Dr. Vicraj (Vic) Thomas is responsible for Distributed Systems and Security for the GENI Project Office (GPO). His expertise lies in the areas of highly-dependable systems, distributed systems protocols and architectures, and wireless sensor networks. Vicraj is the System Engineer supporting the GENI Experimenter Workflow and Services working group. In this role he is developing an experiment lifecycle use case document and will use that to derive services and tools needed to support experimentation. Vic is also the system engineer developing the security and measurement architectures for GENI. Vic is responsible for five prototyping projects, emphasizing tools and measurement. He has been active in GENI outreach to the security community.
Before joining BBN Technologies, Vic was with the Honeywell Laboratories where he developed technologies related to wireless networks for flight-essential avionics applications. Dr. Thomas was the Industrial Technology Area Leader for the sensor networks research area within the US-UK International Technology Alliance (ITA) program on Network Science. On this program he helped define the research area related to the assessment of the quality of information from sensor networks and recently co-chaired a workshop on this topic held in conjunction with the Mobile Ad-Hoc Sensors and Systems (MASS) conference. He was the PI for Honeywell’s DARPA NEST and Ultra*Log projects and was proposal lead for the Honeywell DARPA CyberPanel project that led to the development of a very successful aggregator of alerts from intrusion detection systems. As part of this project he made technical contributions to the IETF Intrusion Detection Working Group. He also was a systems architect on the NASA C3I network for the Orion program and a member of the architecture team responsible for the design of the Boeing FCS SOSCOE system (middleware for the FCS system of systems). Early in his career Dr. Thomas was the lead software architect for a NIST funded effort that developed a large distributed collaboration system for operators in industrial process control plants, as system that is currently be deployed in many large petro-chemical refineries. Dr. Thomas has been invited to speak at workshops including the NSF/Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Workshop on Sensors, Smart Structures and Mechatronic Systems (Tokyo 2005), the EU Workshop on Next Generation Sensor Actuator Systems (Edinburg 2007) and the International Workshop on Cyber-Physical Systems Challenges and Applications (Santorini 2008).
Vic earned a B. Tech. in Computer Science and Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai. He earned a M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Rhode Island and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Arizona.