Hardware Designs for Security in the Internet of Things (IoT)

Wednesday, October 25, 2017
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Mulva Auditorium, EER 0.904
Free and open to the public

The developments of ultra-low-power electronic devices brings opportunities for disruptive systems like the Internet of Things (IoT).  The security and privacy issues of the huge amount of personal, sensitive, or safety-related data being processed in these systems are the main concerns.  Ensuring security in these ULP systems face additional challenges than in computers because of power/cost constraints and physical accessibility by attackers. To solve these problems, innovations in both software and hardware are demanded.

This talk presents an overview of state-of-the-art hardware designs optimizing the trade-offs between security, power, and costs (including design and manufacturing costs) is presented. The connections between hardware specs and system demands are analyzed to bridge the gap between different research communities. Two methods for identifying and authenticating physical items will be presented, one is based on conventional cryptographic primitives and the other one is based on a new type of physical security primitive (physically unclonable function). Applying these security primitives to data security and privacy will also be discussed. The talk will be concluded with future research directions.

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Kaiyuan Yang

Assistant Professor
Rice University

Kaiyuan Yang received his B.S. in Electronics Engineering from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, in 2012, and his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, in 2017. His Ph.D. work was recognized with the 2016-2017 IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society (SSCS) Predoctoral Achievement Award.

He is currently an Assistant Professor at Rice University, Houston, TX. His research interests include digital and mixed-signal circuits for secure and low-power systems, hardware security, and circuit/system design with emerging devices.

Dr. Yang received the Distinguished Paper Award at the 2016 IEEE International Symposium on Security and Privacy (Oakland), the Best Student Paper Award (1st place) at the 2015 IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems (ISCAS), and the 2016 Pwnie Most Innovative Research Award Finalist.