Danny Hughes

Danny Hughes

Danny Hughes is a Professor with the  Department of Computer Science of KU Leuven (Belgium), where he is a member of the DistriNet (Distributed Systems and Computer Networks) research group and leads the Networked Embedded Software taskforce. He is also the Chief Technical Officer of Versasense NV, a KU Leuven spin-off company that provides end-to-end IoT solutions.

Danny has a PhD from Lancaster University (UK) and has since worked as a Visiting Scholar with the University of California at Berkeley (USA), a Visiting Scholar with the University of Sao Paulo (Brazil) and as a Lecturer with Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (China). His PhD focused on Peer-to-Peer (P2P) systems and his current research is on distributed software systems and the Internet of Things (IoT).


Key publications:

  1. Sven Akkermans, Wilfried Daniels, Gowri Sankar Ramachandran, Bruno Crispo, Danny Hughes, CerberOS: a resource-secure OS for sharing IoT devices, EWSN ’17 Proceedings of the 2017 International Conference on Embedded Wireless Systems and Networks, pages 96-107, Uppsala, Sweden, February 20-22, 2017 578925bibtex
  2. Gowri Sankar Ramachandran, Fan Yang, Piers W. Lawrence, Sam Michiels, Wouter Joosen, Danny Hughes, MicroPnP-WAN: Experiences with LoRa and its Deployment in DR Congo, COMSNETS, Bengaluru, India, Jan 4-8, 2017 556105bibtex
  3. Gowri Sankar Ramachandran, Nelson Matthys, Wilfried Daniels, Wouter Joosen, Danny Hughes, Building dynamic and dependable component-based Internet-of-Things applications with Dawn, Proceedings of the 19th International ACM SIGSOFT Symposium on Component-Based Software Engineering, issue 19, pages 97-106, Venice, April 5-8, 2016 531854bibtex
  4. Fan Yang, Nelson Matthys, Rafael Bachiller Soler, Sam Michiels, Wouter Joosen, Danny Hughes, μPnP: Plug and play peripherals for the Internet of Things, Proceedings of the Tenth European Conference on Computer Systems, Bordeaux, France, April 21, 2015 download0 495695bibtex
  5. Wilfried Daniels, Jose Paiva Proenca, Dave Clarke, Wouter Joosen, Danny Hughes, Refraction: Low-cost management of reflective meta-data in pervasive component-based applications, Proceedings of the 18th international ACM Sigsoft symposium on Component-based software engineering, pages 27-36, Montreal, May 4-8, 2015 503182bibtex


[G0Q43a]: Computer Networks  - 2012 to present.
[G0L12B]: Wetenschappelijke vorming - 2014 to present.
[H0FG7a]: Capita Selecta: Distributed Systems (IoT) - 2011 to present
[H04I0A]: Internet Infrastructure - 2013 to present

PhD Graduates:

[2017]: Gowri Sankar, Post-Doctoral Researcher, ANRG, University of Southern California (USA)
[2017]: Rafael Bachiller, Lead Architect: Cloud Solutions, VersaSense (Spain).
[2016]: Klaas Thoelen, Post-Doctoral Researcher, EnergyVille (Belgium). 
[2014]: Nelson Matthys, Chief Executive Officer, VersaSense (Belgium).

PhD Students:

Wilfried Daniels, Fan Yang, Sven Akkermans, Hassan Janjua, Emekcan ArasRitesh Singh & Stefanos Peros


Nicolas Small & Stephane Delbruel

Running Projects:

[H2020-ITN-HEART] - HEalth related Activity Recognition system based on IoT – an interdisciplinary training program for young researchers

[SBO-D3-CPS] - Distributed Software Technologies for Developing Cyber-physical System (2017-2021)

[HI2-EmbVirt] - Embedded Security through Virtualization (2017)

[HI2-Universal4Mobile] - Universal Security for Mobiles (2017)

[HI2-NetSec] - Security analysis of network protocols and implementations (2017)

[ICON-SeRGIo] - Mobile Sensing seRvices fordeveloping Geospatial IoT Applications (2016-2017)

[FWO-RINAiSense] - The Recursive Internet Architecture for sensor networks (2014-2018)

[GOA-ADDiS] - ADaptive Distributed Software (2013-2018)

[IOF-TRANSITION] - From ad-hoc code development to code reuse through middleware for networked embedded control systems (2013-2017)

Past Projects:

[ICON-EMD] - Elastic Media Distribution (2014-2015)

[ICON-COMACOD] - COntrol and MAnagement of COnstrained Devices (2013-2014)

Contact info

  • Office: 04.50
  • Address:
    Dept. Computer Science
    Celestijnenlaan 200A - bus 2402
    B-3001 Heverlee
  • Tel: +3216328287
  • Fax: +32 16 327996
  • Email: Danny Hughes