Lecture Series at the Laboratory For Telecommunications Sciences (LTS): "Hardware Security" by Dr. Ankur Srivastava

Thu Aug 23, 2012 2:00 PM

By Dr. Ankur Srivastava, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park.

Location: LTS Auditorium, Laboratory of Telecommunications Sciences, 8080 Greenmead Drive, College Park, MD 20740

Hardware oriented security features offer new opportunities for building secure and trustworthy cyber systems. This talk summarizes recent research endeavors towards making hardware oriented security into a reality with primary focus on two aspects: Physically Unclonable Functions and Hardware Trojans. Recent years has seen a huge proliferation of hardware security centric research activity. The significance of hardware in ensuring trustworthy and secure operation of cyber-systems is well accepted. The current work on hardware security dwells on three general directions: hardware generated crypto-keys (physically unclonable functions PUFs), detecting hardware Trojans and ensuring trust worthy operation of software through appropriate hardware level mechanisms. The focus of PUF and Trojan detection approaches has been development of appropriate sensors through various architectural/circuit techniques that detect the presence of malicious hardware modifications or extract the process variations into a chip specific key (to be used in cryptography etc.). This talk deals with the challenges and opportunities offered by such approaches.

Dr. Ankur Srivastava is an Associate Professor at the University of Maryland College Park in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department with a joint appointment with the Institute for Systems Research. He received his bachelors in technology from the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi in May 1998 with Electrical Engineering major, Masters in Computer Engineering in June 2000 from department of ECE Northwestern University and PhD from CS department of University of California Los Angeles in September 2002. His main area of interest is design methods for fabrication variability, low temperature design and hardware security. He is also the recipient of the “Outstanding PhD Award” from the Computer Science Department of UCLA and the George Corcoran Memorial Outstanding Teaching Award by the ECE department of University of Maryland. He has been working at the University of Maryland since October 2002.