UCSB Engineering

P. Michael Melliar-Smith

Professor

Electrical & Computer Engineering
Computer Science

P. Michael Melliar-Smith

Contacts

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of California
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-9560

tel: (805) 448-8250
fax: (805) 893-3262
pmms@ece.ucsb.edu

Research Description

The research of the Distributed Systems and Computer Networks Group in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, led by Professors Melliar-Smith and Moser, spans a wide range of topics. Current topics of interest include wireless networks and applications, peer-to-peer systems, event-based computing, Web Services and Service Oriented Architectures.

Research Groups

  • Distributed Systems and Computer Networks Group

Biography

Michael Melliar-Smith is a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His research interests span the areas of distributed systems, communication networks and protocols, and fault tolerance.

He has served as PI for numerous funded research projects, including projects from DARPA, AFOSR, NSF, UC Micro and UC Discovery. These funded research projects include the DARPA funded Thunder and Lightning project to develop a 30 Gbit/s ATM switch and optical transmission system, and the AFOSR MURI Protocol Engineering Research Center project, which involved six universities.

He has authored or coauthored more than 290 publications, has more than 12 patents, and he has supervised more than 100 graduate student researchers. He served as Technical Chair of the IEEE International Conference on Mobile Services, and as a member of the Technical Program Committee for many conferences.

Prior to UCSB, at GEC Computers in England, Dr. Melliar-Smith was principal designer of the GEC 4080, which won the Queen's Award for Innovation. At the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, he invented the definitions of fault, error and failure, as well as the recovery block method for software fault tolerance. As Senior Computer Scientist and Program Director at Stanford Research Institute, he was involved in the design of the Software-Implemented Fault-Tolerant(SIFT) aircraft flight control computer and was leader of the NASA funded Enhanced Hierarchical Design Methodology (EHDM) project for formal specification and verification.

He received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Cambridge University, England.

 

SELECTED RECENT PUBLICATIONS

L. E. Moser and P. M. Melliar-Smith, Probabilistic analysis of message forwarding, Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Computer Communications and Networks}, Nassau, Bahamas, July-August 2013.

I. Michel Lombera, L. E. Moser, P. M. Melliar-Smith and Y. T. Chuang, Mobile ad-hoc search and retrieval in the iTrust over Wi-Fi Direct network, Proceedings of the Ninth International Conference on Wireless and Mobile Communications, Nice, France, July 2013, 251-258, Best Paper Award.

W. Zhao, P. M. Melliar-Smith and L. E. Moser, Low latency fault tolerance system, The Computer Journal 56, 6, June 2013, 716-740.

H. Chai, H. Zhang, W. Zhao, P. M. Melliar-Smith and L. E. Moser, Toward trustworthy coordination of Web Services Business Activities, IEEE Transactions on Services Computing 6, 2, April-June 2013, 276-288.

Y. T. Chuang, P. M. Melliar-Smith, L. E. Moser and I. Michel Lombera, Discovering joining nodes and detecting leaving nodes in the iTrust membership protocol, Proceedings of the 2013 IAENG International Conference on Computer Science, Hong Kong, China, March 2013, 189-194, Best Paper Award.

I. Michel Lombera, L. E. Moser, P. M. Melliar-Smith and Y. T. Chuang, Mobile decentralized search and retrieval using SMS and HTTP, ACM Mobile Networks and Applications Journal 18, 1, February 2013, 22-41.

Y. T. Chuang, P. M. Melliar-Smith, L. E. Moser and I. Michel Lombera, Protecting the iTrust information retrieval network against malicious attacks, Journal of Computing Science and Engineering 6, 3, September 2012, 179-192.

H. Zhang, H. Chai, W. Zhao, P. M. Melliar-Smith and L. E. Moser, Trustworthy coordination of Web Services Atomic Transactions, IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems 23, 8, August 2012, 1551-1565.

Y. T. Chuang, I. Michel Lombera, P. M. Melliar-Smith and L. E. Moser, Detecting and defending against malicious attacks in the iTrust information retrieval network, Proceedings of the 26th International Conference on Information Networking, Bali, Indonesia, February 2012, 263-268, Best Paper Award.

P. M. Melliar-Smith, L. E. Moser, I. Michel Lombera and Y. T. Chuang, iTrust: Trustworthy information publication, search and retrieval, Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Distributed Computing and Networking, Hong Kong, China, January 2012, Lecture Notes in Computer Science 7129, Springer, 351-366.

A. Aminzadeh Gohari, R. Pakbaz, P. M. Melliar-Smith, L. E. Moser and V. Rodoplu, RMR: Reliability map routing for tactical mobile ad hoc networks, IEEE Journal of Selected Areas in Communications 29, 10, December 2011, 1935-1947.

H. Zhang, W. Zhao, L. E. Moser and P. M. Melliar-Smith, Design and implementation of a Byzantine fault tolerance framework for non-deterministic applications, IET Software 5, 3, June 2011, 342-356.

P. M. Melliar-Smith and L. E. Moser, O-Ring: A fault tolerance and load balancing architecture for peer-to-peer systems, Proceedings of the XXVIII International Conference of the Chilean Computer Science Society, Santiago, Chile, November 2009, 25-33.

M. Schuricht, M. Hu, Z. Davis, S. Prasad, P. M. Melliar-Smith and L. E. Moser, Managing multiple speech-enabled applications in a mobile handheld device, International Journal of Pervasive Computing and Communications} 5, 3, September 2009, 332-359.