Agent-based Trusted Querying Framework for Wireless Sensor Networks

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-09-C-1650
Agency Tracking Number: O081-IA3-1153
Amount: $825,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: OSD08-IA3
Solicitation Number: 2008.1
Small Business Information
Intelligent Automation, Inc.
15400 Calhoun Drive, Suite 400, Rockville, MD, 20855
DUNS: 161911532
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Julia Deng
 Senior Research Scientist
 (301) 294-5209
 hdeng@i-a-i.com
Business Contact
 Mark James
Title: Director, Contracts and P
Phone: (301) 294-5221
Email: mjames@i-a-i.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Corresponding to the increasing trends of using wireless sensor networks (WSNs) for the daily operations in both commercial and defense sectors, designing an efficient and secure query processing mechanism becomes critical. While recent research efforts on database based query processing dramatically improves the efficiency of query processing, another critical component, security, is still missing. The key innovation of this work is an Efficient Trusted Querying Framework (ETQF), in which the trust evaluation mechanism is built to identify the trustworthy of sensor nodes, distinguish illegal/misbehaving nodes from normal sensors, and filter out bogus data in the querying process. The work is motivated from the well studied reputation and trust relations in the field of social sciences. Our main strategy here is to analyze various security breaches during the querying process, fully exploit the advantages of existing trust management mechanisms, and extend them into the WSNs. Our final goal is to develop an efficient trusted querying approach that can return the highest-fidelity response to the user while monitoring the health of the network by flagging suspected compromised nodes.

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