The Office of the Vice President for Research recognizes Yaling Yang, an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering in the College of Engineering, for her work with wireless networks.
In addition to wireless network modeling, design, and security, Yang studies network resource management and network quality of service, which refers to the ability to prioritize applications, users, or data flows, or to guarantee a certain level of performance to a data flow.
One of her ongoing projects sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) involves hardware-based security solutions for Software Defined Radio (SDR). SDR technology has the flexibility of implementing a large part of physical layer functions in software. It is one of the major technologies that will provide broadband services to millions of U.S. residences. However, unlike conventional radio, whose frequency signals are tightly regulated by FCC-certified hardware, the software components of SDR can be easily exploited by hackers to create a wide range of unauthorized waveforms to launch attacks on many security-critical wireless systems. The existing preventive software-based security counter measures are not sufficient to close the myriad of potential software security loopholes and themselves often become targets of the malware. The objective of this project is to design an effective hardware-based SDR integrity assessment and behavior regulation device named SDR shield.
Her previous NSF project awards include "Proactive Cross-Layer Adversary Localization for Hostile or Harsh Wireless Environments” and “Study of the Fundamental Compatibility Space of Wireless Routing Metrics."
She was the distinguished Ph.D. Student for 2005 in the Networking and Systems Group at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she received her doctoral degree in computer science. Her bachelor’s degree is from the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China.