making sense of the world: Framing models for trustworthy sensor-driven systems, Computers, Vol: 7, ISSN: 2073-431X

Sensor-driven systems provide data and information that facilitate real-time decision-making and autonomous actuation, as well as enable informed policy choices. However, can we be sure that these systems work as expected? Can we model them in a way that captures all the key issues? We define two concepts: frames of reference and frames of function that help us organise models of sensor-based systems and their purpose. Examples from a smart water distribution network illustrate how frames offer a lens through which to organise and balance multiple views of the system. Frames aid communication between modellers, analysts and stakeholders, and distinguish the purpose of each model, which contributes towards our trust that the system fulfils its purpose.

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Shi F, Qin Z, Wu D, McCann JAet al., 2018, Effective truth discovery and fair reward distribution for mobile crowdsensing, PERVASIVE AND MOBILE COMPUTING, Vol: 51, Pages: 88-103, ISSN: 1574-1192

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Wu D, Nie X, Asmare E, Arkhipov D, Qin Z, Li R, McCann J, Li Ket al., 2018, Towards distributed SDN: mobility management and flow scheduling in software defined urban IoT, IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems, ISSN: 1045-9219

IEEE The growth of Internet of Things (IoT) devices with multiple radio interfaces has resulted in a number of urban-scale deployments of IoT multinetworks, where heterogeneous wireless communication solutions coexist. Managing the multinetworks for seamless IoT access and handover, especially in mobile environments, is a key challenge. Software-defined networking (SDN) is emerging as a promising paradigm for quick and easy configuration of network devices, but its application in urban-scale multinetworks requiring heterogeneous and frequent IoT access is not well studied. We present UbiFlow that adopts multiple controllers to divide urban-scale SDN into different geographic partitions and achieve distributed control of IoT flows. A distributed hashing based overlay structure is proposed to maintain network scalability and consistency. Based on this UbiFlow overlay structure, the relevant issues pertaining to mobility management such as scalable control, fault tolerance, and load balancing have been carefully studied. The UbiFlow controller differentiates flow scheduling based on per-device requirements and whole-partition capabilities. Therefore, it can present a network status view and optimized selection of access points in multinetworks to satisfy IoT flow requests, while guaranteeing network performance for each partition. Our experiments confirm that UbiFlow can successfully achieve scalable mobility management and robust flow scheduling in IoT multinetworks; e.g. 67.21% throughput improvement, 72.99% reduced delay, and 69.59% jitter improvements, compared with alternative SDN systems.

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Bhatia L, Boyle D, McCann JA, 2018, Poster abstract: Aerial interactions with wireless sensors, Pages: 373-374

© 2018 Association for Computing Machinery. Sensing systems incorporating unmanned aerial vehicles have the potential to enable a host of hitherto impractical monitoring applications using wireless sensors in remote and extreme environments. Their use as data collection and power delivery agents can overcome challenges such as poor communications reliability in difficult RF environments and maintenance in areas dangerous for human operatives. Aerial interaction with wireless sensors presents some interesting new challenges, including selecting or designing appropriate communications protocols that must account for unique practicalities like the effects of velocity and altitude. This poster presents a practical evaluation of the effects of altitude when collecting sensor data using an unmanned aerial vehicle. We show that for an otherwise disconnected link over a long distance (70m), by increasing altitude (5m) the link is created and its signal strength continues to improve over tens of metres. This has interesting implications for protocol design and optimal aerial route planning.

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Bhatia L, Tomić I, McCann JA, 2018, Poster abstract: LPWA-MAC - A low power wide area network MAC protocol for cyber-physical systems, Pages: 361-362

© 2018 Association for Computing Machinery. Low-Power Wide-Area Networks (LPWANs) are being successfully used for the monitoring of large-scale systems that are delay-tolerant and which have low-bandwidth requirements. The next step would be instrumenting these for the control of Cyber-Physical Systems (CPSs) distributed over large areas which require more bandwidth, bounded delays and higher reliability or at least more rigorous guarantees therein. This paper presents LPWA-MAC, a novel Low Power Wide-Area network MAC protocol, that ensures bounded end-to-end delays, high channel utility and supports many of the different traffic patterns and data-rates typical of CPS.

