Research

Current Research

  • Molecular communications nanonetworks: Development of protocols to ensure reliability in bacteria and virus nanonetworks. In this particular type of molecular communications model, the information are encoded into a DNA form and transported using bacteria or viruses. I am also working on calcium signaling models in the cellular tissue.
     
  • Internet of (Nano) Things: Developing protocols and services that can support interconnection of micro and nanosensors to the wider Internet.
     
  • Past Research

  • Bio-inspired adaptive networks: One of my research contributions in this regard is a new gradient based routing algorithm to allow resources of the underlying network to be utilized with minimal knowledge of traffic demand. The algorithm has been applied to fixed network supporting various service models including IPTV. Besides focusing on infrastructure networks, this research also includes applying bio-inspired models for smart services.
     
  • Cooperative channel allocations for wireless networks: This research is investigating strategies of cooperation to allocate channels for multi-channel, single transceiver wireless devices. The contribution of this research is a new algorithm that allows Body Sensor Networks (BSNs) to interact with sensors within the environment, where the environmental sensors could be used to cooperate with BSNs to deliver data to a gateway sink.
     
  • Current Student Supervision

  • Stefanus Widatmadja, Tampere University of Technology (PhD): Protocols for Neural Motes in Deep Brain Stimulation. Due to submit September 2019
     
  • Daniel Martin, Waterford Institute of Technology (PhD, remote primary supervisor): Communication modeling of Bacterial social behaviour . Due to submit December 2018.
     
  • Michael Donoghue, Waterford Institute of Technology (PhD, remote secondary supervisor): Embedded nanoscale networks for Intra-body communication. Due to submit December 2017.
     
  • Graduated Students

  • Michael Barros, Waterford Institute of Technology (PhD, 2016, primary supervisor): Ca2+-signalling-based Molecular Communication Systems Towards Nanomedicine Development (joined the TSSG as a postdoctoral research fellow after completion of PhD).
     
  • Frank Walsh, Waterford Institute of Technology (PhD, 2013, primary supervisor): Protocols for Molecular Communications Nanonetworks (currently a lecturer at Waterford Institute of Technology).
     
  • Julien Mineraud, Waterford Institute of Technology (PhD, 2013, primary supervisor): Bio-inspired Routing and Resource Management for the Future Internet (joined the University of Helsinki as a postdoctoral research fellow after completion of PhD).
     
  • Stepan Ivanov, Waterford Institute of Technology (PhD, 2012, secondary supervisor): Cooperative MAC layer channel allocations for Wireless Networks (joined the TSSG as a postdoctoral research fellow after completion of PhD).
     
  • Raymond Carroll, Waterford Institute of Technology (PhD, 2011, primary supervisory): Bio-inspired Service Management for the Future Internet (joined Sunlife after completion of PhD).
     
  • Kandavanam Gajaruban, Waterford Institute of Technology (PhD, 2010, secondary supervisor): IPTV Content Management in Coordination with Resource Management of Underlying Networks (joined University of Ottawa, Canada as postdoctoral research fellow after completion of PhD).
     
  • Venet Osmani, Waterford Institute of Technology, (PhD, 2008, primary supervisory): Recognising Human Activities through Distributed Self-organising Object Networks with Applications to Pervasive Healthcare (joined CREATE-NET, Trento, Italy after completion of PhD).
     
  • Naveed Chaudhry, Waterford Institute of Technology (MSc in Computing (Communication Software), 2010): Persuasive Social Network for Influencing Well-Being using Sensor Data.
     
  • Huan Huan, Waterford Institute of Technology (MSc in Computing (Communication Software), 2007): Development of Routing Protocol for Underwater Sensor Networks.
     
  • Grant Funding

  • Principal Investigator, Academy of Finland, Academy Research Fellow: Theoretical and Experimental Development of Protocols in Molecular Communication Nanonetworks: EUR 610,000 (Sept. 2014 to August. 2019).
     
  • Collaborator, Tampere University of Technology, Strategic Application: Nano Communications in Microfluidic Devices: EUR 100K (Jan. 2014 to Dec. 2014).
     
  • Principal Investigator, Science Foundation Ireland, Starter Investigator Research Grant: A Biologically Inspired Framework supporting Network Management for the Future Internet: EUR 362,291 (Oct. 2009 to Sept. 2013).
     
  • Principal Investigator, Science Foundation Ireland, Short Term Travel Fellowship - Investigator Research Grant: Distributed Green Routing for Software Routers: EUR 9, 191 (Mar. 2012 to Jun. 2012).
     
  • Collaborator, Science Foundation Ireland, Strategic Research Cluster: Federated Autonomic Management of End-to-end Services (partners include TSSG-WIT; Trinity College; University College Dublin; University College Cork; and National University of Ireland, Maynooth): EUR 3.7M total budget (Jan. 2009 to Dec. 2013).
     
  • Collaborator, Higher Education Authority PRTLI: Serving Society: Management of Future Communication Network and Services (partners include TSSG-WIT; National University of Ireland; and University of Limerick): EUR 3M total budget (Oct. 2008 to Sept. 2011).