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Jennifer Jackson

Current Research (2009 to 2017):

I'm currently doing a Ph.D (part-time) in Complexity Science. This multi-disciplinary field brings together ideas from several facets of science to generate new perspectives for solving today's problems. The topic of my Ph.D is 'Exploring biodiversity as a security approach in ad hoc networks'. This research looks to nature for inspiration in tackling an ever increasing problem of security in computer networks, particularly within ad hoc networks. In natural systems such as animal populations and forest habitats, biodiversity can help reduce the spread of certain types of diseases. Biodiversity can also reduce the build up of pests in agriculture, and there has been some research into its ability to increase resistance to environmental changes and maintain stability within ecosystems. Mobile nodes within an ad hoc network have similar movement patterns to animals and come into contact with other nodes in a peer to peer fashion. An ad hoc network therefore can be considered as an ecosystem in which functional stability needs to be maintained. Within my research I am trying to answer questions such as: what are the key concepts that allow biodiversity to work in nature, and how can this be applied and translated to security in ad hoc networks?, what security aspects would benefit from a biodiversity approach?, and what is the strength of protection? What are the dimensions of diversity and how can it be measured within ad hoc networks? What biodiversity strategies work well at microscopic and macroscopic levels, and what emergent behaviour can be seen as a result?

System Level

Supervisors: Dr Mark Leeson, Engineering, University of Warwick and Professor Sadie Creese, University of Oxford

An overview of my research was presented by Sadie Creese at the Adaptive and Resilient Computing Security Workshop, 1st June 2010 Oxford

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I joined the Complexity Centre at Warwick in September 2008. My technical background is in Electronic Engineering and I graduated from Loughborough University with a first class degree in 1999. I spent 5 years working in the field of digital hardware design and FPGAs (Field Programmable Gate Arrays), followed by a further 5 years as a Project Manager with a portfolio of projects worth £10M ranging from research and engineering projects to managing products.

In 2009 I gained an M.Sc (with distinction) in Complexity Science at the Uinversity of Warwick. I am currently undertaking a Ph.D in Complexity Science under the multi-disciplinary topic of bioinspired ad hoc networks. This involves working closely with the Engineering department at Warwick and the Cyber Security Group at the University of Oxford.

Research Interests:

Ad hoc Networks, Network Virus Propagation, Network Security, Complexity Science, Bioinspired Concepts, Ecology, Digital Ecosystems, Field Programmable Gate Arrays, Run-time Reconfigurable Architectures

Organising Committees:

Organising committee member for the 2011 student conference on Complexity Science, University of Winchester, 4th to 7th August - Student representative for the University of Warwick

STEM Ambassador 2015 to present - inspiring children into science by working with local schools on science projects.

Publications in married name (Jackson):

Jennifer T.Jackson, Sadie Creese, Virus Propagation in Heterogeneous Bluetooth Networks with Human Behaviours, IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing, Nov-Dec 2012 (vol. 9 no. 6)

Jennifer Jackson, Sadie Creese, Mark S Leeson, Biodiversity: A Security Approach for Ad hoc Networks, 2011 IEEE Symposium on Computational Intelligence in Cyber Security, 11th-15th April 2011, (PDF Document) (pdf 488KB) © 2011 IEEE

Jennifer Jackson, Mark Leeson, Genetic Evolution and Adaptation of Advanced Protocols for Ad Hoc Network Hardware Systems, Artificial Intelligence 2010, 14th-16th December 2010, (PDF Document) (pdf 224KB)

Jennifer Jackson, Mark Leeson, Advanced Protocols via Emergence for Ad hoc Networks, EPSRC Showcase poster, European Conference on Complex Systems, 21st-25th September 2009, (PDF Document) (pdf 1.01MB)

Jennifer Jackson, Sadie Creese, Compartmental Modelling of Virus Propagation Behaviour in Bluetooth Networks, EPSRC Showcase poster, European Conference on Complex Systems, 21st-25th September 2009

Publications in maiden name (Dudley):

J. Lam, J. McAllister, J.Dudley, Core-based methodology: an automated approach for implementing a complete system from algorithms to a heterogeneous network including FPGAs, 13th Annual IEEE Symposium on Field-Programmable Custom Computing Machines, 2005

J. Dudley, Run-time Reconfiguration using Xilinx FPGA's, Poster presentation, 11th International Conference on Field Programmable Logic and Applications, 2001

R L Walke, J. Dudley, An Fpga based digital radar receiver for Soft Radar, 34th Asilomar Conference on Signals, Systems and Computers, 2000

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Contact information:


Complexity Science DTC
Zeeman Building
University of Warwick
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Involved in a YouTube video of robot emergent behaviour during a visit to the Bristol Robotics Lab