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Thomas La Porta

  • William E. Leonhard Professor
  • Director: Institute for Networking and Security Research(INSR)
360B IST Building
University Park, PA 16802
Phone: (814) 865-6725


  1. Ph.D., Columbia University


Thomas F. La Porta received his B.S.E.E. and M.S.E.E. degrees from The Cooper Union, New York, NY, and his Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Columbia University, New York, NY. He joined the Computer Science and Engineering Department at Penn State in 2002. He is the Director of the Institute for Networking and Security Research at Penn State. Prior to joining Penn State, Dr. La Porta was with Bell Laboratories since 1986, where he was the Director of the Mobile Networking Research Department in Bell Laboratories. He is an IEEE Fellow and a Bell Labs Fellow.

Dr. La Porta was the founding editor-in-chief of the IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing and served as editor-in-chief of IEEE Personal Communications Magazine. He holds over 30 patents. His research interests include mobility management, signaling and control for wireless networks, mobile data systems, protocol design, and security for these systems.

Research Interests:

Mobility Management, Signaling and Control for Wireless Networks, Mobile Data Systems, Protocol Design, and Security for these Systems

Selected Publications:

  1. La Porta, T., G. Maselli, C. Petrioli.  February 2011.  Anti-Collision Protocols for Single-Reader RFID Systems: Temporal Analysis and Optimization.  IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing 10(2):267-279.

  2. Traynor, P., M. Lin, M. Ongtang, V. Rao, T. Jaeger, T. F. La Porta, P. McDaniel. November 2009.  On Cellular Botnets: Measuring the Impact of Malicious Devices on a Cellular Network Core. Proceedings of the Sixteenth ACM Conference on Computer and Communications Security (CCS 2009).  pp. 223-234.  Chicago, IL.

  3. Bartolini, N., T. Calamoneri, T. F. La Porta, A. Massini, S. Silvestri.  October 2009.  Autonomous Deployment of Heterogeneous Mobile Sensors.  Proceedings of the Seventeenth Annual IEEE International Conference on Network Protocols (ICNP 2009).  pp. 42-51.  Princeton, NJ.  (Best paper award)

  4. Sun, Y., T. F. La Porta, P. Kermani.  March 2009.  A Flexible Privacy-Enhanced Location Based Services Systems Framework and Practice.  IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing 8(3):304-321.

  5. Traynor, P., W. Enck, P. McDaniel, T. F. La Porta.  September 2006.  Mitigating Attacks on Open Functionality in SMS-Capable Cellular Networks.  Proceedings of the Twelfth Annual International Conference on Mobile Computing and Networking (Mobicom 2006).  pp. 182-193.  Los Angeles, CA.