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Kartakis S, Lu A, Mazo M, Mccann JAet al., 2018, Communication Schemes for Centralized and Decentralized Event-Triggered Control Systems, IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON CONTROL SYSTEMS TECHNOLOGY, Vol: 26, Pages: 2035-2048, ISSN: 1063-6536

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Ren X, Yu C-M, Yu W, Yang S, Yang X, McCann JA, Yu PSet al., 2018, LoPub: high-dimensional crowdsourced data publication with local differential privacy, IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security, Vol: 13, Pages: 2151-2166, ISSN: 1556-6013

High-dimensional crowdsourced data collected from numerous users produces rich knowledge about our society; however, it also brings unprecedented privacy threats to the participants. Local differential privacy (LDP), a variant of differential privacy, is recently proposed as a state-of-the-art privacy notion. Unfortunately, achieving LDP on high-dimensional crowdsourced data publication raises great challenges in terms of both computational efficiency and data utility. To this end, based on the expectation maximization (EM) algorithm and Lasso regression, we first propose efficient multi-dimensional joint distribution estimation algorithms with LDP. Then, we develop a local differentially private high-dimensional data publication algorithm (LoPub) by taking advantage of our distribution estimation techniques. In particular, correlations among multiple attributes are identified to reduce the dimensionality of crowdsourced data, thus speeding up the distribution learning process and achieving high data utility. Extensive experiments on real-world datasets demonstrate that our multivariate distribution estimation scheme significantly outperforms existing estimation schemes in terms of both communication overhead and estimation speed. Moreover, LoPub can keep, on average, 80% and 60% accuracy over the released datasets in terms of support vector machine and random forest classification, respectively.

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Shi F, Qin Z, McCann JA, 2018, EventMe: Location-Based Event Content Distribution through Human Centric Device-to-Device Communications, IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC), pp. 1-7. IEEE, 2018., Publisher: IEEE, ISSN: 1550-3607

Location-based information dissemination has become increasingly popular in the recent years. Extensive research work has been done on the matching of interested parties to event information via publish/subscribe systems. However, the rich content types of such location-specific data, especially when the data are presented in multimedia form, requires efficient methods with low cost to transfer the content to the subscribers. In this paper, the potential of utilising human centric device-to-device (D2D) communications to disseminate location-based event content is investigated. The human centric D2D data dissemination process is formulated as a task assignment problem, which can be modelled as a Integer Quadratically Constrained Quadratic Programming (IQCQP) problem. Since the IQCQP problem is in general NP-hard, a sub- optimal polynomial framework named EventMe is proposed, which is able to compute a solution with guaranteed lower bounds on data distribution capacity in terms of throughput. Through extensive evaluation using several real world datasets, it has shown that EventMe is able to improve the network throughput by 100%-500% compared to baseline methods. A prototype is developed and shows that it is practical to implement EventMe on mobile devices by generating minimal control data overhead.

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Shi F, Qin Z, Wu D, McCann Jet al., 2018, MPCSToken: Smart contract enabled fault-tolerant incentivisation for mobile P2P crowd services, Pages: 961-971

© 2018 IEEE. Mobile peer to peer (P2P) networks offer a huge potential for distributed mobile P2P crowd services (MPCS), which enable data and computational tasks to be offloaded and executed directly between mobile devices. Similar to centralised mobile crowd services, such as mobile crowdsensing, incentivisation mechanisms are core to encouraging mobile users to participate in MPCS systems. However, due to the impact of task execution failures and unreliable behaviours of mobile users (particularly task requesters), it is a daunting task to design and implement an incentivisation mechanism to cater for the needs of MPCS systems. In this paper, we propose a fault-tolerant incentivisation mechanism (FTIM) for MPCS systems. With conditional payment strategies, FTIM is proven to accommodate the requirements of two important application scenarios by achieving mechanism properties such as incentive compatibility, economic efficiency, individual rationality, and weak budget balance. Moreover, to tackle the practical challenges in implementing FTIM in the real world, we design a MPCSTo-ken smart contract to facilitate its service auction, task execution and payment settlement process. We implement the MPCSToken contract on Ethereum blockchain. Both real-world experiment and simulation results show that the system is cost effective for deployments and improves the overall mobile users' utility by exploring the opportunities offered by MPCS.

