Marco Gruteser
Associate Professor



Contact Information   

WINLAB / Elect & Comp Engineering and Computer Science (by courtesy)
Rutgers University

Tech Centre of New Jersey

671 Route 1 South
North Brunswick, NJ 08902

Email: gruteser (at) winlab
Office: Research: Tech Centre C114 (directions)
Teaching: CoRE 505


(848) -932-0993 (Tech Center Office)



Marco Gruteser is an Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Rutgers University and a member of the Wireless Information Network Laboratory (WINLAB). He is a pioneer in the area of location privacy and also recognized for his work on connected vehicle applications. Beyond these topics, his 90+ peer-reviewed articles and patents span a wide range of wireless, mobile systems, and pervasive computing issues. He received his MS and PhD degrees from the University of Colorado in 2000 and 2004, respectively, and has held research and visiting positions at the IBM T. J. Watson Research Center and Carnegie Mellon University. His recognitions include an NSF CAREER award, a Rutgers Board of Trustees Research Fellowship for Scholarly Excellence, as well as best paper awards at ACM MobiCom 2012, ACM MobiCom 2011 and ACM MobiSys 2010. His work has been featured in numerous media outlets including the MIT Technology Review, NPR, the New York Times, and CNN TV.


Research Interests

My main research interests lie in pervasive wireless systems, with a focus on location-aware networking, measurement, and location privacy. Many of these problems are motivated by future inter-vehicle communication systems and transportation applications.


Location-Aware Protocols and Network Architecture: We are developing protocols that exploit available location information (usually from GPS) to enhance multi-hop communication and integration with the future Internet infrastructure in highly mobile networks.






Location Privacy: We have developed the Spatial Cloaking and Path Cloaking algorithms to sharing of location information and traces with external parties while providing strong anonymity guarantees.





Testbed Development: In my research I emphasize prototyping and experimental performance evaluation of novel ideas. To enable experimentation with mobile systems my group has developed a vehicular networking testbed linked to the ORBIT indoor grid. We have also developed mobility emulation capabilities on the stationary indoor testbed. Our work on ORBIT was also recently featured in the MIT Technology Review.

Visual MIMO Networks: In this project we explore the use of cameras and other optical arrays as receivers in a communication system. Applications range from car-2-car communication in interference-limited situations to sharing information with mobile phones.


I have also worked on smart spaces, energy-aware wireless networks, and sensor networks. For a light introduction to my privacy work take a look at these press articles.



16:332:559 Mobile Systems (Advanced Topics in Communications Engineering)
Fall 2012

Selected Professional Activities

TPC Member: Mobisys 2013/2012/2011, MobiCom 2012/2011, Infocom 2011, IPSN 2013
Program Co-Chair Wisec 2013
Vice Program Chair PerCom 2013
General Co-Chair VANET 2011
Associate Editor IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing
Associate Editor
Elsevier Computer Networks

Selected Publications

My Citations

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Distinguishing Users with Capacitive Touch Communication. Tam Vu, Akash Baid, Simon Gao, Marco Gruteser, Richard Howard, Janne Lindqvist, Predrag Spasojevic, Jeffrey Walling, Proceedings of ACM International Conference on Mobile Computing and Networking (MobiCom) 2012.(pdf) Best Paper Award
[Demo Video] [Interdigital Innovation Challenge Finalist] [MIT Technology Review] []

Neighborhood Watch: Security and Privacy Analysis of Automatic Meter Reading Systems. Ishtiaq Rouf, Hossen Mustafa, Miao Xu, Wenyuan Xu, Rob Miller, Marco Gruteser. Proceedings of ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security (CCS), 2012.(pdf) [MIT Technology Review] [NewScientist Tech]

LAP: Lightweight Anonymity and Privacy. Hsu-Chun Hsiao, Tiffany Hyun-Jin Kim, Adrian Perrig, Akira Yamada, Sam Nelson, Marco Gruteser, Wei Ming, Proceedings of the IEEE Symposium and Security and Privacy, 2012.[AR:13%](pdf)

