Professor Seng W. Loke

BIT,BSc(Hons) (ANU), PhD (1998) (Melb)

School of Information Technology,
Building T, Level 2,
Deakin University (Burwood Campus),
221 Burwood Highway,
Victoria 3125,
Melbourne, Australia.
Office Location: Building T, Level 2.

Other affiliations:
Theme Co-Leader at the Deakin University Centre for Cyber Security Research on Dependability, CPS and IoT Security 

Previous affiliation:
Department of Computer Science and Information Technology

La Trobe University, 
Bundoora, VIC 3086, Australia. 
Tel: +61 3 9479 3415 
Office Location: Beth Gleeson Building, BG 137

Recent photo: added 2015:

Recent news

This SpringerBrief provides a synergistic overview of technology trends by emphasizing five linked perspectives: crowd+cloud machines, extreme cooperation with smart things, scalable context-awareness, drone services for mobile crowds and social links in mobile crowds. The authors also highlight issues and challenges at the intersection of these trends. 

Topics covered include cooperative vehicles when vehicles are viewed as smart things, cloud computing, Internet of Things, mobile and wearable computing, crowd computing, the culture of thing sharing, collective computing, and swarm dynamics. The brief is a useful resource and a starting point for researchers, students or anyone interested in the contemporary computing landscape.

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2016 news:

Brief Bio

I am Professor in Computer Science at the School of Information Technology in Deakin University. I was Reader and Associate Professor at the Department of Computer Science and Information Technology in La Trobe University. I led the Pervasive Computing Lab at La Trobe, and have authored 'Context-Aware Pervasive Systems: Architectures for a New Breed of Applications' published by Auerbach (CRC Press), Dec 2006, and  more recently authored 'Crowd-Powered Mobile Computing and Smart Things' published by Springer. 

My research has  mainly been in pervasive (ubiquitous) computing and mobile computing, Internet of Things (IoT), focusing on issues concerning systems and information, with current emphases on complex cooperation among Things (including smart vehicles viewed as smart things), crowd-powered mobile computing, mobile Big Data, mobile Big Systems, the social impact of mobile technology innovation, Mobile/Physical Web/Cloud development, and how they might interact. Some of my work can be categorised under mobile cyber-physical systems

Recent problems/challenges I have been looking into as the Internet of Things move to the complex Internet of Cooperative Autonomous Things (or Artificially Intelligent Things), include:

  • intelligent decentralised and opportunistic cooperation for (self-driving) autonomous vehicles over v2v communication: their benefits and issues
  • drone-services: one or more autonomous drones cooperating to provide services to people 
  • trusted complex networks of autonomous IoT devices (including issues of privacy, security, and risks for things on the ground and in the Air, i.e., drones/UAVs)
  • context-aware matching algorithms for open social environments with dynamic and real-time constraints
  • cooperative multi-node mobile sensor data analytics for human activity recognition and activity recognition services for humans and machines

My  research has been supported by organizations such as the Australian Research Council and the AutoCRC, and spans a range of topics: 

  • mobile cloud and services computing
  • mobile crowd computing, crowdsensing, crowdsourcing, with applications in Smart Cities and Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS)
  • distributed algorithms and complex systems in the mobile environment
  • context-aware mobile applications in mobile health, pervasive advertising, and ITS
  • activity recognition via mobile sensing
  • mobile interaction with users, spaces, and information; mobile experience engineering
  • software engineering for mobile applications; programming models and abstractions; performance engineering; resource/energy-aware software
  • mobile augmented reality and physical annotations; cross-reality environments and visualizations
  • smart (mobile) things, and the Internet/Web-of-Things
  • AI reasoning about Big social/stream Data arising in pervasive computing environments and its applications

