Thursday, 27 July 2017

Post Graduate Researcher Profiles – Davide Ferraris


My name is Davide, and I am a doctorate researcher at the University of Malaga, Spain. I am a Marie Curie fellow involved in the NeCS project founded by the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement No. 675320.
My research topic is about Metrics for Cyber Security focusing on Trust Metrics for the Internet of Things.
The vision of the Internet of Things (IoT) is founded on the following premise: it is possible to create a world-wide network of interconnected objects which will probably be readable, recognizable, locatable, addressable and/or controllable by Internet. Gartner said that billions of devices are foreseen to be connected by 2020, so trust issues will grow exponentially.
A system such as IoT needs trust because the entities involved should know the other entities in the network. This knowledge is the basis to decide if to trust or distrust another entity. The problem of finding a suitable way to establish trust becomes more complicated in IoT due to its heterogeneity and dynamicity. Trust management systems have been used during the decision-making process to assist entities that must interact with others in a system. How to measure trust becomes a key issue for IoT systems also because all the heterogeneous entities will use their own trust management systems. This is one of the main challenges we will have to face in my research.
My research will focus on give to trust measurement a key role on IoT systems, considering trust in the  whole IoT System Life Cycle from the early to the final stages of a System development.

Friday, 21 July 2017

Post Graduate Researcher Profiles - Michael Ojo

My name is Michael and I’m a doctorate researcher at the University of Bournemouth.  My research looks at  the “Architectural Framework for Intelligent Autonomic process management”.  My research work seeks to explore the combination of model-based approaches and artificial intelligence to provide self-sustaining solutions which will have huge impacts on business productivity.


With the advent of BigData and emerging technologies, business processes are becoming more complex with increasing levels of uncertainty.  The applicability of the current approaches to business challenges will soon be completely outpaced by this increasing complexity. Therefore, the need for data-driven system solutions which are smart, flexible, scalable, support dynamic composition and robust in the presence of change, arises.


The aim of autonomic computing is to address complexity inherent in software defined processes, by making processes/ systems to be self-managing.  But  we are in a digital age where innovations, technology, business goal and the cost of managing these business processes  are constantly changing (growing in complexity).  So there is need to develop a new way of applying autonomic computing paradigm to address this growing complexity.  This new way should be applicable to future business processes.


Model driven architecture (MDA) is the technique of defining processes, systems, as  interaction of diagrams or simply pictorial representation. For example if BT have a set of diagrams that describe a product and a code/document that describe the same product, in the future, It will be easier and faster for a BT new recruit to make innovations from that set of diagrams, than code/documents. This makes BT more future-ready for innovations. Technically, code/document is regarded as low-level abstraction while diagrams are termed higher level abstraction.


In a nutshell, we want to look into how we can apply MDA  in an autonomic  process to  improve business processes.

Monday, 17 July 2017

TFInstitute Summer Conference on 'Converged User Experience'

Converged User Experience

How to deliver the connectivity and performance required?


The Tommy Flowers Institute Summer Conference took place 13 – 14 June 2017.
110 people attended over the two days, with students and academics from across 25 universities and senior reps from some of the world’s biggest ICT companies and Innovation Martlesham members including: Ericsson, Huawei, Intel, Cisco and Nokia; Shareband; Cambridge Wireless; Spotless; EPSRC, Innovate UK and Suffolk County Council – who took part in various panel sessions. The event went exceptionally well with excellent feedback from both students and industry.

Mansoor Hanif, Research & Innovation’s Research Director of Converged
Networks opened the conference and presented an informative discussion
looking at “Convergence - Approaching the Singularity”. He described customer drivers and customer expectations; how corporates want converged solutions and look at converging platforms, in particular the customer benefits and the technology that is required.

Mansoor said, “A big part of a truly seamless experience is not having to worry about what network is being used at any point in time. The network and the device should, in conjunction, select the network that can best meet the needs of the services the user is trying to access at any point in time.”


Following panel sessions over the two days with industry, it became clear of the similarities in their ambitions for user convergence.

Key points:
  • Integration of data from a variety of business systems to create a single holistic digital record
  • Ensuring a trusted and safe cyber environment
  • Delivering intelligent technology and systems
  • Enhancing user experience to remain relevant to end users’ needs
  • Collaboration with Industry; Academia and Networks to solve real world problems
An interesting breakout session was set by Research & Innovation’s Mary Lumkin, to look at “What does convergence mean to users?” lively discussions ensued around how convergence could benefit those involved in health and social care (patients, GPs, carers, hospitals and local authorities) and was followed up by ideas of how participants’ research could address some of the challenges identified. Mary said “there are many different organisations that contribute to person centric care, each of whom have different requirements and challenges. Sharing data appropriately, securely and with consent has the potential to achieve positive patient outcomes in a cost efficient way. It is exciting to consider how technologies such as artificial intelligence and machine learning can help to achieve this”.

BT’s Technology, Service and Operation’s MD of Networks - Karl Penaluna – presented a fascinating case study looking at enriching the customer experience through the power of programmability.

Karl discussed how different approaches are needed to succeed and to fully achieve BT’s vision - of providing customers with a real time view in a single pane of glass. He outlined that different ways of working, new skills and a changed industry landscape are required.

“New technologies, coupled with new ways of working allow us to enhance and transform the customer experience”, said Karl. “Converging IT and Network infrastructure and moving from static to programmable networks unlocks services that are truly “on-demand” and by opening up this infrastructure, places customers in control, speeds up deployment and provides consistency of experience. In creating a new Dynamic Infrastructure unit, we have taken a bold step towards this and the first services are being delivered to customer now.”

A trip round Innovation 2017 provided Tommy Flowers Institute members the amazing opportunity to engage with BT and associated companies and explore the technologies and opportunities of the future. Many commented, “I never knew BT did so much innovation”.

BT Research & Innovation’s Head of University Partnerships, Fraser Burton said, “Our ability to convene academia, industry and government to openly discuss shared goals and challenges continues to be a great contribution both to Adastral Park and to BT’s University Research programme, and to the UK’s ICT postgraduate researcher community.”

A key research question that emerged was, given the trend for AI to dynamically manage Quality-of-Experience on a converged infrastructure, how can we understand what the AI has done and why? Exciting times lie ahead for our research community as we tackle the challenges of future networks. The Tommy Flowers Institute Autumn conference is from 26th – 27th September 2017 - focussing on “Security and Trust”.