Broader Impacts

Our project will yield empirical understanding of the tradeoffs in realizing both high spectral efficiency and security.

Impact on society beyond science and technology:

  • Our project will develop the foundations for realizing denial of service resilience, secrecy, and high throughput in next-generation wireless networks in which base stations or access points (APs) scale their antenna and computing resources to Massive MIMO. As such, it is relevant to a very broad segment of the population who use WiFi in their daily lives.

Impact on knowledge and technique:

  • Our project targeted to present the first experimental evaluation of the eavesdropping resilience from 100GHz to 400GHz with narrowing beams against object scattering attack, as well as the potential countermeasure of detecting such attack.
  • Our research has discovered an unknown eavesdropping strategy in the LoS scenario resulting in eavesdropping vulnerabilities.

Impact on technology transfer:

  • Our project will impact standards bodies as it will expose fundamental limits of existing security mechanisms and will show how enhancements to standards can yield dramatically improved security capabilities.

Impact on information resources that form infrastructure:

  • All data sets and data collection tools of our research will be made publicly available as a resource for the research community. The data sets are unique in that they provide unprecedented access to all system.

Impact on the development of human resources:

  • The project is providing research opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students from a variety of disciplines. Our research team includes women and minority students.
  • The project supports broadening participation in computing via internships, visiting students, and Ph.D. positions for students from under-represented. This summer we have broadened participation in computing via summer internships for underrepresented groups including Michael Angino, Helena Hu, and Nikhita Gangla, Rice undergraduates and Jelena Lalić, an undergraduate at University of Belgrade.