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  • White Papers // Oct 2013

    Algebraic MACs and Keyed-Verification Anonymous Credentials

    The authors consider the problem of constructing anonymous credentials for use in a setting where the issuer of credentials is also the verifier, or more generally where the issuer and verifier have a shared key. In this setting they can use Message Authentication Codes (MACs) instead of public key signatures...

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  • White Papers // Oct 2013

    New Trapdoor Projection Maps for Composite-Order Bilinear Groups

    An asymmetric pairing over groups of composite order is a bilinear map e: G1 G2 - GT for groups G1 and G2 of composite order N = pq. The authors observe that a recent construction of pairing-friendly elliptic curves in this setting by the researcher exhibits surprising and unprecedented structure:...

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  • White Papers // Jun 2013

    Measuring the Practical Impact of DNSSEC Deployment

    DNSSEC extends DNS with a public-key infrastructure, providing compatible clients with cryptographic assurance for DNS records they obtain, even in the presence of an active network attacker. As with many internet protocol deployments, administrators deciding whether to deploy DNSSEC for their DNS zones must perform cost/benefit analysis. For some fraction...

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  • White Papers // Jun 2012

    Establishing Browser Security Guarantees through Formal Shim Verification

    Web browsers mediate access to valuable private data in domains ranging from health care to banking. Despite this critical role, attackers routinely exploit browser vulnerabilities to exfiltrate private data and take over the underlying system. The authors present QUARK, a browser whose kernel has been implemented and verified in Coq....

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  • White Papers // Aug 2011

    Improved Spectrum Access Control of Cognitive Radios Based on Primary ARQ Signals

    Cognitive radio systems capable of opportunistic spectrum access represent a new paradigm for improving the efficiency of current spectrum utilization. In this paper, the authors present a novel cognitive channel access method based on learning from both primary channel transmissions and the receiver ARQ feedback signals. This new sensing-plus-confirmation scheme...

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  • White Papers // Aug 2011

    Quality-of-Information Aware Networking for Tactical Military Networks

    In tactical military networks, decisions must often be made quickly based on information at hand. It is a challenge to provide decision makers with a notion of the quality of the information they have, or to provide a method by which decision makers can specify a required quality of information....

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  • White Papers // Aug 2011

    FERMI: A FEmtocell Resource Management System for Interference Mitigation in OFDMA Networks

    The demand for increased spectral efficiencies is driving the next generation broadband access networks towards deploying smaller cells (femtocells) and sophisticated air interface technologies (Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiple Access or OFDMA). The dense deployment of femtocells however, makes interference and hence resource management both critical and extremely challenging. In this...

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  • White Papers // Aug 2011

    LEISURE: A Framework for Load-Balanced Network-Wide Traffic Measurement

    Network-wide traffic measurement is of interest to network operators to uncover global network behavior for the management tasks of traffic accounting, debugging or troubleshooting, security, and traffic engineering. Increasingly, sophisticated network measurement tasks such as anomaly detection and security forensic analysis are requiring in-depth fine-grained flow-level measurements. However, performing in-depth...

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  • White Papers // Jul 2011

    On the Empirical Performance of Self-Calibrating WiFi Location Systems

    The pervasive deployment of 802.11 in modern enterprise buildings has long made it an attractive technology for constructing indoor location services. To this end, a broad range of algorithms have been proposed to accurately estimate location from 802.11 signal strength measurements, some without requiring manual calibration for each physical location....

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  • White Papers // Jul 2011

    Enhanching in Vehicle Digital Maps Via GPS Crowdsourcing

    In this paper, the authors propose a simple and effective method to extend digital maps with the location and timing of stop-signs and traffic lights in a city, given GPS traces collected by on-road vehicles. Their system finds the location and timing of traffic lights and stop-signs using a small...

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  • White Papers // Jul 2011

    TouchLogger: Inferring Keystrokes On Touch Screen From Smartphone Motion

    Attacks that use side channels, such as sound and electromagnetic emanation, to infer keystrokes on physical keyboards are ineffective on smartphones without physical keyboards. The authors describe a new side channel, motion, on touch screen smartphones with only soft keyboards. Since typing on different locations on the screen causes different...

