Systems Seminar

EPFL IC Systems Seminar

Opportunities and Challenges in the Mobile World


In just a few years, mobile devices have become first-class citizens of the Internet and inseparable companions of the everyday life of millions of users. Although the mobile world represents today a source of new opportunities for both the industry and the end users, a mobile environment poses several challenges in terms of energy efficiency, reliability, security, and privacy. In this talk, I will first show how mobile cloud computing — a tight integration between mobile devices and software clones in the cloud — can not only open the possibility for network and computing-intensive applications on mobile devices, but also allows to save precious energy resources and to enhance end-users privacy and security. Then, I will show how low-level wireless network protocols can expose mobile users to previously unforeseen privacy threats.