A Game with Randomly Distributed Eavesdroppers in Wireless Ad Hoc Networks: A Secrecy EE Perspective

Younggap Kwon, Xudong Wang, Taewon Hwang

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We study energy-efficient secure communication using the combined approach of game theory and stochastic geometry in a large-scale wireless network, where legitimate transmitters (Alice nodes) and eavesdroppers (Eve nodes) are randomly distributed in space. We consider the following two scenarios according to the Eve tier's strategy: I) the Eve tier activates all its nodes to maximally eavesdrop the confidential messages of the Alice tier; and II) the Eve tier activates only a portion of its nodes to maximize its energy efficiency (EE) in eavesdropping according to the Alice tier's node activation. In Scenario I, we propose an alternating optimization scheme that maximizes the secrecy EE of the Alice tier by controlling the node-activation probability, the confidential message rate, the redundancy rate, and the number of active antennas. Simulation result shows that the proposed scheme can achieve the optimal secrecy EE. In Scenario II, we study an energy-efficient node activation game between the Alice tier and the Eve tier, where the former and the latter control their node-activation probabilities to maximize the secrecy EE and the eavesdropping EE, respectively. We show that the node activation game admits a unique Nash equilibrium. The node-activation probabilities of the Alice tier and the Eve tier at the Nash equilibrium can be used to estimate their network lifetimes, which are important information for the energy-efficient secure network design. Simulation result shows that the best-response dynamics converges to the Nash equilibrium within a few iterations.

Original languageEnglish
Article number7993061
Pages (from-to)9916-9930
Number of pages15
JournalIEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Nov

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Manuscript received August 18, 2016; revised April 18, 2017; accepted July 17, 2017. Date of publication July 26, 2017; date of current version November 10, 2017. This work was supported by Basic Science Research Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea funded by the Ministry of Education (2016R1D1A1A09916968). The review of this paper was coordinated by Prof. J. Sun. (Corresponding author: Taewon Hwang.) Y. Kwon was with the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Yonsei University, Seoul 120-749, South Korea. This work was done while he was with Yonsei University. He is now with the Agency for Defense Development, Daejeon 305-600, South Korea (e-mail: thinggap@yonsei.ac.kr).

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Automotive Engineering
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Applied Mathematics


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