Mohammad Al Faruque
University of California Irvine (UCI)
Cross-Layer Security of Embedded and Cyber-Physical Systems
Abstract: Cyber-physical systems (CPS) are engineered systems that are built from, and depend upon, the seamless integration of computation and physical components [NSF]. Embedded systems comprising of hardware and software systems are the major enabling technology for these cyber-physical systems. Today, CPSs can be found in security-sensitive areas such as aerospace, automotive, energy, healthcare, manufacturing transportation, entertainment, and consumer appliances. Compared to the traditional information processing systems, due to the tight interactions between cyber and physical components in CPSs and closed-loop control from sensing to actuation, new vulnerabilities are emerging from the boundaries between various layers and domains. In this keynote talk, Prof. Al Faruque will discuss how new vulnerabilities are emerging at the intersection of various components and subsystems and their various hardware, software, and physical layers. Several recent examples from various cyber-physical systems will be presented in this talk. To understand these new vulnerabilities a very different set of methodologies and tools are needed. Defenses against these vulnerabilities demand also new hardware/software co-design approaches. The talk will highlight recent developments in this regard. The major goal of this talk will be to highlight various research challenges and the need for novel scientific solutions from the SBCCI community and definitely from the larger EDA, embedded systems, and integrated circuits and systems design communities.
Mohammad Al Faruque is currently with the University of California Irvine (UCI), where he is an associate professor (with tenure) and directing the Cyber-Physical Systems Lab. Prof. Al Faruque is the recipient of the School of Engineering Mid-Career Faculty Award for Research 2019, the IEEE Technical Committee on Cyber-Physical Systems Early-Career Award 2018, and the IEEE CEDA Ernest S. Kuh Early Career Award 2016. He is also the recipient of the UCI Academic Senate Distinguished Early-Career Faculty Award for Research 2017 and the School of Engineering Early-Career Faculty Award for Research 2017. He served as an Emulex Career Development Chair from October 2012 till July 2015. Before, he was with Siemens Corporate Research and Technology in Princeton, NJ.
His current research is focused on the system-level design of Internet-of-Things (IoT), Embedded Systems, and Cyber-Physical-Systems (CPS) with special interests on design automation methodologies, data-driven modeling techniques including machine learning for design, CPS security, etc. His work involves novel hardware and software design for various CPS application areas, including mobile health (mHealth), Industry 4.0 (manufacturing), smart-grid, and autonomous vehicles.
Prof. Al Faruque received his B.Sc. degree in Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) in 2002, and M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from Aachen Technical University and Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany in 2004 and 2009, respectively.
Prof. Al Faruque received the Thomas Alva Edison Patent Award 2016 from the Edison foundation, the 2016 DATE Best Paper Award, the 2015 DAC Best Paper Award, the 2009 IEEE/ACM William J. McCalla ICCAD Best Paper Award, the 2016 NDSS Distinguished Poster Award, the 2008 HiPEAC Paper Award, the 2015 Hellman Fellow Award, the 2015 Kane Kim Fellowship Award, the 2017 ICCAD Best Paper Award Nomination, the 2017 DAC Best Paper Award Nomination, the 2012 DATE Best IP Award Nomination, the 2005 DAC Best Paper Award Nomination, the EECS Professor of the year 2015-16 Award, and the 2015 UCI Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Fostering Undergraduate Research. Besides 100+ IEEE/ACM publications in the premier journals and conferences, Prof. Al Faruque holds 8 US patents.