Secure Entities for Smart Environments
Our research group focuses on algorithms, architectures, tools and design methodologies that allow to secure computing systems efficently and reliably. The main focus is on small and mobile computing devices, such as RFIDs, sensor nodes, embedded systems and mobile phones. Selected research activities include:
- 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 cryptographic devices (smart cards, RFID tags, embedded systems, etc.). Based on the experiences gained in the attacks, we develop efficient countermeasures for hardware and software.
- Security architectures: We are working on novel design techniques in order to secure processors against all kinds of implementation attacks.
- 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 fulfill 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.
Head of the Group
- Christoph Dobraunig
- Maria Eichlseder
- Hannes Groß
- Daniel Gruß
- Thomas Korak
- Peter Peßl
- Raphael Spreitzer
- Thomas Unterluggauer
- Mario Werner