I have (co-)authored more than 270 research publications including over 50 journal papers, 10 book chapters, and over 180 conference/workshop papers, with numerous work on context-aware computing, and mobile and pervasive computing. I have been on the program committee of numerous conferences/workshops in the area, including Pervasive'08 and Percom'10 (and 2011). My research has been published in journals such as IEEE PervasiveKnowledge Engineering Review, Pervasive and Mobile Computing Journal (Elsevier), IEEE Transactions on SMC IEEE Transactions on Cloud Computing, IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems, ACM Transactions on Embedded Computing Systems, Personal and Ubiquitous Computing, The Computer Journal (OUP), Future Generation Computer SystemsMONETJournal of Systems and SoftwareExpert Systems and ApplicationsJournal of Network and Computer Applications and Theory and Practice of Logic Programming. I have also published in leading conferences in the pervasive, middleware, and services computing areas including Percom (CORE ranking: A), International Conference on Service-Oriented Computing (ICSOC) (CORE ranking: A), Mobiquitous (CORE ranking A), International Conference on Web Services (CORE ranking A), HICSS (CORE  ranking: A), and Middleware (CORE ranking: A). 

I completed my PhD in 1998 at the University of Melbourne, and the BSc (Hons) in 1994 at the Australian National University winning a University Medal in Computer Science. I was an Honorary Associate of the Centre for Distributed Systems and Software Engineering, Monash University for several years (2006-2011).



  • SIT111 Introduction to Computer Science (Trimester 1)
  • SIT791 Professional Practice (Trimesters 1, 2 and 3)
  • SIT740 R&D in IT (FutureLearn, Trimester 3)

2016(@La Trobe)

  •  CSE2ICE Internet Client Engineering (Semester 1)
  •  CSE2MAD Mobile Application Development (Semester 2) [Coordinator only]
  •  CSE4ASD Advanced Systems Design (Semester 2)
  •  CSE4MPC Mobile and Pervasive Computing (Semester 2)

2015(@La Trobe)

·       CSE2ICE Internet Client Engineering (Semester 1)

·       CSE4ASD Advanced Systems Design (Semester 2) 

·       CSE4MPC Mobile and Pervasive Computing (Semester 2)

2014(@La Trobe)

·       On OSP (Semester 1)

·       CSE4ASD Advanced Systems Design (Semester 2) (cancelled)

·       CSE4MPC Mobile and Pervasive Computing (Semester 2)


2013(@La Trobe)

·       CSE2ICE Internet Client Engineering (Semester 1)

·       CSE4ASD Advanced Systems Design (Semester 1) 

·       CSE4MPC Mobile and Pervasive Computing (Semester 2)


2012(@La Trobe)

·       CSE2ICE Internet Client Engineering (Semester 1)

·       CSE5BMS Biometrics Security (Semester 2) (cancelled)

·       CSE4MPC Mobile and Pervasive Computing (Semester 2)


2011(@La Trobe)

·       CSE2ICE Internet Client Engineering (Semester 1)

·       CSE4ASD Advanced Systems Design (Semester 1) 

·       CSE4MPC Mobile and Pervasive Computing (Semester 2)



Current PhD Projects and Supervision:

  • human activity recognition and stream reasoning with social and IoT sensor data (which I call human activity reasoning), and its applications:
    • Osama M. Barzaiq (PhD - La Trobe University), Context/Activity-Aware Advertising, co-supervise with Hongen Lu, my role (principal)
    • Amin BakhshandehAbkenar (PhD - Deakin University), Activity Recognition with Mobile Devices, co-supervise with Wenny Rahayu and Arkady Zaslavsky, my role (principal)
  • mobile cloud/crowd computing:
    • Javeria Samad (PhD - Deakin University), Context-Aware Risk Modelling in Mobile Cloud Computing and IoT, co-supervise with Karl Reed, my role (principal)
    • Majed Alwateer (PhD - La Trobe University), Mobile Cloud in the Cloud and Drones, co-supervise with Wenny Rahayu, my role (external, principal)
  • cooperative vehicles/intelligent transport systems:
    • Ali Nabeel Ibrahim Aliedani (PhD - La Trobe University), Smart V2V Cooperation, co-supervise with Aniruddha Desai and Prajakta Desai (and later Wenny Rahayu), my role (external, principal)
  • social networks and context services:
    • Venura S.A. Abeysinghe Achchige Don (PhD - La Trobe University/Data61), Context-Aware Matching Algorithms for Open Social Environments with Dynamic and Real-Time constraints: Applications to Excess Food, co-supervise with Arkady Zaslavsky and Wenny Rahayu, my role (external, principal)

