LAURENTI NICOLA

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Qualification Ricercatore universitario confermato
Scientific sector ING-INF/03 - TELECOMMUNICATIONS
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Monday from 11:15 to 12:15 studio n. 222, secondo piano, corridoio destro, edificio DEI/A, via Gradenigo 6/b
Tuesday from 11:15 to 12:15 studio n. 222, secondo piano, corridoio destro, edificio DEI/A, via Gradenigo 6/b
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Proposals for thesis
Proposte per Tesi di Laurea Triennale in Sicurezza dell’Informazione e delle Reti di Telecomunicazione, per l'a.a 2016-17

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Onion routing anonimo e Tor

Misure di anonimato e di privacy

Autenticita` e riservatezza in Bitcoin

Attacchi e varianti al protocollo Needham-Schroeder

Autenticazione efficiente in reti di sensori

Canali nascosti

Crittanalisi di DES

Integrita`, verificabilita` e anonimato nel voto elettronico

Il jamming come gioco di informazione mutua

Gestione di chiavi crittografiche per reti di sensori

Il modello basato sulla teoria dell’informazione per l’autenticazione

Segretezza incondizionata allo strato fisico per canali con fading

Crittografia a chiave pubblica probabilistica

Generazione di chiavi crittografiche per via quantistica

Schemi di secret sharing

Network coding sicuro

Funzioni di hashing crittografico universali

L’attacco wormhole contro la rilevazione di nodi adiacenti in reti ad hoc

Rilevazione di intrusioni in reti wireless

Routing sicuro in reti ad hoc

Variazioni and estensioni al modello di Shannon per trasmissioni segrete

Identificazione radiometrica di trasmettitori wireless

Protocolli crittografici zero-knowledge

Curriculum Vitae
Nicola Laurenti received his Laurea in Electrical Engineering in 1995 and his PhD in Electrical and Communications Engineering in 1999, both from University of Padova. Since 2001 he has been an Assistant Professor at the School of engineering and the Department of Information Engineering, University of Padova. In 2008-2009 he was a Visiting Scholar at the Coordinated Science Laboratory, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and in 1992-93 he was an exchange student of the University of California at Berkeley.

His research activity spans the following topics:
Global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) security: key management schemes for GNSS services; integrity protection and source authentication for GNSS and SBAS signals; unconditional security for the GNSS infrastructure through quantum cryptography.
Quantum communications and cryptography: receiver optimization for quantum PPM modulation; optimization of binary quantum transmission through non unital channels; experimental implementation of free-space quantum key distribution protocols;
Security at the lower layers of wireless networks: Physical layer authentication for IoT devices; information theoretic physical layer secrecy for OFDM and MIMO systems in fading channels; information theoretic key agreement in wireless systems; physical layer authentication via channel estimation in fading scenarios; secure MAC layer protocols against jammers; mutual information jamming games in OFDM systems.

He has been leader of a research unit in the following projects
National position, navigation and timing cyber-response center (European Space Agency, 2018-19)
Position authenticated tachograph for OS NMA launch (European Commission, 2018-19)
Enhanced navigation in space (European Commission, H2020 2017-19)
More GNSS open service signal integrity protection and authentication at the physical layer (European Space Agency, 2016-19)
Advanced key management simulator (European Space Agency, 2016-18)
EGNOS authentication security testbed (European Commission, 2016-17)
Advanced GNSS open service signal integrity protection and authentication at the physical layer (European Space Agency, 2014-16)
Quantum Future: free space communications at the quantum limit (University of Padova, 2009-2013);
Enabling blocks for CMOS integration of a UWB Multi-band OFDM transceiver (Italian Ministry 2006-2007);

He has taught the following classes at University of Padova:
Positioning, Location and Navigation;
Information-Theoretic Methods in Security;
Information Security;
Network Security;
Advanced Digital Transmission;
Digital Commmunication;
Signal Theory

He has authored 26 journal papers, 51 conference papers, 2 European patens, and is a coauthor of the textbooks "Communications Systems. Fundamentals and Design Methods" e "Principles of Communication Networks and Systems"

He has collaborated with several Italian companies such as Qascom, ST Microelectronics, Fracarro Radioindustrie and Elvox

He has obtained the Italian National Qualification for Associate Professorship in Telecommunications on April 2017.

