Prof. Michael Sheng 

   Department of Computing  

   Faculty of Science and Engineering
   Macquarie University
   Sydney, NSW 2109, Australia

   Office: Room 233, 4 Research Park Drive
   Email: michael[DOT]sheng[AT]mq[DOT]edu[DOT]au

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Dr. Michael Sheng is a full Professor and Head of Department of Computing at Macquarie University. Before moving to Macquarie, Michael spent 10 years at School of Computer Science, the University of Adelaide (UoA). Michael holds a PhD degree in computer science from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) and did his post-doc as a research scientist at CSIRO ICT Centre. From 1999 to 2001, Sheng also worked at UNSW as a visiting research fellow. Prior to that, he spent 6 years as a senior software engineer in industries.

Prof. Sheng has more than 390 publications as edited books and proceedings, refereed book chapters, and refereed technical papers in journals and conferences including ACM Computing Surveys, ACM TOIT, ACM TOMM, ACM TKDD, VLDB Journal, Computer (Oxford), IEEE TPDS, TKDE, DAPD, IEEE TSC, WWWJ, IEEE Computer, IEEE Internet Computing, Communications of the ACM, VLDB, ICDE, ICDM, IJCAI, CIKM, EDBT, WWW, ICSE, ICSOC, ICWS, and CAiSE.

Dr. Michael Sheng is ranked by Microsoft Academic as one of the Top Authors in Services Computing (ranked the 7th All Time). He is the recipient of the AMiner Most Influential Scholar Award on IoT (2007-2017), ARC Future Fellowship (2014), Chris Wallace Award for Outstanding Research Contribution (2012), and Microsoft Research Fellowship (2003). He is a member of the IEEE and the ACM.

Dr. Michael Sheng's research team, funding, publications, research profile and professional activities.

Media 1 on trust management research (ACM TechNews), Media 2 on smart cities (MQ News, Project site, Video). Media 3 on aging population research (The Australian).

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 Research Interests

Web of Things, Internet of Things, Big Data Analytics, Web Science, Service-oriented Computing, Pervasive Computing, Sensor Networks

 Selected Publications   [More publications can be found from ]

  1. Managing the Web of Things: Linking the Real World to the Web. Quan Z. Sheng, Yongrui Qin, Lina Yao, and Boualem Benatallah (Eds.), Morgan Kaufmann, Elsevier, February 2017. Amazon US, Amazon Japan, Amazon UK

  2. Managing Data from Knowledge Bases: Querying and Extraction. Wei Emma Zhang and Quan Z. Sheng, Springer, July 2018. Amazon US, eBay, Amazon Japan

  3. Enabling Context-Aware Web Services: Methods, Architectures, and Technologies. Quan Z. Sheng, Jian Yu, Schahram Dustdar (Eds.), Chapman and Hall/CRC. February 2010. Amazon US, Amazon Japan, Amazon UK

  4. Design Architectures for Energy Harvesting in the Internet of Things. Sherali Zeadally, Faisal Karim Shaikh, Anum Talpur, and Quan Z. Sheng. Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews, Elsevier, Vol 128, Article 109901, 2020. [PDF]

  5. Understanding the Hierarchical Structural Evolution in a Scientific Discipline: A Case Study of Artificial Intelligence. Yue Qian, Yu Liu, and Quan Z. Sheng. Journal of Informetrics, Elsevier, Vol 14, Issue 3, Article 101047, 2020. [PDF]

  6. A Review and Categorization of Techniques on Device-Free Human Activity Recognition. Zawar Hussain, Quan Z. Sheng, and Wei Emma Zhang. Journal of Network and Computer Applications (JNCA), Elsevier, Vol 167, Article 102738, 2020. [PDF]

  7. SIoTPredict: A Framework for Predicting Relationships in the Social Internet of Things. Abdulwahad Aljubairy, Wei Emma Zhang, Quan Z. Sheng, and Ahoud Alhazmi. In Proc. of the 32nd International Conference on Advanced Information Systems Engineering (CAiSE 2020). Grenoble, France, June 8-12, 2020. [PDF]

  8. Adversarial Attacks on Deep Learning Models in Natural Language Processing: A Survey. Wei Emma Zhang, Quan Z. Sheng, Ahoud Alhazmi, and Chenliang Li. ACM Transactions on Intelligent Systems and Technology (TIST), Vol 11, No 3, p24, 2020. [PDF]

