Imperial College London

ProfessorJulieMcCann

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Computing

Professor of Computer Systems
 
 
 
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258ACE ExtensionSouth Kensington Campus

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Breza M, Tomic I, McCann J, 2018, Failures from the environment, A report on the first FAILSAFE workshop, Pages: 40-45, ISSN: 0146-4833

© 2018 Association for Computing Machinery. All rights reserved. This document presents the views expressed in the submissions and discussions at the FAILSAFE workshop about the common problems that plague embedded sensor system deployments in the wild. We present analysis gathered from the submissions and the panel session of the FAILSAFE 2017 workshop held at the SenSys 2017 conference. The FAILSAFE call for papers specifically asked for descriptions of wireless sensor network (WSN) deployments and their problems and failures. The submissions, the questions raised at the presentations, and the panel discussion give us a sufficient body of work to review, and draw conclusions regarding the effect that the environment has as the most common cause of embedded sensor system failures.

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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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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

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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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Babazadeh M, Kartakis S, McCann JA, 2017, Highly-Distributed Sensor Processing using IoT for Critical Infrastructure Monitoring, 9th Annual Summit and Conference of the Asia-Pacific-Signal-and-Information-Processing-Association (APSIPA ASC), Publisher: IEEE, Pages: 1065-1074, ISSN: 2309-9402

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Breza M, McCann J, 2017, Polite Broadcast Gossip for IOT Configuration Management

© 2017 IEEE. In this paper we present a protocol which can be used to form the basis of an Internet of Things (IOT) configuration management system. We motivate this discussion by focusing on a large and definitive class of IOT systems, Wireless Sensor Networks (WSN) and some important applications. We present a polite broadcast gossip dissemination algorithm which focuses on using a minimal amount of communication to update the configuration of a network of sensor nodes. We present analysis that the politeness of the algorithm does not inhibit its ability to function. The message savings of the algorithm is evaluated in simulation. We present test-bed results which show that our algorithm can disseminate metadata with roughly half of the communication overhead of a dissemination mechanism based on the one used by the IETF proposed standard Routing Protocol for Low Power and Lossy Networks (RPL).

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Haghighi M, Qin Z, Carboni D, Adeel U, Shi F, McCann JAet al., 2017, Game theoretic and auction-based algorithms towards opportunistic communications in LPWA LoRa networks, Pages: 735-740

© 2016 IEEE. Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) networks have been the enabling technology for large-scale sensor and actuator networks. Low cost, energy-efficiency and longevity of such networks make them perfect candidates for smart city applications. LoRa is a new LPWA standard based on spread spectrum technology, which is suitable for sensor nodes enabling long battery life and bi-directional communication but with low data rates. In this paper, we will demonstrate a use-case inspired model in which, end-nodes with multiple radio transceivers (LoRa/WiFi/BLE) have the option to interconnect via multiple networks to improve communications resilience under the diverse conditions of a smart city of a billion devices. To facilitate this, each node has the ability to switch radio communications opportunistically and adaptively, and this is based on the application requirements and dynamic radio parameters.

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Jackson G, Ciocoiu S, McCann JA, 2017, Solar Energy Harvesting Optimization for Wireless Sensor Networks, IEEE Global Communications Conference (GLOBECOM), Publisher: IEEE, ISSN: 2334-0983

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Jackson G, Kartakis S, McCann JA, 2017, Accurate Models of Energy Harvesting for Smart Environments, IEEE International Conference on Smart Computing (SMARTCOMP), Publisher: IEEE, Pages: 148-154

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Jackson G, Qin Z, McCann JA, 2017, Long Term Sensing via Battery Health Adaptation, 37th IEEE International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems (ICDCS), Publisher: IEEE COMPUTER SOC, Pages: 2240-2245, ISSN: 1063-6927

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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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Johnson M, McCann J, Santer M, Baoyin H, Gong Set al., 2017, On orbit validation of solar sailing control laws with thin-film spacecraft, The Fourth International Symposium on Solar Sailing, Publisher: Japan Space Forum

