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Design Space for Cyber Security Analytical Systems

Cyber Security infrastructures are increasingly relying on big data technologies for capturing, storing, and analyzing huge amount of security events data. Designing and evolving systems that can effectively and efficiently combine big data technologies and cybersecurity are hugely challenging undertakings. Whilst the knowledge for designing cyber security analytics systems has increasing for sometime, there was no consolidated piece of work on design mechanisms, also called tactics, for architecting big data cyber security analytics systems – very proud to share that our recent effort has attempted to fill that gap by providing a consolidated piece of knowledge about the quality attributes considered important for cyber security analytics systems and architectural tactics can help achieve the desired set of quality attributes – such a consolidated knowledge about any aspect of software ¬†design is called Design Space – ours is a design space for cyber security analytics systems. This work has recently been accepted for publication in one of the top quality journal of software systems, Journal of Systems and Software. We will be happy to provide a copy of the article on request and following is the abstract of the article. Read More »Design Space for Cyber Security Analytical Systems

Envisioning Bowden Development as a Smart City

Smart City initiatives in different parts of the world are gaining momentum and such initiatives are inspiring governments, councils, private sectors, and citizens everywhere – As the Lord Mayor of Amsterdam once said that Smart Cities are just like “Football teams” that every city wants to have one its own. Since starting our Smart Cities initiative at the University of Adelaide and joining the steering committee of the Adelaide city initiative, I have been observing more and more initiatives and activities about smart cities at different ¬†levels. Last week, I was approached to make a presentation about Smart City during a workshop of It services team of Charles Sturt City council. The purpose of the workshop was to have the staff envisage Bowden, a relatively new development in Adelaide, as a smart area of quality living for people in different demographic categories. Despite being extremely snowed under with several tasks with hard deadlines, I accepted the invitation of making a short presentation on smart city and ICT driven innovation to inspire the participant before their brainstorming session on coming up with smart city services.Read More »Envisioning Bowden Development as a Smart City

Inaugural Congress on Smart Cities Initiative

We are delighted to share that our inaugural conference on Smart Cities was hugely successful in term of the number of attendees and the fruitfulness of the discussions. The congress attracted delegates from the attendees of the Australian Software Engineering Conference, Industry, government, and academia. This congress was aimed at bringing the key stakeholders involved in different initiatives on Smart Cities for discussing the opportunities and challenges of conceiving, implementing, and evolving smart cities related projects and services. The conference program was below:

  • Welcome and Introduction by M. Ali Babar
  • Global Perspective on Cities by George Mavros
  • Smart Cities & IoEs by Mike Duhne
  • Panel 1: Value proposition and socio-technical challenges & Solutions
  • Panel 2: Industry and Universities Engagements for Building and Sustaining Smart Cities
  • Brainstorming on Smart Cities Services and Products
  • Future Agenda & Networking

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Designing and Evolving Architectures for Big Data Applications

Big Data applications are playing critical role for all sorts of organisations. Whilst data scientist is considered a critical role for big data applications, the role of software architect has become even more critical as appropriate design and careful implementation are the key to successful big data applications for supporting organisational decisions and business processes. since this breed of applications are relatively new, the knowledge and experience for designing and evolving architectures for big data applications are in high demand. It is important that organisations build specific knowledge and competency in designing and evaluating software architectures for big data applications – this is one of the key areas where we have been focusing on R&D efforts for sometime now. We have started disseminating our work through different channels for seeking the application of our work through industrial partnerships. Recently, I gave a short talk on designing and evolving architectures for big data applications (Talk’s presentation) during the Adelaide Big Data Meet up called, Big Data Development. Read More »Designing and Evolving Architectures for Big Data Applications