Basser Seminar Series

AnonySense: Privacy-Aware People-Centric Sensing

Speaker: Professor David Kotz
Computer Science, Dartmouth College

Time: Monday 25 May 2009, 4:00-5:00pm Note, different day

Location: The University of Sydney, Wilkinson Building, Architecture LT2. Note, different location

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Personal mobile devices are increasingly equipped with the capability to sense the physical world (through cameras, microphones, and accelerometers, for example) and the network world (with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth interfaces). Such devices offer many new opportunities for cooperative sensing applications. For example, users' mobile phones may contribute data to community-oriented information services, from city-wide pollution monitoring to enterprise-wide detection of unauthorized Wi-Fi access points. This people-centric mobile-sensing model introduces a new security challenge in the design of mobile systems: protecting the privacy of participants while allowing their devices to reliably contribute high-quality data to these large-scale applications.

We describe AnonySense, a privacy-aware architecture for realizing pervasive applications based on collaborative, opportunistic sensing by personal mobile devices, and SenseRight, a protocol for collecting high-integrity data from a personal-area wireless sensor network.

AnonySense allows applications to submit sensing tasks that will be distributed across anonymous participating mobile devices, later receiving verified, yet anonymized, sensor data reports back from the field, thus providing the first secure implementation of this participatory sensing model. We evaluate our prototype implementation through experiments that indicate the feasibility of this approach.

Speaker's biography

David Kotz is a Professor of Computer Science at Dartmouth College in Hanover NH. During the 2008-09 academic year he is a Visiting Professor at the Indian Institute of Science, in Bangalore India, and a Fulbright Research Scholar to India. At Dartmouth, he was the Executive Director of the Institute for Security Technology Studies from 2004-07. His research interests include security and privacy, pervasive computing for healthcare, and wireless networks. He has published over 100 refereed journal and conference papers.

After receiving his A.B. in Computer Science and Physics from Dartmouth in 1986, he completed his Ph.D in Computer Science from Duke University in 1991 and returned to Dartmouth to join the faculty. He is an IEEE Fellow and a Senior Member of the ACM, and a member of the USENIX Association.

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