November 30, 2021

The Technology Innovation Institute’s Secure Systems Research Center collaborates with international universities on research projects on secure communications through mesh networks

The Technology Innovation Institute (TII), the applied research pillar of the Advanced Technology Research Council (ATRC) Abu Dhabi, today announced that its Secure Systems Research Center (SSRC) has partnered with three prestigious universities to collaborate on research projects on secure mesh communications.

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Dr. Shreekant (Ticky) Thakkar Chief Researcher Secure Systems Research Centre (Photo: AETOSWire)

The mesh network is a network topology in which infrastructure nodes connect directly, dynamically, and non-hierarchically to as many other nodes as possible; and cooperate to efficiently route data to and from customers. The project is expected to enhance the security of the Mesh network technology currently being developed by the Technology Innovation Institute (TII) for machine-to-machine (M2M) and human-to-human (H2H) communications.

The three partner universities are:Khalifa University of sciences, of technologyfrom United Arab Emirates, a prestigious, world-class research institution dedicated to training top thinkers in applied science and engineering; the’University of Turku, a Finnish university based in Turku; the’Graz University of Technology (TU Graz) in Styria in Austria. The Khalifa University project is called “A Secure and Resilient Online Chat / VoIP Application over Private Mesh Networks”. For its part, the University of Turku project is on “R3Swarms: Swarm, Robust, Resilient and Reconfigurable Networks”, while the Graz University project is called “SpiDR: Secure Wireless Mesh Networks, efficient, reliable and resilient ”.

Speaking on the importance of this collaboration for the UAE and the region, the Dr Shreekant (Ticky) Thakkar, Chief Researcher at the Center for Secure Systems Research, said: “The UAE is ahead in research to develop technologies that improve lives by making communications systems and protocols more secure. This is of the utmost importance when technologies combine human interactions, physical systems and software. Research on Mesh networks conducted with our partners at the University of Turku, Technical University of Graz and Khalifa University will accelerate the deployment of secure communications for the benefit of residents in the United Arab Emirates and the United Arab Emirates. region. ”

Dr Thakkar clarified that the collaboration with the University of Turku and Graz University will aim to improve communication resilience by exploring several aspects, including, Ultra-wideband (UWB) transmissions. In addition, the collaboration with Khalifa University will focus on securing the physical layer (PHY) and data routing. A total of four research programs are therefore underway to considerably improve the resistance of Mesh networks to eavesdropping, analysis, malware and jamming, among others. These benefits, applied directly, are essential for building the credibility and resilience of communications in swarms of cyber-physical systems, in autonomous operation, added Dr Thakkar; emphasizing that reliable and secure mesh networks are an integral part of the overall communications infrastructure and will help secure stand-alone systems.

For his part, Dr Carlo Boano, Associate Professor at the Institute for Technical Informatics at the Technical University of Graz, said: “The technologies developed within the SPiDR project will enable drones and standard smartphones to detect attacks. malicious and coexistence issues and mitigate them autonomously, so as to their availability and functionality without increasing operating costs. ”

Dr Tomi Westerlund, Associate Professor of Intelligent Systems at the University of Turku, stressed: “The partnership with SSRC aims to harness and develop advanced technologies, including, data link (DL), Distributed ledger technology (DLT) and Ultra-Wideband (UWB), as the basis for designing and building more secure, flexible, robust, resilient and reconfigurable communications swarms. ”

For his part, Dr Hadi Otrok, Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Khalifa University, said: “This project will allow us to increase network efficiency and remedy past failures by developing applications. effective online chat and VoIP within secure and resilient mesh networks. ”

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