[CE2014-3] Erasmus MC (NL) - Security in Body-Area Networks Using Heartbeat Monitoring

This topic is in the context of heartbeat-based security for implantable medical devices (IMDs). The time interval between heart beats contains a high degree of entropy, while it may be measured remarkably consistent throughout the human body. In other words, multiple entities on the same body may use this time interval to generate a nearly identical security key, showing minor disparities due to natural variations in the human body. Accordingly, secure communication is facilitated if the keys are "similar enough", evaluated by a key-classification scheme. In this topic, the student is expected to develop a key-classification scheme which adheres to the steep security requirements and tight constraints of IMDs.


Expected effort:
The student is expected to categorize various methods of heart-beat-based key-generation and key-classification schemes. Subsequently, these classification schemes are to be evaluated in terms of security and overheads (energy consumption, performance, etc). Based on this evaluation, the student is expected to design and evaluate a novel key-classification scheme tailored to heart-beat-based security.


Expected outcome:
A key-classification scheme which is suitable for heart-beat-based security in IMDs.


Prerequisites:
The student is expected to have a background in computer science, computer engineering or embedded systems and has a basic understanding of security concepts and low-power design.

Company Name: Erasmus Medical Center
Location: Rotterdam, NL
Start date: Start 2015
Duration: 9 months
Position type: MSc project

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