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  • White Papers // Jul 2011

    Cooperative Jamming for Secure Communications in MIMO Relay Networks

    Secure communications can be impeded by eavesdroppers in conventional relay systems. This paper proposes cooperative jamming strategies for two-hop relay networks where the eavesdropper can wiretap the relay channels in both hops. In these approaches, the normally inactive nodes in the relay network can be used as cooperative jamming sources...

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  • White Papers // Jul 2011

    No Plan Survives Contact: Experience With Cybercrime Measurement

    An important mode of empirical security research involves analyzing the behavior, capabilities, and motives of adversaries. By definition, such measurements cannot be conducted in controlled settings and require "Engagement" directly with adversaries, their infrastructure or their ecosystem. However, the operational complexities required to successfully carry out such measurements are significant...

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  • White Papers // Jul 2011

    Improving the Way We Design Games for Learning by Examining How Popular Video Games Teach

    One of the reasons why commercial video games are popular is that they effectively teach players how to play the game - in many cases as the player plays the game itself. This paper focuses on how to effectively integrate teaching "How to play a game" with teaching an "Instructional...

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  • White Papers // Jul 2011

    Variability of Location Management Costs With Different Mobilities and Timer Periods to Update Locations

    In this paper, the authors examine the location management costs in mobile communication networks utilizing the timer-based method. From the study of the probabilities that a mobile terminal changes a number of Location Areas between two calls, they identify a threshold value of 0.7 for the Call-to-Mobility Ratio (CMR) below...

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  • White Papers // Jun 2011

    Measuring Pay-Per-Install: The Commoditization of Malware Distribution

    Recent years have seen extensive diversification of the "Underground economy" associated with malware and the subversion of Internet-connected systems. This trend towards specialization has compelling forces driving it: miscreants readily apprehend that tackling the entire value-chain from malware creation to monetization in the presence of ever-evolving countermeasures poses a daunting...

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  • White Papers // Jun 2011

    BOTMAGNIFIER: Locating Spambots on the Internet

    Unsolicited bulk email (spam) is used by cyber-criminals to lure users into scams and to spread malware infections. Most of these unwanted messages are sent by spam botnets, which are networks of compromised machines under the control of a single (malicious) entity. Often, these botnets are rented out to particular...

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  • White Papers // May 2011

    Authenticated and Misuse-Resistant Encryption of Key-Dependent Data

    This paper provides a comprehensive treatment of the security of Authenticated Encryption (AE) in the presence of key-dependent data, considering the four variants of the goal arising from the choice of universal nonce or random nonce security and presence or absence of a header. The authors present attacks showing that...

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  • White Papers // May 2011

    Just-in-Time Compilation for FPGA Processor Cores

    Portability benefits have encouraged the trend of distributing applications using processor-independent instructions, a.k.a. bytecode, and executing that bytecode on an emulator running on a target processor. Transparent Just-In-Time (JIT) compilation of bytecode to native instructions is often used to increase application execution speed without sacrificing portability. Recent work has proposed...

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  • White Papers // May 2011

    Concurrently Secure Computation in Constant Rounds

    The authors study the problem of constructing concurrently secure computation protocols in the plain model, where no trust is required in any party or setup. While the well established UC framework for concurrent security is impossible to achieve in this setting, a meaningful notion of concurrent security based on Super-Polynomial...

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  • White Papers // May 2011

    Exploring the Effects of Feed-Forward and Feedback on Information Disclosure and User Experience in a Context-Aware Recommender System

    When disclosing information to a recommender system, users need to trade off its usefulness for receiving better recommendations with the privacy risks incurred through its disclosure. The paper describes a series of studies that will investigate the use of feed-forward and feedback messages to inform users about the potential usefulness...

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  • White Papers // May 2011

    RFID Assisted Vehicle Positioning in VANETs

    With technological advancement, recent VANET applications such as safe driving and emergency rescue often demand high position accuracy. Unfortunately, however, conventional localization systems, e.g., GPS, hardly meet new accuracy requirements. To overcome this limitation, this paper proposes an RFID-assisted localization system. The proposed system employs the DGPS concept to improve...