Recently completed PhD Students:

  • Jiahui Wen (PhD - University of Queensland), Mobile Activity Recognition with Dynamically Added Context, co-supervised with Jadwiga Indulska and Peizhao Hu, my role (associate supervisor, 20%)
  • Jurairat Phuttharak (2016) (PhD - La Trobe University), LogicCrowd: Integrating Logic Programming and Crowdsourcing for Mobile and Pervasive Computing Platforms, co-supervised with Richard Lai, my role (principal) 
  • Niroshinie Thotage Fernando (2015) (PhD - La Trobe University), co-supervised with Wenny Rahayu, my role (principal)
  • Prajakta Aniruddha Desai (2014) (PhD - La Trobe University), co-supervised with Jack Singh, my role (principal)
  • Chuong Cong Vo (2014) (PhD - La Trobe University), co-supervised with Torab Torabi, my role (50%)
  • Alaa Almagrabi (2014) (PhD - La Trobe University), co-supervised with Torab Torabi, my role (principal)
  • Ahmad Alzahrani (2014) (PhD - La Trobe University), co-supervised with Hongen Lu, my role (principal)
  • Do Manh Thang (2013) (PhD - La Trobe University), co-supervised with Fei Liu, my role (50%)
  • Kutila Gunasekera (2012) (PhD - Monash University), co-supervised with Arkady Zaslavsky, my role (minor, 10%)
  • Anh-Tuan Nguyen (2011) (PhD - La Trobe University), co-supervised with Torab Torabi, my role (principal)

Recently completed Masters minor thesis / Honours Students (all below at La Trobe University):

  • Moises Dionisio Cruz (2016), A Pragmatic Investigation Into Beacon Based Indoor Positioning, my role (sole supervisor)
  • Alexander Zuchowicz (2016), Human Interaction with Drones: an Investigation, my role (sole supervisor)
  • Ameet Kumar (2015), An Approach to Decentralized Leader Election in Pervasive Computing Environments, my role (sole supervisor)
  • Batni Prabhanjan (2015), GuideMate: an Integrated Crowd Powered System to Assist the Disabled, my role (sole supervisor)
  • Abeysinghe Achchige Don Venura Sasanka Abeysinghe (2014), Programming Virtual Boxes for Drones, my role (sole supervisor)
  • Majed Alwateer (2014), WiFi Positioning using an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle: Applications for Finding Targets in Disaster Scenario, my role (sole supervisor)
  • Nick Waywood (2014), An Investigation of Sensor Based Activity Recognition using Unsupervised Learning for Precision Agriculture, my role (main supervisor, cosupervise with Wenny Rahayu)
  • Keegan Napier (2013), A Linear Topology for Mobile Crowd Computing Systems, my role (sole supervisor)
  • Abdulaziz Alali (2013), Proximity Sensing and Power Management, my role (sole supervisor)
  • Amin BakhshandehAbkenar (2012), MyActivity: a Cloud-Hosted Ontology-Based Framework for Human Activity Querying, my role (sole supervisor)
  • Cindy on Show (2012), Activity Recognition and Human Computation, my role (sole supervisor)
  • An Nghi Vu (2012), ZOR: an Indoor Smart Phone Augmented Reality System Based on Bluetooth Technologies, my role (sole supervisor) 
  • Fahad Zarouni (2011), PivotAds+: a System for Gesture-Based Interactive Public Advertising Multi-Displays, my role (sole supervisor)
  • Hamed Al Balushi (2011), Physical-Explorer: a Bluetooth-Based Real-Time Physical Search System using Mobile Phones, my role (sole supervisor) 
  • Phuc (Eddy) Nguyen (2011), TRACE: a Cross-Reality System for Capturing Availability, my role (sole supervisor) 
  • Guan Huang (2011), Displays with Gesture Based Easy-Computer Interaction, my role (sole supervisor)
  • Sultan R. Alotaibi (2011), Webco: a Framework for Building Web Sites with Adaptive Location-Aware Behaviour, my role (sole supervisor) 
  • Muhanna M. AlGhamdi (2011), An RFID System for Children Tracking, my role (sole supervisor) 
  • Naif Ali Al Mudawi (2011), A System for Fine-Grained Zone-Based Positioning using Bluetooth, my role (sole supervisor) 
  • Deafallah B. Alsadie (2011), Gesture-Based Control of Applications using the iPhone, my role (sole supervisor)

