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August 20, 2008 NSF Awards Professor Chen a Grant to Research Radio Spectrum Security
Recently, the National Science Foundation awarded Professor Yingying Chen with a grant to research, "Securing Spectrum Usage in Future Radio Systems."
Since the future wireless devices will be highly-programmable with the exposure of the protocol stacks to the public, adversaries can easily purchase low-cost wireless devices to launch a variety of attacks with little effort. There is an urgent need to regulate and monitor future radio operations to ensure the spectrum is properly used. This project aims to design efficient mechanisms and develop effective frameworks to detect anomalous spectrum activities and secure spectrum usage in future radio systems.
This project represents a significant contribution to future radio systems because it departs from traditional cryptographic-based security solutions, and utilizes properties that are unique to wireless communications to secure spectrum usage. This work can provide a foundation in exploring various properties related to wireless communications that can augment traditional security mechanisms.