Many innovative approaches to solar sail mission and trajectory design have been proposed over the years, but very few ever have the opportunity to be validated on orbit with real spacecraft. Thin-Film Spacecraft/Lander/Rovers (TF-SLRs) are a new class of very low cost, low mass space vehicle which are ideal for inexpensively and quickly testing in flight new approaches to solar sailing. This paper describes using TF-SLR based micro solar sails to implement a generic solar sail test bed on orbit. TF-SLRs are high area-to-mass ratio (A/m) spacecraft developed for very low cost consumer and scientific deep space missions. Typically based on a 5 μm or thinner metalised substrate, they include an integrated avionics and payload system-on-chip (SoC) die bonded to the substrate with passive components and solar cells printed or deposited by Metal Organic Chemical Vapour Deposition (MOCVD). The avionics include UHF/S-band transceivers, processors, storage, sensors and attitude control provided by integrated magnetorquers and reflectivity control devices. Resulting spacecraft have a typical thickness of less than 50 μm, are 80 mm in diameter, and have a mass of less than 100 mg resulting in sail loads of less than 20 g/m2. TF-SLRs are currently designed for direct dispensing in swarms from free flying 0.5U Interplanetary CubeSats or dispensers attached to launch vehicles. Larger 160 mm, 320 mm and 640 mm diameter TF-SLRs utilizing a CubeSat compatible TWIST deployment mechanism that maintains the high A/m ratio are also under development. We are developing a mission to demonstrate the utility of these devices as a test bed for experimenting with a variety of mission designs and control laws. Batches of up to one hundred TF-SLRs will be released on earth escape trajectories, with each batch executing a heterogeneous or homogenous mixture of control laws and experiments. Up to four releases at different points in orbit are currently envisaged with experiments currently

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Kartakis S, Fu A, Mazo M, McCann JAet al., 2017, Communication Schemes for Centralized and Decentralized Event-Triggered Control Systems, IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology, ISSN: 1063-6536

IEEE Energy constraint long-range wireless sensor/actuator-based solutions are theoretically the perfect choice to support the next generation of city-scale cyber-physical systems. Traditional systems adopt periodic control which increases network congestion and actuations while burdens the energy consumption. Recent control theory studies overcome these problems by introducing aperiodic strategies, such as event-triggered control (ETC). In spite of the potential savings, these strategies assume actuator continuous listening, while ignoring the sensing energy costs. In this paper, we fill this gap, by enabling sensing and actuator listening duty cycling and proposing two innovative medium access control protocols for three decentralized ETC approaches. A laboratory experimental test bed, which emulates a smart water network, was modeled and extended to evaluate the impact of system parameters and the performance of each approach. Experimental results reveal the predominance of the decentralized ETC against the classic periodic control either in terms of communication or actuation by promising significant system lifetime extension.

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Kartakis S, Yang S, Mccann JA, 2017, Reliability or Sustainability: Optimal Data Stream Estimation and Scheduling in Smart Water Networks, ACM TRANSACTIONS ON SENSOR NETWORKS, Vol: 13, ISSN: 1550-4859

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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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Qin Z, Liu Y, Li GY, McCann JAet al., 2017, Modelling and Analysis of Low-Power Wide-Area Networks, IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC), Publisher: IEEE, ISSN: 1550-3607

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Qin Z, McCann JA, 2017, Resource Efficiency in Low-Power Wide-Area Networks for IoT Applications, IEEE Global Communications Conference (GLOBECOM), Publisher: IEEE, ISSN: 2334-0983

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Ren X, Yu CM, Yu W, Yang S, Yang X, McCann Jet al., 2017, High-dimensional crowdsourced data distribution estimation with local privacy, Pages: 226-233

© 2016 IEEE. High-dimensional crowdsourced data collected from a large number of users may produc3 rich knowledge for our society but also bring unprecedented privacy threats to participants. Recently differential privacy has been proposed as an effective means to mitigate privacy concerns. However, existing work on differential privacy suffers from the 'curse of high-dimensionality' (data with multiple attributes) and high scalability (data with large scale records). Moreover, traditional methods of differential privacy were achieved via aggregation results, which cannot guarantee local privacy for distributed users in crowdsourced systems. To deal with these issues, in this paper we propose a novel scheme that can efficiently estimate multivariate joint distribution for high-dimensional data with local privacy. On the client side, we employ randomized response techniques to locally transform data from distributed users into privacy-preserving bit strings, which can prevent potential inside privacy attacks in crowdsourced systems. On the server side, the crowdsourced bit strings are aggregated for multivariate distribution estimation. Specifically, we first propose a multivariate version of the expectation maximization (EM) based algorithm to estimate the joint distribution of high dimensional data. To speed up the performance, unlike the EM-based method that needs to scan each user's bit string, we propose to use Lasso regression to obtain the distribution estimation from the aggregation information only once, which can significantly reduce the computation time for multivariate distribution estimation. Extensive experiments on real-world datasets demonstrate the efficiency of our multivariate distribution estimation scheme over existing estimation schemes.

