CS Colloquium: Haitham Hassanieh (UIUC)
Pushing the Boundaries of Wireless Networking and Sensing
Abstract: Wireless networks and sensors have become entrenched in every aspect of our lives, playing a central role in our work and home as well as many industries ranging from manufacturing to agriculture, energy, and healthcare. With the rise of the Internet of Things (IoT), the increasing demand for mobile data, and the move to online education and remote work due to the coronavirus pandemic, the world is witnessing an unprecedented boom in the number of wirelessly networked devices. This has generated significant challenges in designing wireless sensors and networks that can scale to efficiently handle the heterogeneous power, throughput, and reliability demands of various systems without compromising the utility and security of the applications.
In this talk, I will describe systems developed by my team to address the above challenges and build practical, efficient, and secure IoT and mobile technologies. First, I will describe how our work on millimeter wave (mmWave) 5G and 6G wireless networks pushes the performance limits of such systems by enabling fast beamforming, interference nulling and extremely dense spatial reuse. I will also discuss how we leverage mmWave signals to enable through-fog high-resolution mmWave imaging for self-driving cars. Next, I will highlight some of the security threats in Acoustic IoT systems by describing the first of its kind attack on voice enabled devices. I will show to generate inaudible sounds that can be recorded as audible signals on any microphone without the user’s knowledge and how to defend against such attacks. Finally, I will touch on some of our work on enabling communication between micro and nano-implants using biomolecular communication. I will also highlight some of the open research problems in enabling a wirelessly connected world capable of addressing major challenges in smart and green environments, healthcare, and automation.
Bio: Haitham Hassanieh is the Yi-Min Wang and Pi-Yu Chung assistant professor in the ECE and CS departments at UIUC where he leads the Systems and Networking Research Group (SyNRG). His research is in the areas of wireless networks, mobile systems, sensing, and algorithms. Hassanieh’s research was named as one of the world’s top 10 breakthrough technologies by Technology Review. He is also the recipient of the NSF Career Award, the Alfred Sloan Foundation Fellowship, and the Google Faculty Research Award. His research has received best paper awards at ACM SIGCOMM and ACM MobiSys. Hassanieh received his Bachelors from the American University of Beirut (2009) and his Ph.D. from MIT (2016), where his thesis won the Sprowls award for Best Doctoral Dissertation at MIT and the ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award.