I am a Reader (Associate Professor) and Chancellor's Fellow in the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh and a member of the Institute for Computing Systems Architecture (ICSA). I am also affiliated to the Security & Privacy group and I lead the Informatics Internet of Things research programme. Before joining Edinburgh, I was a research fellow at the Hamilton Institute of the National University of Ireland, Maynooth. Between 2007–2011 I was a research assistant at IMDEA Networks (Madrid Institute for Advanced Studies in Networks). I held visiting research positions at the University of Brescia (2017, 2015), Northeastern University (2016), Technical University Darmstadt (2016), and Rice University (2010).

I hold a Ph.D. and an M.Sc. in Telematics Engineering from University Carlos III of Madrid, and a Dipl.Eng. degree from the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

My research seeks to bridge the gap between fundamental mathematical models and real-world applications of computer networks. I focus on problems related to performance optimisation in wireless and mobile networks, applied machine learning, mobile traffic analytics, security and privacy, prototyping and test beds.

My CV is available here.

News

Media coverage

Our security and privacy investigation of the Belkin WeMo ecosystem featured in The National, The Herald, Phys.org, Technology.org, ECN Mag, tekk.tv, qianjia.com, The Edinburgh Reporter, Edinburgh Live, Scottish Construction Now, Scottish Housing News. Forth Radio also ran a short interview with me about this work.

Our research on the vulnerabilities of fitness trackers featured in The Times, The Telegraph, International Business Times, Huffington Post, New York Post, The Scotsman, STV News, Yorkshire Post, The Northern Echo, Channel News, Market Watch, SC Magazine, The Inquirer, CORDIS News, Homeland Security News Wire, China Press, Xinhua News, China Industrial Control Network, Shenzhen News Network, Photoelectric News Network, Hong Kong News, Indo-Asian News Service, The Economic Times, The Hindu, Businessworld India, The New Indian Express, The Pioneer, domain-b.com, HackRead, Techworm, V3, texnologia.net, Gears of Biz, Infosecurity Magazine, Third Age, Phys.org, ECN Mag, Digtial Journal, Gadgets & Wearables, DIGIT, EurekAlert!. The BBC Radio 4 Extra's Newsjack show mentioned us in their satire on fitness tracking (season 17, episode 2). I also gave an interview about our research to BBC Radio Scotland for the Newsdrive show (12/04/2019).

Our survey of deep learning in mobile and wireless networks has been picked up by Chinese media and was covered in The Heart of the Machine, Trencent, NetEase, SINA, and Sohu.com.

Recent publications

Full list of publications available here.

Current Projects

  • Automatic Threat Detection and Anomaly Counteraction in Home IoT (2019–present)

    The number of Internet-connected devices is expected to reach 1 trillion by 2035 and a large fraction of these devices will become an integral part of households. This can improve the productivity and quality of life of their users, but also exposes them to new cyber security and privacy risks. Supported by the Centre of Excellence for Sensing and Imaging Systems and Internet of Things Technologies (CENSIS) and Arm, this project aims to design intelligent algorithms that can detect and counteract cyber threats originating from or targeting Internet of Things (IoT) devices in user homes, without requiring manual intervention.

Past Projects

  • Wrasse: Riding Millimetre Radio Waves at Gigabit-per-second Speeds (2014–2018)

    This project investigated decentralised access protocols tailored to the mm-wave spectrum, max-min fair mm-wave backhauling, utility maximisation in sliced backhauls, and association control in enterprise mm-wave networks.

  • FLAVIA: FLexible Architecture for Virtualizable future wireless Internet Access (2011–2013)

    FLAVIA is a successfully completed collaborative research project funded by the European Commission through a FP7-2009-ICT-5 grant. The team focused on exposing flexible programmable interfaces for commercial off-the-shelf wireless devices, that enable service customisation and performance optimisation through software-based exploitation of low-level operations and control primitives.

  • CARMEN: CARrier grade MEsh Networks (2008–2010)

    CARMEN is a successfully completed collaborative research project funded by the European Commission through a FP7-2008-ICT-1 grant. The objective was to designed a heterogeneous wireless mesh network architecture supporting carrier grade triple-play services for mobile/fixed network operators.

Postgraduate Students

  • Aboubacar Diallo (Ph.D.), The University of Edinburgh, 2023 (expected).
  • Yini Fang (Ph.D.), The University of Edinburgh, 2023 (expected).
  • Haoyu Liu (Ph.D.), The University of Edinburgh, 2023 (expected).
  • Chaoyun Zhang (Ph.D.), The University of Edinburgh, 2020 (expected).
  • Rui Li (Ph.D.), The University of Edinburgh, 2019. (now at Samsung AI)
  • Sivaprakash Senapathi (M.Res.), The University of Edinburgh (co-supervised with Mahesh Marina), 2015. (now at J.P. Morgan)

Interns

  • Stephen Waddell, University of Edinburgh, June–Aug 2019.
  • Marco Cominelli, University of Brescia, July–Dec. 2018
  • Adela Rotar, University of Edinburgh, May–July 2018.
  • Haoyu Liu, University of Edinburgh, June–Sept. 2018.
  • Ayush Bhardwaj, IIT Roorkee, June–Aug. 2018.
  • Daniel Licciardello, University of Catania, Mar. 2016–May 2016.
  • Chiara Capretti, University of Brescia, Sept. 2015–Dec. 2015.
  • Nicolo Facchi, University of Brescia, Sept. 2014–Feb. 2015.

Students interested in undertaking a PhD under my supervision may find this advice helpful.

Conferences and Workshops I am currently involved with

  • WiNTECH 2019 - The ACM International Workshop on Wireless Network Testbeds, Experimental evaluation & CHaracterization (21 Oct, 2019, Los Cabos, Mexico).
  • MASS 2019 - The IEEE International Conference on Mobile Ad-hoc and Sensor Systems (4-7 November 2019, Monterey, CA, USA).
  • Big-DAMA 2019 - The 3rd ACM CoNEXT Workshop on Big DAta, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence for Data Communication Networks (9 Dec 2019, Orlando, Florida, USA).
  • ISWCS 2020 - The 17th International Symposium on Wireless Communication Systems (31 August - 2 September 2020, Berlin, Germany).
  • EuroSys 2021 - The European Conference on Computer Systems - 25-28 April 2021, Edinburgh, UK.

Full list of scholarly activities available here.

Current Courses

  • Spring 2020, Spring 2019, Spring 2018 – INFR11146: Internet of Things Systems, Security and the Cloud (IoTSSC)
  • 2019-20 – INFR : Computing in the Classroom (w/ Judy Robertson)

Past Courses

  • Fall 2016, Fall 2015, Fall 2014 – INFR09044/INFR09040: Computer Science Large Practical
  • Fall 2015 – INFR09041: Undergraduate Research Practical
  • Spring 2013 – EE402: Computer & Communications Networks (National University of Ireland Maynooth)
  • Spring 2008, Spring 2009 – Network Infrastructure (University Carlos III of Madrid)

Other Things

  • Thoughts on science and technology I (occasionally) share on my blog.
  • Topics I follow and questions I answer(ed) on Quora.
  • Code I authored (a while ago) available on GitHub.
  • Random things I (re)tweet.
  • My photos on Flickr and 500px.
  • (Some of the) music I listen to.
  • If you are into chess, you can challenge me on gameknot.