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  • White Papers // May 2011

    Some Issues in WSN, MANET and Cellular Security

    In this position paper, the authors address some current limitations and challenges as well as emerging directions in three related areas of secure communication: security in Wireless Sensor Networks - WSNs, security in Mobile Ad hoc NETworks - MANETs, and security in Cellular Phone Networks. Sensors that obtain information by...

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  • White Papers // May 2011

    Analyzing Interaction Communication Networks in Enterprises and Identifying Hierarchies

    With the proliferation of electronic modes of communication (e.g., e-mails, short messages), a group of people in an enterprise can form several distinct Communication Interaction Networks, or CINs for short. A CIN is essentially a graph representation of "Who talks to whom" among a group of individuals. In this paper,...

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  • White Papers // May 2011

    Correlated-Input Secure Hash Functions

    The authors undertake a general study of hash functions secure under correlated inputs, meaning that security should be maintained when the adversary sees hash values of many related high-entropy inputs. Such a property is satisfied by a random oracle, and its importance is illustrated by study of the "Avalanche effect,"...

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  • White Papers // May 2011

    Database-Agnostic Transaction Support for Cloud Infrastructures

    In this paper, the authors present and empirically evaluate the performance of Database-Agnostic Transaction (DAT) support for the cloud. Their design and implementation of DAT is scalable, fault-tolerant, and requires only that the datastore provide atomic, row-level access. Their approach enables applications to employ a single transactional datastore API that...

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  • White Papers // May 2011

    SAIL: A Scalable Approach for Wide-Area IP Mobility

    The Internet is becoming increasingly mobile, with not only smartphones outnumbering stationary hosts, but also cars, buses, trains and airplanes all coming online. This makes Internet mobility support more important than ever. However, the existing standard mobility support protocols, mainly Mobile IPv6 and NEtwork MObility (NEMO), suffer from triangle routing...

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  • White Papers // May 2011

    On the Symmetry of User Mobility in Wireless Networks

    In this paper analyzed WLAN - GPS -and synthetic traces that record mobility in a variety of network environments. The authors observe that from a macroscopic level, human mobility is symmetric. In other words, the number of users that move from point A to point B approximates the number of...

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  • White Papers // May 2011

    GQ: Practical Containment for Measuring Modern Malware Systems

    Measurement and analysis of modern malware systems such as botnets relies crucially on execution of specimens in a setting that enables them to communicate with other systems across the Internet. Ethical, legal, and technical constraints, however, demand containment of resulting network activity in order to prevent the malware from harming...

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  • White Papers // May 2011

    A Comparitive Study of Achievability of Security Against Related-Key Attack

    This paper begins with a practical contribution, namely a way to leverage the RKA security of blockciphers to provide RKA security for a suite of high-level primitives. This motivates a more general theoretical question, namely, when is it possible to transfer RKA security from a primitive P1 to a primitive...

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  • White Papers // Apr 2011

    Seeker - A Bandwidth-Based Association Control Framework for Wireless Mesh Networks

    The rapid deployment of wireless mesh networks across universities and enterprises, and the pervasiveness of mobile devices equipped with Wi-Fi connectivity, has resulted in a scenario wherein end users have the option to choose from a multitude of access points at any given location. Moreover, with the increasing availability of...

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  • White Papers // Apr 2011

    Programming Support for Distributed Optimization and Control in Cyber-Physical Systems

    Large-scale actuator control problems in Cyber-Physical Systems (CPSs) are often expressed within the networked optimization model. While significant advances have taken place in optimization techniques, their widespread adoption in practical implementations is impeded by the complexity of inter-node coordination and lack of programming support that is necessary for sharing information...

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  • White Papers // Apr 2011

    (Im)Possible Frontiers: A Comment

    The existence of mean-variance efficient positive portfolios - portfolios with no negative weights - is a key requirement for equilibrium in the Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM). Brennan and Lo (2010) define an "Impossible frontier" as a frontier on which all portfolios have at least one negative weight. They prove...

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  • White Papers // Apr 2011

    Collusion-Resilient Quality of Information Evaluation Based on Information Provenance

    The quality of information is crucial for decision making in many dynamic information sharing environments such as sensor and tactical networks. Information trustworthiness is an essential parameter in assessing the information quality. In this paper, the authors present a trust model to evaluate the trustworthiness of information as well as...

