Marco Gruteser



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 a 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 vehicles. Beyond these topics, his more than hundred peer-reviewed articles and patents span a wide range of wireless, mobile systems, and pervasive computing issues. He has served as program co-chair or vice-chair for conferences such as ACM MobiSys, ACM WiSec, IEEE VNC and IEEE Percom. He has delivered seven conference and workshop keynotes, served as panel moderator at ACM MobiCom, and as panelist at ACM MobiSys, IEEE Infocom, and IEEE ICC. He was elected treasurer and member of the executive committee of ACM SIGMOBILE. 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, a Rutgers Outstanding Engineering Faculty Award, as well as best paper awards at ACM MobiCom 2012, ACM MobiCom 2011 and ACM MobiSys 2010. His work has been regularly featured in the media, including NPR, the New York Times, Fox News TV, and CNN TV. He is an ACM Distinguished Scientist.


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

Program Co-Chair MobiSys 2015
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

Recent Publications

My Citations

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LookUp: Enabling Pedestrian Safety Services via Shoe Sensing. Shubham Jain, Carlo Borgiattino, Yanzhi Ren, Marco Gruteser, Yingying Chen, Carla-Fabiana Chiasserini, Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Mobile Systems, Applications, and Services (MobiSys) 2015. (pdf)
[Demo Video] [AT&T Connected Intersections Challenge Award]

Detection of On-Road Vehicles Emanating GPS Interference. Gorkem Kar, Hossen Mustafa, Yan Wang, Yingying Chen, Wenyuan Xu, Marco Gruteser, Tam Vu. Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security (CCS), 2014.(pdf)

E-eyes: Device-free Location-oriented Activity Identification Using Fine-grained WiFi Signatures. Yan Wang, Jian Liu, Yingying Chen, Marco Gruteser, Jie Yang, Hongbo Liu. Proceedings of the 20th Annual International Conference on Mobile Computing and Networking (MobiCom), 2014. (pdf)

Tracking Human Queues Using Single-Point Signal Monitoring. Yan Wang, Jie Yang, Yingying Chen, Hongbo Liu, Marco Gruteser, Richard P. Martin. Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Mobile Systems, Applications, and Services (MobiSys), 2014. (pdf)

Sensing Vehicle Dynamics for Determining Driver Phone Use. Yan Wang, Jie Yan, Hongbo Liu, Yingying Chen, Marco Gruteser, Richard Martin. Proceedings of ACM International Conference on Mobile Systems(MobiSys), 2013. (pdf)

Selected Publications:

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] []

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]

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] []

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



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nsf camp



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)
Ashwin Ashok (Ph.D., started as postdoc at Carnegie Mellon University)

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.