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Keynote Talk

Title: The Future of Physical Layer Security: Will It Ever Succeed?

Wade Trappe, Rutgers University

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Abstract

There has recently been significant interest in applying the principles of information-theoretical security and signal processing to secure physical layer systems. Although the community has made progress in understanding how the physical layer can support confidentiality and authentication, it is important to realize that there are many important issues that must be addressed if physical layer security is ever to be adopted by real and practical security systems. In this talk, we briefly review several different flavors of physical layer security (at least for wireless systems), and then examine the major hurdles that need to be addressed if physical layer security is to become adopted in practice. We will highlight that there are significant opportunities for applying physical layer security to real systems, especially if we can overcome these challenges.


About Wade Trappe

Wade Trappe is a Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Rutgers University, and Associate Director of the Wireless Information Network Laboratory (WINLAB), where he directs WINLAB’s research in wireless security. He has led several federally funded projects in the area of cybersecurity and communication systems, projects involving security and privacy for sensor networks, physical layer security for wireless systems, a security framework for cognitive radios, the development of wireless testbed resources (the ORBIT testbed, www.orbit-lab.org), and new RFID technologies. His experience in network security and wireless spans over 15 years, and he has co-authored a popular textbook in security, Introduction to Cryptography with Coding Theory, as well as several monographs on wireless security, including Securing Wireless Communications at the Physical Layer and Securing Emerging Wireless Systems: Lower-layer Approaches. Professor Trappe served as an editor for IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security (TIFS), IEEE Signal Processing Magazine (SPM), and IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing (TMC). He served as the lead guest editor for September 2011 special issue of the Transactions on Information Forensics and Security on “Using the Physical Layer for Securing the Next Generation of Communication Systems” and served as the IEEE Signal Processing Society representative to the governing board of IEEE TMC. Professor Trappe is an IEEE Fellow and is currently IEEE SPS Regional Director for Region 1-6.
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