INI Seminar: Patrick Tague

Time: February 5, 2010 - 2:30 PM - 3:50 PM

Location: DEC@Henry

Description: The INI welcomes Dr. Patrick Tague, Assistant Research Professor, at  the INI and Carnegie Mellon CyLab. His talk is titled, "Securing Wireless Ad-Hoc and Mesh Networks ."

The INI Seminar takes place every Friday, 2:30 - 3:50 p.m. This week's seminar takes place at the Distributed Education Classroom at Henry Street (The INI Building).
Talk Abstract: Robust network operation and the ability to provide secure data delivery while under attack are desirable qualities of wireless networks.  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.  This talk will provide a brief overview of desirable security properties in the ad-hoc domain, present example attacks that leverage ad-hoc network constraints, and discuss design methods that incorporate the impact of attacks.
Speaker Bio: Patrick received his PhD and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington in 2009 and 2007, respectively, and BS degrees in Mathematics and Computer Engineering from the University of Minnesota in 2003.  His research interests include Wireless Networking and Network Security, particularly focused in the areas of wireless ad-hoc networks and mobile systems.  In addition to classical cryptographic properties such as confidentiality, integrity, or authentication, he is interested in network operational properties such as availability, reliability, and guaranteed performance that cannot necessarily be provided using cryptography alone.  His past research has focused on identifying vulnerabilities in wireless networking protocols and developing techniques to mitigate the impact of attacks.