Selected Publications from the Group:


  • Refereed journal articles:

  1. T.L. Zheng, X.  Zheng, Y.Q. Zhang, Yao Deng, Rui Zhang, L. Xiao [2018] SmartVM: a SLA-aware Microservice Deployment Framework. World Wide Web (WWW) Journal. JIF: 1.69.  Q2 (ERA A) accepted
  2. *X.J. Zeng, G.Q. Xu, X. Zheng, Y. Xiang, W.L. Zhou, E-AUA: An Efficient Anonymous User Authentication Protocol for Mobile IoT, IEEE Internet of Things Journal, JIF: 7.633, 2018 Q1. accepted
  3. *Haiming X, Guangyu T,  Guangqian D, Yong Hu,  Hongxu Ch, X.  Zheng, Tom H. Luan (2018) A Hybrid Method Combining Markov Prediction and Fuzzy Classification For Driving Condition Recognition.  IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology. in-press, accepted Feb/2018. JIF: 4.17. Q1.
  4. G.Q. Xu, Y. Zhang, A.K. Sangaiah, X.H. Li, A. Castiglione, X. Zheng (2018) CSP-E2: An abuse-free Contract Signing Protocol with low-storage TTP for energy-efficient electronic transactions ecosystems. Journal of Information Science. in-press, accepted Feb/2018. INFORMATION SCIENCES, JIF: 4.81, Q1
  5. *D.J. Yu, Yike Jin, Y.Q. Zhang, X. Zheng (2018)  A Survey on Security Issues in Services Communication of Microservices.  Concurrency and Computation: Practice and Experience. in-press, accepted Jan/2018,  JIF: 1.19.  Q3 (ERA A)
  6. *X. Zheng, C. Julien,  H.X. Chen, R. Podorozhny, f. Cassez (2017)  Real-Time Simulation Support for Runtime Verification of Cyber-Physical Systems.  ACM Transactions on Embedded Computing Systems (TECS) 16(4), p.106. JIF: 1.69. Q2 (ERA A)
  7. L. Pan, X. Zheng,  P. Kolar, S. Bangay (2017)  Object Localization through Clustering Unreliable Ultrasonic Range Sensors.  International Journal of Sensor Networks pp.1-14.
  8. A. Anvari, L. Pan, X. Zheng (2017) Generating security questions for better protection of user privacy. International Journal of Computers and Applications  pp.1-22.
  9. *H. Radhappa, L. Pan, X. Zheng, W. Sheng (2017) Practical overview of security issues in wireless sensor network applications.  International Journal of Computers and Applications  pp.1-12.
  10. X. Zheng, M. Fu, Mohit Chugh (2017) Big data storage and management in SaaS applications. Journal of Communications and Information Networks 2(3) pp.18-29.
  11. *L. Pan, X. Zheng, H.X. Chen, T. Luan, H. Bootwala, L. Batten (2017)  Cyber Security Attacks to Modern Vehicular Systems. Journal of Information Security and Application 36, pp.90-100.
  12. *X. Zheng, C. Julien, R. Podorozhny, F. Cassez, T. Rakotoarivelo (2016)  Efficient and Scalable Runtime Monitoring for Cyber–Physical System.  IEEE Systems Journal Volume: PP issue:99.  JIF: 3.15. Q1.
  13. * X.Zheng, C. Julien, M. Kim, S. Khurshid (2015) Perceptions on the State of the Art in Verification and Validation in Cyber Physical Systems.  IEEE Systems Journal Volume: 11  Issue: 4.  JIF: 3.15. Q1.


