TOP LOC 242023 Physical Layer Security

Welcome to the course on "Context-Aware Physical Layer Security for Future Wireless Networks" offered in cooperation with the Medipol University in Istanbul /Turkey.

In this rapidly evolving era of wireless communications and sensing, ensuring the security of wireless networks is of paramount importance. Traditional security mechanisms often rely on cryptographic methods, but they may fall short in addressing the challenges posed by modern and dynamic wireless environments. This course delves into the innovative concept of physical layer security (PLS), where the unique attributes of the wireless channel and wireless signals are harnessed to enhance the security of communications.

Join us on this enlightening journey as we uncover the fusion of wireless communication and context-aware security and equip ourselves to shape the security landscape of future wireless networks. By the end of this course, you will be well-prepared to contribute to the development of secure and resilient wireless communication and sensing systems.

Target Group

Engineers, Technicians and Administrators

Your Benefits

  • Understand Physical Layer Security Principles:
    • Explain the fundamental principles of physical layer security and how they differ from traditional cryptographic methods.
    • Describe the advantages and limitations of using physical layer techniques for wireless security.
  • Analyze PLS Techniques:
    • Evaluate secrecy rates and understand their role in quantifying the level of security in wireless communication.
    • Analyze the impact of channel conditions on secrecy rates and the corresponding security implications.
  • Explore Jamming as a Security Mechanism:
    • Describe various jamming techniques and how they can be used to enhance security.
    • Evaluate the trade-offs between information transmission and jamming for improved security.
  • Design Context-Aware PLS Frameworks:
    • Construct a context-aware PLS framework, considering the integration of channel information and environmental context to enhance security.
    • Evaluate the trade-offs and benefits of context-aware security mechanisms in comparison to traditional cryptographic methods.
  • Master Beamforming for Security Enhancement:
    • Explain the concept of beamforming and its applications in physical layer security.
    • Design and analyze secure beamforming strategies to mitigate eavesdropping risks.
  • Apply Physical Layer Security in Practical Wireless Communication and Sensing Scenarios:
    • Investigate real-world scenarios where physical layer security can provide tangible benefits.
    • Develop strategies to integrate physical layer security techniques into existing wireless communication systems.
  • Anticipate Future Trends and Challenges:
    • Identify emerging trends in physical layer security and their potential impact on future wireless networks.
    • Recognize the challenges associated with deploying physical layer security mechanisms.

Throughout this course, you will gain insights into the synergy between wireless communication and physical layer security, empowering you to contribute to the creation of more secure and robust wireless networks in our increasingly interconnected world.


Instructor Leader Led/ILL: Physical classroom environment

Key Features

  • Wireless communication networks and the need for security
    • Introduction to next generation wireless networks: trends and requirements
    • The need for security in wireless communication
    • Security threats: Active and passive attacks
    • Cryptography vs. PLS
  • Information theoretic perspective of PLS
    • History of information theory
    • Fundamentals of security and security notions
    • PLS performance metrics  PLS definition and domains
  • PLS definition
    • Critical aspects in PLS
    • PLS approaches and challenges
    • Generalized PLS framework
      • Observation and modification planes
    • PLS domains
  • Wireless channel from PLS perspective
    • Preliminaries on channel based PLS approaches
    • Eligibility requirements of channel parameters for PLS
    • Channel parameters beyond 5G: PLS perspective
    • Integrity of channel features
    • Challenges and future directions
  • Physical layer authentication in wireless communication systems
    • Physical layer authentication definition and metrics
    • RF/Hardware based PLA
    • PLA in 5G networks and beyond
    • Receiver process
    • Challenges and future directions
  • Signal domain physical modification for PLS
    • Waveform and security
    • Low modification: Waveform’s inherent security
    • Moderate modification: Control-signal/channel based PLS
    • High modulation: Modification based PLS
    • Challenges and future directions
  • Physical modification plane: cross MAC/PHY scheduling and resource allocation
    • Scheduling and resource allocation
    • Performance metrics and basic optimization problems
    • Scheduling for PLS
    • Resource allocation for PLS
    • Challenges and future directions
  • Machine learning for PLS
    • ML and DL algorithms
    • Performance metrics
    • Generative adversarial network
    • Interpretable ML
    • Privacy protection in ML
    • Prediction of security attacks
    • Selected use-cases of ML for PLS
    • Challenges and future directions
  • Context-aware PLS for future wireless networks
    • Radio environment map and radio environment monitoring
    • Context-aware PLS framework
    • Context-aware security in the literature
    • Challenges and future Directions
  • PLS in distributed wireless networks
    • Cooperative communication for PLS
    • CoMP-aided PLS
    • RISs for secure and smart environments
    • Challenges and future directions
  • PLS for IoT networks
    • IoT architecture
    • Different attack types in IoT communications
    • Unique features and challenges of IoT communications from PLS perspective
    • PLS solutions
    • Challenges and future directions
  • PLS for wireless sensing and joint radar and communication
    • Introduction to wireless sensing
    • Security challenges in wireless sensing systems
    • PLS solutions
    • Challenges and future directions
  • Special topics in PLS
    • Security and URLLSC
    • Security and LIS
    • Security and NOMA
    • Security and cognitive radios
    • Security and mmWaves


Dates on request / Language: English, Turkish


5 Days


Dates on request / Language: English, Turkish

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We tailor the content and duration of the trainings according to your individual needs.


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