Post-disaster Communications Earthquake, Nepal
Smart and Connected Communities
Post-disaster Communications Hurricane Irma, Puerto Rico

Vijay K. Shah, Ph.D. Student
204, Davis Marksbury Building
Department of Computer Science
University of Kentucky, Lexington, USA

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I am currently a Ph.D. student in the Cyber-Physical System Laboratory in the department of Computer Science at University of Kentucky, Lexington, USA. My advisors are Dr. Simone Silvestri (primary) and Prof. Sajal K. Das. Before moving to University of Kentucky (UK) in Fall 2017, I was a Ph.D. student at Missouri University of Science and Technology, Rolla, USA since Spring 2015.

Research Interests:

Next-generation Wireless Networks, Smart and Connected Communities (SCCs), Internet of Things (IoT), Post-disaster Communications, Bio-inspired Networks, Participatory Sensing, and Applications of Machine Learning

You can download my resume here.


2017 - Present

Anticipated graduation: May, 2019

Ph.D., Computer Science

University of Kentucky, Lexington, USA

Advisors: Dr. Simone Silvestri and Prof. Sajal K. Das

2009 - 2013

B.Tech., Computer Science and Engineering

National Institute of Technology, Durgapur, India

Advisors: Dr. Subrata Nandi and Dr. Sujoy Saha

B.Tech. Thesis: Post-Disaster Situation Analysis and Resource Management using Delay-Tolerant Peer-to-Peer Wireless Networks

Research Projects

Nepal Earthquake
Fig. Nepal Earthquake

Post-Disaster Communications

In the event of a large-scale disaster, natural (e.g., earthquake) or man-made (e.g., terrorist attacks), a communication infrastructure is essential for prompt rescue and relief operations. However, the partial (or complete) impairment of primary communication and power infrastructures makes it difficult for the responders to assess the required logistics for recovery efforts, identify and extend rescue/relief to the survivors. In this research, we focus on designing novel architectures and protocols for establishing reliable and energy-efficient communication networks, termed Disaster Response Networks ; to enable information exchange between survivors and responders (until the primary infrastructures are not restored).

Cisco SCC
Fig. Smart and Connected Communities

Smart and Connected Communities

Ubiquitous connectivity is a crucial requirement for future smart and connected communities (SCCs), whether rural, sub-urban or urban. Such connectivity enables to gather, disseminate, and analyze information on multiple sensing modalities, for efficient decision making of several frontiers of human life. To form such SCCs, huge communication infrastructure is needed to offload data from millions of physical sensors blocks to their respective decision making units (e.g., data center) usually within certain time deadlines. However, realization of such huge communication infrastructure faces serious economic and sustainability hurdles, particularly in rural and sub-urban areas. Hence in this research, we aim to propose an easy-to-deploy, low-cost and sustainable alternative option for providing connectivity in rural and sub-urban areas.

For more details, have a look at the presentation .

Fig. Vehicular Participatory Sensing System

Trust Models in Participatory Sensing

Sophistication in mobile devices (e.g., smartphones, tablets) and their widespread adoption have given rise to a novel inter-active sensing paradigm, known as Participatory Sensing (PS). Due to the concept of `gamification' , several selfish behaviors are possible, while the potential civilian impact of a security breach may motivate malicious intent. Wrong perception or noisy measurements further affect the reliability, dependability and trustworthiness of user's, data and services. This project aims to solve the above challenges using behavioral theoretic approaches and decision theory for achieving secure and trustworthy PS systems.


Peer-reviewed Conference Papers

[1] Vijay K. Shah, Shameek Bhattacharjee, Simone Silvestri, and Sajal K. Das, Designing Sustainable Smart Connected Communities using Dynamic Spectrum Access via Band Selection, ACM Conference on Systems for Energy-Efficient Built Environments (BuildSys) , 2017.

[2] Vijay K. Shah, Satyaki Roy, Simone Silvestri, and Sajal K. Das, CTR: A Cluster based Topological Routing for Disaster Response Network" , IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC), 2017.

[3] Shameek Bhattacharjee, Nirnay Ghosh, Vijay K. Shah, and Sajal K. Das, QnQ: A Reputation Model to Secure Mobile Crowdsourcing Applications from Incentive Losses" , IEEE Conference on Communications and Network Security (CNS), 2017.

