The Ontario Research Fund Research Excellence (ORF-RE) program promotes research excellence in Ontario by supporting transformative, internationally significant research of strategic value to the province. The ORF-RE focuses on scientific excellence and strong commercialization and targets new, leading-edge research initiatives.

The emerging technology of ad hoc communication and embedded systems, including the range from mobile ad hoc network, vehicular ad hoc network (VANET), wireless sensor network (WSN), and cognitive radio systems to mobile phones, digital audio players, radio-frequency identification (RFID) tags, Global Positioning System (GPS), and interactive whiteboards, increasingly permeates everyone’s life. 

Mobile ad hoc communication and embedded systems have a wide range of applications, ranging from  emergency response operation, military or police networks, disaster relief operations, tele-conferences, and safety-critical business operations to supply chain management, library systems, e-passports, contactless cards (e.g., proximity cards, automated  toll-payment  transponders, and payment tokens), identification systems, and human implantation (such as medical-record indexing, and physical access control). Future applications could include smart appliances, shopping, medication compliance monitoring, and RFID embedded body sensors. 

Ad hoc communication and embedded systems are those of the most promising technologies in the field of ubiquitous and pervasive computing. Many new applications can be created by embedding an object with RFID tags. However, the rapid development of mobile ad hoc communication and embedded systems raises serious privacy and security concerns to which the current security technologies cannot provide any satisfactory solutions.

The proposed research project is to investigate design, implementation, testing, and performance analysis of novel security solutions for emerging mobile ad hoc communication and embedded systems, with emphasis on privacy protection and authentication mechanisms.