Craig Thomson

Craig Thomson

Dr Craig Thomson

Lecturer

Biography

Craig Thomson is an early career academic at Edinburgh Napier University, having recently completed his PhD work at the same establishment. He obtained a First Class BEng(Hons) in Computer Systems and Networks from Edinburgh Napier University in 2016. In doing so, producing an Honours project examining strained interference ranges in RPL sensor networks, which was subsequently published at the ACS/IEEE International Conference on Computer Systems and Applications in Morocco.

From here Craig was awarded a PhD Studentship at Edinburgh Napier University. His PhD research focussed on the area of energy consumption in Wireless Sensor Networks, in particular at the MAC layer. This involved the utilisation of a mobile sink node with predictable mobility patterns to influence the duty cycling of static nodes in the network. Static nodes would implement a threshold of communication with the sink based on it's speed and location, with nodes only awakening when the sink is within this threshold. Thus, reducing energy consumption in static nodes and improving network efficiency overall. This work resulted in five publications including MDPI, Springer and Elsevier journals as well as two conference papers. One of which resulted in the Best Paper Award at the 2019 IEEE International Conference on Smart Internet of Things, in Tianjin, China.

Craig was awarded his PhD in February 2021 and joined Napier on a full-time basis soon after as a Lecturer in the Centre for Distributed Computing, Networking and Security within the School of Computing. His new research interests are in the areas of Machine Learning and how this may be applied to IoT environments, and sensor networks in general, in order to further improve performance and security. This as well as developing new pedagogical approaches to the use of simulation tools.

Next steps will involve PhD supervision and becoming module leader of the Practical Networks 1 module to 1st year students. Allowing Craig to share his passion for networking and security with new students to the university.

Esteem
• Reviewer for Electronics (https://www.mdpi.com/journal/electronics)
• Reviewer for ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information (https://www.mdpi.com/journal/ijgi)
• Reviewer for International Conference on Emerging Technologies and Intelligent Systems (ICETIS 2021)
• Technical Programme Committee Member for 2021 9th IEEE International Conference on Mobile Cloud Computing, Services, and Engineering (IEEE Mobile Cloud)

Esteem

Fellowships and Awards

  • Best paper Award - 2019 IEEE International Conference on Smart Internet of Things (IEEE SmartIoT 2019)
  • Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

 

Reviewing

  • International Conference on Emerging Technologies and Intelligent Systems (ICETIS 2021)
  • Electronics, MDPI
  • ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information

 

Date


11 results

A Mobility Aware Duty Cycling and Preambling Solution for Wireless Sensor Network with Mobile Sink Node

Journal Article
Thomson, C., Wadhaj, I., Tan, Z., & Al-Dubai, A. (2021)
A Mobility Aware Duty Cycling and Preambling Solution for Wireless Sensor Network with Mobile Sink Node. Wireless Networks, 27(5), 3423-3439. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11276-021-02580-8
Utilising the mobilisation of a sink node in a wireless sensor network to combat the energy hole, or hotspot issue, is well referenced. However, another issue , that of energy...

Towards an Energy Balancing Solution for Wireless Sensor Network with Mobile Sink Node

Journal Article
Thomson, C., Wadhaj, I., Tan, Z., & Al-Dubai, A. (2021)
Towards an Energy Balancing Solution for Wireless Sensor Network with Mobile Sink Node. Computer Communications, 170, 50-64. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.comcom.2021.01.011
The issue of energy holes, or hotspots, in wireless sensor networks is well referenced. As is the proposed mobilisation of the sink node in order to combat this. However, as t...

Wireless Sensor Networks (WSN) in Oil and Gas Industry: Applications, Requirements and Existing Solutions

Conference Proceeding
Wadhaj, I., Ghaleb, B., & Thomson, C. (in press)
Wireless Sensor Networks (WSN) in Oil and Gas Industry: Applications, Requirements and Existing Solutions. In International Conference on Emerging Technologies and Intelligent Systems (ICETIS 2021)
Effective measurement and monitoring of certain parameters (temperature, pressure, flow etc.) is crucial for the safety and optimization of processes in the Oil and Gas Indust...

