Rutgers faculty member to discuss security of wireless networks

Published: Oct 11, 2007 11:54:15 AM
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Wade Trappe

Wade Trappe

The Wireless Engineering Research and Education Center fall seminar series will continue Friday, October 12, at 3 p.m. in Broun Hall 235, with a lecture by Wade Trappe, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at Rutgers University and associate director of the Wireless Information Network Laboratory (WINLAB). Trapp will cover the securing of wireless networks without cryptology. The university community is invited to attend.

Securing wireless networks is distinctly different from securing wired networks, due in part to the openness of wireless communication and the ease of use of wireless technology. In spite of these differences, the approach commonly taken to secure wireless networks has been to translate traditional, cryptographic network security protocols to the wireless domain. Although the application of conventional cryptographic protocols to wireless networks is essential, such an approach is incomplete, ignoring the wireless aspect of the system.

Over the past two years, Trapp's research group has focused on addressing core security functionalities that do not rely on cryptography, but instead utilize the unique features of wireless communications to secure wireless networks. In this talk, Trapp will examine both physical layer authentication and confidentiality services, and will provide fundamental theoretical results for both, as well as the experimental validation that has been conducted to verify the potential impact of such theory.

Trappe received his bachelor's degree in mathematics from The University of Texas and his doctorate in applied mathematics and scientific computing from the University of Maryland in 2002. His research interests include wireless security, wireless networking, multimedia security and network security. He has developed several cross-layer security mechanisms for wireless networks, including jamming detection and jamming defense mechanisms for wireless networks, privacy-enhancing routing methods, cross-layer anomaly detection, and physical layer security methods. Trappe is a co-author of the textbook, Introduction to Cryptography with Coding Theory. He is the recipient of the 2005 Best Paper Award from the IEEE Signal Processing Society. Trapp is a member of the IEEE Signal Processing and Communications societies, a member of the ACM, and has served on program committees for several conferences on security and wireless networking and on wireless sensor networks.