CyLab Seminar: Patrick Tague

Time: May 12, 2009 - 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Location: DEC@CIC

Description: Patrick Tague, Ph.D. candidate in the Electrical Engineering Department at the University of Washington in Seattle, will be our guest speaker at the CyLab/INI Seminar, on Tuesday, May 12th at 12 pm Eastern. He will be presenting "Modeling Threats and Designing Defenses for Ad-Hoc Networks."

Please join us in the INI Distributed Education Center (DEC) on the Lobby level of the CIC building.  Lunch will be provided.
Talk Abstract:

Robust network operation and the ability to provide user and data security while under attack are desirable qualities of network protocols. However, these qualities require a fundamental understanding of network protocol vulnerabilities and characterization of the space of possible attacks.

Understanding attacks and their impact is thus a necessary prerequisite to the design of robust networking protocols. Wireless ad-hoc and sensor networks present additional challenges to robust protocol design in the form of resource and computational constraints, reliance on the wireless medium, and the absence of pre-existing network infrastructure. Two types of attacks, node capture attacks and jamming, that leverage these constraints will be discussed in this talk, and protocol design methods that incorporate the impact of the attacks will be presented.

Speaker Bio: Patrick Tague's research in the Network Security Lab focuses on modeling and evaluating vulnerabilities in wireless ad-hoc and sensor networks and designing robust wireless networking protocols. He received his M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington in 2007 and his B.S. degrees in Mathematics and Computer Engineering from the University of Minnesota in 2003. He was awarded a DoD/NSA Information Assurance Scholarship in 2005 and a Spirit of Community Award in 2006 in recognition of service to the Electrical Engineering Department at the University of Washington.  He is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the IEEE Computer and Communications Societies, and the Association for Computing Machinery.