Hardware emulation of memristor devices
Presenters: Stavros G. Stavrinides, Rodrigo Picos

The abstract:

Memristor devices are one of the major candidates to behave as the next battlehorse in electronics. They are expected to be key technology enablers for many applications, ranging from neural networks and artificial intelligence to sensing elements, including also the Internet of Things. In any case, this technology is still in its infancy and, therefore, these devices are not widely available. Thus, currently, development of new applications can be achieved either by simulation or by utilizing emulators. The talk will start by describing the behavior of memristive devices, and how they can be detected experimentally through their characteristic fingerprints. Then, we will present a general framework on how to implement memristor emulators in hardware. We will first discuss the design and development of passive memristive emulators, that are those using only passive elements. Then, the framework is expanded to include also active devices (MOS transistors), while keeping the passive operation mode of the whole system. Finally, we will present some specific examples for passive emulators, including short- and long-term memory, using digital, analog and mixed-signal circuits. Finally, we will describe the implementation of flux-controlled, passive, analog memristor emulator, in a standard commercial CMOS technology.

ImageStavros G. Stavrinides (SM’04–AM’08– M’10–SM’13) is a Physicist with a MSc in Electronics and a PhD in Chaotic Electronics, all awarded by Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. His research interests include, non-exhaustively, the design of analog and mixed-signal electronic circuits, chaotic electronics and their applications (with emphasis on security), memristors, nonlinear timeseries analysis, experimental chaotic synchronization, as well as, econophysics, education and teaching methods in sciences. He has taught numerous topics in physics and electronics in academia, as an adjunct lecturer, for more than 15 years. In 2012-2013 he was with the ECE Department, University of Cyprus, as a visiting Assistant Professor. He currently serves as a Faculty Member in the School of Science and Technology, International Hellenic University, Thessaloniki, Greece. Dr. Stavrinides has authored or co-authored more than 80 journal and conference papers and he has participated, as a researcher, in several national and international (EU, NATO) funded projects.

ImageRodrigo Picos (SM’2006) received the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the Universitat de les Illes Balears (UIB), Palma (Illes Balears), Spain, in 1998 and 2006, respectively. He is currently an Associate Professor with the Physics Department, UIB. His research interests include memristive systems and compact-device modeling, as well as analog circuit design and test. He has taught courses on Electron Device Modelling, Electronic Instrumentation, and basic Electronics. Dr. Picos has authored or co-authored more than 120 journal and conference papers and he has participated, as a researcher, in several national and international (EU) funded projects.


Emulation: a key acceleration platform for SoC development and verification
Presenter: Dr. Fadi Obeidat

The abstract:

In this presentation, Dr. Fadi Obeidat will be talking about the key role that Emulation plays in the chip-design industry. As the size of SoC designs is continuously growing, new applications are emerging, and the time-to-market became an extremely critical factor to win; simulation engines couldn’t provide a scalable solution in terms of functionality and performance. Hence, companies are heavily investing in emulation (and prototyping) technologies which deliver many orders of magnitude performance compared to simulation. Furthermore, emulation platforms have opened the door for new methodologies in the field of functional, performance and power verification, and enabled “Shift-Left” for SW development. Dr. Obeidat will highlight the current applications of emulation in the SoC development lifecycle and will also illustrate the key skills needed in this field.

ImageDr. Fadi Obeidat is currently working as a Prototyping/Emulation Architect at Cadence Design Systems. He had previously worked as an Emulation Consultant at Synopsys (2014-2020), and as an Emulation Architect at intel corporation (2010 to 2014). Dr. Obeidat has an extensive experience in deploying FPGAs and Emulation Technologies to accelerate System-on-Chip (SoC) Design and Verification. Dr. Obeidat had conducted research in the following areas Embedded Systems, Unmanned Arial Vehicles (UAVs), Performance Modeling, Emulation, and Engineering Education. He received his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Engineering from Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST), Prince Faisal Information Technology Center at Yarmouk University, and Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) respectively.


Security and Trust: the Internet of Things (IoT) World
Presenters: Dr. Nicolas Sklavos

The abstract:

Internet of Things (IoT) has attracted the interest of the research community, at a great manner the last years. It is one of the most modern areas, for current and future research and development activities, involved by both academia and industry. Cybersecurity for IoT, is proven a target of crucial importance and great interest. This keynote talk aims to bring together security, trust and implementation aspects, regarding the alternative technologies and devices of IoT cybersecurity. It focusses on the knowledge of the implementation efficiency, for communications confidentiality, user authentication, data integrity and services availability. Embedded systems are examined, as a case study, of cybersecurity implementations. Hacking attempts, attacks and threats, as well as countermeasures against them, are shown. Different IoT infrastructures are introduced, and alternative trust models are presented. Policy issues are also discussed. Keywords: Cybersecurity, IoT, Privacy, Security, Hacking, Attacks, Cryptanalysis, Embedded Systems, Cryptographic Hardware

ImageDr. Nicolas Sklavos is an Associate Professor, with the Computer Engineering and Informatics Department, Polytechnic School, University of Patras, Hellas. He is Director of SCYTALE Group. His research interests include Cryptography Engineering, Hardware Security, Cybersecurity, Embedded Systems, and IoT. He has participated to a great number of European and National Projects, with both Research & Development activities, funding by the European Commission or/and National Resources. He acts also as Evaluator/Reviewer, for European Commission Funding Calls, and National Funding Calls of several countries. He was the Editor-in-Chief of Information Security Journal: a Global Perspective, Taylor Francis Group, from 2011 to 2014. He is Associate Editor of IEEE VLSI Circuits and Systems Letter, Microprocessors and Microsystems: Embedded Hardware Design (MICPRO), Elsevier, Journal of Cryptography, and Journal of Cybersecurity & Privacy, both from ΜDPI. He also served as Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions of Latin America, Information Security Journal: a Global Perspective, Taylor Francis Group, Computers & Electrical Engineering Journal, Elsevier and Electrical & Computer Engineering Journal, Hindawi. He has received several scientific awards for his research and development activities. N. Sklavos is IEEE, Senior Member. From 2007 to 2016, he was the Council’s Chair of IEEE GOLD, of Hellas Section. He is Associated Member of European Network of Excellence (HiPEAC) and member of IACR. He was member of the IFIP Working Group 11.3 on “Data and Application Security and Privacy”. He has participated to the committees of more than 400 conferences & workshops, organized by IEEE, ACM, IFIP, as General- , Program- , Publication- , Publicity- , Chair, and serving other duties. N. Sklavos has authored /co-authored more than 200 scientific articles, published in journals, conferences, both books, books chapters, tutorials and technical reports, in the areas of his research. He has been invited as keynote speaker to several international conferences, workshops, summer schools etc. Until nowadays, the results of his research, have received more than 3000 citations, in the scientific and technical literature.