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Ozgur Sinanoglu: “Do You Trust Your Chip?”

  • 2022-06-21
  • Doctoral School

Guest professor Ozgur Sinanoglu talks about hardware liabilities in Integrated Circuits (IC) – from reverse engineering to piracy and malicious modifications.

Ozgur Sinanoglu: “Do You Trust Your Chip?”
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The TU Wien Informatics Doctoral School invites to a talk by guest professor Ozgur Sinanoglu, who is visiting within the Doctoral College Resilient Embedded Systems.

Hybrid Event

This is a hybrid event. Join us on-site or online via Zoom.

Public Lecture


The globalization of Integrated Circuit (IC) design and manufacturing is making designers and users of ICs re-assess their trust in hardware. As the IC design flow spans the globe-driven by cost-conscious consumer electronics, hardware is increasingly prone to reverse engineering, Intellectual Property (IP) piracy and malicious modifications (i.e. hardware trojans). An attacker, anywhere within the global design flow, can reverse engineer the functionality of an IC/IP, steal and claim ownership of the IP or introduce counterfeits into the supply chain. Moreover, an untrusted IC fab may overbuild ICs and sell them illegally. Finally, rogue elements in the fabs may insert hardware trojans into the design without the knowledge of the designer or the end-user of the IC; this additional functionality may subsequently be exploited to introduce errors in the results, steal sensitive information or incapacitate a fielded system. The semiconductor industry routinely loses $billions annually due to these attacks. This talk will cover various forms of threats that the electronic chip supply chain is up against, as well as defenses against these threats. It will focus on one particular solution—logic locking—by covering its basics and evolution. It will also demonstrate the first-ever prototype: the first chip that is resilient to hardware-level threats.

About Ozgur Sinanoglu

Ozgur Sinanoglu is a professor of electrical and computer engineering at New York University Abu Dhabi. He obtained his PhD in Computer Science and Engineering from University of California San Diego. He has industry experience at TI, IBM and Qualcomm, and has been with NYU Abu Dhabi since 2010. During his PhD, he won the IBM PhD fellowship award twice. He is also the recipient of the best paper awards at IEEE VLSI Test Symposium 2011 and ACM Conference on Computer and Communication Security 2013. Prof. Sinanoglu’s research interests include design-for-test, design-for-security and design-for-trust for VLSI circuits, where he has more than 200 conference and journal papers, and 20 issued and pending US Patents. Prof. Sinanoglu is the director of the Center for Cybersecurity at NYU Abu Dhabi. His recent research in hardware security and trust is being funded by US National Science Foundation, US Department of Defense, Semiconductor Research Corporation, Intel Corp and Mubadala Technology.


The lecture series on research talks by the guest professors of the TU Wien Informatics Doctoral School can also be credited as an elective course for students of master programs of computer science: 195.072 Current Trends in Computer Science.

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