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The 4th IEEE GLOBECOM Workshop on Physical Layer Security (TCPLS2016)

Important Deadlines

Paper submission: July 1, 2016

Accepted notification: September 1, 2016

Camera-ready due:    October 1, 2016

Date of Workshop:  December 8, 2016 (Thursday)

Workshop Organizers

Trung Q. Duong, Queen’s University Belfast, UK

H. Vincent Poor, Princeton University, USA

Maged Elkashlan, Queen Mary University of London, UK

Xiangyun (Sean) Zhou, Australian National University, Australia

Workshop TPC Chairs

Nan (Jonas) Yang, Australian National University, Australia

Kyeong J. Kim, Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories, USA

Des McLernon, University of Leeds, UK

Hui-Ming Wang, Xi'an Jiao Tong University, China

2016 in Washington DC, USA. The objective of the workshop is to both foster and develop the ground-breaking technique to secure wireless communications by exploiting the broadcast nature of wireless channels at the physical layer. In line with such objectives, original contributions are solicited in topics of interest including, but not limited to, the following:

l  Secure methodologies and architectures for mobile and wireless networks

l  Secure signal processing

l  Secure fundamental theory

l  Secure advanced spatial diversity techniques (secure cooperative communications, secure two-way cooperative communications and secure MIMO communications, secure cognitive radio systems)

l  Secure resource allocation (secure optimization, secure cross-layer optimization and game theory techniques)

l  Multi-user information theoretical security (coordinated design and distributed design)

l  Cross-layer designs for security

l  Security for HetNets, massive MIMO systems, and mm-wave transmission

l  Security and privacy in the Internet of Things

l  Security and quantum communications

l  Trust, security and privacy in e-government, e-systems & social networking

l  Trust, security and privacy in cloud computing

l  Performance of practical testbeds for PLS

Submission Guidelines:

Authors are invited to submit original papers of up to 7 pages including figures, tables, and references, in PDF format. Submission implies that at least one of the authors will register and present the paper at the conference. Electronic submission is accepted through the EDAS. Prospective authors are invited to submit original technical papers — up to 7 pages of length, using the EDAS link: https://edas.info/xxx for possible publication in IEEE GLOBECOM 2016 Conference Proceedings, which will be included in IEEE Digital Library.

Invited Talk 1: Resource Allocation for Parallel Gaussian Broadcast Channel for Security Purposes

ABSTRACT: Current and future communication systems (including 5G) will split the broadband channel into a set of parallel Gaussian channels by one of the various modulation techniques (OFDM, filtered OFDM, FBMC, ...). When a partial channel state information is available at the transmitter and multiple users must be served simultaneously, an important problem is the allocation of subcarriers to users. While well-knonw solutions are available when the target is the maximization of the weighted sum rate among the users, the problem becomes more complex when physical layer security features are taken into account. In this talk an outline of resource allocation problems for securing the parallel channels will be proposed, considering both the transmission of multiple confidential messages and the generation of multiple secret keys. Major results that can guide the design of these systems will be presented, assuming either that potential eavesdroppers are other devices belonging to the networks (e.g., other mobiles phones), whose channel is known, or external devices whose channel is unknown (in which case we must resort to the outage concept). Since in general the resource allocation is a very complex problem (typically belonging to the NP-hard class), soboptimal but practical solutions will be discussed, together with numerical results of typical 5G cellular networks.

BIOGRAPHY: Stefano Tomasin received the Laurea degree and the Ph.D. degree in Telecommunications Engineering from the University of Padova, Italy, in 1999 and 2003, respectively. In the Academic year 1999-2000 he was on leave at the IBM Research Laboratory, Zurich, Switzerland, doing research on signal processing for magnetic recording systems. In the Academic year 2001-2002 he was on leave at Philips Research, Eindhoven, the Netherlands, studying multicarrier transmission for mobile applications. He joined University of Padova first as contractor researcher for a national research project (2002), then as Assistant Professor (2005) and since 2016 he is Associate Professor. In the second half of 2004 he was visiting faculty at Qualcomm, San Diego (CA) doing research on interference cancelation for mobile cellular systems. In 2007 he has been visiting Polytechnic University in Brooklyn, NY, working with prof. Elza Erkip on cooperative networks. From December 2014 to December 2015, he has been on a sabbatical leave as Principal Engineer at the Mathematical and Algorithmic Sciences Laboratory, France Research Center of Huawei Technologies, in Boulogne-Billancourt, France. His current research interests include physical layer security, signal processing for wireless communications, optimization techniques for smart grids, synchronization, scheduling of communication resources. He is senior member of IEEE since 2011 and member of IEEE since 1999. Since 2011 he is Editor of both IEEE Transactions of Vehicular Technologies and EURASIP Journal of Wireless Communications and Networking. He was co-recipient of a best paper student award in 2009.

