The Network Coding and Reliable Communications Group, Professor Muriel Medard


CINCS Seminar – Janise McNair – Sept 18, 2019 1:00PM – Room 36-462

Wednesday, September 18, 2019, 1PM, 36-462

Speaker: Prof. Janise McNair


Title: Software-Defined Network (SDN) Infrastructures to Secure the “Anywhere, Anytime, through Anything, for Information about Any Body” Interconnected World


Abstract: The interconnected world is evolving exponentially, along with the ability of a wide variety of devices and things to connect to the Internet. Part of this evolution has been to move from the 2000’s goal of connectivity “anywhere, anytime” to a 2020’s goal of connectivity “anywhere, anytime, through anything for information about any body,” where “any body” means any person, place or thing. In this increased interconnected state, malicious users can and do take advantage of opportunities to manipulate resources and deny or impact services among a wide range of nodes or networks. We propose a responsive autonomic data-driven adaptive virtual networking framework (RAvN) that integrates the adaptive and reconfigurable features of SDN with (1) the network performance statistics from traffic monitoring techniques; (2) the analytics from machine learning techniques; and (3) new decision-making and feedback tools from cyber-physical systems. As an example case, we describe an ongoing NSF project* to develop a multi-discipline, cross-layer cyber-physical security framework for the smart grid that includes a new control layer on distributed energy storage systems, novel machine intelligence techniques to characterize real-time threats and a cross-layer distributed SDN control layer to adaptively execute security decisions on the smart grid.

*This Project is supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number 1809739

Biography: Janise McNair is an Associate Professor in the department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at the University of Florida. She received the B.S. and M.S degrees from the University of Texas at Austin, in 1991 and 1993 and the Ph.D. degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2000. Since then, Dr. McNair has been on faculty at the University of Florida, where she leads the Wireless And Mobile (WAM) Systems Laboratory conducting systems research on next generation networks including 4G/5G, small satellites, smart grid, Internet of Things, and social networks. She has served on several conference organizing committees (SmartGridComm, INFOCOM), editorial boards and steering committees (IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing).  She is a member of IEEE (Senior), ACM and the Intelligence, Science and Technology Group of the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine.