Lecture Series Archive

Towards Hardware Cybersecurity

Houman Homayoun

Professor Houman Homayoun
Associate Professor
Dept. of ECE, UC Davis, Davis, CA

Thu, 11/05/2020

Abstract - Electronic system security, trust and reliability has become an increasingly critical area of concern for modern society. Secure hardware systems, platforms, as well as supply chains are critical to industry and government sectors such as national defense, healthcare, transportation, and financial. Traditionally, authenticity and integrity of data has been protected with various security protocol at the software level with the underlying hardware assumed to be secure, and reliable. This assumption however is no longer true with an increasing number of attacks reported on the hardware.

In this talk I will address the security and vulnerability challenges in the horizontal integrated hardware development process. I will then present the concept of logic obfuscation through using hybrid spin-transfer torque CMOS look up tables which is our latest effort on developing a cost-effective solution to prevent physical reverse engineering attacks.

Dr. Houman Homayoun is an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at UC-Davis. He is also the director of National Science Foundation Center for Hardware and Embedded Systems Security and Trust (CHEST). Houman conducts research in hardware security and trust, data-intensive computing and heterogeneous computing, where he has published more than 100 technical papers and directed over $8M in research funding from NSF, DARPA, AFRL, NIST and various industrial sponsors. He received several best paper awards and nominations in various conferences including GLSVLSI 2016, ICDM 2019, and ICCAD 2019, and 2020. He served as Member of Advisory Committee, Cybersecurity Research and Technology Commercialization in the Commonwealth of Virginia in 2018. Since 2017 he has been serving as an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on VLSI. He was the technical program co-chair of GLSVLSI 2018 and the general chair of 2019 conference.

Supply Chain - New Product Introduction Process

Pelin Mohamed

Dr. Pelin Salem
Senior Test Development Engineer
Cisco, San Jose, CA

Thu, 10/15/2020

Abstract - Cisco is the worldwide leader in networking and is transforming how people connect, communicate, and collaborate. Supply Chain Operations is a key enabler of Cisco’s success which is mainly due to cross-functional Supply Chain Operations teams that manage the relationships between suppliers and contract manufacturers towards building the products its customers need. In short, Supply Chain Operations is what connects suppliers and customers. Supply Chain Operations is responsible for accelerating innovation, enabling profitable growth while establishing sustainability, and delivering excellence in customer experience. Supply Chain Operations spans the entire product lifecycle with accountability for new product introduction, sourcing, and supplier management, planning, manufacturing, logistics, and quality. This talk gives a brief overview of the phases in Cisco’s supply chain flow and defines the roles and responsibilities at each stage.

Dr. Pelin Salem received her BSc. Degree in Electrical-Electronics Engineering from Blacksea Technical University (KTU) in Trabzon, Turkey in 2005, her MSc in Electrical Engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) in New Jersey, USA in 2009, her MSc in Bioscience from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Thuwal, Saudi Arabia in 2011, and her PhD in Electrical Engineering from NJIT in 2018. She has worked in defense industry designing automated test systems for NATO Avionics and F16 fighter jet Electronic Warfare Systems between 2005-2009, in academia as a researcher and an educator between 2009-2016 in the US, KSA, and China, and in manufacturing industry since 2016. She has been with Cisco Systems as a Senior Test Development Engineer in Internet of Things Business Unit, working on Industrial IOT New Product Introduction since January 2019.

Trends in Electronic Measurement

Jay Alexander

Mr. Jay Alexander
Keysight Technologies, Santa Rosa, CA

Thu, 10/01/2020

Abstract - Electronic measurement is critical for the advancement of the electrical engineering profession, and more broadly for addressing many of the challenges and opportunities facing the world today. Modern electronic measurement instruments are both beneficiaries and enablers of new technology, and as such their architectures and capabilities can provide insight on the patterns of hardware and software technology adoption occurring across the electronics landscape. This talk will cover some of the most important trends at work in electronic measurement, including the ongoing evolution from analog to digital architectures, the dramatically increased role of software, and the emergence of sophisticated multifunction instruments. These trends will be highlighted with examples drawn from three foundational electronic measurement instruments: the oscilloscope, the spectrum analyzer, and the network analyzer.

Mr. Jay Alexander is Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Keysight Technologies. He leads Keysight's central technology strategy and development, focusing on market trends and top opportunities for the company to achieve competitive advantage and growth. Prior to Keysight, Mr. Alexander held numerous leadership positions at Agilent Technologies, including serving as VP and GM for the Oscilloscope and Protocol Division. He began his career at Hewlett-Packard as a Manufacturing and Test Engineer after working on robotics at IBM as a co-op student. Mr. Alexander earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Northwestern University and an M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Colorado, where his thesis work focused on connectionist (neural network) rule extraction. He is a licensed Professional Engineer and a Senior Member of the IEEE. He serves on the Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology at NIST and holds 24 U.S. patents.

Photovoltaic and Energy Storage Systems

Mark Baldassari

Mr. Mark Baldassari
Director of Codes and Standards
Enphase Energy, Petaluma, CA

Thu, 09/17/2020

Abstract - Homes and businesses are installer of renewable and storage-based systems to counter act rising energy cost and safeguard against power outages. This presentation will introduce fundamental concepts for resilient, reliable renewable energy generation and storage.

Mr. Mark Baldassari has over 34 years experience in engineering and product development and over 10 years with Enphase Energy, where he holds the position of Director, Codes and Standards. Currently, he actively participates in a number of Codes and Standards development groups both domestically and internationally. Domestically, Mr. Baldassari regularly participates in IEEE 1547 series of standards development with emphasis towards improving the grid integration of Photo Voltaic systems. He is involved with Underwriters Laboratory working on the harmonization of UL and IEC standards and a Standards Technical Panel member for UL 1699B and UL 2703. Mr. Baldassari is an active member of the CalSEIA Codes and Standards and PV Industry Forum. He is very involved with the drafting of the 2020 NEC for articles 690 and chairman for article 705. Mr. Baldassari has bachelor degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from California State University Sacramento, USA.

Sometimes you can't see the signal for the trees

Katie Wilson

Professor Katie Wilson
Electrical and Computer Engineering, Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA

Thu, 09/03/2020

Abstract – One of the challenges of modern communications is finding available spectrum. One of the newer Industrial, Scientific and Medical (ISM) bands is centered at 60 GHz. The 60 GHz band is notable for its short reach due to the size of the wavelength and oxygen absorption. The short reach can be mitigated by the use of antenna arrays which both lengthen and focus the beam. One of the potential applications of devices in the 60 GHz band is transmission from the curb to the home. However, foliage from trees can block the signal. This talk looks at potential ways to have low-maintenance communication to the home in the challenging 60 GHz band.

Prof. Katie Wilson, Sarah Kate Wilson received her A.B. from Bryn Mawr College with honours in Mathematics in 1979 and her Ph.D. from Stanford University in Electrical Engineering in 1994. She has worked in both industry and academia and has been a visiting professor at Lulea University of Technology, the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Stanford University and Northeastern University. She is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Santa Clara University. She has served as an Editor for IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, IEEE Communications Letters and IEEE Transactions on Communications and the Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Communications Letters. She served as the Director of Journals 2012-2013 and the Vice- President of Publications 2014-2015 for the IEEE Communications Society. She is a Fellow of the IEEE "for contributions to Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing" and won the 2018 IEEE Education Society Harriet Rigas Award "for excellence in communications engineering education and promoting equity."