ANN for Wireless Network Applications

This semester I have been taking a soft computing course. We have covered fuzzy logic and are starting artificial neural networks (ANN) although I have missed a couple of classes due to the conferences I have been attending. Anyway the ANN class today piqued my interest in how I can apply this to my area which is wireless networks. It seems to me so far that it could be applied to some of my cross-layer work since the network could be trained to tune parameters to settings which yield good performance based on specific network conditions. However, I’m not sure if this approach would be good or if some other AI type of technique may be better. Also I am interested in how ANNs could be applied to breaking encryption schemes if it is even possible. I have tried a few searches on Google and some journals / conferences but nothing of interest has come up yet. I don’t think I really understand ANNs enough to answer any of the questions, but I thought I’d get them down so I can come back later and think when I have more time. Feel free to leave any comments or suggestions on these ideas.

Guest Article: Why WPA is no longer secure

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This is second Guest Article featured on the blog. The article is a brief look at why WPA encryption in wi-fi networks is not secure any longer. Our guest blogger this week is Maya Richard. She describes how brute force attacks can be used against captured packets which have been encrypted with WPA encryption. These attacks have become increasingly practical through the use of graphics hardware which is well-suited to brute force cracking.