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Electrical & Computer Engineering Research

Communications, networks, privacy and security

With the rise of smart and connected systems, everyday devices like in-home thermostats or doorbell cameras, personal devices like cell phones or smart watches, environmental or industrial sensors, powerful computer systems in the cloud, and vehicles are becoming smarter and more connected. These networked systems collect and communicate a wealth of sensory and usage data to enable better user experience, provide safety, improve quality of life, and increase efficiency. There are two core challenges related to the design, development, and deployment of these systems: How to provide robust communication and networking schemes, and how to enable secure and private data access and exchange. Research in this area addresses these challenges through the design and analysis of transmitter and receiver devices, communication channels and links, encoding and decoding schemes, routing protocols, privacy-preserving systems, and authentication mechanisms. This research enables faster, more reliable, and more efficient device-to-device communication as well as secure and private user-device interactions across distances ranging from millimeters to hundreds or thousands of kilometers. The research in this area spans foundational concepts and techniques, algorithms and data processing, and experimentation using prototypes and testbeds.

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