TEC-funded MPhil/PhD Student Abstract
|Title||:||Reliability assessments and predictions over mobile and ubiquitous computing
|Student||:||GALAMALI Mahammad Kaleem
|Institution||:||Scholl of Innovative Technologies and Engineering, University of Technology, Mauritius
|Level||:||MPhil - PT Year : 2011
|Abstract||:||Mobile and Ubiquitous computing have opened up several new avenues for the whole world. Study about mobile and Ubiquitous computing is considered important in the new era of computing and is being introduced in lower levels of study like pre-university, undergraduate and post graduate courses.
The number of applications of mobile networking and ubiquitous computing is growing significantly. These include mobile telephony, Short Message Service (SMS), Multi-Media Streaming (MMS), WAP, Mobile access to internet and television. These also include [Hoebeke et al.,2006] : Tactical Networks, Emergency Services, Commercial and Civilian environments, Home and Enterprise networking, Education, Entertainment, Sensor networks, Context Aware Services, Coverage extension.
Pioneers in this field like Mark Weiser, M. Satyanarayanan, Steve Mann and others have mostly expressed their visions about Mobile and Ubiquitous computing and their applications in the real world. Research has mostly been carried out to create new functionalities and improving them.
Much less is known about reliability in this field. Reliability knowledge is concerned with fields of maturity like Web Design, Operating Systems and Software Engineering. Mobile and Ubiquitous Computing is still in its infancy stages, though it has progressed a lot from its embryonic stages.
The aim of this investigation is to study the factors which contribute to reliability in this field and how to work with them in order to assess and predict, improve the reliability features, what should be the desired levels of reliability metrics identified. The result of this study can also be used by researches and developers to know in which directions improvements should be brought in this field for a better sustainable development.
Furthermore, the research aims at formulating models for reliability in pervasive computing as are very much present in Software Engineering. The behaviour of different metrics under different conditions will be recorded and analysed empirically and mathematically. Relationships between these metrics will be investigated.
Following these investigations, guidelines for setting up optimal ubiquitous network provisioning will be devised without many real implementation testing (and mistakes), i.e. will give assistance towards accuracy, precision and reliability right from the design stages. This will be accompanied by relevant architectural provisions in such a system.