Ivana Tomic

Dr Ivana Tomic BSc, MSc, PhD

Senior Lecturer in Cyber Security (Internet of Things Security)

Ivana Tomić is a Senior Lecturer in Cyber Security and a member of the Centre for Sustainable Cyber Security (CS2) at the School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences, Faculty of Engineering and Science, University of Greenwich. 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.

She has published her research in top-tier journals including ACM TCPS, IEEE TII and IEEE IoT.

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 Tomić 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


Research Grants
2021 – 2024 Co-I, Horizon Europe, RESCUER (Greenwich: £441K, total project value: €7M).
2020 – 2022 Co-I, Horizon Europe, ENSURESEC (Greenwich: €490K, total project value: €9M).
2017 – 2018 Co-I, Cisco, Silicon Valley Community Foundation, FOG TO THE FIELD (Imperial College London: $120K).


Advisory Groups

& Memberships Full Member, Chartered Institute of Information Security (March 2021 - present); Fellow, Higher Education Academy (June 2015 - present); Member, IEEE (April 2016 – present) and ACM (Oct 2017 - present); Program Chair, FAILSAFE 2018; Program Committee, FAILSAFE 2020, SMARTCOMP 2019, ICPADS 2018, AHPC 2018, and FAILSAFE 2017.

Journal editorships

Associate editor: Simulation Modelling Practice and Theory Journal (2020-present).

Invited talks

University of Leicester “Wireless Sensor and Actuator Networks: Opportunities vs. Cyber and other Threats” (2018), PETRAS IoT Research Hub Workshop “Security of the Internet of Things” (2017), and Queen Mary University of London “Distributed Control of Multi-Agent Networks and their Application to IoT” (2016).

Research / Scholarly interests

Research Topics

  • Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)
  • Cyber Physical Systems (CPSs) Security
  • Networked Control Systems Design

Research supervision

Doctoral Students
  • Emily Parsons (Univ. of Greenwich, since 2020) “Cyber Risk Management for IoT-enabled Smart Homes”.
  • Laksh Bhatia (PhD Assistant supervisor Imperial College London, 2018-2019) “Distributed scheduling algorithms for LoRa-based wide area cyber-physical systems”.

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).