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  • White Papers // Apr 2011

    Systemic Sovereign Credit Risk: Lessons From The U.S. And Europe

    The authors study the nature of systemic sovereign credit risk using CDS spreads for the U.S. Treasury, individual U.S. states, and major European countries. Using a multifactor affine framework that allows for both systemic and sovereign-specific credit shocks, they find that there is considerable heterogeneity across U.S. and European issuers...

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  • White Papers // Apr 2011

    Digitizing Physical Objects in the Home

    Technology in the home has brought about a number of changes in the way things are being done. Particularly interesting is the question as to whether some ways of doing activities are now being replaced given the availability of technology at an affordable cost. The ownership of a home computer...

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  • White Papers // Mar 2011

    Database Scalability, Elasticity, and Autonomy in the Cloud

    The proliferation of technology in the past two decades has created an interesting dichotomy for users. There is very little disagreement that an individual's life is significantly enriched as a result of easy access to information and services using a wide spectrum of computing platforms such as personal workstations, laptop...

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  • White Papers // Mar 2011

    SenSec: A Scalable and Accurate Framework for Wireless Sensor Network Security Evaluation

    The use of Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs) is expanding rapidly in a variety of fields. As the use of sensors evolves from merely capturing data to real-time event detection and response, sensor networks must provide accurate and authentic data to guarantee operational integrity. Security solutions are necessary to prevent malicious...

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  • White Papers // Mar 2011

    Learning From Repetitive Acquisitions: Evidence From The Time Between Deals

    Repetitive acquisitions involve benefits and costs. Benefits accrue from learning about the takeover process while costs involve integrating the combined firms. These benefits and costs are not directly observable from outside the firm but this paper proposes a simple model to infer their relative importance from the time between successive...

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  • White Papers // Mar 2011

    Usability of Display-Equipped RFID Tags for Security Purposes

    Recent emergence of high-end RFID tags capable of performing public key operations enables some new applications in commerce (e.g., RFID-enabled credit cards) and security (e.g., ePassports and access control badges). While the use of public key cryptography mitigates many difficult security issues, certain important usability-related issues remain, particularly, when RFID...

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  • White Papers // Jul 2010

    Collection of Time series of appetite-related sensations using a handheld computer: a case study

    The authors present a case study in the design and subsequent use of "OKMO", a software program for the quantitative assessment of subjective appetite-related sensations, using a visual scale and running on a handheld computing device. OKMO runs on inexpensive Palm devices (PalmOS 4), and was built using only free...

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  • White Papers // Oct 2010

    The Combinatorial BLAS: Design, Implementation, and Applications

    This paper presents a scalable high-performance software library to be used for graph analysis and data mining. Large combinatorial graphs appear in many applications of high-performance computing, including computational biology, informatics, analytics, web search, dynamical systems, and sparse matrix methods. Graph computations are difficult to parallelize using traditional approaches due...

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  • White Papers // Sep 2010

    Scalable Nearest Neighbors with Guarantees in Large and Composite Networks

    The authors address the problem of k Nearest Neighbor (kNN) search in networks, according to a random walk proximity measure called Effective Importance. Their approach retrieves the exact top neighbors at query time without relying on off-line indexing or summaries of the entire network. This makes it suitable for very...

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  • White Papers // Jul 2010

    Concurrent Collection as an Operating System Service for Cross-Runtime Cross-Language Memory Management

    The authors present GC-as-a-Service (GaS), a cross-runtime, cross-language Garbage Collection (GC) library that can be used to simplify the implementation of runtime systems, and that exploits available multicore technologies. GaS decouples GC from other runtime components and exposes a fine-grain API for use by GC-cooperative runtimes of different programming languages...

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  • White Papers // Aug 2010

    Understanding the Potential of Interpreter-based Optimizations for Python

    The increasing popularity of scripting languages as general purpose programming environments calls for more efficient execution. Most of these languages, such as Python, Ruby, PHP, and JavaScript are interpreted. Interpretation is a natural implementation given the dynamic nature of these languages and interpreter portability has facilitated wide-spread use. In this...