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Zhao C, Yang S, Yan P, Yang Q, Yang X, McCann Jet al., 2018, DATA QUALITY GUARANTEE FOR CREDIBLE CACHING DEVICE SELECTION IN MOBILE CROWDSENSING SYSTEMS, IEEE WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS, Vol: 25, Pages: 58-64, ISSN: 1536-1284

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Mcgrane SJ, Acuto M, Artioli F, Chen PY, Comber R, Cottee J, Farr-Wharton G, Green N, Helfgott A, Larcom S, Mccann JA, O'Reilly P, Salmoral G, Scott M, Todman LC, van Gevelt T, Yan Xet al., 2018, Scaling the nexus: Towards integrated frameworks for analysing water, energy and food, Geographical Journal, ISSN: 0016-7398

The emergence of the water-energy-food (WEF) nexus has resulted in changes to the way we perceive our natural resources. Stressors such as climate change and population growth have highlighted the fragility of our WEF systems, necessitating integrated solutions across multiple scales. While a number of frameworks and analytical tools have been developed since 2011, a comprehensive WEF nexus tool remains elusive, hindered in part by our limited data and understanding of the interdependencies and connections across the WEF systems. To achieve this, the community of academics, practitioners and policy-makers invested in WEF nexus research are addressing several critical areas that currently remain as barriers. First, the plurality of scales (e.g., spatial, temporal, institutional, jurisdictional) necessitates a more comprehensive effort to assess interdependencies between water, energy and food, from household to institutional and national levels. Second, and closely related to scale, a lack of available data often hinders our ability to quantify physical stocks and flows of resources. Overcoming these barriers necessitates engaging multiple stakeholders, and using experiences and local insights to better understand nexus dynamics in particular locations or scenarios, and we exemplify this with the inclusion of a UK-based case study on exploring the nexus in a particular geographical area. We elucidate many challenges that have arisen across nexus research, including the impact of multiple scales in operation, and concomitantly, what impact these scales have on data accessibility. We assess some of the critical frameworks and tools that are applied by nexus researchers and articulate some of the steps required to develop from nexus thinking to an operationalisable concept, with a consistent focus on scale and data availability.

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Tomic I, Breza MJ, Jackson G, Bhatia L, McCann JAet al., Design and evaluation of jamming resilient cyber-physical systems, IEEE International Conference on Cyber, Physical and Social Computing (CPSCom 2018), Publisher: IEEE

There is a growing movement to retrofit ageing,large scale infrastructures, such as water networks, with wirelesssensors and actuators. Next generation Cyber-Physical Systems(CPSs) are a tight integration of sensing, control, communication,computation and physical processes. The failure of any one ofthese components can cause a failure of the entire CPS. Thisrepresents a system design challenge to address these interde-pendencies. Wireless communication is unreliable and prone tocyber-attacks. An attack upon the wireless communication of CPSwould prevent the communication of up-to-date information fromthe physical process to the controller. A controller without up-to-date information is unable to meet system’s stability and perfor-mance guarantees. We focus on design approach to make CPSssecure and we evaluate their resilience to jamming attacks aimedat disrupting the system’s wireless communication. We considerclassic time-triggered control scheme and various resource-aware event-triggered control schemes. We evaluate these ona water network test-bed against three jamming strategies:constant, random, and protocol aware. Our test-bed results showthat all schemes are very susceptible to constant and randomjamming. We find that time-triggered control schemes are justas susceptible to protocol aware jamming, where some event-triggered control schemes are completely resilient to protocolaware jamming. Finally, we further enhance the resilience ofan event-triggered control scheme through the addition of adynamical estimator that estimates lost or corrupted data.

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Breza M, Tomic I, McCann J, 2018, Failures from the Environment, a Report on the First FAILSAFE workshop, Publisher: ASSOC COMPUTING MACHINERY, Pages: 40-45, ISSN: 0146-4833

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Yu W, Lin X, Zhang W, McCann JAet al., 2018, Dynamical SimRank search on time-varying networks, VLDB JOURNAL, Vol: 27, Pages: 79-104, ISSN: 1066-8888

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Shi F, Wu D, Arkhipov DI, Liu Q, Regan AC, McCann JAet al., 2018, ParkCrowd: Reliable Crowdsensing for Aggregation and Dissemination of Parking Space Information, IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems, ISSN: 1524-9050