Other Projects:

  • Mobile phone based diagnostic sensors for early diagnosis of sepsis: with Conor Hogan (Chemistry),  Hamsa Puthalakath (Biochemistry),  Darrell Elton (Electronic Engineering),  Seng Loke, Berlinda Abbott (Chemsitry); Start-up Grant from the La Trobe RFA "Understanding Disease" 2015
  • Parkinson Freezing App: collaboration with Professor Meg Morri (School of Allied Health), Natali Stepan, and Amin BakhshandehAbkenar, 2014
  • Mobiles for Autism: collaboration with Thang Do (CSCE), and Cheryl Dissayanake, Wojciech Nadachowski, Elfriede Ihsen, and others from the Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre at La Trobe; La Trobe eResearch Grant 2012/2013
  • La Trobe e-Sanctuary: collaboration with Dennis Deng (EE), Ka Chan (CSCE, Bendigo), Torab Torabi (CSCE), Henrik Wahren (Department of Agricultural Sciences), and Andrew Stocker (LTU Wildlife Sanctuary); La Trobe eResearch Grant 2013/2014
  • mSafe: collaboration with Falko Schmid (, Kai-Florian Richter (, Sara Fabrikant (, Stephan Winter (, Christoph Stahl (, Patrick Laube (, Robert Weibel (, Christian Freksa (, since 2012.

I am also interested in mobile education & healthprogramming the smart Internet-of-Things, and new HCI (using sensors)



View my publications as a list (more PDFs coming, email me if you need copies of papers); 

in DBLP under the names of either Seng Wai Loke or Seng W. Loke (just union the results from both);


take a look at what Semantic Scholar has on me;

in Google Scholar (many with links to PDFs)


If you are wondering what pervasive computing is,

you can look up "youtube university" by watching videos on

pervasive computing,

ubiquitous computing,

ambient intelligence, and

context-aware computing.

or buy my book: Context-Aware Pervasive Systems: Architectures for a New Breed of Applications

You can get it from Amazon in the UK,

or Amazon in the US,

or Amazon in Japan,

or Amazon in Canada,

or Amazon in Germany.


Some apps my team has done:


[More Information (including past supervised PhD completions) My current schedule | Slides for my departmental talk (30th July 2010) | What's recent? (My blog of interesting links) ]

Some venues with interesting work: ACM SIGMOBILE eventsPercomPMCPUCTMCTCCIEEE Pervasive ComputingAIFGCSKERIEEE ITSTKDE


  • External Reviewer for the Swiss National Science Foundation (2014)
  • External Reviewer for the National Fund for Scientific and Technological Development (FONDECYT) Program, Chilean National Commission for Scientific and Technological Research (CONICYT), Chile (2013)
  • Asoociate Director (Research Training) at the Centre for Technology Infusion, La Trobe University (2012) 
  • ERA Peer Reviewer (2012)
  • Selection Committee, Technology Voucher Program (2012) by the Department of Business and Innovation, Victorian Government
  • Postgraduate Research Coordinator, Department of Computer Science and Computer Engineering (2011)
  • I was also a Qatar National Research Fund grant reviewer

Last updated, Loke, S.W., March 2017.