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Secure, Reliable, Efficient Physical Unclonable Functions

Researcher: Ken Mai

Research Area: Trustworthy Computing Platforms and Devices

Cross Cutting Thrusts: Cryptography


Scope: Physical unclonable functions (PUFs) are emerging as a key component to secure integrated circuits and systems. PUFs can be used in applications ranging from authentication/identification to encryption key generation. We are exploring the design, implmentation, and evaluation of novel PUF circuits in deep sub-micron manufacturing process technologies. We are particularly interested in the leveraging novel device characteristic, device structures, and emerging technologies for improved PUF design.

Outcomes: Design of novel PUFs backed silicon implementations and measured data; Novel techniques for improving the reliability, uniqueness, and randomness of PUF designs.