Detecting Driver Phone Use Levering Car Speakers. Jie Yang, Simon Sidhom, Gayathri Chandrasekharan, Tam Vu, Hongbo Liu, NicCecan, Yingying Chen, Marco Gruteser, Richard Martin, Proceedings of ACM International Conference on Mobile Computing and Networking (MobiCom) 2011.(pdf) Best Paper Award
[National Public Radio 1] [National Public Radio 2] [Inside Science TV] [The Wall Street Journal] [MIT Technology Review] [CNet News] [Yahoo News] [the Tonight Show with Jay Leno(video)] [Sohu] [Sina] [CSDN]

Challenge: Mobile Optical Networks Through Visual MIMO. Ashwin Ashok, Marco Gruteser, Narayan Mandayam, Jayant Silva, Michael Varga, Kristin Dana. ACM MobiCom 2010.(pdf)

Security and Privacy Vulnerabilities of In-Car Wireless Networks: A Tire-Pressure Monitoring System Case Study. Ishtiaq Rouf, Rob Miller, Hossen Mustafa, Travis Taylor, Sangho Oh, Wenyuan Xu, Marco Gruteser, Wade Trappe, Ivan Seskar. USENIX Security 2010. [AR: 15%] (pdf)
[Usenix Security Talk] [CNN Transcript] [MIT Technology Review] [Schneier Post] [Tyrepress]

ParkNet: Drive-by Sensing of Road-side Parking Statistics. Suhas Mathur, Tong Jin, Nikhil Kasturirangan, Janani Chandrasekharan, Wenzhi Xue, Marco Gruteser, Wade Trappe. ACM MobiSys 2010. [AR: 20%] (pdf) Best Paper Award
[MIT Technology Review] [CBC] []

R2D2: Regulating Beam Shape and Rate as Directionality meets Diversity. Kishore Ramachandran, Ravi Kokku, Karthik Sundaresan, Marco Gruteser, Sampath Rangarajan. ACM MobiSys 2009. [AR: 20%] (pdf)
[MIT Technology Review]

Wireless Device Identification with Radiometric Signatures. Vladimir Brik, Suman Banerjee, Marco Gruteser, Sangho Oh. ACM MobiCom 2008. [AR: 12%] (pdf)

Synchronous Two-phase Rate and Power Control in 802.11 WLANs. Kishore Ramachandran, Ravi Kokku, Honghai Zhang, Marco Gruteser. ACM MobiSys 2008. [AR: 18%] (pdf)

Virtual Trip Lines for Distributed Privacy-Preserving Traffic Monitoring. Baik Hoh, Marco Gruteser, Ryan Herring, Jeff Ban, Dan Work, Juan-Carlos Herrera, Alexandre Bayen, Murali Annavaram, Quinn Jacobson. ACM MobiSys 2008. [AR: 18%] (pdf)
[MIT Technology Review] [CNet News]

Preserving Privacy in GPS Traces via Density-Aware Path Cloaking. Baik Hoh, Marco Gruteser, Hui Xiong, Ansaf Alrabady. ACM CCS 2007. [AR: 18%] (pdf)

Anonymous Usage of Location-Based Services through Spatial and Temporal Cloaking. Marco Gruteser and Dirk Grunwald. MobiSys 2003. [AR 15%] (pdf)

Complete list of publications



Baik Hoh (Ph.D., started at Nokia Research, Palo Alto, CA)

Kishore Ramachandran (Ph.D., started at NEC Labs America, Princeton, NJ)

Mesut Ali Ergin (Ph.D., started at Intel Labs, Hillsboro, OR)
Suhas Mathur (Ph.D., started at AT&T Labs, NY - not his primary advisor but worked with him extensively on ParkNet)
Gayathri Chandrasekharan (Ph.D., started at Verizon Wireless, NJ)
Sanjit Kaul (Ph.D., started as assistant professor at IIIT Delhi, India)
Sangho Oh (Ph.D., started at AT&T Labs, CA)
Bin Zan (Ph.D., started at Broadcom, CA)
Tam Vu (Ph.D., started as Asst. Prof. at University of Colorado at Denver)

Janani Chandrasekharan (M.S., started at Network Appliance, Pittsburgh, PA)

Amar Patel (M.S., started at Siemens Research, Princeton, NJ)

Tashina Charagi (M.S., started at Motorola)

Lin Luo (M.S., started at Marvell, CA)

Tong Jin (M.S., continuing in Ph.D. program)

Sangeetha Siddegowda, (M.S., started at Qualcomm, CA)


AMR Privacy in the news
The Automatic Meter Reading privacy analysis has been reported in the New Scientist and MIT Technology Review (Oct 2012).

Keynote at IEEE VNC 2012
I will present a keynote talk at the IEEE Vehicular Networking Conference in Seoul, Korea (Nov 2012).

Mobicom 2012 Best Paper Award:
Mobicom 2012 Best Paper Award: Our paper "Distinguishing Users with Capacitive Touch Communication" won the best paper award at MobiCom 2012. This is the second year in a row for our group.

IEEE TMC Special Section
The special section on outstanding papers from MobiSys 2011 that I co-edited with David Wetherall has now appeared in the May 2012 issues of the IEEE Transaction on Mobile Computing (May 2012).

Keynote at VANET 2012
I will present the keynote talk at the ACM International Workshop on Vehicular Internetworking, Systems, and Applications (Apr 2012).

Inside Science TV Segment on Sensing Driver Phone Use
Our research on sensing driver phone use has been featured on Inside Science TV, an organization supported by the American Institute of Physics, which provides science and engineering content for local television stations (Apr 2012).

Tutorial for Federal Judges
I have been invited to present a tutorial on smartphone and geolocation technology for federal judges at the CLIP Program on Internet Technology Basics (Apr 2012).

Infocom 2012 Panelist
I will serve on the Future Internet Design panel at INFOCOM 2012 (Feb 2012).

Distinguished Talk at CRISP
I have been invited as a distinguished speaker at the 2012 CRISP Workshop on Information Security and Privacy at the University of Denver and will give a talk on Wireless Location Privacy (Jan 2012).

Sensing Driver Phone Use on NPR
Our research on driver phone use featured into two stories (1,2) on National Public Radio (Dec 2011).

I have been invited to attend the National Academy of Engineering's Frontiers of Engineering Education Symposium.

Best Paper Award:
Our paper: Detecting Driver Phone Use Levering Car Speakers won best paper award in MobiCom 2011.

Senators Franken and Coons Cite our Research
As widely reported in the media last week, Senators Al Franken and Chris Coons urged OnStar to reconsider changes in their privacy policy. The letter to OnStar cited a WINLAB research paper to back up their position (Sep 2011).

WINLAB Wireless Privacy and Securit Research featured on CNN TV
New wireless technologies in cars may compromise a driver's privacy and pose a security threat, warns a WINLAB research team together with University of South Carolina collaborators. Modern automobiles are increasingly equipped with wireless sensors and devices, such as systems that monitor air pressure inside tires and trigger dashboard warnings if a tire's spressure drops. The researchers have shown that these wireless signals can be intercepted 120 feet away from the car using a simple receiver despite the shielding provided by the metal car body. Since signals in tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) include unique codes from each wheel sensor, this raises concerns that drivers' locations could be tracked more easily than through other means, such as capturing images of license plates. TPMS wireless transmissions also lack security protections common in basic computer networking, such as input validation, data encryption or authentication. The researchers demonstrated how a transmitter that mimics, or "spoofs," the sensor signal can easily send false readings and trigger a car's dashboard warning display. This could prompt a driver into stopping his or her car when there is actually nothing wrong with the tires. The WINLAB team included Rob Miller, Sangho Oh as well as Profs. Marco Gruteser and Wade Trappe. Their collaborators at the University of South Carolina were led by Prof. Wenyuan Xu, an ECE and WINLAB alumna. The results of their work were presented at the USENIX Security Symposium, one of the premiere academic computer security conferences and subsequently received a wide press echo in more than 50 media outlets, including a segment on CNN national TV, web stories in the MIT Technology Review, ABC news, Businessweek, and a mention on Slashdot.