  9. Realizing an Internet of Secure Things: A Survey on Issues and Enabling Technologies. Salma Abdalla Hamad, Quan Z. Sheng, Wei Emma Zhang, and Surya Nepal. IEEE Communications Surveys & Tutorials (COMST), Vol 22, No 2, pp 1372-1391, 2020. [PDF]

  10. Internet of Things Search Engine. Nguyen Khoi Tran, Quan Z. Sheng, M. Ali Babar, Lina Yao, Wei Emma Zhang, and Schahram Dustdar. Communications of the ACM (CACM), Vol 62, No 7, pp 66-73, 2019. [PDF] [Video]

  11. Duplicate Detection in Programming Question Answering Communities. Wei Emma Zhang, Quan Z. Sheng, Jey Han Lau, Ermyas Abebe, and Wenjie Ruan. ACM Transactions on Internet Technology (TOIT), Vol 18, No 3, p37, 2018. [PDF]

  12. Searching the Web of Things: State of the Art, Challenges and Solutions. Nguyen Khoi Tran, Quan Z. Sheng, M. Ali Babar, and Lina Yao. ACM Computing Surveys (CSUR), Vol 50, No 4, p55, 2017. [PDF]

  13. Detecting Duplicate Posts in Programming QA Communities via Latent Semantics and Association Rules. Wei Emma Zhang, Quan Z. Sheng, Ermyas Abebe, and Jey Han Lau. In Proc. of the 26th International World Wide Web Conference (WWW 2017), Perth, Australia, April 3-7, 2017.

  14. A Service Computing Manifesto: The Next 10 Years. Athman Bouguettaya, Munindar Singh, Michael Huhns, Quan Z. Sheng, Hai Dong, Qi Yu, Azadeh Ghari-Neiat, Sajib Mistry, Boualem Benatallah, Brahim Medjahed, Mourad Ouzzani, Fabio Casati, Xumin Liu, Hongbing Wang, Dimitrios Georgakopoulos, Liang Chen, Surya Nepal, Zaki Malik, Abdelkarim Erradi, Yan Wang, Brian Blake, Schahram Dustdar, Frank Leymann, and Mike Papazoglou. Communications of the ACM (CACM), Vol 60, No 4, pp 64-72, 2017. [PDF]

  15. Things of Interest Recommendation by Leveraging Heterogeneous Relations in the Internet of Things. Lina Yao, Quan Z. Sheng, Anne H.H. Ngu, and Xue Li. ACM Transactions on Internet Technology (TOIT), Vol 16, No 2, p9, 2016. [PDF]

  16. When Things Matter: A Survey on Data-Centric Internet of Things. Yongrui Qin, Quan Z. Sheng, Nickolas J.G. Falkner, Schahram Dustdar, Hua Wang, and Athanasios V. Vasilakos. Journal of Network and Computer Applications (JNCA), Vol 64, pp 137-153, 2016. [PDF]

  17. CloudArmor: Supporting Reputation-based Trust Management for Cloud Services. Talal H. Noor, Quan Z. Sheng, Lina Yao, Schahram Dustdar, and Anne H.H. Ngu. IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems (TPDS), Vol 27, No 2, pp 367-380, 2016. [PDF]

  18. Web-based Management of the Internet of Things. Lina Yao, Quan Z. Sheng, and Schahram Dustdar. IEEE Internet Computing, Vol 19, No 4, pp 60-67, July/August, 2015. [PDF]

  19. Matching over Linked Data Streams in the Internet of Things. Yongrui Qin, Quan Z. Sheng, and Edward Curry. IEEE Internet Computing, Vol 19, No 3, pp 21-27, May/June 2015. [PDF]

  20. Analysis of Web-Scale Cloud Services. Talal H. Noor, Quan Z. Sheng, Anne H.H. Ngu, and Schahram Dustdar. IEEE Internet Computing, Vol 18, No 4, pp 55-61, July/August 2014. [PDF]

  21. Web Services Composition: A Decade's Overview. Quan Z. Sheng, Xiaoqiang Qiao, Athanasios V. Vasilakos, Claudia Szabo, Scott Bourne, and Xiaofei Xu. Information Sciences, Vol 280, pp 218-238, October 2014. [PDF] Highly Influential, Highly Cited  

  22. Trust Management of Services in Cloud Environments: Obstacles and Solutions. Talal H. Noor, Quan Z. Sheng, Sherali Zeadally, and Jian Yu. ACM Computing Surveys, Vol 46, No 1, p 12, 2013. [PDF]