  • Fully refereed conference proceedings

  1. *D. Wang, S. Wen, Wanlei Z., X. Zheng (2018) Who Spread to Whom? Inferring Online Social Networks   with User Features.  IEEE International Conference on Communications, Kansas City, MO, USA. in-press, accepted Jan/2018, ERA B
  2. *X. Zheng, Jiao Jiao Jiang, Y.Q. Zhang,  Yao Deng, Min Fu, TianLei Zheng, Liu Xiao (2017)  SmartVM: A Multi-Layer Microservice-Based Platform for Deploying SaaS.  International Symposium on Parallel and Distributed Processing with Applications (ISPA),  Guangzhou, China. in-press, accepted Nov/2017, ERA B
  3. *Y.Q. Zhang, M.S. Zhang, X. Zheng, D. E. Perry (2017) Service2vec: A Vector Representation for Web Services.  International Conference on Web Services (ICWS) Honolulu pp. 890-893, Hawaii, USA. ERA A
  4. *B. Bhandari, C. Lu, X. Zheng, S. Rajasegara, C. Karmakar (2017)  Non-Invasive Sensor Based Automated Smoking Activity Detection. International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society pp. 845-848,  Jeju, Korea. ERA A
  5. X.Zheng, A. Bansal, M. Lease (2017)  Bullseye: Structured Passage Retrieval and Document Highlighting for Scholarly Search,  Proc. of Asia-Pacific Conference on Conceptual Modelling p.32  , Geelong, Australia, 2017. ERA B
  6. *V. Pham, X. Liu, X.Zheng,  M. Fu, S. Deshpande, W.D. Xia, M. Abdelrazek (2017)  PaaS – Black or White: An Investigation into Software Development Model for Building Retail Industry SaaS. Proc. of  International Conference on Software Engineering Companion (ICSE-C), Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  7. B. Abkenar, S. W. Loke, X. Zheng, A. Zaslavasky (2017) Service-Mediated On-Road Situation-Awareness for Group Activity Safety. International Workshop on Next Generation Computing (NGCom), In Conjunction with MobiQuitous. Melbourne, Australia.
  8. *T.L. Zheng, Y.Q. Zhang, X.Zheng, M. Fu, L. Xiao, L.M. Zhu (2017) BigVM: A Multi-Layer-Microservice-Based Platform for Deploying SaaS.  International Conference on Advanced Cloud and Big Data (CBD) pp. 45-50.   Shanghai, China.
  9. *X. Zheng,  Pan, H.X. Chen, R. D. Pietro, L. Batten (2017)  A Testbed for Security Analysis of Modern Vehicle Systems.   International Symposium on Security, Privacy and Trust in Internet of Things, In Conjunction with TrustCom pp. 1090-1095,  Sydney, Australia.
  10. * X.Zheng, L. Pan, E. Yilmaz (2017)  Security Analysis of Modern Mission Critical Android Mobile Applications.  Proc. of Australasian Computing Doctoral Consortium p.2, Geelong, Australia.  Best paper award
  11. *X. Zheng, Pan,  H.X.,  Chen, P.Y. Wang, L. Batten (2016) Investigating security vulnerabilities in modern vehicle systems.  Proc. of International Conference on Applications and Techniques in Information Security pp. 29-40,  Cairns,  Australia.
  12. * X.Zheng, C. Julien (2015) Verification and Validation in Cyber Physical Systems:  Research Challenges and Our Solution.  Proc. of International Workshop on Software Engineering for Smart Cyber-Physical Systems (SEsCPS) pp. 15-18, Florence, Italy.
  13. * X.X.Zheng, C. Julien, R. Podorozhny, F. Cassez (2015) BraceAssertion: Runtime Verification of Cyber-Physical Systems.  Proc. of International Conference on Mobile Ad-hoc and Sensor Systems (MASS) pp. 298-306, Berlin,  Germany. ERA B
  14. *X. Zheng (2014) Physically Informed Assertions for Cyber Physical Systems Development and Debugging.  International Conference on Pervasive Computing and Communications Workshops. pp. 181-183, Budapest, Hungary.
  15. *X. Zheng, D. Perry, C. Julien, (2014) BraceForce: Software Engineering Support for Sensing in CPS Applications, Proc. of International Conference on Cyber-Physical Systems (ICCPS) – WiP Track pp. 228, Berlin,
  16. *X. Zheng, D. Perry, C. Julien (2014) BraceForce: a middleware to enable sensing integration in mobile applications for novice.  of International Conference on Mobile Software Engineering and Systems (MobileSoft) pp. 8-17,  In Conjunction with ICSE,  Hyderabad, India.


  • Other publication outputs:

  1. X.Zheng, C.L. Fok, C. Julien, S. Khurshid, M. Kim (2014)  On the state of the art in verification and validation in cyber physical systems. The University of Texas at Austin, The Center for Advanced Research in Software Engineering, Tech. Rep. TR-ARiSE-2014-001, 1485.
  2. X.Zheng, C. Julien, R. Podorozhny, F. Cassez (2014) Braceassertion: Behavior-driven development for cps application. Tech. Report TR-ARiSE-2014-008.
  3. *X. Zheng, D.E. Perry, C. Julien (2013) Braceforce: A middleware enabling novice programmers to integrate sensing in cps applications. Tech. Report TR-ARiSE-2013-003, University of Texas at Austin.
  4. *X. Zheng, C.L. Fok, Julien, S. Khurshid, M. Kim (2013)  Brace: Assertion-driven development of cyber-physical systems applications. Tech. Report TR-ARiSE-2013-001, University of Texas at Austin.


  • Papers under review:

  1. *S. Deep, X. Zheng, L. Hamey, K. Ota, M. Dong, A survey of security and privacy issues in the Internet of Things from the layered context, Concurrency and Computation: Practice and   Experience, 2018 CORE A
  2. *X. Zheng, H. Bootwala, W. Sheng, L. Pan, J.C. Lu, H. X. Chen, Security and Privacy Analysis on Vehicular Ad Hoc Network and its Way Forward, International Journal of Ad Hoc and Ubiquitous Computing, 2018 CORE B
  3. *J.C. Lu, X. Zheng, S. Rajasegara, C. Karmakar, Detecting Alcohol Drinking Behaviour using Non-Intrusive Mechanisms, Pervasive and Mobile Computing, 2018 Q1
  4. *C. Zhang, X.P. Wu, J.C. Lu, X. Zheng, Driver Drowsiness Detection using multi-channel SOBI video signals, IEEE Internet of Things Journal, 2018 Q1
  5. *M. Fu, C.M. Wong, H. Zhu, Y.J. Huang, Y.P. Li, X. Zheng, J. Wu, C.M. Vong, DAliM: Machine Learning Based Intelligent Lucky Money Determination for Large-Scale E-Commerce Business, VLDB, 2018 CORE A*