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Selected Topics in Wireless Physical Layer Security

Srdjan Capkun

Associate Professor
Department of Computer Science
ETH Zurich

Time: 12 noon
Place: Faraday Room 67-124 Engr IV


In this talk I will present our recent results in the domain of physical layer security. The first part of the talk will focus on the security of GPS and will show some novel mechanisms that enable commercial, off the shelf receivers to detect spoofing attacks. The second part of the talk revisits the use of "friendly" jamming for achieving confidentiality in wireless communications. Here, we show that friendly jamming schemes provide weaker confidentiality guarantees than previously believed. We demonstrate this by constructing attacks that allow the attacker to recover the data in the presence of friendly jamming and by refining the conditions under which such attacks are possible.


Srdjan Capkun (Srđan Čapkun) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science, ETH Zurich and Director of the Zurich Information Security and Privacy Center (ZISC). He was born in Split, Croatia. He received his Dipl.Ing. Degree in Electrical Engineering / Computer Science from the University of Split, Croatia in 1998, and his Ph.D. degree in Communication Systems from EPFL (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology - Lausanne) in 2004. Prior to joining ETH Zurich in 2006 he was a postdoctoral researcher in the Networked & Embedded Systems Laboratory (NESL), University of California Los Angeles and an Assistant Professor in the Informatics and Mathematical Modeling Department (IMM), Technical University of Denmark (DTU). His research interests include security of wireless and wireline networks and systems.