Secure Spectrum Access of Cyber-Physical Systems in the Internet of Things

Speaker Name: 
Linda Xie
Speaker Title: 
Speaker Organization: 
University of North Carolina
Start Time: 
Wednesday, March 7, 2018 - 12:00pm
End Time: 
Wednesday, March 7, 2018 - 1:00pm
Martine Schlag and Dejan Milutinovic

The Internet of Things (IoT) is an emerging technology that promises a more connected and smarter world. It enables many cyber-physical systems (CPS) that tightly couple physical devices with cyber computers the ability of communication. The explosive deployment of IoT and CPS systems brings tremendous benefits to our daily life, e.g., smart cities, environmental monitoring, connected vehicles, home automation, and smart and connected health. However, IoT also carries unprecedented security challenges.

In this talk, I will first explain the unique IoT vulnerabilities that cannot be adequately addressed by the existing security paradigm we have been relying on for protecting enterprise networks and consumer electronics. Then, I will focus on how to provide secure spectrum access and communication for CPS devices in the IoT. Two research works on enhancing the security and providing fast and energy-efficient spectrum access to CPS devices will be introduced. Finally, other potential ways of addressing the new security challenges of IoT will be discussed.

Dr. Jiang (Linda) Xie is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She received her B.E. degree from Tsinghua University, China, in 1997, M.Phil. degree from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in 1999, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Georgia Institute of Technology in 2002 and 2004, respectively, all in Electrical and Computer Engineering. Her research interests include cyber-physical systems, Internet of Things (IoT), wireless networks, mobile computing, and network security.

Dr. Xie received an NSF CAREER award in 2010, a Best Paper Award from IEEE Global Communications Conference (GLOBECOM 2017) and IEEE/WIC/ACM International Conference on Intelligent Agent Technology (IAT 2010), and a Lee College of Engineering Graduate Teaching Excellence Award in 2007. She is on the editorial boards of several international journals including ACM/IEEE Transactions on Networking and IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing. She has served on the Organizing Committee of many IEEE/ACM conferences, including IEEE INFOCOM, IEEE ICC, IEEE GLOBECOM, ACM MobiCom, ACM MobiHoc, and ACM SIGMETRICS.