Ph.D. Dissertation Defense: Jianwei Xie
Thursday, April 17, 2014
1:00 p.m. Room 2460, AVW Bldg.
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ANNOUNCEMENT: Ph.D. Dissertation Defense

Name: Jianwei Xie

Date: Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 1 pm

Location: Room 2460, A V Williams Building

Committee: Professor Sennur Ulukus, Chair/Advisor Professor Prakash Narayan Professor Gang Qu Professor Adrian Papamarcou Professor Lawrence C. Washington, Dean's Representative

Title: SECURE DEGREES OF FREEDOM OF WIRELESS NETWORKS

Abstract:

This dissertation studies the security of wireless interference networks from an information-theoretic point of view. In this setting, several transmitter-receiver pairs wish to have secure communication against the eavesdropper(s). The central goal of this dissertation is to develop a framework based on information-theoretic principles to determine the complete solutions for the signaling design in different wireless interference networks with large transmit powers, and derive the corresponding fundamental limits in terms of secure degrees of freedom (s.d.o.f.).

First, we study one-hop wireless networks by considering four fundamental wireless network structures: Gaussian wiretap channel, Gaussian broadcast channel with confidential messages, Gaussian interference channel with confidential messages, and Gaussian multiple access wiretap channel. The secrecy capacity of the canonical Gaussian wiretap channel does not scale with the transmit power, and hence, the s.d.o.f. of the Gaussian wiretap channel with no helpers is zero. It has been known that a strictly positive s.d.o.f. can be obtained in the Gaussian wiretap channel by using a helper which sends structured cooperative signals. We show that the exact s.d.o.f. of the Gaussian wiretap channel with a helper is 1/2. Our achievable scheme is based on real interference alignment and cooperative jamming, which renders the message signal and the cooperative jamming signal separable at the legitimate receiver, but aligns them perfectly at the eavesdropper preventing any reliable decoding of the message signal. Our converse is based on two key lemmas. The first lemma quantifies the secrecy penalty by showing that the net effect of an eavesdropper on the system is that it eliminates one of the independent channel inputs. The second lemma quantifies the role of a helper by developing a direct relationship between the cooperative jamming signal of a helper and the message rate. We extend this result to the case of M helpers, and show that the exact s.d.o.f. in this case is M/(M+1). We then generalize this approach to more general network structures with multiple messages. We show that the sum s.d.o.f. of the Gaussian broadcast channel (BC) with confidential messages and M helpers is 1, the sum s.d.o.f. of the two-user interference channel (IC) with confidential messages is 2/3, the sum s.d.o.f. of the two-user interference channel with confidential messages and M helpers is 1, and the sum s.d.o.f. of the K-user multiple access (MAC) wiretap channel is K(K-1)/(K(K-1)+1).

Then, we study sum s.d.o.f. of the multi-receiver network. In this dissertation, we determine the exact sum s.d.o.f. of the K-user Gaussian IC. We consider three different secrecy constraints: 1) K-user interference channel with one external eavesdropper (IC-EE), 2) K-user interference channel with confidential messages (IC-CM), and 3) K-user interference channel with confidential messages and one external eavesdropper (IC-CM-EE). We show that for all of these three cases, the exact sum s.d.o.f. is K(K-1)/(2K-1). We show converses for IC-EE and IC-CM, which imply a converse for IC-CM-EE. We show achievability for IC-CM-EE, which implies achievability for IC-EE and IC-CM. We develop the converses by relating the channel inputs of interfering users to the reliable rates of the interfered users, and by quantifying the secrecy penalty in terms of the eavesdroppers' observations. Our achievability uses structured signaling, structured cooperative jamming, channel prefixing, and asymptotic real interference alignment. While the traditional interference alignment provides some amount of secrecy by mixing unintended signals in a smaller sub-space at every receiver, in order to attain the optimum sum s.d.o.f., we incorporate structured cooperative jamming into the achievable scheme, and intricately design the structure of all of the transmitted signals jointly.

