Trust computation in ad-hoc networks

Document Type



Master of Science (MS)


Telecommunications and Networking

First Advisor's Name

Niki Pissinou

First Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Chair

Second Advisor's Name

Chi Zhou

Third Advisor's Name

Jiang Wang

Fourth Advisor's Name

Kia Makki

Date of Defense



With the present need for on the move networking, innovative technologies strive to establish a technological basis for managing secure and reliable systems in a highly interconnected information enabled world, and prevent reliance on a fixed networking infrastructure, hence the implementation of ad-hoc networks. There are numerous applications where ad-hoc networks are deployed including military, tele-health and mobile education. As such the need for security is imperative. Not much research work has been invested in the area of trust in ad hoc networks which proves to be a challenging subject relative to the characteristics of these types of networks.

The objective of this thesis was to develop a model for trust computation between the nodes of the network. Eventually, the confidence level for each node was quantified, which lead to a better constancy among the nodes. Therefore, communication was trust worthy, and malicious nodes were punished and secluded from the network.



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