Wade Trappe

Professor

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Wade Trappe is a Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Rutgers University, and is affiliated with the Wireless Information Network Laboratory (WINLAB). Wade Trappe is an applied mathematician by training and a Texan by birth... But fate has a way of taking us on interesting journeys, and he now live in the East Coast, where the ambient level of capsaicin is far too low for proper release of endorphins needed for mankind's survival.

Wade Trappe spend most of my time in the strange limbo land between mathematics and engineering... Due to Wade Trappe training and expulsion from the world of the math, and the fact that no one ever gave him the modern engineering kool-aid, he is a strong believer in the scientific method and its role in engineering... what does this mean? It means that, although he loved MATLAB, Wade Trappe thinks most theoretical engineering papers are exercises in MATLAB, and he want to see something built before he believes in an idea's potential to impact the real-world.

Wade Trappe group's recent focus has been to explore non-traditional approaches to security by re-examining the conceptual definitions of security and privacy. In order to devise new solutions, his group applies a mix of mathematical tools and experimental design (again, MATLAB is bad, building in the lab is good). We are currently applying our philosophies to enhance the state-of-the-art in wireless security (particularly, in integrating physical layer security into wireless systems), and developing protocols for a secure future Internet (Wade Trappe will let everyone know what this means when Wade Trappe figure it out...).

Education

  • B.A. with Highest Honors, Mathematics, University of Texas at Austin, 1994
  • M.S. Applied Mathematics and Scientific Computing, University of Maryland, College Park, 1999
  • Ph.D. Applied Mathematics and Scientific Computing, University of Maryland, College Park, 2002

Research Interests

  • Multimedia Security
  • Wireless Security
  • Wireless Networking
  • Cryptography

Appointments

  • Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Piscataway, New Jersey
    Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
    Associate Professor, 2007–Present
    Assistant Professor, 2002–2007
  • Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Piscataway, New Jersey
    WINLAB – Wireless Information Network Laboratory
    Associate Director, 2007–Present
  • University of Maryland, College Park, MD
    Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
    Graduate Research Assistant, 1998-2002
  • University of Maryland, College Park, MD
    Department of Mathematics
    Graduate Teaching Assistant, 1998
  • The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX
    Applied Research Laboratories
    Research Scientist Associate, 1995–1996

Professional Membership and Duties

  • Associate Editor, IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security
  • Reviewer for IEEE Transactions on Multimedia, IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, IEEE Transactions on Communications, IEEE Transactions on Networking, IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications
  • Member of the IEEE Signal Processing, Communications, and Computer Societies

Awards and Honors

  • Best Paper Award for Suhas Mathur,Tong Jin, Nikhil Kasturirangan, Janani Chandrasekharan, Wenzhi Xue, Marco Gruteser, Wade Trappe, "ParkNet: Drive-by Sensing of Road-side Parking Statistics", in Proceedings of ACM Mobisys (2010).
  • Best Paper Award for Aliye Ozge Kaya, Wade Trappe, and Mung Chiang, "P2P-ISP Cooperation: Risks and Mitigation", in Proceedings of the IEEE Global Communications Conference (Globecom), Honolulu, Hawaii, December 2009.
  • Best Paper Award for Song Liu, Yingying Chen, Wade Trappe, Larry J. Greenstein, "Non-interactive Localization of Cognitive Radios Based on Dynamic Signal Strength Mapping", in Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on Wireless On-demand Network Systems and Services (WONS), Snowbird, Utah, February 2009.
  • Best Paper Award, IEEE Signal Processing Society, for “Anti-Collusion Fingerprinting for Multimedia,” (awarded at the 2006 ICASSP Conference in Toulouse, France). The SPS Best Paper Award is awarded based upon the impact an article has over a time window of up to 5 years.
  • Best Paper Award, Journal of Applied Signal Processing, for “Group-Oriented Fingerprinting for Multimedia Forensics,” (awarded at the EURASIP 2005 Conference in Sept. at Antalya, Turkey). The EURASIP Best Paper Award is awarded to a single journal article from the previous year that is judged by the community to have significant technical merit and impact.

Professional Activities

  • Program co-Chair, ACM Conference on Security and Privacy in Wireless and Mobile Networks, WiSec 2012.
  • Member of the Technical Program for the 2012 ICDCS (IEEE International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems)
  • Member of the Technical Program for the 2012 ACM International Symposium on Mobile Ad Hoc Networking and Computing
  • Associate Editor, IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security, 2009-Present
    IEEE Signal Processing Society Representative to the Steering Committee of the IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, 2009-Present
  • Associate Editor, IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, 2008-Present
  • Book Review Editor for the IEEE Signal Processing Magazine, 2005-2009
  • Chair for the Poster and Demo Session for the 2010 ACM Conference on Wireless Network Security (WiSec)
  • Member of the Technical Program for the 2010 ICDCS (IEEE International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems)
  • Member of the Technical Program for 2009 IEEE Infocom
  • Member of the Technical Program for 2009 Tridentcom
  • Member of the Technical Program for 2009 IEEE Conference on Computer Communications (INFOCOM).
  • Member of the Technical Program for 2009 ACM International Conference on Mobile Computing (Mobicom).
  • Member of the Technical Program for 2009 European Symposium on Research in Computer Security (ESORICS).
  • Member of the Technical Program for 2009 IEEE International Conference on Mobile Ad-hoc and Sensor Systems (MASS).
  • Member of the Technical Program for the 2009 International Conference on Testbeds and Research Infrastructures for the Development of Networks and Communities

