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Vision Statement

The Internet of Things is set to become the next decade’s leading technical breakthrough. Although, the Internet of Things is coming into prevalence, many barriers to adoption still exist. The data produced by systems do not generate knowledge and systems are not at the stage of being pervasive.

My research aims to address the complexities of implementing, deploying, and putting the Internet of Things into the hands of users. Through this, these system have the goal of having a positive social impact, e.g, the reduction of energy consumption in low income housing.

Research Interests

Data science; Internet of Things; Wireless Sensor Networks; Machine Learning


Dr Ross Wilkins obtained his PhD in Computer Science in 2015 from Coventry University having previously graduated with an BSc in Software Engineering from Coventry University (2009). Since 2014, Ross has been employed as a Research Associate within Cogent Labs, Coventry University. His research covers the topics of sensing and the Internet of Things for socio-technical systems.

Ross’ research sits at the crossroads of systems engineering and data science. His research focuses on the development of robust, deployable sensing systems for real-life applications at scale, in broad application areas including: residential buildings monitoring; microgrids; in-vehicle comfort monitoring; factory monitoring, and structural monitoring. These sensing systems produce vast amounts of data which is mined to generate knowledge. In particular his research aims to develop systems that can have a social impact, e.g, the reduction of energy consumption in low income housing.

Ross has worked with international and academic partners, both domestically and abroad. Projects include a British Council Institutional Links Project, PULP-SEED. The PULP-SEED project aims to build research capacity at the University of San Carlos, Philippines through a Internet of Things development project in a fruit-drying greenhouse. As part of this project he has also planned and delivered two international summer schools. In Brazil, Ross was part of a UK-Brazil consortium which organised a workshop, on Community- based Sustainable Energy which brought together researchers in the areas of embedded computing, renewable energy, and social sciences. As part of a Singapore-USA-UK consortium Ross spent a three month research exchange at the National University of Singapore where he deployed and evaluated a structural monitoring system on a construction site.

In the UK, Ross has worked closely with many social-housing providers in the area of residential buildings monitoring. This monitoring work comprised over 100 house deployments. These deployments have lead to increased energy savings, through diagnostics such as detecting the reason behind “energy consumption spikes”, and the cause of overheating. In 2013, Ross was a part of the Cogent Labs team who were awarded “Most Innovative Consultant” at the Housing Innovation Awards 2013.

Ross’ research has resulted in a total of 11 publications (3 Journal papers, 7 Conference papers, and 1 book chapter), and he currently supervises 2 PhD students. He is also a regular reviewer for journals and conferences including: IEEE Sensors, and the International Journal of Distributed Sensor Networks. 

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Research Output 2011 2017

  • 42 Citations
  • 2 h-Index
  • 4 Paper
  • 3 Conference proceeding
  • 3 Article
  • 1 Chapter

Proof of Concept of Wireless TERS Monitoring

Allen, M., Gaura, E., Wilkins, R., Brusey, J., Dong, Y. & Whittle, A. 6 Nov 2017 In : Structural Control and Health Monitoring. 24, 12, 18 p., e2026

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Open Access
Earth (planet)
Strain measurement
1 Citations

Energy profiling in practical sensor networks: Identifying hidden consumers

Brusey, J., Kemp, J., Gaura, E., Wilkins, R. & Allen, M. 18 May 2016 In : IEEE Sensors Journal. 16, 15, p. 6072-6080

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Open Access
energy consumption
Sensor networks
Energy utilization

Temporary earth restraining structure (Singapore)

Gaura, E., Allen, M. & Wilkins, R. 28 Jul 2016 Wireless Sensor Networks for Civil Infrastructure Monitoring. Rodenas-Herráiz, D., Soga, K., Fidler, P. R. A. & de Battista, N. (eds.). ICE Publishing, p. 153-160

Research output: ResearchChapter

Open Access
Wireless sensor networks
Earth (planet)
Rapid transit

Cool to Warm Up? Understanding Student Energy Behaviour In Indonesian University Buildings.

Halloran, J., Yazid, S., Goldsmith, D., Wilkins, R. & Gaura, E. 2015 Proceedings of 2015 TAU Conferencerence : Mitigating and Adapting Built Environments for Climate Change in the Tropics.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewConference proceeding

energy saving
student body

ReStructure: A Wireless Sensor Network for Monitoring Temporary Earth Retaining Systems

Wilkins, R., Gaura, E., Allen, M., Kemp, J., Brusey, J. & Whittle, A. J. Oct 2015 Proceedings of the 6th ACM Workshop on Real World Wireless Sensor Networks. New York, NY, USA: ACM, p. 37-40 4 p. (RealWSN '15)

Research output: Research - peer-reviewConference proceeding

Wireless sensor networks
Earth (planet)
Strain gages
Systems analysis