CNS-1717948 NeTS: Small: Collaborative Research:

Low-cost, Convenient, Non-intrusive Methods for Enabling the Internet of Things

PIs: Prof. Shigang Chen and Prof. Chen Qian

University of Florida and University of California Santa Cruz

Project Summary

The Internet of things (IoT) brings transformative changes and novel applications to businesses and services. However replacing old products with new IoT designs can be expensive and time-consuming, which limits its scope of applicability in practice. In addition legacy products cannot benefit from the IoT applications. This proposal takes a different path to look for a relatively low-cost, convenient and non-intrusive way that is capable of turning a vast number of objects in the world, without redesign, into semi-smart objects for some of the benefits promised by the IoT vision.

Our approach is built upon Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) systems that have already gained wide acceptance in various industrial and business applications, due to the low-cost and battery-free properties. This project takes a different look at how to use RFID tags, from just using their IDs to exploiting the properties of the underlying physical-layer signals from tags, which carry far-richer information for determining the objects' orientation, location, spacing and speed that are useful in many IoT applications. We name these tags as signal tags. The goal of our project is to perform the first comprehensive investigation on the set of primitive functions that the signal tags are able to support, as well as their respective application scope. We propose to study the primitive functions of individual signal tags and signal tag aggregates.

Project Publications

[IoTDI'19] Xin Li, Minmei Wang, Shouqian Shi, and Chen Qian, VERID: Towards Verifiable IoT Data Management, in Proc. of ACM/IEEE Conference on Internet of Things Design and Implementation (IoTDI), 2019.

[ToN] Xin Li, Minmei Wang, Huazhe Wang, Ye Yu, and Chen Qian, Towards Secure and Efficient Communication for the Internet of Things, in IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking.

[INFOCOM'19] Minmei Wang, Chen Qian, Xin Li, Shouqian Shi, Collaborative Validation of Public-Key Certificates for IoT by Distributed Caching, in Proc. of IEEE INFOCOM, 2019 (Accept rate: 288/1464 = 19.7%) [pdf]

[ToN] Jia Liu, Shigang Chen, Qingjun Xiao, Min Chen, Bin Xiao, Lijun Chen, Efficient Information Sampling in Multi-category RFID Systems, to appear in IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking, vol. 27, issue 1, pp. 159-172, February 2019.

[TMC] Ge Wang, Chen Qian, Longfei Shangguan, Han Ding, Jinsong Han, Kaiyan Cui, Jizhong Zhao, HMO: Ordering RFID Tags with Static Devices in Mobile Environments, in IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing.

[UBICOMP'19] J. Han, C. Qian, Y. Yang, G. Wang, H. Ding, X. Li, K. Ren, Butterfly: Environment-Independent Physical-Layer Authentication for Passive RFID, in Proc. of ACM UBICOMP 2019 and Proceedings of the ACM on Interactive, Mobile, Wearable and Ubiquitous Technologies (IMWUT).

[ToN] Qingjun Xiao, Shigang Chen, Jia Liu, Guang Cheng, A Protocol for Simultaneously Estimating Moments and Popular Groups in a Multigroup RFID System, IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking, vol. 27, issue 1, pp. 143-158, February 2019.

[IoTJ] Hansong Guo, He Huang, Yu-e Sun, Youlin Zhang, Shigang Chen, Liusheng Huang, Chacc: Real-time and Fine-grained Rain Detection and Measurement using Smartphones, IEEE Internet of Things Journal, vol. 6, issue 1, pp. 997-1009, February 2019.

[IoTJ] Yawei Pang, Haichuan Ding, Jianqing Liu, Yuguang Fang, Shigang Chen, A UHF RFID based System for Children Tracking, IEEE Internet of Things Journal, vol. 5, issue 6, pp. 5055-5064, December 2018.

[ICDCS'19] Jia Liu, Youlin Zhang, Shigang Chen, Min Chen, Lijun Chen, Collision-resistant Communication Model for State-free Networked Tags, in Proc. of 39th IEEE International Conference on Distributed Computing (ICDCS), Dallas, Texas, USA, July 2019.

[INFOCOM'19] Jia Liu, Xinyu Chen, Shigang Chen, Xiulong Liu, Yanyan Wang, Li-jun Chen, TagSheet: Sleeping Posture Recognition with an Unobtrusive Passive Tag Matrix, in Proc. of IEEE INFOCOM, 2019.

