hithnawi at eecs.berkeley.edu
421 Soda Hall, UC Berkeley, CA-94720
I am a postdoctoral researcher at UC Berkeley. My research interests are in the areas of distributed systems and data privacy. I am broadly interested in
designing privacy-preserving systems (currently focusing on streaming systems and collaborative machine learning) and
tackling problems afflicting modern network systems.
Prior to that I was a researcher at ETH Zurich, Switzerland, affiliated with the Distributed Systems Group.
In this project, we introduce a proximity-based authentication approach for the IoT that works in-band by solely utilizing the wireless communication interface. The novelty of this approach lies in its reliance on ambient radio signals to infer proximity within about one second, and in its ability to expose imposters located several meters away. We identify relevant features sensed from the RF channel to establish a notion of proximity across co-located low-power devices. We introduce our proximity-based authentication protocol and show the feasibility of our approach with an early prototype using off-the-shelf 802.15.4 sensors. PDF, Demo, Code
My role includes designing problem sets, teaching weekly tutorial sessions, grading assignments and course projects, correction of exams, helping in designing final exams, and guiding students on presenting and writing seminar research papers. I have been a teaching assistant for the following courses: