Date of Degree

9-2015

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Ph.D.

Program

Computer Science

Advisor

Ping Ji

Abstract

Various wireless network technologies have been created to meet the ever-increasing demand for wireless access to the Internet, such as wireless local area network, cellular network, sensor network and many more. The communication devices have transformed from large computational servers to small wireless hand-held devices, ranging from laptops, tablets, smartphones to small sensors. The advances of these wireless networks (e.g., faster network speed) and their intensive usages result in an enormous growth of network data in terms of volume, diversity, and complexity. All of these changes have raised complicated issues of network measurement and management.

In the first part of this thesis, I study how WiFi network characteristics impact network forensics investigation and home security monitoring. I first focus on network forensics investigation and propose a wireless forensic monitoring system to collect trace digests of WiFi activities and facilitate cybercrime investigation. Then, I design and develop a low-cost home security system based on WiFi networks for physical intruder detection. Two methods - MAC-based detection and RSSI-variance-based detection, are proposed based on the characteristics of WiFi networks. In the second part, I study how to effectively and efficiently model multiple coevolving time series, which is ubiquitous in network measurement especially in wireless sensor networks. Two comprehensive algorithms are proposed to address three prominent challenges of mining coevolving sensor measured traces: (a) high order; (b) contextual constraints; and (c) temporal smoothness.

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