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Roshany-Yamchi, K. Witheephanich, J. Manuel Escano, A. McGibney, S. Rea. 2017. Selective Distributed Model Predictive Control for Comfort Satisfaction in Multi-Zone Buildings. ICSTCC 2017 – 21st International Control on System Theory, Control and Computing, Sinaia, Romania

Marfievici, P. Corbalan, D. Rojas, A. McGibney, S. Rea, D. Pesch. 2017. Tales from the C130 Horror Room: A Wireless Sensor Network Story in a Data Center. In Proceedings of the 1st ACM International Workshop on the Engineering of Reliable, Robust, and Secure Embedded Wireless Sensing Systems (FAILSAFE), pp.23-30

McGibney, A.; Pusceddu, D.; Rea, S.; Pesch, D.; Geron, M. & Keane, M. (2012), A methodology for sensor modeling and placement optimization to support temperature monitoring., in George J. Pappas, ed., ‘BuildSys@SenSys’ , ACM, , pp. 88-90 .

McGibney, A.; Beder, C.; Klepal, M. (2012), MapUme Smartphone Localisation as a Service – a cloud based architecture for providing indoor localisation services., International Conference on Indoor Positioning and Indoor Navigation (IPIN).

McGibney, A.; Guinard, A. & Pesch, D. (2011), Wi-Design: A modelling and optimization tool for wireless embedded systems in buildings., in Chun Tung Chou; Tom Pfeifer & Anura P. Jayasumana, ed., ‘LCN’ , IEEE Computer Society, , pp. 640-648 .

Guinard, A.; Aslam, M. S.; Pusceddu, D.; Rea, S.; McGibney, A. & Pesch, D. (2011), Design and deployment tool for in-building wireless sensor networks: A performance discussion., in Chun Tung Chou; Tom Pfeifer & Anura P. Jayasumana, ed., ‘LCN’ , IEEE Computer Society, , pp. 649-656 .

Beder, C.; McGibney, A. & Klepal, M. (2011), Predicting the expected accuracy for fingerprinting based WiFi localisation systems., in ‘IPIN’ , IEEE, , pp. 1-6 .

McGibney, A.; Klepal, M. & Pesch, D. (2011), ‘Agent-Based Optimization for Large Scale WLAN Design.’, IEEE Trans. Evolutionary Computation 15 (4), 470-486.

Aslam, M. S.; Guinard, A.; McGibney, A.; Rea, S. & Pesch, D. (2011), Wi-design, Wi-manage, why bother?, in Nazim Agoulmine; Claudio Bartolini; Tom Pfeifer & Declan O’Sullivan, ed., ‘Integrated Network Management’ , IEEE, , pp. 730-744 .

McGibney, A.; Guinard, A. & Pesch, D. (2011), Wi-Design: A modelling and optimization tool for wireless embedded systems in buildings., in Chun Tung Chou; Tom Pfeifer & Anura P. Jayasumana, ed., ‘LCN’ , IEEE Computer Society, , pp. 640-648 .

McGibney, E.; Barton, J.; Floyd, L.; Tassie, P.; Barrett, J. (2011), The High Frequency Electrical Properties of Interconnects on a Flexible Polyimide Substrate Including the Effects of Humidity., IEEE Transactions on Components, Packaging and Manufacturing Technology, vol.1, no.1, pp. 4-15.



Alan was awarded his PhD in Electronic Engineering in October 2008. His core research expertise lie in the areas of design and optimisation of wireless communication systems, wireless sensor networks for building automation, indoor localisation and software architectures. More recently, his focus has been on reconfiguration, reliability and management of infrastructure for the Physical web, Internet of Things and Cyber-Physical Systems.

Within Nimbus Centre his main duties include:

  • The definition, refinement and leadership of the research and innovation strategy and alignment with the overarching Institute strategy
  • Supervision, performance management and development of researchers and team members
  • Promote and Implement research excellence and maximise innovation impact through multi-disciplinary projects
  • Lead funding acquisition, in conjunction with group members and PIs in the Centre
  • Alan has a successful track record in managing and developing research proposals both at a national (EI, IERC) and European level (FP7, H2020).

From November 1st 2015 he has lead the technical management for the EU funded H2020 TOPAs (#676760) project, which investigates the reduction of the gap between predicted and actual energy use across blocks of buildings.

Previously he has been CITs technical lead in the EU FP7 SCUBA project focusing on Systematic Engineering for Wireless Building Automation Systems. In national funded programmes he was the technical lead in the SFI funded ITOBO project responsible for the deployment of large scale wireless embedded networks for Optimised Building Operation. He is also responsible for the system architecture definition and integration in the IERC EMWINS project which supports model based fault detection and diagnosis.

His research and interaction with key industry players has resulted in the development of formal design, deployment, management and verification methodologies for wireless embedded systems which have been encapsulated into cloud based tools and services covering the complete lifecycle of wireless sensor networks (known as WiSuite).

He has also been one of the lead developers of the Nimbus Centre NICORE integration and computational platform, which is a scalable, distributed and extensible platform that enables the collection of sensor data from a large number of subsystems; provides computing resources to process those measurements into meaningful quantities and finally make this processed information available to business applications built on top of the platform.

PhD Research: A Distributed AI approach for Large Scale WLAN Design The design and deployment of Wi Fi wireless networks is currently still carried out in an ad-hoc fashion with access point installation based on “rules of thumb”. In order to design flexible in-door wireless communication systems based on WLAN technology, the development of planning software tools for automatic site-specific design of Wi Fi networks are required. These tools need to take various criteria into account such as the optimal number of fixed access points and especially their optimal placing based on accurate radio propagation prediction to satisfy user requirements.