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Mo Sha

Associate Professor
Knight Foundation School of Computing and Information Sciences
Florida International University

Office: CASE 382
Email: msha AT
Phone: (305)348-1717

Mailing Address:
11200 SW 8th St, CASE 382, Miami, FL 33199

 Representative Research Work

Industrial IoT

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Underlying the Fourth Industrial Revolution (or Industry 4.0), industrial Internet of Things (IoT) is revolutionizing the process industries and promises one of the largest potential economic effects of IoT. Industrial networks, the underlying support of industrial IoT, connect sensors, actuators, and controllers in industrial facilities, such as manufacturing plants, steel mills, and oil refineries. IEEE 802.15.4 based wireless sensor-actuator networks (WSANs) operate at low-power and can be manufactured inexpensively, which makes them ideal for industrial networks where energy consumption and costs are important. The current approach to implementing WSANs suffers many limitations such as poor scalability, error-prone configuration, and security vulnerability. My research is to address those limitations and develop novel networking solutions for the next generation of industrial wireless standards.

This work has been reported in IWQoS'14, EWSN'15, RTSS'15, IoTDI'16, PIEEE'16, INFOCOM'17, IWQoS'17, IoT-J'17, IoTDI'18, ICDCS'18, TOSN'19, TON'19, DCOSS'19, INFOCOM'19, ICNP'19,  ICII'19, ADHOC'20, TOIT'20, ICNP'20, NSDI'21, ICNP'21, TOSN'22-1, TOSN'22-2, ICCCN'22

This work was supported in part by the National Science Foundation under grants CNS-1657275 (CRII) and CNS-2150010 (CAREER).


IoT Security

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IoT has emerged as a new computing paradigm that promises to offer a fully connected smart world. However, due to the open nature of wireless medium, the information sensed, collected, and transmitted by IoT devices may be intercepted or jammed by adversaries, which becomes a serious concern in many IoT applications. The overarching goal of this project is to identify the security vulnerabilities of IoT systems and explore defense solutions.

This work has been reported in INFOCOM'19, IoTDI'19, TOIT'20, INFOCOM'21


mmWave Sensing and Communication

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The emergence of millimeter wave (mmWave) networks has reinvigorated the quest of next generation of wireless networks that can provide multi-gigabit per second data rates. The 60 GHz mmWave band provides a large unlicensed spectrum (57-64 GHz) where new wireless standards such as IEEE 802.11ad and 802.11ay are proposed. The overarching goal of this project is to develop novel solutions to enable reliable mmWave communication and new sensing applications.

This work has been reported in MASS'18, IoTDI'19.


Smart Energy


The largest source of energy consumption in buildings is heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC). For an HVAC system to provide comfort and minimize energy, it is crucial to understand the spatiotemporal thermal dynamics in buildings. The overarching goal of this project is to develop novel and practical approaches to model the complex thermal dynamics and improve the HVAC performance.

This work has been reported in ICDCS'14, Building'15, IoT-J'15.


Low-Power Wireless Networks

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The characteristics of IEEE 802.15.4 (ZigBee) based low-power wireless networks have been studied extensively in the context of wireless sensor networks. For instance, there has been a vast array of research that empirically studied the link quality with different platforms, under varying experimental conditions, assumptions, and scenarios. There also has been research investigating the impacts of various media access control schemes. We have contributed empirical results and analysis to this endeavor and produced a series of novel algorithms and network protocols.

This work has been reported in INFOCOM'09, RTSS'09, INFOCOM'10, ICNP'10, TOSN'11, IWQoS'11, RTAS'11, ICNP'12, RTSS'13, IPSN'13, TNSM'13.