Lichtenberg computer enables outstanding research


Researchers from the Department of Computer Science at the TU Darmstadt use the Lichtenberg computer for the sophisticated calculation of the data basis for the development of non-interactive security procedures in the Internet of Things.

At the UbiComp 2020 flagship conference on the ubiquitous use of computers on 17 September 2020, prizes were also awarded for outstanding publications at the conference. One of the six winning articles among the 166 considered was “Perils of Zero-Interaction Security in the Internet of Things” by researchers from the Secure Networking Labs and the Machine Learning Group of the Department of Computer Science at the TU Darmstadt, under the direction of Prof. Matthias Hollick.

The article replicates and compares different non-interaction security methods that secure data connections in the Internet of Things based on measured environmental data (temperature, humidity, ambient noise, etc.). From this, design principles for future, improved procedures can be derived.

The Lichtenberg computer of the TU Darmstadt was used to perform the underlying sophisticated calculations. In particular, features were extracted from real-world context data and used for the simulation and comparison of existing safety procedures. The award particularly praised the open data and open source approach of the article – the program code and a large part of the research data are available online.