Thursday, November 9, 2017


Thursday, November 2, 2017


Behavioral Analog Topology Synthesizer
Optical CDMA Network Simulator (OCNS)
Persian Boy Names
Persian Girl Names
Extended Authentication and Key Agreement Protocol
Secure Multipath Adaptive Routing Protocol
Authentication and Key Agreement Protocol in 4G
Risk of attack coefficient effect on availability of adhoc networks
Game-theoretic model to mitigate packet dropping
Multi-dimensional correlation steganalysis
SVD and Noise Estimation based Image Steganalysis
Eigenvalues-based LSB steganalysis
Security Weaknesses in PGP Protocol
Performance Modeling and Optimization of MapReduce
Image Steganalysis of Low Rate Embedding in Spatial Domain
Modeling and Optimization of Straggling Mappers
Blind detection of low-rate embedding
Big Data Computing: Modeling and Optimization
Towards Stochastically Optimizing Data Computing Flows
Optimal Placement in Network On-Chip
Optimal Scheduling in Parallel Programming Frameworks
Node Architecture and Cloud Workload Characteristics Analysis
Thumbnail Generation by Smart Cropping
Stochastic Modeling and Optimization of Stragglers
Chinese Academy of Sciences
Vanishing Point Detection in Photo Composition Analysis
Aesthetic Rating for Photos
Shape matching for automated bow echo detection
Detecting Dominant Vanishing Points in Natural Scenes
Skeleton Matching for Severe Weather Detection
Discovering Triangles in Portraits and Landscapes
Leveraging big visual data to predict severe weather
IAAP Scholarship Award
Deep-learned Models and Photography Idea Retrieval
Maryam Mirzakhani, the mother who won Fields Medal
Calculate AT&T Shares in a Shared Data Plan
Travel Grant from CSE Department
CAGE: A Contention-Aware Game-theoretic Model for Heterogeneous Resource Assignment

Friday, October 20, 2017

System and methods for UICC-based secure communication

System and methods for UICC-based secure communication US 9461993 B2
System and methods for uicc-based secure communication US 20150222631 A1

A system that incorporates the subject disclosure may include, for example, instructions which when executed cause a device processor to perform operations comprising sending a service request to a remote management server; receiving from the management server an authentication management function and an encryption key generator for execution by a secure element and an encryption engine for execution by a secure device processor, sending a request to establish a communication session with a remote device; and communicating with the remote device via a channel established using an application server. The secure element and the secure device processor authenticate each other using a mutual authentication keyset. The secure element, the secure device processor and the device processor each have a security level associated therewith; the security level associated with the secure device processor is intermediate between that of the secure element and that of the device processor. Other embodiments are disclosed.

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2"3rd Generation Partnership Project; Technical Specification Group Core Network and Terminals; Remote APDU Structure for (U)SIM Toolkit applications", Release 10, 2012.
3"3rd Generation Partnership Project; Technical Specification Group Core Network and Terminals; Secured packet structure for (Universal) Subscriber Identity Module (U)SIM Toolkit applications", Release 10, 2012.
4"3rd Generation Partnership Project; Technical Specification Group Core Network and Terminals; UICC-terminal interface; Physical and logical characteristics", Release 10, 2011.
5"3rd Generation Partnership Project; Technical Specification Group Core Network and Terminals; Universal Subscriber Identity Module (USIM) Application Toolkit (USAT)", Release 11, 2012.
6"GlobalPlatform Card Confidential Card Content Management Card Specification v2.2-Amendment A", 2011.
7"GlobalPlatform Card Contactless Services Card Specification v2.2-Amendment C", 2012.
8"GlobalPlatform Card Remote Application Management over HTTP Card Specification v2.2-Amendment B", 2012.
9"GlobalPlatform Card Security Upgrade for Card Content Management Card Specification v 2.2-Amendment E", 2011.
10"GlobalPlatform Card Specification", Version 2.2.1, 2011.
11"GlobalPlatform Card Technology Secure Channel Protocol 03 Card Specification v 2.2-Amendment D", 2009.
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16"GlobalPlatform System Messaging Specification for Management of Mobile-NFC Services", Feb. 2011.
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22"Smart Cards; ETSI numbering system for telecommunication application providers", Release 11, 2011.
23"Smart Cards; Machine to Machine UICC; Physical and logical characteristics", Release 9, 2011.
24"Smart Cards; Remote APDU structure for UICC based applications", Release 11, 2012.
25"Smart Cards; Secured packet structure for UICC based applications", Release 11, 2012.
26"Smart Cards; Security mechanisms for UICC based Applications-Functional requirements", Release 8, 2008.
27"Smart Cards; UICC Application Programming Interface (UICC API) for Java Card(TM)", Release 9, 2012.
28"Smart Cards; UICC Application Programming Interface (UICC API) for Java Card™", Release 9, 2012.
29"Smart Cards; UICC-Terminal Interface; Physical and logical characteristics", Release 10, 2011, 179 pages.
30"The OTA Platform in the World of LTE", 14 pgs., Jan. 2011.
31"Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS); UICC-terminal interface; Physical and logical characteristics", Release 10, 2011.
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Monday, October 16, 2017

