UbiVal: Fundamental Approaches to Validation of Ubiquitous Computing Applications and Infrastructures

Lead Research Organisation: University of Birmingham
Department Name: School of Computer Science

Abstract

Mark Weiser's vision of ubiquitous computing, in which computers become transparently and seamlessly woven into the many activities of our daily lives, is slowly becoming a reality. Researchers have created prototype ubiquitous computing environments such as 'smart homes' that can automatically sense the presence of a resident in a particular room and change some aspect of the environment of the room such as turning on the lights, or 'smart museums' that can play recorded information about the museum artefact a visitor is standing in front of. There seem to be limitless possibilities for the kinds of environments and applications that can be developed for ubiquitous computing, yet the very nature of ubiquitous computing creates new and significant challenges for engineers who would like to build these environments and applications. Anybody who has ever used a computer has experienced the extreme frustration of using a software package that doesn't work the way it's supposed to, or that unceremoniously crashes in the middle of its operation, or that runs extremely slowly, or that transmits sensitive information such as credit card numbers over untrusted networks. For ubiquitous computing to achieve true transparent and seamless integration with its surroundings, it is important to prevent such mishaps, crashes, inefficiencies and insecurities from happening to the greatest extent possible. This project will define and implement a suite of sound, systematic methods that engineers can use to create correctly functioning, efficient and secure ubiquitous computing environments and applications. The research will be conducted and evaluated using the smart urban spaces and applications being developed in another ubiquitous computing project called Cityware.

Publications

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Bucur D (2010) Software verification for TinyOS in IPSN

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Bucur D (2009) Ambient Intelligence

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Bucur D (2011) On software verification for sensor nodes in Journal of Systems and Software

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Chilton Christopher James (2013) An algebraic theory of componentised interaction

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Etessami K (2007) Multi-Objective Model Checking of Markov Decision Processes in Proc. 13th International Conference on Tools and Algorithms for the Construction and Analysis of Systems (TACAS'07)

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Etessami K (2008) Multi-Objective Model Checking of Markov Decision Processes in Logical Methods in Computer Science

Related Projects

Project Reference Relationship Related To Start End Award Value
EP/D076625/1 01/10/2006 30/06/2007 £510,904
EP/D076625/2 Transfer EP/D076625/1 01/07/2007 30/09/2010 £455,680
 
Description This project has defined and implemented a suite of sound, systematic methods that engineers can use to create correctly functioning, efficient and secure ubiquitous computing environments and applications. At Oxford and Birmingham, the research focused on formulating probabilistic model checking techniques for analysing performance and reliability of ubiquitous computing applications; designing a framework for simulation and verification of wireless network protocols, including multi-objective specifications; analysing network security, anonymity and access control protocols; and developing software verification techniques and tools for sensor networks. The research was conducted and evaluated using several significant case studies, e.g. the Zigbee protocol, for which a range of performance and energy measures were automatically calculated for a variety of scenarios to identify possible improvements the design.
Exploitation Route The project developed methods as well as software, available from:

http://qav.cs.ox.ac.uk/projects/epsrc-ubival/
Sectors Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software)

URL http://qav.cs.ox.ac.uk/projects/epsrc-ubival/
 
Description This project has defined and implemented a suite of sound, systematic methods that engineers can use to create correctly functioning, efficient and secure ubiquitous computing environments and applications. At Oxford and Birmingham, the research focused on formulating probabilistic model checking techniques for analysing performance and reliability of ubiquitous computing applications; designing a framework for simulation and verification of wireless network protocols, including multi-objective specifications; analysing network security, anonymity and access control protocols; and developing software verification techniques and tools for sensor networks. The research was conducted and evaluated using several significant case studies, e.g. the Zigbee protocol, for which a range of performance and energy measures were automatically calculated for a variety of scenarios to identify possible improvements the design.
Sector Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software)
 
Description EPSRC
Amount £991,396 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/H005501/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2010 
End 09/2015
 
Description EPSRC
Amount £444,316 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/G02684X/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2009 
End 04/2014
 
Description EPSRC
Amount £444,316 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/G02684X/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2009 
End 04/2014
 
Description EPSRC
Amount £254,321 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/F013442/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2007 
End 03/2009
 
Description EPSRC
Amount £254,321 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/F013442/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2007 
End 03/2009
 
Description EPSRC
Amount £991,396 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/H005501/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2010 
End 09/2015
 
Description EPSRC
Amount £418,296 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/F033540/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2008 
End 03/2013
 
Description EPSRC
Amount £418,296 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/F033540/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2008 
End 03/2013
 
Description Technology Strategy Board
Amount £213,973 (GBP)
Funding ID TS/I002529/1 
Organisation Innovate UK 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 07/2011 
End 07/2014