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

Conference Organising Activity

  • Program Committee, SIN 2021 (14th International Conference on Security of Information and Networks)

 

Fellowships and Awards

  • Best Paper Award - 2021 International Conference on Emerging Technologies and Intelligent Systems (ICETIS 2021)
  • Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Best paper Award - 2019 IEEE International Conference on Smart Internet of Things (IEEE SmartIoT 2019)

 

Reviewing

  • Computer Networks, Elsevier
  • International Conference on Emerging Technologies and Intelligent Systems (ICETIS 2021)
  • 14th International Conference on Security of Information and Networks (SINCONF 2021)
  • Smart Cities, MDPI
  • ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information
  • Electronics, MDPI

 

Date


14 results

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...

Cooja Simulator Manual

Report
Thomson, C., Romdhani, I., Al-Dubai, A., Qasem, M., Ghaleb, B., & Wadhaj, I. (2016)
Cooja Simulator Manual. Edinburgh: Edinburgh Napier University
While Cooja has been proven to be an ideal tool for the simulation of RPL in WSNs, there are challenges involved in its use, particularly in regard to a lack of documentation....

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