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Multi-user Broadcast Authentication in Wireless Sensor Networks

Dr. Kui Ren, Illinois Institute of Technology
Date: Tuesday, November 27th, 3 pm - 4 pm, Location: Science and Tech II, Room 230 A


A wireless sensor network (WSN) usually consists of a large number of ultra-small, lowcost devices that have limited energy supply, computation, memory, and communication capacities. WSNs have drawn a lot of attention recently due to their broad applications in both military and civilian domains. Security is essential to ensure the success of WSN applications, especially for those mission-critical applications working in unattended and even hostile environments. However, security design in WSNs has ever been a challenging task due to their open, distributed, compromise-prone, and resourceconstrained nature. In fact, security of WSNs is currently a very active topic and there are many interesting and challenging research issues. In this presentation, we will focus on multi-user broadcast authentication in WSNs, which is key to the security of broadcast/multicast communication in WSNs. Some other interesting security research topics we have worked on will also be briefly discussed as time permits. Finally, we will conclude the presentation by discussing some future research directions in the area of wireless network security.

Short Biography

Kui Ren received his PhD degree from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Currently he is an assistant professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology. Prior to this, he has been with Information and Communications University, Korea, Institute for Infocomm Research, Singapore, and Shanghai Institute of Microsystem and Information Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences. His research interests include network and system security, wireless networks, ubiquitous computing, and applied cryptography. He has authored one book and around 30 peer-reviewed journal and conference papers in his research areas.