Secure Entities for Smart Environments
Our group focuses on all aspects of designing secure RFID, embedded and mobile systems. We are in particular working on cryptography, side-channel and fault attacks, security architectures, as well as on efficient hardware and software implementations of security mechanisms. Below, selected research topics of our research group are listed:
- The IMPA Lab investigates all types of implementation attacks (side-channel analysis, fault analysis, probing attacks, etc.), which pose a serious threat to all types of crypto devices (smart cards, RFID tags, embedded systems, etc.). Based on the experiences gained in the attacks, we develop efficient countermeasures for hardware and software implementations of crypto devices.
- RFID Security: Our main motivation is to provide state-of-the-art and standardized crypto solutions for passive RFID technology. To achieve this, it is necessary to design dedicated HW crypto modules that fulfil ultra low power requirements. The vision of our research is to enable a Secure Internet of Things based on passive RFID devices with real crypto capability.
- Our research in Cryptography focuses on the investigation of modern cryptographic hash functions and the analysis of symmetric cryptographic primitives. This includes the investigation of the SHA-2 family and the newly announced SHA-3 finalist Keccak, as well as contributions to the currently ongoing CAESAR competition for authenticated encryption algorithms.
- VLSI Design: We focus on secure application specific hardware implementations of cryptographic algorithms. The requirements for our developments are deduced from real word applications to find the best fitting optimization goals. Investigations on design methodologies and specific implementation issues (area efficiency, low-power, low energy, high-throughput, SCA protection) of symmetric and asymmetric cryptographic algorithms like AES, ECC, SHA, DES or RSA are performed.
Available Student Projects
Our currently offered master- and seminar-projects can be found here.
For information on Bachelor projects look here.
- Christoph Dobraunig
- Maria Eichlseder
- Hannes Groß
- Michael Hutter
- Thomas Korak
- Stefan Mangard (lead)
- Florian Mendel
- Martin Schläffer
- Raphael Spreitzer
- Thomas Unterluggauer
- Erich Wenger