Ivana Tomic

Dr Ivana Tomic BSc, MSc, PhD

Senior Lecturer in Cyber Security

Dr. Tomic is a Senior Lecturer in Cyber Security and a member of the Internet of Things and Security (ISEC) research group. Her research interests span the areas of control engineering, cyber-security and wireless communication networks, with a focus on building secure, resilient and energy-efficient cyber-physical systems.

Before joining the University of Greenwich, she was a Research Associate in the Computing Department at Imperial College London (AESE research group). During her time at Imperial College, she worked as a research associate on the S4: Science of Sensor Systems Software EPSRC programme grant and the IoT in the Park project as a part of the EPSRC PETRAS IoT research hub. She was a Co-I on Fog to the Field project championed by Cisco. Dr. Tomic received a PhD in Control Engineering from City, University of London in 2016.

Responsibilities within the university

Module Leader 2019-2020, 2020-2021

COMP1740 Introduction to Computer Networking

COMP1797 Wireless and Mobile Technologies

Co-lecturer 2020-2021

COMP1765 Computer and Communication Systems

COMP1829 Network Security


Shortlisted for The Vice-Chancellor's Award 2016 for Excellence in Learning and Teaching at City, University of London (top three candidates), 2016.

Three-year Doctoral Studentship awarded by City, University of London, 2012-2015.

Fully-funded Erasmus Mundus MSc Scholarship awarded by European Commission, 2011-2012


Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, 2015.

Program Chair of FAILSAFE 2018: Security track chair of the 2nd ACM International Workshop on the Engineering of Reliable, Robust, and Secure Embedded Wireless Sensing Systems, co-located with Sensys 2018.

Program Committee Member: FAILSAFE 2020, SMARTCOMP 2019, ICPADS 2018, AHPC 2018, FAILSAFE 2017.

Reviewer: ACM Transactions on Cyber-Physical Systems, ACM Transactions on Sensor Networks, IEEE Internet of Things Journal, IEEE Signal Processing Magazine, IEEE Transactions on Emerging Topics in Computational Intelligence, IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics, IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking, Remote Sensing Journal, Sensors Journal, Transactions on Emerging Telecommunications Technologies.

Research / Scholarly interests

Dr Tomić research work focusses primarily on the following areas:

  • Internet of Things Security
  • Cyber Physical Systems Security
  • Networked Control Systems Design
  • Wireless Sensor and Actuator Networks

Key funded projects

  • H2020 ENSURESEC, total award €9 mil., University of Greenwich award €490k, Co-Investigator, 2020.
  • "Fog to the Field: Securing Wide-area Monitoring and Control for Critical Infrastructure 4.0", CISCO/Silicon Valley Community Foundation, $120k, Co-Investigator, 2017.

Recent publications


Bhatia, Laksh , Tomic, Ivana, Fu, Anqi, Breza, Michael , McCann, Julie A. (2021), Control communication co-design for wide area cyber-physical systems. ACM. In: , , , . ACM, ACM Transactions on Cyber-Physical Systems, 5 (2) . pp. 1-27 ISSN: 2378-962X (Print), 2378-9638 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1145/3418528).

Khan, Taimoor and , Tomic, Ivana (2020), Securing industrial cyber-physical systems: A run-time multi-layer monitoring. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). In: , , , . Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics, 17 (9) . pp. 6251-6259 ISSN: 1551-3203 (Print), 1941-0050 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1109/TII.2020.3032968).

Breza, Michael , Tomic, Ivana, McCann, Julie (2018), Failures from the Environment, a Report on the First FAILSAFE workshop. ACM. In: , , , . ACM, ACM SIGCOMM Computer Communication Review, 48 (2) . pp. 40-45 ISSN: 0146-4833 (Print), (doi: https://dx.doi.org/10.1145/3213232.3213238).

Tomic, Ivana and , McCann, Julie A. (2017), A survey of potential security issues in existing wireless sensor network protocols. IEEE. In: , , , . IEEE, IEEE Internet of Things Journal, 4 (6) . pp. 1910-1923 ISSN: 2327-4662 (Print), 2327-4662 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1109/JIOT.2017.2749883).

Conference proceedings

Tomic, Ivana , Breza, Michael, McCann, Julie A. (2019), Jamming-resilient control and communication framework for cyber physical systems. IET. In: , , , Living in the Internet of Things (IoT 2019). IET, London, UK . ISBN: 9781839530890 (doi: https://doi.org/10.1049/cp.2019.0132) NB Item availability restricted.

Tomic, Ivana , Breza, Michael, Jackson, Greg, Bhatia, Laksh , McCann, Julie A. (2019), Design and evaluation of jamming resilient cyber-physical systems. IEEE. In: , , , 2018 IEEE International Conference on Internet of Things (iThings) and IEEE Green Computing and Communications (GreenCom) and IEEE Cyber, Physical and Social Computing (CPSCom) and IEEE Smart Data (SmartData). IEEE, . ISBN: 9781538679753 (doi: https://doi.org/10.1109/Cybermatics_2018.2018.00138).

Tomic, Ivana , Chen, Po-Yu, Breza, Michael J., McCann, Julie A. (2018), Antilizer: run time self-healing security for wireless sensor networks. ACM. In: , , , Proceedings of the 15th EAI International Conference on Mobile and Ubiquitous Systems: Computing, Networking and Services - MobiQuitous '18. ACM, New York, USA . pp. 107-116 . ISBN: 9781450360937 (doi: https://dx.doi.org/10.1145/3286978.3287029).

Bhatia, Laksh , Tomić, Ivana, McCann, Julie A. (2018), LPWA-MAC: a low power ride area network MAC protocol for cyber-physical systems. ACM. In: , , , Proceedings of the 16th ACM Conference on Embedded Networked Sensor Systems - SenSys '18. ACM, New York, NY, USA . pp. 361-362 . ISBN: 9781450359528 (doi: https://doi.org/10.1145/3274783.3275183).

Tomic, Ivana , Bhatia, Laksh, Breza, Michael J., McCann, Julie A. (2018), The limits of LoRaWAN in event-triggered wireless networked control systems. IEEE. In: , , , 2018 UKACC 12th International Conference on Control (CONTROL). IEEE, . pp. 101-106 . ISBN: 9781538628645 (doi: https://doi.org/10.1109/CONTROL.2018.8516774).

Tomic, Ivana and , Halikias, George D. (2016), Performance analysis of distributed control configurations in LQR multi-agent system design. IEEE. In: , , , 2016 UKACC 11th International Conference on Control (CONTROL). IEEE, . ISBN: 9781467398923 (doi: https://doi.org/10.1109/CONTROL.2016.7737530).

Tomic, Ivana , Milonidis, Efstathios, Halikias, George D. (2016), LQR distributed cooperative control of a formation of low-speed experimental UAVs. IEEE. In: , , , 2016 UKACC 11th International Conference on Control (CONTROL). IEEE, . pp. 1-6 . ISBN: 9781467398916 (doi: https://doi.org/10.1109/CONTROL.2016.7737541).

Tomic, Ivana and , Halikias, George D. (2016), Robustness properties of distributed configurations in multi-agent systems. Elsevier. In: , , , 6th IFAC Symposium on System Structure and Control SSSC 2016. Elsevier, IFAC-PapersOnLine, 49 (9) . pp. 86-91 ISSN: 2405-8963 (Print), (doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ifacol.2016.07.500).