Kaustubh Dhondge Receives 1st Place Outstanding Graduate Poster Presentation Award at GPN 2013 Annual Meeting

SCE’s Kaustubh Dhondge showcased his research paper, FUEL: Fast, Ubiquitous, Easy-to-use, and Low-cost Authentication for Smartphones, a “scheme for authenticating users by leveraging existing ambient light sensors on smartphones”, at the May 29-31, 2013 GPN (Great Plains Network) 2013 Annual Meeting. His research, conducted with Hyungbae Park and his advisor Dr. Baek-Young Choi, has resulted in a prototype that “utilizes a light sensor available on smartphones and a low-cost hardware token in order to authenticate a user of a smartphone to unlock it or to allow access to web and cloud services.” Dhondge, an Interdisciplinary Ph.D. telecommunications and computer networking computer science student, received the 2013 GPN First Place Outstanding Graduate Poster Presentation Award. His presentation generated much excitement and interest. All of SCE agrees with Dean Kevin Truman who noted the award “truly shows that hard work, quality research foci and experienced mentoring pay large dividends. These recognitions should be cherished but also used as motivation to continue with great vigor and enthusiasm.” Congratulations!

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