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  • White Papers // Jul 2010

    HengHa: Data Harvesting Detection on Hidden Databases

    The back-end databases of web-based applications are a major data security concern to enterprises. The problem becomes more critical with the proliferation of enterprises hosted web applications in the cloud. While much prior work has concentrated on the malicious attacks that try to break into the database by using vulnerabilities...

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  • White Papers // Jul 2010

    TranslatAR: A Mobile Augmented Reality Translator on the Nokia N900

    Researchers have long been interested in the synergy between portability and computing power but had been limited by unwieldy, uncommonly used devices. The latest generation of mobile phones, i.e. 'Smartphones', are equipped with hardware powerful enough to develop novel, interesting applications which allow users to directly interact with the world...

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  • White Papers // Jun 2010

    Highly Parallel Sparse Matrix-Matrix Multiplication

    Generalized sparse matrix-matrix multiplication is a key primitive for many high performance graph algorithms as well as some linear solvers such as multigrid. The authors present the first parallel algorithms that achieve increasing speedups for an unbounded number of processors. Their algorithms are based on two-dimensional block distribution of sparse...

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  • White Papers // Jul 2010

    Live Database Migration for Elasticity in a Multitenant Database for Cloud Platforms

    The growing popularity of cloud computing as a platform for deploying internet scale applications has seen a large number of web applications being deployed in the cloud. These applications (or tenants) are typically characterized by small data footprints, different schemas, and variable load patterns. Scalable multitenant DataBase Management Systems (DBMS)...

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  • White Papers // Apr 2010

    Who's Driving this Cloud? Towards Efficient Migration for Elastic and Autonomic Multitenant Databases

    The success of cloud computing as a platform for deploying web-applications has led to a deluge of applications characterized by small data footprints but unpredictable access patterns. An autonomic and scalable multitenant DataBase Management System (DBMS) is therefore an important component of the software stack for platforms supporting these applications....

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  • White Papers // Mar 2010

    ElasTraS: An Elastic, Scalable, and Self Managing Transactional Database for the Cloud

    Cloud computing has emerged as a pervasive platform for deploying scalable and highly available Internet applications. To facilitate the migration of data-driven applications to the cloud: elasticity, scalability, fault-tolerance, and self-manageability (henceforth referred to as cloud features) are fundamental requirements for DataBase Management Systems (DBMS) driving such applications. Even though...

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  • White Papers // Feb 2010

    Key-Value Datastores Comparison in AppScale

    The authors present a simple framework that employs a single API - the Datastore API from the Google App Engine cloud computing platform - to interface to different open source distributed database technologies in use today. They use the framework to "Plug in" different databases to the API so that...

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  • White Papers // Oct 2009

    Vshmem: Shared-Memory OS-Support for Multicore-based HPC systems

    As a result of the huge performance potential of multi-core microprocessors, HPC infrastructures are rapidly integrating them into their architectures in order to expedite the performance growth of the next generation HPC systems. However, as the number of cores per processor increase to 100 or 1000s of cores, they are...

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  • White Papers // Aug 2009

    Verification of String Manipulating Programs Using Multi-Track Automata

    Verification of string manipulation operations is a crucial problem in computer security. The authors present a new symbolic string verification technique that can be used to prove that vulnerabilities that result from improper string manipulation do not exist in a given program. They formally characterize the string verification problem as...

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  • White Papers // Aug 2009

    Tackling Bidder Collusion in Dynamic Spectrum Auctions (Extended)

    Dynamic spectrum auction is an effective solution to manage spectrum across many small networks. As the number of participants grows, collusion poses a serious threat to auction performance. Small groups of colluding bidders can make use of the interference constraints to manipulate auction outcomes, leading to unfair spectrum distribution and...

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  • White Papers // Jul 2009

    Mining the Network Behavior of Bots

    A botnet is a network of compromised hosts that fulfills the malicious intents of an attacker. Once installed, a bot is typically used to steal sensitive information, send SPAM, perform DDoS attacks, and other illegal activities. Research in botnet detection has been quite prolific in the past years, producing detection...