An RPL based Optimal Sensors placement in Pipeline Monitoring WSNs

Conference Proceeding
Wadhaj, I., Thomson, C., & Ghaleb, B. (in press)
An RPL based Optimal Sensors placement in Pipeline Monitoring WSNs. In International Conference on Emerging Technologies and Intelligent Systems (ICETIS 2021)
Compared to an ordinary sensor network, Linear Sensor Networks (LSNs) has many applications in a number of areas such as surveillance and monitoring of international boundarie...

A New Mobility Aware Duty Cycling and Dynamic Preambling Algorithm for Wireless Sensor Network

Conference Proceeding
Thomson, C., Wadhaj, I., Al-Dubai, A., & Tan, Z. (2020)
A New Mobility Aware Duty Cycling and Dynamic Preambling Algorithm for Wireless Sensor Network. In 2020 IEEE 6th World Forum on Internet of Things (WF-IoT)https://doi.org/10.1109/WF-IoT48130.2020.9221036
The issue of energy holes, or hotspots, in wireless sensor networks is well referenced. As is the proposed mobilisa-tion of the sink node in order to combat this. However, as ...

Mitigation Mechanisms Against the DAO Attack on the Routing Protocol for Low Power and Lossy Networks (RPL)

Journal Article
Wadhaj, I., Ghaleb, B., Thomson, C., Al-Dubai, A., & Buchanen, B. (2020)
Mitigation Mechanisms Against the DAO Attack on the Routing Protocol for Low Power and Lossy Networks (RPL). IEEE Access, 8, 43665-43675. https://doi.org/10.1109/ACCESS.2020.2977476
Destination Advertisement Objects (DAOs) are sent upward by RPL nodes toward the DODAG root, to build the downward routing paths carrying traffic from the root to its associat...

Mobility Aware Duty Cycling Algorithm (MADCAL) in Wireless Sensor Network with Mobile Sink Node

Conference Proceeding
Thomson, C., Wadhaj, I., Tan, Z., & Al-Dubai, A. (2019)
Mobility Aware Duty Cycling Algorithm (MADCAL) in Wireless Sensor Network with Mobile Sink Node. In 2019 IEEE International Conference on Smart Internet of Things (SmartIoT). https://doi.org/10.1109/SmartIoT.2019.00037
In Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs) the use of Mobile Sink Nodes (MSNs) has been proposed in order to negate the ”hotspot” issue. This where nodes closest to the sink node shal...

Mobility Aware Duty Cycling Algorithm (MADCAL) A Dynamic Communication Threshold for Mobile Sink in Wireless Sensor Network

Journal Article
Thomson, C., Wadhaj, I., Tan, Z., & Al-Dubai, A. (2019)
Mobility Aware Duty Cycling Algorithm (MADCAL) A Dynamic Communication Threshold for Mobile Sink in Wireless Sensor Network. Sensors, 19(22), https://doi.org/10.3390/s19224930
The hotspot issue in wireless sensor networks, with nodes nearest the sink node losing energy fastest and degrading network lifetime, is a well referenced problem. Mobile sink...

Performance Investigation of RPL Routing in Pipeline Monitoring WSNs

Conference Proceeding
Wadhaj, I., Gharebi, W., Al-Dubai, A., & Thomson, C. (2018)
Performance Investigation of RPL Routing in Pipeline Monitoring WSNs. In 20th {IEEE} International Conference on High Performance Computing and Communications; 16th {IEEE} International Conference on Smart City; 4th {IEEE} International Conference on Data Science and Systems, HPCC/SmartCity/DSS 2018https://doi.org/10.1109/HPCC/SmartCity/DSS.2018.00178
The adoption of WSN and IEEE 802.15.4 standard for the linear WSN networks were assumed. The interconnection of WSNs with the Internet is possible by assigning IPv6 addresses ...

Performance evaluation of RPL metrics in environments with strained transmission ranges.

Conference Proceeding
Thomson, C., Wadhaj, I., Romdhani, I., & Al-Dubai, A. (2017)
Performance evaluation of RPL metrics in environments with strained transmission ranges. In 2016 IEEE/ACS 13th International Conference of Computer Systems and Applications (AICCSA). https://doi.org/10.1109/aiccsa.2016.7945687
An examination of existing studies in the area of Routing Protocol for Low-Power and Lossy Networks (RPL) implementation in wireless sensor networks (WSNs) reveals a consisten...

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