A Reference Architecture for provisioning of Tools as a Service

We have been developing and maturing a state of the art infrastructure for providing tools as a service. Our work has resulted in a reference architecture provides meta-models, Ontologies, quality attributes, and implementation of an instantiated cloud-based infrastructure for providing tools as a service. Recently, we have published a compressive piece of work in a journal article, titled, A Reference Architecture for provisioning of Tools as a Service: Meta-model, Ontologies and Design Elements, in the journal of Future Generation of Computer Systems. We believe that this piece of work has a great potential for further extension and development for providing tools as a service in multiple engineering domains. The theoretical foundations and practical design techniques developed for this particular piece of work have significant contribution to the body of knowledge on reference architectures for tools as a service. The following abstract of the paper can provide some details about the paper for stimulating the interests of the relevant readers. We are quite keen to receive enquiries for the infrastructure use and collaboration on extending and modifying the infrastructure. Continue reading

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Learning from a Detailed Security Analysis of Containerised Technologies

Container technologies, particularly Docker Engine, have been gaining significant popularity and adoption for building development and operational virtualised infrastructures. An increasing number of cloud technologies have started integrating container technologies into their platforms. While the performance and scalability advantages of containers are well known, there have been a number of concerns about the security of container-based solutions.

Through our ongoing collaboration with Defence Science and Technology Group we have just completed a project focused on extensively studying and analysing security of container technology, Docker. This project involved several other strategically important evaluative milestones about which I’ll write separately. Here is the report on security analysis of Docker for building private cloud. A few key points of this report are:  Continue reading

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Article on Smart Cities: Best of 2016 Australian Quarterly

I’m very glad to share that Australian Quarterly has included my article on Smart Cities in the special edition of the best articles published in 2016. Apart from an endorsement of the  potential value of the article on an important topic like Smart Cities, the best part of this news is that the special edition is completely free for distribution that is why I have attached it here for download . This article provides a vision and strategies for conceiving and implementing projects that can contribute to building and evolving Smart Cities, which is an umbrella term used for socio-technical innovation for improving the liveability of cities, regions, and suburbs. In this article, I have particularly emphasise the importance of building and sustaining strong collaborative ties among governments, councils, private sectors, and universities for co-conceiving and materialising Smart Cities initiatives and projects. I have particularly highlighted the role and importance of Smart Campus as an experimental testbed for supporting the collaborations for Smart Cities projects. Continue reading

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German-Australia Chamber’s Smart Energy Management Seminar

Energy monitoring and management systems play a vital role in helping achieve the strategic as well as operational goals for Smart Cities/Smart Buildings. Whilst sustainability friendly mans of generating energy can go a long way of making a country/city/region carbon neutral, which is an agenda of any smart city initiative, energy monitoring and management systems can contribute significantly by brining innovation in energy distribution and utilisation. Having noticed our Smart Cities initiative‘s increasing activities and widespread engagements in not only South Australia but other parts of the country, the German-Australian Chamber invited us to be a partner in the organisation of a seminar on “energy efficiency in buildings” on November 22, 2016. The draft of the program can be download here. According to the program, I’ll be giving an opening talk, Smart Cities Initiatives and Supporting Energy Management Systems, for which I’ll be relying on our research and development activities on Smart Cities related initiatives and projects over the last 18 months. The seminar’s goal is to initiative and groom productive and fruitful dialogue between German companies and Australian  academic institutions in order to Continue reading

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Workshop on Smart Cities Research Collaboration With Councils/Government

We have entered in an exciting phase of our smart cities research and development initiative. We have been having a series of very productive and fruitful workshops with internal and external stakeholders to gather ideas, suggestions, and proposals from a wide variety of colleagues and partners (current and potential) for firming up the foundations and structure of our initiative. Last week (October 27), we organised a workshop involving more than a dozen participants from local councils and different agencies of the state department. The purpose of the workshop was to brainstorming and organise the ideas and needs of the councils/government that can be converted into researchable projects to support innovation and entrepreneurship in Adelaide in the area of Smart Cities. Our strong and ongoing collaboration with the Adelaide Smart Cities Studio was hugely helpful in an offer to host the event in one of the buildings of the council, next door to the Adelaide Smart City Studio, and the Studio’s manager Beth Worrall was extremely helpful and actively engaged in the workshop. We invited representatives from several councils Continue reading

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Adelaide Smart City’s Project Budelaide Launched

Our continuous and increasing collaboration with the Adelaide Smart City Studio was clearly visible and acknowledge during the launch of the Smart City Lego Model, also called Budadelaide project. This project is a great demonstration of multi parties collaboration of contributing to the Adelaide Smart City initiative with which I have been involved as an active member of the Steering Committee. Whilst no doubt several organisations and dozen of individuals contributed to Budelaide projects, there were four specific partners,  Adelaide Smart City StudioBuddy, Southern Bricks Lego User GroupUniversity of Adelaide. I am very proud of being part of this project as my initial discussions with Adam Schultz, GM of Buddy Australia, led us to define a project through which our BE (Software) final year students can contribute to building a demonstrator by integrating available technologies. I must acknowledge the excellent coordination and supportive contributions of the Adelaide Smart Cities Studio manager, Beth Worrall. The Lego Model was launched by the Lord Mayor of Adelaide in a small but elegant ceremony, and within a few hours the news of the Smart City Lego Model was taken up by almost every major media outlet.

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A Knowledge Base for Microgrid Security Risk Analysis

Through a team of students from the Masters of Software Engineering ME (Software), we started the design and implementation of the first phase of our solution aimed at providing a knowledge-based support for Microgrid security risk analysis. The project was motivated by an increasing realisation that a large number of energy systems are made of multiple sources of energy generation and distribution. Now more and more energy distribution companies are focused on solutions with two-ways of energy movement – energy supply from the energy distribution companies from their conventional or smart grids or energy supply from small, independent energy generators through Microgrids. Whilst a Microgrid provides promising solutions for modernising energy solutions aimed at addressing contemporary challenges, there are several types of challenges involved in designing, building, and operating Microgrids integrated into an energy ecosystem. Continue reading

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