FW: [Nrg-l] Special guest talk - October 15 @ 3pm

Abraham Matta matta at cs.bu.edu
Mon Oct 15 06:54:39 EDT 2007



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Subject: [Nrg-l] Special guest talk - October 15 @ 3pm

Speaker: Jean Bolot - Sprint Research Lab

Title: How to own a cellular network in your spare time, and what data mining has to do with it 


IP and cellular networks used to be isolated from each other. Today, smart phones with IP addresses routinely access the Internet using cellular infrastructures. The overlap between the IP and the cellular worlds raises the question of whether threats or actions from the IP side could impact the cellular side - in other words, would it be possible to "own", or at least to disrupt, a cellular network from a remote Internet host? I will show how this might be done using paging overloads, then will derive models of the paging channel to understand its behavior under load, and finally discuss ways to handle overloads, intentional or not. One such way relies on mining mobility data and carefully analyzing the mobility patterns of mobile users nationwide to derive efficient paging schemes, which in turn increases the robustness of the network to paging overloads and attacks. 

He will conclude the talk with a brief presentation of the research activities at Sprint in the areas of data mining, security, and wireless systems. 


Jean Bolot runs the research lab of Sprint <http://research.sprintlabs.com/>  located in the San Francisco Bay area. Prior to joining Sprint, he was a founding team member of Ensim, a Silicon Valley company <http://www.ensim.com/>  now with 200 employees in the area of data center automation. Earlier, he did research at INRIA in France on Internet measurement and on rate and error control mechanisms for voice and video and games on the Internet <http://www-sop.inria.fr/rodeo/personnel/bolot/bolot.html> . He received his MS and PhD in Computer Science from the University of Maryland at College Park in 1988 and 1991, respectively.

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