[4] Shameek Bhattacharjee, Nirnay Ghosh, Vijay K. Shah, and Sajal K. Das, W2Q: A Dual Weighted QoI Scoring Mechanism in Social Sensing using Community Confidence" , IEEE PerCom Workshop on Information Quality and Quality of Service for Pervasive Computing (IQ2S), 2017.

[5] Satyaki Roy, Vijay K. Shah, and Sajal K Das, Characterization of E. coli Gene Regulatory Network and its Topological Enhancement by Edge Rewiring, EAI International Conference on Bio-inspired Information and Communications Technologies (BICT), 2015.

[6] Sujoy Saha, Vijay K. Shah, Rohit Verma, Ratna Mandal, and Subrata Nandi, Is It Worth Taking A Planned Approach To Design Ad Hoc Infrastructure For Post Disaster Communication?, ACM MobiCom Workshop on Challenged Networks (CHANTS), 2012.

[7] Sushovan Patra, Sujoy Saha, Vijay K. Shah, Satadal Sengupta, Konsam Gojendra Singh, and Subrata Nandi, A Qualitative Survey on Multicast Routing in Delay Tolerant Networks, Springer Recent Trends in Wireless and Mobile Networks (WiMO), 2011.

Peer-reviewed Journal Papers

[1] Sujoy Saha, Subrata Nandi, Partha S. Paul, Vijay K. Shah , Akash Roy, and Sajal K. Das, Designing delay constrained hybrid ad hoc network infrastructure for post-disaster communication , Elsevier Ad Hoc Networks, 2015.

Papers in Submission

[1] Vijay K. Shah , Satyaki Roy, Simone Silvestri, and Sajal K. Das, Bio-DRN: Bio-inspired Disaster Response Networks , IEEE International Conference on Network Protocols (ICNP), 2018 (Under Review).

[2] Vijay K. Shah, Shameek Bhattacharjee, Simone Silvestri, and Sajal K. Das, Designing Green Communication Systems for Smart and Connected Communities via Dynamic Spectrum Access, ACM/IEEE Transactions on Sensor Networks (TOSN) .

[3] Satyaki Roy, Vijay K. Shah , and Sajal K. Das, Design of Robust and Efficient Topology using Enhanced Gene Regulatory Networks , IEEE Transactions on Molecular, Biological and Multi-Scale Communications (TMBMC) .

[4] Shameek Bhattacharjee, Nirnay Ghosh, Vijay K. Shah, and Sajal K. Das, QnQ: Quality and Quantity based Unified Approach for Secure and Trustworthy Mobile Crowdsensing" , IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing (TMC) .


One of the Two Recipients of Best Poster Award at Annual Commonwealth Computational Summit (CCS2) 2017, University of Kentucky, Lexington, USA

Student Travel Grant to attend ACM SenSys/BuildSys 2017, Delft, Netherlands.

Student Travel Grant to attend Supercomputing Conference (SC'17), Denver, Colorado, USA.

Student Travel Grant to attend ACM WiSec 2017, Boston, USA

Missouri S&T Council of Graduate Studies (CGS) Student Travel Grant 2017.

Second Best Poster Award at Annual CS Student Research Poster Competition (PhD Category), Missouri S&T, Rolla, 2017.

Student Travel Grant to attend IEEE PerCom 2016, Sydney, Australia.

Third position at Hackathon for Humanity 2015, Missouri S&T, Rolla; for developing, a web platform for peer-to-peer tool and equipment rentals. Jointly shared with Doug Mcgeehen and Bryce Mehring.

Second position at the programming contest "Decathlon 2013" in Aarohan, the National level Techno-Management Festival organized by National Institute of Technology, Durgapur, India. Jointly shared with Rohit Verma and Satadal Sengupta.

Graduate Student Leadership Development Program by President's Academic Leadership Institute of the University of Missouri System

Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), Government of India Sponsored Nepalese Student for undergraduate engineering programs in NITs/IIITs under Direct Admission of Student Abroad (DASA) Scheme for the academic year 2009-10

Mahatma Gandhi Scholarship 2005-06 offered by Embassy of India, Kathmandu Nepal for pursuing Higher Secondary Education in Science (10+2 Science).