[MASS'18] Youlin Zhang,Shigang Chen, You Zhou, Yuguang Fang, Using Wireless Tags to Monitor Bodily Oscillation, in Proc. of 15th International Conference on Mobile Ad-hoc and Sensor Systems (MASS), Chengdu, China, October 2018.

[MobiCom'18] G. Wang, H. Cai, C. Qian, J. Han, X. Li, H. Ding, J. Zhao, Towards Replay-resilient RFID Authentication, in ACM MobiCom, 2018. (Acceptance rate: 22%)

[TMC] G. Wang, J. Han, C. Qian, W. Xi, H. Ding, Z. Jiang, J. Zhao, Verifiable Smart Packaging with Passive RFID, accepted to IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing.

[ToN] Y. Yu, D. Belazzougui, C. Qian, Q. Zhang, Memory-efficient and Ultra-fast Network Lookup and Forwarding using Othello Hashing, accepted to IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking. [Code of Othello Hashing] [pdf]

[INFOCOM'18] H. Ding, J. Han, C. Qian, F. Xiao, G. Wang, N. Yang, W. Xi, J. Xiao, Trio: Utilizing Tag Interference for Refined Localization of Passive RFID, in IEEE INFOCOM (Acceptance rate: 19.2%).

[INFOCOM'18] Youlin Zhang, Shigang Chen, You Zhou, Yuguang Fang, Anonymous Temporal-Spatial Joint Estimation at Category Level over Multiple Tag Sets, Proc. of IEEE INFOCOM, Honolulu, HI, USA, April 2018. (Acceptance rate: 19.2%)

[SECON'18] Youlin Zhang, Shigang Chen, You Zhou, Olufemi Odegbile, Missing-Tag Detection With Presence of Unknown Tags, in Proc. of IEEE International Conference on Sensing, Communication, and Networking (SECON), Hongkong, China, June 2018. (Acceptance rate: 23.2%)

[HotWireless'17] G. Wang, C. Qian, H. Cai, J. Han, and H. Ding, Replay-resilient Physical-layer Authentication for Passive RFID. in Proceedings of ACM/SIGMobile Workshop on Hot Topics in Wireless (HotWireless), 2017. [pdf]

[MobiCom Poster] G. Wang, C. Qian, J. Han, H. Cai, Poster: Combating Multipaths to Enable RFID Sensing in Practical Environments. in Proceedings of ACM MobiCom, 2017

[ICNP'17] Y. Yu, D. Belazzougui, C. Qian, and Q. Zhang, A Concise Forwarding Information Base for Scalable and Fast Name Lookups. in Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Network Protocols (ICNP), 2017. (Acceptance rate: 39/209=18.6%). [pdf]

[MECOMM'17] Y. Yu, X. Li, C. Qian, SDLB: A Scalable and Dynamic Software Load Balancer for Fog and Mobile Edge Computing, in Proc of ACM SIGCOMM 2017 Workshop on Mobile Edge Communications (MECOMM), 2017. [pdf]

[INFOCOM'17] Jia Liu, Min Chen, Shigang Chen, Qingfeng Pan, Li-jun Chen, Tag-Compass: Determining the Spatial Direction of an Object with Small Dimensions, Proc. of IEEE INFOCOM, Atlanta, GA, USA, May 2017. (Acceptance rate: 20.9%)

[INFOCOM'17] Min Chen, Jia Liu, Shigang Chen, Yan Qiao, Yuanqing Zheng, DBF: A General Framework for Anomaly Detection in RFID Systems, Proc. of IEEE INFOCOM, Atlanta, GA, USA, May 2017. (Acceptance rate: 20.9%)

[INFOCOM'17] Jia Liu, Shigang Chen, Bin Xiao, Yanyan Wang, Lijun Chen, Category Information Collection in RFID Systems, in Proc. of IEEE ICDCS, 6 pages short paper, Atlanta, GA, USA, June 2017.


Graduate: Youlin Zhang (UF), Dimitgrios Melissourgos (UF), Minmei Wang (UCSC), Haofan Cai (UCSC)

Undergraduate: Bradley Puckett (UCSC), Alex Smirnov (UCSC), Ian Pham (UCSC), Jonne Kaunisto (UCSC), Robin Mathison (UCSC)

Classes related to the project

Sping 2018: CMPE259 Sensor Networks and Internet of Things (UCSC)

Fall 2017: CMPE252A: Computer Networks (UCSC)

Sping 2017: CMPE253 Network Security (UCSC)

CNT5106c, Computer Networks (UF)

Collaboration events

Biweekly tele-conference meeting from 2017-2020

2017/11, PI meeting at Boston, MA.


Last modified: 07/2018