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  • White Papers // Jun 2009

    Generating Vulnerability Signatures for String Manipulating Programs Using Automata-based Forward and Backward Symbolic Analyses

    Given a program and an attack pattern (specified as a regular expression), the authors automatically generate string-based vulnerability signatures, i.e., a characterization that includes all malicious inputs that can be used to generate attacks. They use an automata-based string analysis framework. Using forward reachability analysis they compute an over-approximation of...

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  • White Papers // Jun 2009

    Spectrum Allocation for Frequency-Agile Radio Networks under Physical Interference Models

    Spectrum frequency allocation problems are fundamental problems in wireless spectrum auctions and wireless LAN management. Due to their complexity, most existing proposals simplify the allocation problems by reducing physical interference to a graph-based interference model. In this paper, the authors propose LIGHTHOUSE, a new line of efficient approximation algorithms that...

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  • White Papers // Mar 2009

    Multicasting in the Hypercube, Chord and Binomial Graphs

    Multicasting is a communication primitive that allows a node in a network to send a message to multiple destination nodes. There are many ways in which multicasting can be implemented. For example, when an e-mail is sent to k destinations, e-mailing systems make k copies of the message and send...

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  • White Papers // Jun 2009

    In-Depth Evaluation of Popular Interest Point Detectors on Video Streams

    The authors present an in-depth evaluation of popular interest point detectors, which, in contrast to existing evaluations, is targeted towards the application in visual tracking and augmented reality. In particular, candidate algorithms, testbed, and performance criteria are chosen with respect to the application of visual tracking. They evaluate the impact...

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  • White Papers // Apr 2010

    Managing Concurrent Access for Shared Memory Active Messages

    Passing messages through shared memory plays an important role on symmetric multiprocessors and on Clumps. The management of concurrent access to message queues is an important aspect of design for shared memory message passing systems. Using both microbenchmarks and applications, this paper compares the performance of concurrent access algorithms for...

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  • White Papers // Jan 2009

    SSWiM: A Semantic Service, Wrapper and Invocation Manager

    Integrating service description, discovery, and invocation functionalities presents several fundamental problems in the management of web services and is a basic problem for composing web services over a network. In this paper, the authors present the design of a system called "Semantic Service, Wrapper, and Invocation Manager" (SSWiM) which provides...

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  • White Papers // Jun 2009

    FORWARD: Design Specification Techniques for Do-It-Yourself Application Platforms

    The FORWARD project, as well as its app2you predecessor, is a Do-It-Yourself web application platform that enables non-programmers to create custom forms-driven workflow applications, where users with potentially different roles and rights interact. The authors' experience with the commercialized version of app2you shows that forms-driven workflow applications exhibit a viable...

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  • White Papers // Jun 2009

    Experimental Evaluation of Query Processing Techniques Over Multiversion XML Documents

    Various approaches have been recently proposed for storing the evolution of an XML document, thereby preserving useful past information about the document and thus the ability to query it. While the importance of maintaining a document's evolution has been recognized, relatively little research has been done on how to adapt...

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  • White Papers // Jun 2009

    Efficient and Scalable Sequence-Based XML Filtering

    The ubiquitous adoption of XML as the standard of data exchange over the web has led to increased interest in building efficient and scalable XML publish-subscribe (pub-sub) systems. The central function of an XML-based pub-sub system is to perform XML filtering efficiently, i.e. identify those XPath expressions that have a...

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  • White Papers // Jan 2011

    Downloading Hidden Web Content

    An ever-increasing amount of information on the Web today is available only through search interfaces: the users have to type in a set of keywords in a search form in order to access the pages from certain Web sites. These pages are often referred to as the Hidden Web or...

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  • White Papers // Jan 2011

    Distributed Web Crawling Over DHTs

    In this paper, the authors present the design and implementation of a distributed web crawler. They begin by motivating the need for such a crawler, as a basic building block for decentralized web search applications. The distributed crawler harnesses the excess bandwidth and computing resources of clients to crawl the...

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  • White Papers // Apr 2010

    Teaching Environmentalism: Mindfulness, Activism, and Student Performance

    Academics that meditate and engage in other contemplative practices increasingly incorporate their practice into courses as a means of increasing students' capacity for focus and attention, social awareness, and activism. Do they also improve student's grades? Attention in class, especially if it extends to coursework completed outside of class and...