  23. Modeling Object Flows from Distributed and Federated RFID Data Streams for Efficient Tracking and Tracing. Yanbo Wu, Quan Z. Sheng, Hong Shen, and Sherali Zeadally. IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems (TPDS), Vol 24, No 10, pp 2036-2045, 2013. [PDF, Sup]

  24. Bootstrapping Ontologies for Web Services. Aviv Segev and Quan Z. Sheng. IEEE Transactions on Services Computing (TSC), Vol 5, No 1, pp 33-44, 2012. [PDF]

  25. Separating Operational and Control Behaviors: A New Approach to Web Services Modeling. Quan Z. Sheng, Zakaria Maamar, Hamdi Yahyaoui, Jamal Bentahar, and Khouloud Boukadi. IEEE Internet Computing, Vol 14, No 3, pp 68-76, May/Jun 2010. [PDF]

  26. Semantic-based Mashup of Composite Applications. Anne H.H. Ngu, Michael P. Carlson, Quan Z. Sheng, and Hye-young Paik. IEEE Transactions on Services Computing (TSC), Vol 3, No 1, pp 2-15. January-March 2010. [PDF]

  27. Configurable Composition and Adaptive Provisioning of Web Services. Quan Z. Sheng, Boualem Benatallah, Zakaria Maamar, Anne H.H. Ngu. IEEE Transactions on Services Computing (TSC), Vol 2 No 1. pp 34-49. January-March 2009 [PDF].

  28. RFID Infrastructure Design: A Case Study of Two Australian RFID Projects. John P.T. Mo, Quan Z. Sheng, Xue Li, Sherali Zeadally. IEEE Internet Computing, Vol 13 No 1. pp 14-21. Jan/Feb 2009. [PDF]

  29. Enabling Next-Generation RFID Applications: Solutions and Challenges. Quan Z. Sheng, Xue Li, Sherali Zeadally. IEEE Computer, Vol 41 No 9. pp 21-28. September 2008. [PDF] Highly Influential, Highly Cited  

  30. User-Centric Services Provisioning in Wireless Environments. Quan Z. Sheng, Boualem Benatallah, Zakaria Maamar. Communications of the ACM (CACM), November, 2008, Vol 51 No 11. pp 130-135. [PDF]

  31. ContextUML: A UML-Based Modeling Language for Model-Driven Development of Context-Aware Web Services,Quan Z. Sheng, Boualem Benatallah  The 4th International Conference on Mobile Business (ICMB'05), IEEE Computer Society. Sydney, Australia, July 11-13 2005. [TALK, PDF] Highly Influential, Highly Cited  

  32. The Self-Serv Environment for Web Services Composition, Boualem Benatallah, Quan Z. Sheng, Marlon Dumas. Jan/Feb, 2003, IEEE Internet Computing, Vol 7 No 1, pp 40-48. [PDF] Highly Influential, Highly Cited  

  33. Declarative Composition and Peer-to-Peer Provisioning of Dynamic Web Services, Boualem Benatallah, Marlon Dumas, Quan Z. Sheng, Anne H.H. Ngu. The 18th IEEE International Conference on Data Engineering (ICDE'02), pp 297-308, San Jose, California, USA, Feb, 2002. [PDF] Highly Influential, Highly Cited  

  34. Combining Multi-Visual Features for Efficient Indexing in A Large Image Database, Anne H.H. Ngu, Quan Z. Sheng, Du Huynh, Ron Lei. VLDB Journal, Vol 9, No 4, pp 279-293, March 2001. [PDF]

Recent Professional Services   [More Activities]

  • General Co-Chair, The 6th IEEE International Conference on Data Science and Systems (DSS 2020). 14-16 Decebmer, 2020, Fiji.
  • General Co-Chair, IEEE International Conference on Smart Internet of Things (IEEE SmartIoT 2020). 14-16 August, 2020, Beijing, China.
  • Senior PC Member, The 29th ACM International Conference on Information and Knowledge Management (CIKM 2020), Galway, Ireland, October 19-23, 2020
  • Guest Editor, ACM Transactions on Sensor Networks (TOSN), Special Issue on Computational Intelligence in the Internet of Things, with Lina Yao, Xianzhi Wang, Dimitrios Georgakopoulos. Deadline: 30 June 2020
  • Member of Editorial Board, Computing, Springer, 2017-present
  • Member of Editorial Board, Service-Oriented Computing and Applications (SOCA), Springer, 2011-


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