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Arshad Jhumka - Research

Short Bio & Research Interests

I am an Associate Professor in the Artificial Intelligence theme in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Warwick. I am also a Fellow of the Alan Turing Institute. I lead the Reliability and Fault Tolerance group. The central theme of my research is dependability. A system is said to be dependable if trust can be justifiably placed in its correct operation, even in the presence of undesired events. My current interest lies at the intersection of large-scale distributed systems (e.g., wireless sensor networks, cluster systems), embedded and/or cyberphysical systems and dependability. My work has both an experimental and a formal flavour. I have been increasingly looking at the application of artificial intelligence techniques to the design of dependability.

I have several current research projects in the following areas:

  • Reliability and Fault Tolerance
    • Global predicate detection in fault-prone distributed systems
    • Reliable mobile ad-hoc and sensor networks
    • Self-stabilization in distributed systems, including sensor networks and MANETs
    • Design of dependable software systems
    • Dependability in high performance systems
    • Fair exchange
    • Mechanism design
  • Application of Machine Learning
    • Error detection/failure prediction in cluster systems
    • Root cause analysis
    • Design of dependable software
  • Computer Security
    • Trusted mobile ad-hoc networks (MANETs)
    • Security issues in sensor networks
    • Computer/digital forensics
    • Data Science/ support system
      • Dependability-driven design and analysis of large-scale systems
      • Data driven design and analysis of dependable/secure systems and software
      • Data driven design of network protocols for (sensor) networks
      • (Computer/digital) forensics


    A list of my publications (in chronological order) can be found here.

    You might also like to visit my profile on DBLP, ACM Portal and Google Scholar.


    • Graduated Students (Sole supervisor)
      • Matthew Leeke (PhD - start Oct 2008 - graduated 2011) - Dependable Software Design
      • Sain Saginbekov (PhD - start Dec 2010 - January 2015) - Reliable Dissemination in Wireless Sensor Networks
      • Nentawe Gurumdimma (PhD - Start Oct 2011 - graduated Jan 2016) - Error detection in Cluster Systems
      • Fatimah Adamu-Fika - (Start October 2011 - graduated July 2017) - Dependable Software Design
      • Chen Gu - (start: May 2014, graduated: 2018) - Source Location Privacy in Wireless Sensor Networks
      • Matthew Bradbury - (start: Oct 2014, graduated: 2018) - Source Location Privacy in Wireless Sensor Networks
      • Denys Flores - DB Forensics (Start: Oct 2015, graduated: Jan 2020 ) - Database Forensics
    • Graduated Students (co-supervised)
      • Adam Chester (PhD - start Oct 2007 - graduated 2011) - Cloud Computing (co-supervisor with S.A. Jarvis)
      • Henry Franks (PhD - start Oct 2009 - graduated 2012) - Intelligent Distributed Systems (co-supervision with N. Griffiths)
    • PostDoctoral Research Assistant
      • Fred Huang (Postdoc - start Oct 2009 - end Sep 2010) - Mobile Ad Hoc Networks
    • Current PhD Students
      • Jack Kirton - Source Location Privacy in IoT/WSNs (Start: Oct 2015)
      • Farrukh Qazi - Forensics in Cloud Computing Environments (Start: Oct 2015)
      • Edward Chuah - Performance failures in cluster systems (based at ATI, London) (Start: Oct 2016)
      • Al Alharbi - Wireless sensor networks (start: November 2016)
      • David Richardson - wireless sensor networks (start: October 2017)
      • Jasmine Grosso - wireless sensor networks (start: October 2017)
      • Mansour Aldawood - Security in clouds (start: October 2017)
      • Sara Alhajaili - Digital forensics in IoT (start: October 2017)
      • Mohammad Maray - Mobile Edge Computing - January 2018
      • Abdullah Al-Hajri - Digital Forensics - October 2018
      • Ali Meree - Mobile Edge Computing - March 2019
      • Khalid Alharthi - Error detection in Cluster Systems - March 2019
      • Jawaher Alharbi - Start Jan 2020


    • MSc students - > 10
    • MEng students - > 60
    • BSc students - > 100

    Professional Activities

    I am a full member of IEEE and ACM.

    I have been a member of several TPCs, including:

    • International Symposium on Mobility Management and Wireless Access (Mobiwac)
    • International Symposium on Stabilization, Safety, and Security of Distributed Systems (SSS)
    • International Symposium on Pervasive Computing and Ad Hoc Communications (PCAC)
    • DEPEND

    I regularly review papers for journals, including:

    • IEEE Transactions Software Engineering (TSE)
    • IEEE Transactions on Computers (ToC)
    • IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems
    • IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing
    • IEEE Transactions on Reliability

    I also regularly review papers for conferences, including:

    • International Conference on Dependable Systems and Networks (DSN)
    • International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems (ICDCS)

    I also regularly review proposals for EPSRC.