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T4: Secure Protocol Designs for Next Generation Wireless Systems - VTC2021-Fall

T4: Secure Protocol Designs for Next Generation Wireless Systems

Organizer: Yi Qian, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA

Abstract: The fifth generation (5G) and the beyond wireless systems are the next generation mobile wireless telecommunications beyond the current 4G/International Mobile Telecommunications Advance Systems. Not only enhanced mobile broadband communications but also ultra-reliable low-latency communications and massive machine-type communications are supported by 5G and beyond wireless networks. New architecture and advanced technologies are applied in 5G wireless systems to support different use cases. New security issues and advanced performance requirements are raised by various use cases and advanced technologies. To provide security services with satisfying service performance requirements in 5G and beyond systems, new secure protocols need to be designed with new security architectures and flexible security mechanisms such as authentications, key management, confidentiality, and integrity.

In this tutorial, we will overview 5G and beyond wireless systems in terms of new network architectures, advanced technologies, and performance requirements. Major drives of 5G security are presented. Possible solutions in terms of security architecture and flexible security mechanisms are discussed. The proposed tutorial not only covers the history and the lessons learned from 2G and 3G secure protocol designs, but also the current research and development on secure protocol designs for 4G LTE networks, as well as the latest development on secure protocols for 5G and beyond wireless systems, and the unique discussions on the challenges and open research issues in the area, based on the tutorial speaker’s own research experience and comprehensive surveys on the subject. 


Bio: Yi Qian received a Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Clemson University, South Carolina, USA, in May 1996. He is currently a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL). Prior to joining UNL, he worked in the telecommunications industry, academia, and government. Some of his previous professional positions include serving as a senior member of scientific staff and a technical advisor at Nortel Networks, a senior system engineer and a technical advisor at several startup companies, an assistant professor at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez, and a senior researcher at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. His research interests include communication networks and systems, and information and communication network security. Prof. Yi Qian is a Fellow of IEEE. He was previously Chair of the IEEE Technical Committee for Communications and Information Security. He was the Technical Program Chair for IEEE International Conference on Communications 2018. He serves on the Editorial Boards of several international journals and magazines, including as the Editor-in-Chief for IEEE Wireless Communications. He was a Distinguished Lecturer for IEEE Vehicular Technology Society. He is currently a Distinguished Lecturer for IEEE Communications Society.

Prof. Yi Qian received the Henry Y. Kleinkauf Family Distinguished New Faculty Teaching Award in 2011, the Holling Family Distinguished Teaching Award in 2012, the Holling Family Distinguished Teaching/Advising/Mentoring Award in 2018, and the Holling Family Distinguished Teaching Award for Innovative Use of Instructional Technology in 2018, all from University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Prof. Yi Qian is the principal author of a new textbook, Security in Wireless Communication Networks, published by Wiley in 2021.