Aesthetics and Composition Rating Engine

Aesthetic Rating for Photos

The developed engine gets the image and outputs a score showing the amount of the beauty inside the image! The code is also working on Android/iOS platform. The engine speed is good enough which makes it suitable for a real-time engine. The core computes aesthetic features from the image, and estimates the aesthetic score. Check out > ACQUINE
The contributors: Jia Li, James Wang, Farshid Farhat.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Contention-Aware Game-theoretic Model for Heterogeneous Resource Assignment

CAGE: A Contention-Aware Game-theoretic Model for Heterogeneous Resource Assignment

Traditional resource management systems rely on a centralized approach to manage users running on each resource. The centralized resource management system is not scalable for large-scale servers as the number of users running on shared resources is increasing dramatically and the centralized manager may not have enough information about applications' need. In this paper we propose a distributed game-theoretic resource management approach using market auction mechanism to find optimal strategy in a resource competition game. The applications learn through repeated interactions to choose their action on choosing the shared resources. Specifically, we look into two case studies of cache competition game and main processor and co-processor congestion game. We enforce costs for each resource and derive bidding strategy. Accurate evaluation of the proposed approach show that our distributed allocation is scalable and outperforms the static and traditional approaches.

Draft > CAGE

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Modeling and Optimization of MapReduce


MapReduce framework is widely used to parallelize batch jobs since it exploits a high degree of multi-tasking to process them. However, it has been observed that when the number of mappers increases, the map phase can take much longer than expected. This paper analytically shows that stochastic behavior of mapper nodes has a negative effect on the completion time of a MapReduce job, and continuously increasing the number of mappers without accurate scheduling can degrade the overall performance. We analytically capture the effects of stragglers (delayed mappers) on the performance. Based on an observed delayed exponential distribution (DED) of the response time of mappers, we then model the map phase by means of hardware, system, and application parameters. Mean sojourn time (MST), the time needed to sync the completed map tasks at one reducer, is mathematically formulated. Following that, we optimize MST by finding the task inter-arrival time to each mapper node. The optimal mapping problem leads to an equilibrium property investigated for different types of inter-arrival and service time distributions in a heterogeneous datacenter (i.e., a datacenter with different types of nodes). Our experimental results show the performance and important parameters of the different types of schedulers targeting MapReduce applications. We also show that, in the case of mixed deterministic and stochastic schedulers, there is an optimal scheduler that can always achieve the lowest MST.

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Last version > MapReduce_Performance_Optimization

Thursday, September 28, 2017


  • Security Weaknesses in PGP Protocol, F Farhat, M Heydari, MR Aref, 2013.


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Friday, September 22, 2017


Authentication and Key Agreement Protocol in 4G

Identification, authentication and key agreement protocol of UMTS networks with security mode setup has some weaknesses in the case of mutual freshness of key agreement, DoS-attack resistance, and efficient bandwidth consumption. In this article we consider UMTS AKA and some other proposed schemes. Then we explain the known weaknesses of the previous frameworks suggested for the UMTS AKA protocol. After that we propose a new protocol called private identification, authentication, and key agreement protocol (PIAKAP), for UMTS mobile network. Our suggested protocol combines identification and AKA stages of UMTS AKA protocol while eliminates disadvantages of related works and brings some new features to improve the UMTS AKA mechanism. These features consist of reducing the interactive rounds of the UMTS AKA with security mode setup and user privacy establishment.

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