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PhD Oral Exam - Gaith Rjoub, Information and Systems Engineering

Artificial Intelligence Models for Scheduling Big Data Services on the Cloud

Friday, October 15, 2021 (all day)

This event is free


School of Graduate Studies


Dolly Grewal



When studying for a doctoral degree (PhD), candidates submit a thesis that provides a critical review of the current state of knowledge of the thesis subject as well as the student’s own contributions to the subject. The distinguishing criterion of doctoral graduate research is a significant and original contribution to knowledge.

Once accepted, the candidate presents the thesis orally. This oral exam is open to the public.


The widespread adoption of Internet of Things (IoT) applications in many critical sectors (e.g., healthcare, unmanned autonomous systems, etc.) and the huge volumes of data that are being generated from such applications have led to an unprecedented reliance on the cloud computing platform to store and process these data. Moreover, cloud providers tend to receive massive waves of demands on their storage and computing resources. To help providers deal with such demands without sacrificing performance, the concept of cloud automation had recently arisen to improve the performance and reduce the manual efforts related to the management of cloud computing workloads.

However, several challenges have to be taken into consideration in order to guarantee an optimal performance for big data storage and analytics in cloud computing environments.

In this context, we propose in this thesis a smart scheduling model as an automated big data task scheduling approach in cloud computing environments. Our scheduling model combines Deep Reinforcement Learning (DRL), Federated Learning (FL), and Transfer Learning (TL) to automatically predict the IoT devices to which each incoming big data task should be scheduled to as to improve the performance and reduce the execution cost. Furthermore, we solve the long execution time and data shortage problems by introducing a FL-based solution that also ensures privacy-preserving and reduces training and data complexity.

The motivation of this thesis stems from four main observations/research gaps that we have drawn through our literature reviews and/or experiments, which are: (1) most of the existing cloud-based scheduling solutions consider the scheduling problem only from the tasks priority viewpoint, which leads to increase the amounts of wasted resources in case of malicious or compromised IoT devices; (2) the existing scheduling solutions in the domain of cloud and edge computing are still ineffective in making real-time decisions concerning the resource allocation and management in cloud systems; (3) it is quite difficult to schedule tasks or learning models from servers in areas that are far from the objects and IoT devices, which entails significant delay and response time for the process of transmitting data; and (4) none of the existing scheduling solutions has yet addressed the issue of dynamic task scheduling automation in complex and large-scale edge computing settings.

In this thesis, we address the scheduling challenges related to the cloud and edge computing environment. To this end, we argue that trust should be an integral part of the decision-making process and therefore design a trust establishment mechanism between the edge server and IoT devices. The trust mechanism model aims to detect those IoT devices that over-utilize or under-utilize their resources. Thereafter, we design a smart scheduling algorithm to automate the process of scheduling large‐scale workloads onto edge cloud computing resources while taking into account the trust scores, task waiting time, and energy levels of the IoT devices to make appropriate scheduling decisions. Finally, we apply our scheduling strategy in the healthcare domain to investigate its applicability in a real-world scenario (COVID-19).

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