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CESG Seminar: Towards Building Robust and Secure Strong Physical Unclonable Functions

October 18, 2013 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Room 1034 ETB

Farinaz Koushanfar
Department of ECE, Rice University

Over the last decade, a set of new security and protection mechanisms, tools, protocols, and devices based on physical unclonability and disorder has emerged. Harnessing the inherent, indelible, and unclonable mesoscopic disorders of the physical processes and phenomena, could lead to several advantages which include: providing an alternative form of digital storage which is also inerasable and unforgeable; creating a source for true random number generation; and enabling a novel security foundation. In this talk, I discuss our ongoing efforts in establishing the applicability and robustness of an important class of physical disorder-based security known as strong physical unclonable function. I emphasize on the establishment of security assumptions and properties as well as our evolving understanding of sophisticated attacks and countermeasures.

Bio: Farinaz Koushanfar received the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering and computer science and the M.A. degree in statistics, both from University of California Berkeley, in 2005, and the M.S. degree in electrical engineering from the University of California Los Angeles. She is currently an Associate Professor with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Rice University, Houston, TX, where she directs the Texas Instruments DSP Leadership University Program. Her research interests include adaptive and low power embedded systems design, hardware security, and design intellectual property protection. Prof. Koushanfar is a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the ACM SIGDA Outstanding New Faculty Award, the National Academy of Science Kavli Foundation fellowship, the Army Research Office (ARO) Young Investigator Program Award, the Office of Naval Research (ONR) Young Investigator Program Award, the Defense Advanced Project Research Agency (DARPA) Young Faculty Award, the National Science Foundation CAREER Award, MIT Technology Review TR-35, an Intel Open Collaborative Research fellowship, and a best paper award at Mobicom.

Host: Dr. Hu


October 18, 2013
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm