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Event Scheduled for Feb 28, 2013

Event: ECE Facutly Candidate Seminar-Domenic Forte, University of Maryland-Towards Comprehensive Solutions for Hardware Security-Reception -1:30

Location: ITEB 336

Time: 02:00 pm

Details of Event:
Abstract: Hardware-oriented security features offer new opportunities for building secure and trustworthy cyber systems. This talk highlights my recent research efforts towards making hardware-oriented security into a reality with primary focus on two areas: Hardware Trojan Detection and Physically Unclonable Functions.

Hardware Trojans are malicious modification made to original IC designs that reduce system integrity (changes to functionality, leakage of private data, etc.). Detection of hardware Trojans has recently garnered interest not only in academia, but also in governmental agencies and industry. In my work, I have developed innovative run-time solutions that utilize on-chip thermal sensor measurements and fundamental estimation/detection theory to expose changes in IC power/ thermal profile caused by Trojan activation. The proposed solutions are low overhead and also generalizable to many other sensing modalities and problem instances (eg. software Trojans).

Physically Unclonable Functions (PUFs) are circuits that rely on IC fabrication variations to generate unique signatures for IC authentication and cryptographic key generation. Since the existing design/fabrication flow is geared towards suppressing all variations for better IC yield, it is counter-intuitive for PUFs. I have investigated radical approaches that enhance PUF quality by improving sensitivity to variations at physical layout and lithography mask levels without harming non-PUF circuitry. The proposed approaches can also easily be combined with existing PUF designs.

Bio: Domenic Forte is currently a Ph.D. student in the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department at the University of Maryland. Before joining UMD, he received his Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering in 2006 from Manhattan College (Riverdale, NY). From 2007-2009, Domenic performed research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Center of Information Technology.

Domenic’s research contributions have been towards realizing more efficient, reliable, and secure computing systems through better design and run-time support. His research contributions have been well-received and recognized with distinctions including “Best Paper Nomination” at DAC 2012 and “Best Student Paper Award” at AHS 2011. He is also the recipient of the prestigious “George Corcoran Outstanding Teaching Award” by the ECE department at the University of Maryland.

Besides the above research areas, Domenic is also interested in developing nanoscale to large-scale smart systems and overcoming nanoscale integration challenges in CMOS and beyond CMOS.

Target Audience: Open to All

Sponsored By: Electrical and Computer Engineering

Pamphlet/Flyer: No Pamphlet/Flyer Available

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