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Special Issue on Adaptive Security for IoT

International Journal of Pervasive computing and Communications (IJPCC)

4 Master's Theses Available in the ASSET Project

ASSET Project

The ASSET project is a cooperation project between NR, Gjøvik University College (GUC), Oslo University Hospital (OUH) and international partners, and is financed by The Research Council of Norway in the VERDIKT program. The project is in the process of building and optimizing light-weight abilities in Smart Things that will allow them to detect in real-time unknown security and privacy threats, and respond and adapt to them. In this connection the following concrete topics for three master's theses are available. The candidates are required to register in the Norwegian Universities' master's program.

Topics for four master's theses

1. Design, deploy, and use an accurate energy-monitoring system for body-sensor networks. The goal is to have a dashboard depicting information about the residual energy of the sensor nodes and their expected lifetime. Electronic instrumentation skills are required for this task.

2. Hardware implementation of lightweight encryption/signature algorithms on sensor boards. This allows consistent delay reduction and energy saving since the encryption routines will be executed in assembly. FPGA (Field-programmable gate array) and VHDL (VHSIC Hardware Description Language) skills are required for this task.

3. Software implementation of game theoretic models for the estimation and prediction of unknown threats and analysis of their impacts. This allows accurate security risk impact assessment in order to estimate and predict risk damages and future benefits. Security decisions should therefore be adapted according to those estimates and predictions. Mathematics and programming in Matlab and C++ (preferably on Linux OS) skills are required for this task.

4. Analysis and Validation of Critical Parameters for Adaptive Security in eHealth: The goal is to study and answer the following three questions applying the DELPHI study method:

  • (i) What is the acceptable "minimal deviations from normal operation" in security adaptation at various levels of adaptation?
  • (i) How do we "enable adaptation across multiple time scales" and what are the acceptable time scales?
  • (ii) Where and how much risk do we accept to take, and are risk damages possible to control?

Skills required for this task are DELPHI study (, content analysis, categories and coding rules, and good English written communication.

We provide possibilities of publishing results in international conferences/journals


Habtamu Abie, Principal Investigator and Project Manager

Tel:(+47) 22852595


International Workshop on Adaptive Security & Privacy management for the Internet of Things (ASPI 2013)

International Workshop on Adaptive Security & Privacy management for the Internet of Things (ASPI 2013) held in conjunction with UbiComp 2013, September 8-12, 2013, in Zurich, Switzerland

Workshop on Security Tools and Techniques for Internet of Things (SeTTIT) 2013

Call For Papers - Workshop on Security Tools and Techniques for Internet of Things (SeTTIT) 2013 co-located with the BodyNets 2013 Conference sponsored by IEEE EMB, ACM SIGCHI, and CREAT-NET
Consider to submit and publish original scientific results to the SeTTIT 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts, United States, September 30–October 2, 2013.

Call For Papers SeTTIT 2013 in PDF

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