Femtocell-assisted Location Authentication

December 6, 2011
Speakers: Jack Brassil, Ravi Netravali (HP Laboratories, Columbia University)
Hosted by: Columbia University Joint CS/EE Networking Seminar Series


Location-based applications (e.g., foursquare, Groupon) rely on each client's assertion of his or her location (e.g., uploaded GPS coordinates). Yet these service providers seek methods to authenticate the location of clients to enhance targeted service delivery and support their advertisers. We propose an intelligent infrastructure-based solution that provides spontaneous, transaction-oriented, collusion-resistant mobile device location authentication to a remote party via an integrated 802.11x wireless access point and 3G femtocell access system.

Speaker Biography

Jack Brassil received the B.S. degree from the Polytechnic Institute of New York in 1981, the M.Eng. degree from Cornell University in 1982, and the Ph.D. degree from the University of California, San Diego, in 1991, all in electrical engineering. Dr. Brassil has been with Hewlett-Packard Laboratories since 1999. He currently is a Research Scientist and Program Manager in Princeton, NJ. Prior to that he managed a research team in Palo Alto, CA, investigating internet streaming media, content distribution architectures, and communication networks and protocols. Before joining HP he held multiple research positions at Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill and Holmdel, NJ. Dr. Brassil is an IEEE Fellow, a member of the IEEE Communications Society, a member of the ACM, and a member of ACM SIGCOMM.

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