Invited Talk 2: Key Generation from Wireless Channels

ABSTRACT: Key generation from randomness of wireless channels has emerged as a promising technique to establish cryptographic keys securely and efficiently between legitimate users. This talk will cover our recent wireless key generation research. We first review key generation technique. We then propose our practical studies with results collected from wireless open-access research platform. We have carried out a comprehensive investigation on the key generation principles, i.e., temporal variation, channel reciprocity, and spatial decorrelation, in a number of experiments in different multipath environments such as anechoic chamber, reverberation chamber, and indoor office. We will conclude the talk by suggestions for the remaining research challenges in key generation area.

BIOGRAPHY: Prof. Roger Woods received the B.Sc degree (Hons.) in electrical and electronic engineering and the Ph.D. degree from the Queen's University Belfast in 1985 and 1990, respectively. He is currently a Full Professor with Queen's University Belfast, and has created and leads the Programmable Systems Laboratory. He has co-founded a spin-off company, Analytics Engines Ltd., which looks to exploit a lot of the programmable systems research. His research interests are in heterogeneous programmable systems and system level design tools for data, signal and image processing and telecommunications. He holds 4 patents and has authored over 200 papers. He is a member of the IEEE Signal Processing and Industrial Electronics Societies and is on the Advisory Board for the IEEE SPS Technical Committee on the Design and Implementation of Signal Processing Systems. He is on the Editorial Board for the ACM Transactions on Reconfigurable Technology and Systems, the Journal of VLSI Signal Processing Systems and the IET Proceedings on Computer and Digital Techniques. He acted as General Chair for the 2014 Asilomar IEEE Conference on Signals, Systems, and Computers and is on the program committees of a number of IEEE conferences.

BIOGRAPHY: Prof. Alan Marshall received the B.Sc. (Hons.) degree in microelectronic systems from the University of Ulster, U.K., in 1985 and the Ph.D. from the University of Aberdeen, U.K., in 1991. He has spent over 24 years working in the telecommunications and defense Industries. He has been a Visiting Professor in network security at the University of Nice/CNRS, France, and an Adjunct Professor for Research at Sunway University Malaysia. He is currently the Chair in Communications Networks at the University of Liverpool, where he is also the Director of the Advanced Networks Group. He has formed a successful spin-out company Traffic Observation & Management (TOM) Ltd., specializing in intrusion detection and prevention for wireless networks. He has authored over 200 scientific papers and holds a number of joint patents in the areas of communications and network security. His research interests include network architectures and protocols; mobile and wireless networks; network security; high-speed packet switching, quality of service & experience architectures; and distributed haptics. He is a fellow of The Institution of Engineering and Technology. He is a Section Editor (section B: Computer and Communications Networks and Systems) for the Computer Journal of the British Computer Society, a member of Editorial Board of the Journal of Networks (JNW), and on the program committees of a number of IEEE conferences.

BIOGRAPHY: Dr. Junqing Zhang received the B.Eng. and M.Eng. degrees in electrical engineering from Tianjin University, China in 2009 and 2012, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree in electronics and electrical engineering from Queen's University Belfast, U.K. in 2016. He is currently a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow with Queen's University Belfast. His research interests include physical layer security, cryptography and OFDM.

Final Program

9:00 AM - 9:50 AM

Invited Talk Session (Stefano Tomasin, University of Padova): Resource Allocation for Parallel Gaussian Broadcast Channel for Security Purposes

Trung Q. Duong (Queen's University Belfast, UK)


9:50 AM - 10:30 AM

Trusted Physical Layer Security

Trung Q. Duong (Queen's University Belfast, UK)

       (2 papers)

HARQ with Quantized 1-bit CSI Feedback for Block Fading Wiretap Channels

Stefano Tomasin (University of Padova, Italy)

MIMO Relay-Assisted Secure Uplink with Compute and Forward and Full-Duplex Devices

Stefano Tomasin (University of Padova, Italy)


10:30 AM - 11:00 AM



11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Trusted Physical Layer Security

Trung Q. Duong (Queen's University Belfast, UK)

       (5 papers)

Arbitrarily Varying Wiretap Channels with Type Constrained States

Ziv Goldfeld (Ben-Gurion University, Israel); Paul Cuff (Princeton University, USA); Haim H Permuter (Ben-Gurion University, Israel)

The Passive Eavesdropper Affects my Channel: Secret-Key Rates under Real-World Conditions

Christan Zenger, Hendrik Vogt, Jan Zimmer, Aydin Sezgin, Christof Paar (Ruhr University Bochum, Germany)

Physical Layer Security in Distributed Wireless Networks Using Full-Duplex Receiver Jamming