IEEE The scarcity of parking spaces in cities leads to a high demand for timely information about their availability. In this paper, we propose a crowdsensed parking system, namely ParkCrowd, to aggregate on-street and roadside parking space information reliably, and to disseminate this information to drivers in a timely manner. Our system not only collects and disseminates basic information, such as parking hours and price, but also provides drivers with information on the real time and future availability of parking spaces based on aggregated crowd knowledge. To improve the reliability of the information being disseminated, we dynamically evaluate the knowledge of crowd workers based on the veracity of their answers to a series of location-dependent point of interest control questions. We propose a logistic regression-based method to evaluate the reliability of crowd knowledge for real-time parking space information. In addition, a joint probabilistic estimator is employed to infer the future availability of parking spaces based on crowdsensed knowledge. Moreover, to incentivise wider participation of crowd workers, a reliability-based incentivisation method is proposed to reward workers according to their reliability and expertise levels. The efficacy of ParkCrowd for aggregation and the dissemination of parking space information has been evaluated in both real-world tests and simulations. Our results show that the ParkCrowd system is able to accurately identify the reliability level of the crowdsensed information, estimate the potential availability of parking spaces with high accuracy, and be successful in encouraging the participation of more reliable crowd workers by offering them higher monetary rewards.

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Tomic I, Chen P-Y, Breza MJ, McCann JAet al., 2018, Antilizer: Run Time Self-Healing Security for Wireless Sensor Networks, 15th EAI International Conference on Mobile and Ubiquitous Systems - Computing, Networking and Services (Mobiquitous), Publisher: ASSOC COMPUTING MACHINERY, Pages: 107-116

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Tomic I, Bhatia L, Breza MJ, McCann JAet al., 2018, The Limits of LoRaWAN in Event-Triggered Wireless Networked Control Systems, UKACC 12th International Conference on Control (CONTROL), Publisher: IEEE, Pages: 101-106

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Sevegnani M, Kabac M, Calder M, McCann JAet al., 2018, Modelling and Verification of Large-Scale Sensor Network Infrastructures, 23rd International Conference on Engineering of Complex Computer Systems (ICECCS), Publisher: IEEE, Pages: 71-81

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Tahir Y, Yang S, McCann J, 2018, BRPL: Backpressure RPL for High-Throughput and Mobile IoTs, IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, Vol: 17, Pages: 29-43, ISSN: 1536-1233

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Cai Y, Qin Z, Cui F, Li GY, McCann JAet al., 2018, Modulation and Multiple Access for 5G Networks, IEEE COMMUNICATIONS SURVEYS AND TUTORIALS, Vol: 20, Pages: 629-646, ISSN: 1553-877X

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Yadav P, McCann JA, Pereira T, 2017, Self-Synchronization in Duty-Cycled Internet of Things (IoT) Applications, IEEE INTERNET OF THINGS JOURNAL, Vol: 4, Pages: 2058-2069, ISSN: 2327-4662

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Tomic I, McCann JA, 2017, A Survey of Potential Security Issues in Existing Wireless Sensor Network Protocols, IEEE INTERNET OF THINGS JOURNAL, Vol: 4, Pages: 1910-1923, ISSN: 2327-4662

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Liu Y, Qin Z, Elkashlan M, Nallanathan A, McCann JAet al., 2017, Non-Orthogonal Multiple Access in Large-Scale Heterogeneous Networks, IEEE JOURNAL ON SELECTED AREAS IN COMMUNICATIONS, Vol: 35, Pages: 2667-2680, ISSN: 0733-8716

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Jackson G, Wilson D, Gallacher S, McCann JAet al., 2017, Tales from the Wild: Lessons Learned from Creating a Living Lab

Wireless sensor networks in the past decade have become prevalent in areas such as environmental monitoring, hazard detection, and industrial IoT applications. Current research focuses on improving the energy efficiency, throughput, robustness, and resilience of such networks. Within this work, failures are rarely held up as something to be explored and discussed, as improvements and novelty are the traditionally highlighted outcomes. However, in order to undertake effective research, highlighting failures can help mitigate against them occurring in the future. In this paper, we wish to highlight failures in our work, times when engineering and social challenges were barriers to the completion of world class research. Three stakeholder driven case studies from the London Living Lab are chosen namely air quality, microclimate and urban bat monitoring. From these deployments, challenges are highlighted and the subsequent methods developed to overcome said challenges are explored with the view that future work may benefit from the outcomes of these experiences.

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