Lecturer's Curriculum (PDF): F0B36E7AD43BF2B086B0871F04C66CD4.pdf

Research areas
since 2013
Global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) security:
• Key management schemes for GNSS services
• Integrity protection and source authentication for SBAS signals
• Integrity protection and source authentication for GNSS signals
• Unconditional security for the GNSS infrastructure through quantum cryptography

since 2009
Quantum communications and cryptography:
• Receiver optimization for quantum PPM modulation
• Optimization of binary quantum transmission through non unital channels
• Experimental implementation of free-space quantum key distribution protocols

since 2008
Security at the lower layers of wireless networks:
• Information theoretic physical layer secrecy for OFDM and MIMO systems in fading chan-
nels
• Information theoretic key agreement in wireless systems
• Physical layer authentication via channel estimation in fading scenarios
• Secure MAC layer protocols against jammers
• Mutual information jamming games in OFDM systems

2012–2014
Networked control systems with nonideal transmissions:
• Optimizing the tradeoff among delay, channel losses and reconstruction SNR in Linear
Quadratic Gaussian systems

1996–2008
Multicarrier modulation:
• System analysis and performance evaluation
• Receiver synchronization and frequency estimation
• Complexity-efficient design and implementations of mo-demodulators

1996–2008
Ultra Wideband systems and networks:
• Receiver design for Impulse Radio
• Performance analysis of UWB Multiband OFDM systems
• Synchronization of Multiband OFDM receivers

1995–2005
Time-frequency analysis, signal theory and signal processing:
• Fractional Fourier transforms
• Spectral modeling of musical sounds
• Biomedical image processing

Publications
Nicola Laurenti has authored 26 journal papers and 49 conference papers. For a complete list, refer to the attached file. Among his most recent and relevant publications:

A. Biason, N. Laurenti, M. Zorzi, "Achievable Secrecy Rates of an Energy Harvesting Device," IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications, vol. 34, n. 5, pp. 1502-1517, May 2016

S. Chang, Y. Hu, N. Laurenti, “SimpleMAC: A Simple Wireless MAC-Layer Countermeasure to Intelligent and Insider Jammers,” IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking, vol. 24, n. 2, pp. 1095-1108, February 2016.

F. Renna, M. R. Bloch, N. Laurenti, “Semi-Blind Key-Agreement over MIMO Fading Channels,” IEEE Transactions on Communications, vol. 61, n. 2, pp. 620–627, February 2013.

D. Bacco, M. Canale, N. Laurenti, G. Vallone, P. Villoresi, “Experimental quantum key distribution with finite-key security analysis for noisy channels.,” Nature communications, vol. 4, n. 13, art. 2363, September 2013.

F. Renna, N. Laurenti, H. V. Poor, “Physical-Layer Secrecy for OFDM Transmissions Over Fading Channels,” IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security, vol. 7, n. 4, pp. 1354–1367, August 2012.

P. Baracca, N. Laurenti, S. Tomasin, “Physical Layer Authentication over MIMO Fading Wiretap Channels,” IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, vol. 11, n. 7, pp. 2564–2573, July 2012.

Lecturer's Publications (PDF): F0B36E7AD43BF2B086B0871F04C66CD4.pdf

List of taught course units in A.Y. 2018/19
Degree course code (?) Degree course track Course unit code Course unit name Credits Year Period Lang. Teacher in charge
IN2371 001PD INP7080701 6 1st Year First
semester
ENG NICOLA LAURENTI
IN2371 002PD INP7080701 6 1st Year First
semester
ENG NICOLA LAURENTI
IN2371 004PD INP7080701 6 1st Year First
semester
ENG NICOLA LAURENTI
IN2371 005PD INP7080701 6 1st Year First
semester
ENG NICOLA LAURENTI
IN0521 COMMON INP5071739 6 2nd Year First
semester
ENG NICOLA LAURENTI