Professor Patrick Tague Receives NSF CAREER Award
Patrick Tague, Assistant Research Professor at Carnegie Mellon’s Silicon Valley Campus, recently received the NSF CAREER Award. The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a Foundation-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation's most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations.
Professor Tague researches interference and jamming of wireless communications. This specific funding will be used toward investigating the use of inference-based adaptation techniques to allow both attackers and defenders to change their operational behaviors and parameters based on observed performance and events. For example, if an attacker trying to prevent a message exchange sees that a message is acknowledged, it knows its previous efforts have failed and it needs to try harder in the future. Based on our preliminary studies, our techniques allow for convergence to desirable operating points without the need for accurate system models and automatically adapt to changing conditions due to mobility, fading, etc.
Tague offers, “For me, the CAREER award provides funding for a PhD student for 5 years to work on the project. The project duration is possibly the most important aspect of the award, as it provides the resources to take a very deep dive into the project instead of just scratching the surface. It's an honor to receive the award and to be recognized by NSF and my peers in the community.”