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  • White Papers // Jan 2011

    A Study on the Evolution of the Web

    The authors seek to gain improved insight into how Web search engines should cope with the evolving Web, in an attempt to provide users with the most up-to-date results possible. For this purpose they collected weekly snapshots of some 150 Web sites over the course of one year, and measured...

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  • White Papers // Mar 2011

    Learning From Repetitive Acquisitions: Evidence From The Time Between Deals

    Repetitive acquisitions involve benefits and costs. Benefits accrue from learning about the takeover process while costs involve integrating the combined firms. These benefits and costs are not directly observable from outside the firm but this paper proposes a simple model to infer their relative importance from the time between successive...

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  • White Papers // Feb 2011

    A Simple Method For Assessing Project Risk By Adjusting For Growth Options Leverage

    Capital budgeting methods require estimates of project betas which, using the Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM), allow the authors to estimate the cost of capital used for discounting expected future cash flows. In practice, equity betas are estimated using stock returns of comparable firms which are then unlevered for financial...

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  • White Papers // Apr 2011

    (Im)Possible Frontiers: A Comment

    The existence of mean-variance efficient positive portfolios - portfolios with no negative weights - is a key requirement for equilibrium in the Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM). Brennan and Lo (2010) define an "Impossible frontier" as a frontier on which all portfolios have at least one negative weight. They prove...

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  • White Papers // Apr 2011

    Systemic Sovereign Credit Risk: Lessons From The U.S. And Europe

    The authors study the nature of systemic sovereign credit risk using CDS spreads for the U.S. Treasury, individual U.S. states, and major European countries. Using a multifactor affine framework that allows for both systemic and sovereign-specific credit shocks, they find that there is considerable heterogeneity across U.S. and European issuers...

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  • White Papers // Jul 2010

    CEO Narcissism And The Takeover Process

    The authors examine the influence of both acquirer and target CEO narcissism on the takeover process. They measure CEO narcissism using patterns of personal pronoun usage in more than 1,700 transcripts of CEO speech. Information on the private part of the takeover process is collected in Security and Exchange Commission...

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  • White Papers // Jul 2010

    MicroHoo: Lesson From A Takeover Attempt

    On February 1, 2008, Microsoft offered $43.7 billion for Yahoo. This was a milestone in the Microsoft versus Google battle to control the internet search industry and the related online advertising market. The authors provide an in-depth analysis of this failed takeover attempt. They attempt to identify the sources of...

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  • White Papers // Nov 2010

    Capital Structure Effects On Prices Of Firm Stock Options: Test Using Implied Market Values Of Corporate Debt

    This paper introduces a new methodology for measuring and analyzing capital structure effects on prices of call options on stocks of individual firms in the economy. By focusing on individual firms the authors examine the cross sectional effects of leverage on option prices. The methodology allows the market value of...

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  • White Papers // Dec 2009

    Top-K Aggregation Queries Over Large Networks

    Searching and mining large graphs today is critical to a variety of application domains, ranging from personalized recommendation in social networks, to searches for functional associations in biological pathways. In these domains, there is a need to perform aggregation operations on large-scale networks. Unfortunately the existing implementation of aggregation operations...

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  • White Papers // Oct 2010

    Verifiability And Group Formation In Markets

    The authors consider group formation with asymmetric information. Agents have unverifiable characteristics as well as the verifiable qualifications required for memberships in groups. The characteristics can be chosen, such as strategies in games, or can be learned, such as skills required for jobs. They can also be innate, such as...

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  • White Papers // May 2010

    Cybercasing the Joint: On the Privacy Implications of Geo-Tagging

    This paper aims to raise awareness of a rapidly emerging privacy threat that the authors term cybercasing: leveraging geo-tagged information available online to mount real-world attacks. While users typically realize that sharing locations has some implications for their privacy, they provide evidence that many are unaware of the full scope...

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  • White Papers // May 2010

    Netalyzr: Illuminating Edge Network Neutrality, Security, and Performance

    In this paper, the authors present Netalyzr, a network measurement and debugging service that evaluates the functionality provided by people's Internet connectivity. The design aims to prove both comprehensive in terms of the properties they measure and easy to employ and understand for users with little technical background. They structure...

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