Next, we study the entire s.d.o.f. regions of multi-user network structures. In this dissertation, we determine the entire s.d.o.f. regions of the K-user MAC wiretap channel and the K-user IC with secrecy constraints. The converse for the MAC follows from a middle step in the converse of sum s.d.o.f. The converse for the IC includes constraints both due to secrecy as well as due to interference. Although the portion of the region close to the optimum sum s.d.o.f. point is governed by the upper bounds due to secrecy constraints, the other portions of the region are governed by the upper bounds due to interference constraints. Different from the existing literature, in order to fully understand the characterization of the s.d.o.f. region of the IC, one has to study the 4-user case, i.e., the 2 or 3-user cases do not illustrate the generality of the problem. In order to prove the achievability, we use the polytope structure of the converse region. In both MAC and IC cases, we develop explicit schemes that achieve the extreme points of the polytope region given by the converse. Specifically, the extreme points of the MAC region are achieved by an m-user MAC wiretap channel with K-m helpers, i.e., by setting K-m users' secure rates to zero and utilizing them as pure (structured) cooperative jammers. The extreme points of the IC region are achieved by a (K-m)-user IC with confidential messages, m helpers, and N external eavesdroppers, for m>=1 and a finite N. A byproduct of our results in this dissertation is that the sum s.d.o.f. is achieved only at one extreme point of the s.d.o.f. region, which is the symmetric-rate extreme point, for both MAC and IC channel models.

Then, we determine the sum s.d.o.f. of two-unicast layered wireless networks. Without any secrecy constraints, the sum d.o.f. of this class of networks was shown to take only one of three possible values: 1, 3/2 and 2, for all network configurations. We consider the setting where, in addition to being reliably transmitted, each message is required to be kept information-theoretically secure from the unintended receiver. We show that the sum s.d.o.f. can only take one of five possible values: 0, 2/3, 1, 3/2, 2, for all network configurations. To determine the sum s.d.o.f., we divide the class of two-unicast layered networks into several sub-classes, and propose an achievable scheme based on the specific structure of the networks in each sub-class. Our achievable schemes are based on real interference alignment, cooperative jamming, interference neutralization and cooperative jamming neutralization techniques.

Next, we consider the Gaussian wiretap channel with M helpers, where no eavesdropper channel state information (CSI) is available at the legitimate entities. The exact s.d.o.f. of the Gaussian wiretap channel with M helpers with perfect CSI at the transmitters has been shown to be M/(M+1). One of the key ingredients of our optimal achievable scheme with CSI is to align cooperative jamming signals with the information symbols at the eavesdropper to limit the information leakage rate. This requires perfect eavesdropper CSI at the transmitters. We propose a new achievable scheme in which cooperative jamming signals span the entire space of the eavesdropper, but are not exactly aligned with the information symbols. We show that this scheme achieves the same s.d.o.f. of M/(M+1) but does not require any eavesdropper CSI; the transmitters blindly cooperative jam the eavesdropper.

Then, we study the separability of the parallel MAC wiretap channel. Separability, when exists, is useful as it enables us to code separately over parallel channels, and still achieve the optimum overall performance. It is well-known that the parallel single-user channel, parallel MAC and parallel BC are all separable, however, the parallel IC is not separable in general. In this dissertation, we show that, while MAC is separable MAC wiretap channel is not separable in general. We prove this via a specific linear deterministic MAC wiretap channel. We then show that even the Gaussian MAC wiretap channel is inseparable in general. Finally, we show that, when the channel gains are drawn from continuous distributions, and when the s.d.o.f. region is considered, then the Gaussian MAC wiretap channel is almost surely separable.

Finally, we study the two-user one-sided interference channel with confidential messages. In this interference channel, in addition to the usual selfishness of the users, the relationship between the two pairs of users is further adversarial in the sense of both receivers' desires to eavesdrop on the communication of the other pair. We develop a game-theoretic model to study the information-theoretic secure communications in this setting. We first start with a game-theoretic model where each pair's payoff is their own secrecy rate. The analysis of the binary deterministic interference channel with this payoff