mesh-Silicon Valley Campus - Carnegie Mellon University

Mesh and Delay Tolerant Networking for Disaster Communication


Providing resilient communications during ongoing disaster events presents significant challenges on both the research and practice fronts.  One of the major challenges in developing communication protocols and systems for use in disaster scenarios is enabling a smooth transition between the system's functional state before the disaster event and a recovered state after the event.  In our work, we are developing some of the fundamental capabilities to enable this smooth transition.  This talk will give a brief overview of a cross-layer networking strategy that allows for scalable reconfiguration of wireless communication networks using mesh and delay tolerant networks after partial disruption of infrastructure support.  The cross-layer nature of the approach allows for simultaneous consideration of aspects of medium access, spectrum management, traffic load balancing, application data rate demand throttling, and energy management.  On the practical front, we are working to enable a wide variety of mesh and delay tolerant networking capabilities in a number of mobile and embedded platforms, including mobile phones, wireless access points, vehicular platforms, and sensor platforms. We will briefly present our efforts toward building a testbed for secure mesh and delay tolerant networking.


Patrick Tague is an Assistant Research Professor and leader of the Wireless Network & System Security group at Carnegie Mellon University, holding appointments with CyLab, the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, the Information Networking Institute, and the Silicon Valley Campus.  His research interests include wireless communications and networking; wireless/mobile security and privacy; robust and resilient networked systems; and analysis and sense-making of sensor network data.  He received PhD and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington as a member of the Network Security Lab and BS degrees in Mathematics and Computer Engineering from the University of Minnesota.  Patrick received the Yang Research Award for outstanding graduate research in the UW Electrical Engineering Department, the Outstanding Graduate Research Award from the UW Center for Information Assurance and Cybersecurity, and the NSF CAREER award.