Our paper “Switching Topology for Resilient Consensus using Wi-Fi Signals” gets accepted to ICRA 2019!

May 20, 2019
function for static (left col) and time varying (right) spoofed node input. Convergence of consensus using our protocol and switching

Switching Topology for Resilient Consensus using Wi-Fi Signals

Thomas Wheeler and Ezhil Bharathi and Stephanie Gil



Securing multi-robot teams against malicious ac- tivity is crucial as these systems accelerate towards widespread societal integration. This emerging class of “physical networks” requires new security methods that exploit their physical nature. This paper derives a theoretical framework for securing multi-agent consensus against the Sybil attack by using the physical properties of wireless transmissions. Our framework uses information extracted from the wireless channels to de- sign a switching signal that stochastically excludes potentially untrustworthy transmissions from the consensus. Intuitively, this amounts to selectively ignoring incoming communications from untrustworthy agents, allowing for consensus to the true average to be recovered with high probability after a certain observation time T0. This paper allows for arbitrary malicious node values and is insensitive to the initial topology of the network so long as a connected topology over legitimate nodes in the network is feasible. We show that our algorithm will recover consensus, and the true graph over the system of legitimate agents, with an error rate that vanishes exponentially with time.


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