Booz Allen Hamilton Colloquium: Yiorgos Makris, University of Texas at Dallas
Friday, September 30, 2022
3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Jeong H. Kim Engineering Building, Room 1110
301 405 3114
Speaker: Yiorgos Makris, Professor, University of Texas at Dallas, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Title: Malicious Hardware-Induced Covert Channels in Wireless Networks: Risks and Remedies"
Abstract: Globalization of the semiconductor manufacturing industry has brought about a new set of concerns regarding security and trustworthiness of integrated circuits (ICs) and the systems wherein they are deployed. As a result, over the last 15 years a new scientific area has emerged at the intersection of semiconductor manufacturing, VLSI design and test, computer-aided design, architecture and system security, focusing exclusively on assurance of microelectronics. While the majority of this community initially limited itself in the study of security and trust of digital circuits, investigating these concerns in the analog/RF domain and, more specifically, in the context of wireless networks has recently gained significant traction. In this presentation, we will discuss the ease with which malicious hardware modifications can introduce covert channels and threaten the security and trustworthiness of wireless communications, starting with simple wireless links and progressing to protocol-compliant Wi-Fi networks. Furthermore, we will discuss statistical and machine learning-based solutions in detecting and/or preventing these threats. Effectiveness of both attacks and defenses will be demonstrated using custom designed ICs and experimentation platforms.
Bio: Yiorgos Makris received the Diploma of Computer Engineering from the University of Patras, Greece, in 1995 and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Engineering from the University of California, San Diego, in 1998 and 2001, respectively. After spending a decade on the faculty of Yale University, he joined UT Dallas where he is now a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, the Co-Founder and Site-PI of the NSF Industry University Cooperative Research Center on Hardware and Embedded System Security and Trust (NSF CHEST I/UCRC), as well as the Leader of the Safety, Security and Healthcare Thrust of the Texas Analog Center of Excellence (TxACE) and the Director of the Trusted and RELiable Architectures (TRELA) Research Laboratory. His research focuses on applications of machine learning and statistical analysis in the development of trusted and reliable integrated circuits and systems, with particular emphasis in the analog/RF domain. He has served as an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Computer-Aided Design of Integrated Circuits and Systems, the IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security and the IEEE Design & Test of Computers Periodical, and as a guest editor for the IEEE Transactions on Computers and the IEEE Transactions on Computer-Aided Design of Integrated Circuits and Systems. He also served as the 2016-2017 General Chair and the 2013-2014 Program Chair of the IEEE VLSI Test Symposium. He is a recipient of the 2006 Sheffield Distinguished Teaching Award, Best Paper Awards from the 2013 IEEE/ACM Design Automation and Test in Europe (DATE'13) conference and the 2015 IEEE VLSI Test Symposium (VTS'15), as well as Best Hardware Demonstration Awards from the 2016 and the 2018 IEEE Hardware-Oriented Security and Trust Symposia (HOST'16 and HOST'18) and a recipient of the 2020 Faculty Research Award from the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science at UT Dallas.