Communications, Networks, Privacy & Security

With the rise of smart and connected systems, every-day devices like in-home thermostats or doorbell cameras, personal devices like cellphones or smartwatches, 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-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.

John Booske

Position title: Duane H. and Dorothy M. Bluemke Professor, Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor

Azadeh Davoodi

Position title: Professor

Kassem Fawaz

Position title: Assistant Professor

Younghyun Kim

Position title: Assistant Professor

Bhuvana Krishnaswamy

Position title: Assistant Professor

Bernard Lesieutre

Position title: Associate Chair for Undergraduate Studies, Professor

Mikko Lipasti

Position title: Philip Dunham Reed Professor

Umit Ogras

Position title: Associate Professor

Parameswaran (Parmesh) Ramanathan

Position title: Professor, Associate Dean

Daniel van der Weide

Position title: Professor