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Shi F, Qin Z, McCann JA, 2017, OPPay: Design and Implementation of A Payment System for Opportunistic Data Services, 37th IEEE International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems (ICDCS), Publisher: IEEE COMPUTER SOC, Pages: 1618-1628, ISSN: 1063-6927

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Tahir Y, Yang S, McCann J, 2017, BRPL: Backpressure RPL for High-throughput and Mobile IoTs, IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, Pages: 1-1, ISSN: 1536-1233

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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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Wu D, Arkhipov DI, Kim M, Talcott CL, Regan AC, McCann JA, Venkatasubramanian Net al., 2017, ADDSEN: Adaptive Data Processing and Dissemination for Drone Swarms in Urban Sensing, IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON COMPUTERS, Vol: 66, Pages: 183-198, ISSN: 0018-9340

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Wu D, Arkhipov DI, Przepiorka T, Liu Q, McCann JA, Regan ACet al., 2017, DeepOpp: Context-aware Mobile Access to Social Media Content on Underground Metro Systems, 37th IEEE International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems (ICDCS), Publisher: IEEE COMPUTER SOC, Pages: 1219-1229, ISSN: 1063-6927

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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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Yang S, Adeel U, Tahir Y, McCann JAet al., 2017, Practical Opportunistic Data Collection in Wireless Sensor Networks with Mobile Sinks, IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON MOBILE COMPUTING, Vol: 16, Pages: 1420-1433, ISSN: 1536-1233

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Zhao C, Yang S, Yang X, McCann JAet al., 2017, Rapid, User-Transparent, and Trustworthy Device Pairing for D2D-Enabled Mobile Crowdsourcing, IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON MOBILE COMPUTING, Vol: 16, Pages: 2008-2022, ISSN: 1536-1233

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Carboni D, Gluhak A, McCann JA, Beach THet al., 2016, Contextualising Water Use in Residential Settings: A Survey of Non-Intrusive Techniques and Approaches, SENSORS, Vol: 16, ISSN: 1424-8220

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Gutierrez V, Theodoridis E, Mylonas G, Shi F, Adeel U, Diez L, Amaxilatis D, Choque J, Camprodom G, McCann J, Munoz Let al., 2016, Co-Creating the Cities of the Future, SENSORS, Vol: 16, ISSN: 1424-8220

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Kartakis S, Choudhary BD, Gluhak AD, Lambrinos L, McCann JAet al., 2016, Demystifying low-power wide-area communications for city IoT applications, Pages: 2-8

© 2016 ACM. Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) communication technologies have the potential to provide a step change in the enablement of cost-effective and energy efficient Internet of Things (IoT) applications. With an increase in the number of offerings available the real performance of these emerging technologies remain unclear. That is, each technology comes with its own advantages and limitations; yet there is a lack of comparative studies that examine their trade-offs based on empirical evidence. This poses a major challenge to IoT solution architects and developers in selecting an appropriate technology for an envisioned IoT application in a given deployment context. In this paper, we look beyond data sheets and white papers of LPWA communication technologies and provide insights into the performance of three emerging LPWA solutions based on real world experiments with different traffic loads and in different urban deployment contexts. Under the context of this study, specialized hardware was created to incorporate the different technologies and provide scientific quantitative and qualitative information related to data rates, success rates, transmission mode energy and power consumption, and communication ranges. The results of experimentation highlight the practicalities of placing LPWA technologies in real spaces and provide guidelines to IoT solution developers in terms of LPWA technology selection. Overall aim is to facilitate the design of new LPWA technologies and adaptive communication strategies that inform future IoT platforms.

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Kartakis S, Jevric MM, Tzagkarakis G, McCann JAet al., 2016, Energy-based Adaptive Compression in Water Network Control Systems, International Workshop on Cyber-Physical Systems for Smart Water Networks (CySWater), Publisher: IEEE, Pages: 43-48

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