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 third year Ph.D. student in Computer Science department at University of Kentucky under the supervision of Dr. Simone Silvestri and Prof. Sajal K. Das. Before joining UK in Fall 2017, I was formely a Ph.D. student at Missouri S&T since Spring 2015.

Research Interests:

Wireless Networking, Opportunistic Networking, Post-Disaster Communications, Smart and Connected Communities, Biological Networks, Participatory Sensing, Data Analysis, 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 network, termed Disaster Response Network ; 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.


Conference Papers

Vijay K. Shah , Satyaki Roy, Simone Silvestri, and Sajal K. Das, Bio-DRN: Bio-inspired Disaster Response Networks , IEEE ICDCS, 2018 (Under Review).

Vijay K. Shah, Shameek Bhattacharjee, Simone Silvestri, and Sajal K. Das, Designing Energy-efficient Sustainable Smart Connected Communities using Dynamic Spectrum Access via Band Selection, In Proceedings of ACM BuildSys , 2017.

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.

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.

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 International Conference on Pervasive Computing and Communications Workshops (PerCom Workshops), 2017.

Satyaki Roy, Vijay K. Shah, and Sajal K Das, Characterization of E. coli Gene Regulatory Network and its Topological Enhancement by Edge Rewiring, EAI BICT, 2015.

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 CHANTS (MobiCom Workshop), 2012.

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.

Journal Papers

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

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


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 position at PhD Student Research Poster Competition, Annual Computer Science Awards Banquet, Missouri University of Science and Technology, Rolla, 2017

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

Third position at Hackathon for Humanity 2015, Missouri University of Science and Technology, Rolla, USA

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 high schooling in Science (10+2 Science).