Tong-Xing Zheng (Xi'an Jiaotong University, P.R. China); Qian Yang (Xi'an Jiaotong University, P.R. China); Yi Zhang (Xi'an Jiaotong University, P.R. China); Hui-Ming Wang (Xi'an Jiaotong University, P.R. China); Pengcheng Mu (Xi'an Jiaotong University, P.R. China)

Resource Allocation for Downlink of 5G Systems with OFDMA under Secrecy Outage Constraints

Ahmed Benfarah (University of Padova, Italy); Nicola Laurenti (University of Padova, Italy); Stefano Tomasin (University of Padova, Italy)

Multi-Antenna Secure Transmissions for Millimeter Wave Wiretap Channels

Ying Ju (Xi'an Jiaotong University, P.R. China); Hui-Ming Wang (Xi'an Jiaotong University, P.R. China); Tong-Xing Zheng (Xi'an Jiaotong University, P.R. China); Qian Yang (Xi'an Jiaotong University, P.R. China); Yi Zhang (Xi'an Jiaotong University, P.R. China); Zongze Li (Xi'an Jiaotong University, P.R. China); Pengcheng Mu (Xi'an Jiaotong University, P.R. China); Qinye Yin (Xi'an Jiaotong University, P.R. China)


12:30 PM - 2:00 PM



2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Invited Talk Session (Roger Woods, Queen's University; Alan Marshall, University of Liverpool; Junqing Zhang, Queen's University): Key Generation from Wireless Channels

Nan Yang (Australian National University, Australia)


2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Trusted Physical Layer Security

Nan Yang (Australian National University, Australia)

       (3 papers)

Secure 2-user Gaussian Interference Channel with Limited Information Exchange at the Transmitters

Andrea Matera (Politecnico di Milano, Italy); Pin-Hsun Lin (TU Dresden, Germany); Eduard Jorswieck (TU Dresden, Germany); Umberto Spagnolini (Politecnico di Milano, Italy)

QoS-Based Design for Security Enhancement in TDMA-Based Wireless Networks

Ahmed El Shafie (University of Texas at Dallas, USA); Trung Q. Duong (Queen's University Belfast, UK); Naofal Al-Dhahir (University of Texas at Dallas, USA)

Secure Wireless Key Establishment Using Retrodirective Array

Yuan Ding (Queen's University Belfast, UK); Junqing Zhang (Queen's University Belfast, UK); Vincent Fusco (Queen's University Belfast, UK)


3:30 PM - 4:00 PM



4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Trusted Physical Layer Security

Nan Yang (Australian National University, Australia)

       (5 papers)

Transmit Optimization for Symbol-Level Spoofing with BPSK Signaling

Jie Xu (Guangdong University of Technology, P.R. China); Lingjie Duan (Singapore University of Technology and Design, Singapore); Rui Zhang (National University of Singapore, Singapore)

The Optimal Preprocessing Approach for Secret Key Generation from OFDM Channel Measurements

Guyue Li (Southeast University, P.R. China); Hu Aiqun (Southeast University, P.R. China); Linning Peng (Southeast University, P.R. China); Chen Sun (Southeast University, P.R. China)

Cache-Enabled Physical-Layer Security for Video Streaming in Wireless Networks with Limited Backhaul

Lin Xiang (University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany); Derrick Wing Kwan Ng (University of New South Wales, Australia); Robert Schober (University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany); Vincent W.S. Wong (University of British Columbia, Canada)

Secrecy Rate Beamforming for Multi-Cell SWIPT Networks

Ali A Nasir (National University of Sciences and Technology, Pakistan); Hoang D. Tuan (University of Technology, Sydney, Australia); Trung Q. Duong (Queen's University Belfast, UK); H. Vincent Poor (Princeton University, USA)

Quantization for Physical Layer Security

Oana Graur (Jacobs University Bremen, Germany); Nazia Islam (Jacobs University Bremen, Germany); Werner Henkel (Jacobs University Bremen, Germany)

TPC member




Texas A&M University at Qatar




Università Politecnica delle Marche


Vo Nguyen Quoc


Posts and Telecommunications Institute of Technology


Daniel Benevides

da Costa

Federal University of Ceara (UFC)




King's College London




Lancaster University




Bell Labs




University of Leeds




University of Colorado Colorado Springs




Hong Kong University of Science and Technology




Yonsei University


Yao-Win Peter


National Tsing Hua University




University of Padova




Southwest Jiaotong University




TU Dresden




University of New South Wales




University of Sheffield




Nazarbayev University




Ericsson Research


Derrick Wing Kwan


University of New South Wales




University of Cambridge




Virginia Tech




Technische Universität Berlin




University of Peradeniya




University of Arizona




University of Padova




Xi'an Jiaotong University




University College London


Kai Kit


University College London




The Australian National University




Institute of Communications Engineering, PLAUST


Phee Lep


University of Melbourne




Singapore University of Technology and Design




Blekinge Institute of Technology




Zhejiang University




University of British Columbia