Cooperative Approaches for Ensuring Secret Wireless Communications

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The Long Island (LI) Chapter of IEEE Signal Processing Society (SPS) Presents the following Distinguished Lecture:

The prevalence of wireless technologies in our daily life is driven by our desire to communicate from anywhere at anytime. However, due to the broadcast nature of the wireless channel wireless communications are easily accessible to intruders. Ensuring the secrecy of confidential transactions conducted over wireless networks is a pressing need. Conventionally, wireless communications are secured using cryptographic protocols, which were mainly developed for wireline networks and as such have several flaws when applied to wireless networks. The talk discusses approaches to establish a confidential channel between a source and the legitimate destination in the presence of one of more eavesdroppers. The confidential channel is created through the use of multiple antennas at the source, or via node cooperation, whereby nodes reinforce each others' communications and/or also cooperatively jam the eavesdroppers. Thus, the legitimate destinations will reliably receive the communicated information, but eavesdroppers will not be able to decode the communication signal even if they knew the encoding/decoding schemes and encryption-decryption keys used by the transmitter/receiver.

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  • Date: 05 May 2017
  • Time: 01:30 PM to 03:00 PM
  • All times are (GMT-05:00) US/Eastern
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  • SUNY College at Farmingdale
  • Farmingdale, New York
  • United States
  • Building: Roosevelt Hall
  • Room Number: Multi-Purpose Room Exhibits Area – T3 – 1

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  • Starts 01 January 2017 12:00 AM
  • Ends 01 May 2017 12:00 AM
  • All times are (GMT-05:00) US/Eastern
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Distinguished Lecturer: Dr. Athina P. Petropulu Distinguished Lecturer: Dr. Athina P. Petropulu


Cooperative Approaches for Ensuring Secret Wireless Communications


Athina P. Petropulu received her undergraduate degree from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece, and the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from Northeastern University, Boston MA, all in Electrical and Computer Engineering. Since 2010, she is Professor of the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department at Rutgers, having served as chair of the department during 2010-2016.  Before that she was faculty at Drexel University. She held Visiting Scholar appointments at SUPELEC, Universite’ Paris Sud (1999-2000), Princeton University (2006-2007) and University of Southern California (2016-2017).

Her research interests span the area of statistical signal processing, wireless communications, signal processing in networking, physical layer security, and radar signal processing. Her research has been funded by various government industry sponsors including the National Science Foundation, the Office of Naval research, the US Army, the National Institute of Health, the Whitaker Foundation, Lockheed Martin. 

Dr. Petropulu is Fellow of IEEE and recipient of the 1995 Presidential Faculty Fellow Award given by NSF and the White House. She has served as Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing (2009-2011), IEEE Signal Processing Society Vice President-Conferences (2006-2008), and member-at-large of the IEEE Signal Processing Board of Governors. She was the General Chair of the 2005 International Conference on Acoustics Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP-05), Philadelphia PA. In 2005 she received the IEEE Signal Processing Magazine Best Paper Award, and in 2012 the IEEE Signal Processing Society Meritorious Service Award for "exemplary service in technical leadership capacities". She was selected as IEEE Distinguished Lecturer for the Signal Processing Society for 2017-2018.

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1:40 pm - 1:45pm Introduction

1:45pm - 3:00pm Dr. Petropulu's Lecture 

3:00pm - 3:15pm Questions and Answers