Nitin Desai

  • Education:
    • M.Sc. ETIT, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany      
    • B.Tech in Electronics and communication engineering, Anna University, India
  • Research Interests:
    • Wireless control, Drones, Automation, V2V security aspects, Hard RT systems
Research project status:
PhD Student

Safety assurance of Fog-based industrial systems

Host: Mälardalen University College (MDH)School of Innovation, Design and Engineering.

  • Main supervisor: Prof. Sasikumar Punnekkat, (contact person)
  • Co-supervisor: Prof. Hans Hansson


  1. Enable efficient safety certification of Fog-based industrial automation systems by extending the state-of-the-art safety case approaches.
  2. Develop a safety assurance framework for Fog-based industrial systems that reduces costs and takes into account security.

Visits and collaboration:

  • TTT (Dr. Wilfried Steiner): Develop a proof-of-concept safety assurance of a Fog Infrastructure use case.
  • ABB (Dr. Magnus Larsson): Learn about certification standards in industrial automation and safety assurance practice.


  • Electric Drives as Fog Nodes in a Fog Computing-based Industrial Use Case , Mohammadreza Barzegaran , Nitin Desai, Jia Qian , Paul Pop in The journal of Engineering,  August 2021
  • Enabling Fog-based Industrial Robotics Systems,  ETFA2020,  Shaik SalmanVáclav StruhárVan-Lan DaoNitin DesaiZeinab Bakhshi Valojerdi
  • Real-time Fog-based Industrial Robotic System: Applications and Challenges,  ETFA2020, Shaik SalmanVáclav Struhár, Zeinab Bakhshi , Van-Lan DaoNitin DesaiAlessandro PapadopoulosThomas Nolte, Vasileios Karagiannis , Stefan Schulte , Alexandre Venito , Gerhard Fohler
  • Addressing the Node Discovery Problem in Fog Computing, Fog-Iot Workshop 2020, Vasileios Karagiannis , Nitin Desai, Stefan Schulte , Sasikumar Punnekkat
  • Enhancing Fault Detection in Time Sensitive Networks using Machine Learning, Comsnets2020, Nitin Desai, Sasikumar Punnekkat
  • Safety-oriented flexible design of Autonomous Mobile Robot systems, ISSE2019, Nitin Desai, Sasikumar Punnekkat
  • On Fault-tolerant Scheduling of Time Sensitive Networks, ECRTS2019, Radu Dobrin, Nitin Desai, Sasikumar Punnekkat
  • Safety of Fog-based Industrial Automation Systems, Fog-IoT 2019, Nitin Desai, Sasikumar Punnekkat

Public Dissemination of FORA research was done on 2021-09-23 via Forskarfredag – a Swedish equivalent of European Researchers’ Night. I along with other MDH ESRs prepared a presentation covering our research topics and presented it via zoom. More info at

IoT, Cloud and Fog Computing – A futuristic paradigm for cutting edge applications