Recent Journal Articles

  • A. O. Kaya, W. Trappe, L. Greenstein, D. Chizhik, “Predicting MIMO Performance in Urban Microcells Using Ray Tracing to Characterize the Channel,” to appear in IEEE Trans. On Wireless Communications.
  • R. Miller, W. Trappe, “On the Vulnerabilities of CSI in MIMO Wireless Communication Systems,” to appear in IEEE Trans. on Mobile Computing, 2012.
  • Y. Zhang, Z. Wu, W. Trappe, “Adaptive Location-Oriented Content Delivery in Delay-Sensitive Pervasive Applications,” in IEEE Trans. on Mobile Computing, vol. 10, pg. 362-376.
  • S. Chen, Y. Chen, W. Trappe, “Inverting Systems of Embedded Sensors for Position Verification in Location-Aware Applications,” in IEEE Trans. on Parallel and Distributed Systems, vol. 21, pg. 722-736, 2010.
  • S. Mathur, A. Reznik, C. Ye, R. Mukherjee, A. Rahman, Y. Shah, W. Trappe and N. Mandayam, “Exploiting the Physical Layer for Enhanced Security,” in IEEE Wireless Communications Magazine, vol. 17, pg. 63-70, Oct. 2010.
  • Y. Chen, J. Yang, W. Trappe, R. Martin, “Detecting and Localizing Identity-based Attacks in Wireless and Sensor Networks,” in IEEE Trans. on Vehicular Technology, vol. 59, pg. 2418-2434, 2010.
  • M. Rodoper, W. Trappe, E. Jung, “An IBC and Certificate Based Hybrid Approach to WiMAX Security,” in Journal of Communications and Networks, vol. 11, pg. 615-625, 2010.
  • C. Ye, S. Mathur, A. Reznik, W. Trappe and N. Mandayam, "Information-theoretically Secret Key Generation for Fading Wireless Channels", in IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security, vol. 5, no. 2, pg. 240-254, June 2010.
  • L. Xiao, L. Greenstein, N. Mandayam, W. Trappe, “Channel-based Spoofing Detection in Frequency-Selective Rayleigh Channels,” in IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, vol. 8, Issue 12, pg. 5948-5956, Dec. 2009.
  • P. Kamat, W. Xu, Y. Zhang, W. Trappe, “Temporal Privacy in Wireless Sensor Networks: Theory and Practice,” in ACM Transactions on Sensor Networks, vol. 5, issue 4, pg. 1-24, Nov. 2009.
  • A. O. Kaya, L. Greenstein, W. Trappe, “Characterizing indoor wireless channels via ray tracing combined with stochastic modeling,” in IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, vol. 8, Issue 8, pg. 4165-4175, Aug. 2009.
  • L. Xiao, L. Greenstein, N. Mandayam, W. Trappe, “Channel-Based Detection of Sybil Attacks in Wireless Networks,” in IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security, vol. 4, Issue 3, pg. 492-503, Sept. 2009.
  • S. Mathur, T. Jin, N. Kasturirangan, J. Chandrasekaran, W. Xu, M. Gruteser, W. Trappe, “ParkNet: drive-by sensing of road-side parking statistics,” in Proceedings of the 8th international conference on Mobile systems, applications, and services (Mobisys 2010). (BEST PAPER AWARD).

Books in Print

  • W. Trappe and L. C. Washington, Introduction to Cryptography with Coding Theory. Prentice Hall, 2nd Edition, 2005.

Thesis Advisor (MS and PhD students supervised -23):

  • Ph.D. Students (13): S. Chen (2010, Ask.com), A. Kaya (2010, Alcatel-Lucent), S. Liu, (2010, Apple, Inc.), S. Mathur (2010, Security R&D Lab), R.D. Miller (2010, Telcordia), Z. Li (2009, Juniper Networks), B. Russel (2009), L. Xiao (2009), Y. Zhang (2009, VPI Systems), Y. Chen (2007, Stevens Institute of Technology), P. Kamat (2007, Ask.com), Q. Li (2007, Qualcomm), W. Xu (2007, University of South Carolina)

  • MS Students (10): M. Rodoper (2010), Y. Wang (2010), R. Daya (2009), S. Satarkar (2009), A. Saleem (2008), N. Chandrasekaran (2007), S. Medhekar (2007), A. Chincholi (2004), K. Desai (2004), B. Xu (2004)


Email: 

trappe @ winlab.rutgers.edu

Contact No.: 

(848) 445-0611

Office: 

CoRE 523