Internet of Things (IoT) Research Cluster

CPSRC's research in IoT converges on novel approaches to the development of new concepts, algorithms, protocols, sensors, hardware and software required to enable IoT deployments that minimize energy consumption, provide security and privacy to end users and applications, and scale by orders of magnitude from what is viable today. In particular, IoT research within the CPSRC at UC Santa Cruz includes the design of algorithms and protocols to enforce data security from unsecured devices; the application of machine learning to make IoT protocol stacks far more efficient and resilient; novel approaches to channel access and routing that minimize multiple access interference, energy consumption, and signaling overhead; cross-layering techniques that simplify the design and implementation of IoT devices; algorithms and protocols for end- to-end data transport that eliminate many of the connection-oriented approach adopted today in the Internet; and resource discovery mechanisms that work in large-scaled deployments. In addition, CPSRC’s work in mobile computing, cloud computing, inter-networking, and robotic systems has direct application to the many challenges faced in real-world IoT deployments. 

Laboratory of Ubiquitous Networking

Computing and communication devices include:

-six Dell OptiPlex 9020 Minitowers

-one Dell workstation Precision Tower 7810

-RFID reader

-two USRP software defined radios

-hundreds of RFID tags


CPSRC Faculty in this Research Cluster

J. J. Garcia-Luna-Aceves 

 Electrical and Computer

 Engineering, Mobile and

     Wireless Networks

         Chen Qian 

    Computer Science,

     Engineering, and

     Internet of things

       Katia Obraczka 

 Computer Science and

 Engineering, Wireless


      Alvaro Cardenas

 Electrical and Computer

Engineering, Security and

Privacy in Cyber-Physical


Relevant Publications

J.J. Garcia-Luna-Aceves

J.J. Garcia-Luna-Aceves "ADN: An Information-Centric Networking Architecture for the Internet of Things", Proceedings of the The 3rd ACM/IEEE International Conference on Internet of Things Design and Implementation, 2017.

A. Ali Albalawi and J.J. Garcia-Luna-Aceves, "A Delay-Based Congestion-Control Protocol for Information-Centric Networks", Proceedings of the IEEE ICNC, 2019.

Chen Qian

X. Li, S. Shouqian, M. Wang, and C. Qian “VERID: Towards Verifiable IoT Data Management”, Proceedings of ACM/IEEE IoTDI, 2019.

X. Li, Y. Yu, H. Wang, and C. Qian “Towards Secure and Efficient Communication for the Internet of Things”, IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking and as “An IoT Data Communication Framework for Authenticity and Integrity”, Proceedings of ACM/IEEE IoTDI, 2017. 

Katia Obraczka

V. Rajendran, K. Obraczka, and J.J. Garcia-Luna-Aceves “Energy-efficient collision-free medium access control for wireless sensor networks", Proceedings of the 1st international conference on Embedded networked sensor systems, 2003.

D. Kim, J.J. Garcia-Luna-Aceves, K. Obraczka, J.C. Cano, and P. Manzoni “Routing Mechanisms for Mobile Ad Hoc Networks based on the Energy Drain Rate”, IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, 2003.

Alvaro Cardenas

J. Valente, M. Wynn, and A. Cardenas "Stealing, spying, and abusing: Consequences of attacks on internet of things devices", IEEE Security & Privacy, 2019.

B. Huang, A. Cardenas, and R. Baldick "Not everything is dark and gloomy: power grid protections against IoT demand attacks", Proceedings of the 28th USENIX Security Symposium, 2019.