2014 ~ Present| Section - VPM

Secure Hardware

GOALS:  To design digital hardware which is highly resistant to (i) reverse engineering, and (ii) attack by malicious hardware insertions (hardware Trojans).

METHODS & TECHNOLOGIES:  Digital design, FPGA programming, encryption, VLSI design, digital systems test, complexity theory, lattice theory and hardware/software codesign.

RESEARCH/DESIGN ISSUES:  Redesign of the logic structure of hardware to resist reverse engineering; hardware Trojan impact at run-time; design of block cyphers for encryption and decryption; duplication of digital logic in a non-obvious manner; mathematical proofs of algorithmic complexity.

MEETING TIME: Wed, 4:30-6:00

ADVISORS:  Vincent Mooney (ECE)

PARTNERS & SPONSORS: Nanyang Technological University (Singapore) and Intel Corporation.


  • EE, CmpE – Background/interest in digital design, embedded systems, VLSI design and hardware/
  •          software codesign.
  • CmpE, CS – Background/interest in encryption, complexity theory and algorithms.
  •          Computer architecture would be helpful but is not required.


CONTACT: Prof. Vincent Mooney, 404-385-0437, mooney@ece.gatech.edu