TxACE STARS: TxACE Workshop on Secure and Trusted Analog/RF Systems

May 23 – 24, 2018

Texas Instruments Auditorium,The University of Texas at Dallas

STARS 2018


The TxACE STARS Workshop format is designed to be highly interactive, featuring not only keynote talks but also panels, informal discussions, student posters, prototype demonstrations and break-out sessions. The outcome of the workshop will be a report authored by the various stakeholders, which can provide guidelines as the hardware security community expands its activities to cover the analog/mixed-signal/RF domain and its applications.

Poster Submission

Workshop Schedule

Wednesday, May 23
Registration 1:00 p.m.
Welcome Remarks
Ken O, TxACE Director, UT Dallas
1:30 p.m.
Session 1: Session Chair: David Yeh, Semiconductor Research Corporation 1:45 p.m.
Session 1: Invited Talk I: Trusted Analog/Mixed-Signal/RF ICs: A Survey and a Perspective
Yiorgos Makris, UT Dallas
1:45 p.m.
Session 1: Panel I: Security Threats in the Analog / RF Domain: An Academic Perspective
Moderator: Swaroop Ghosh, Pennsylvania State University
Panelists: Ioannis Savidis, Drexel University, Shreyas Sen, Purdue University, Kaiyuan Yang, Rice University
2:15 p.m.
Coffee Break 3:00 p.m.
Session 2: Keynote Talk I: Building Secured End Point in Industrial IOT Applications
Xiaolin Lu, Texas Instruments Fellow and Director of Kilby Innovation Center
3:15 p.m.
Session 2: Panel II: Killer Driver Applications for Analog / RF System Security
Moderator: Anand Dabak, Texas Instruments
Panelists: Craig Lee, AT&T, Ariton Xhafa, Texas Instruments, Jamin McCue, AFRL
3:45 p.m.
Poster/Demo Introductions 4:30 p.m.
Poster/Demo & Reception 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, May 24
Registration and Breakfast 8:30 a.m.
Session 3: Session Chair: Yiorgos Makris, UT Dallas 8:30 a.m.
Session 3: Keynote Talk II: Test Opportunities to reduce Time and Expertise Required to Assess (TERA) for Trust
Brian Dupaix, Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL)
9:00 a.m.
Session 3: Invited Talk II: NSF Programs on and Secured Communications and Sensing
Jenshan Lin, Program Director, NSF ECCS RF Circuits and Antennas for Communications and Sensing
9:30 a.m.
Coffee Break 10:00 a.m.
Session 4: Panel III: Security and Trust as New Dimensions in Analog / RF Design Space Exploration
Moderator: Ayman Fayed, Ohio State University
Panelists: Nima Maghari, University of Florida, Jaydeep Kulkarni, University of Texas at Austin, Glenn Berger, NSWC Crane
10:30 a.m.
Session 4: Panel IV: Supporting and Transitioning Academic Analog / RF Security Research Outputs to Industry and Government
Moderator: Ramesh Karri, NYU
Panelists: Jenshan Lin, NSF, David Yeh, SRC, Brian Dupaix, AFRL
11:15 a.m.
Lunch 12:00 p.m.
Breakout Sessions
Session I (ECSN 2.110): Trusted and Secure Analog / RF ICs – Risks and Remedies
Discussion Leaders: JV Rajendran, Texas A&M University

Session II (ECSN 2.126): From Sensors and Actuators to System-Level Security: How Do We Get There?
Discussion Leader: Sudipto Chakraborty, IBM

Session III (ECSS 3.503): Analog/RF Security: Who Needs It, What Does it Cost, And Who Pays for It?
Discussion Leader: David Yeh, SRC
1:00 p.m.
Breakout Session Summaries 2:30 p.m.
Best Poster/Demo Award Announcement & Closing Remarks 3:15 p.m.


Vision Statement:
Unlike the extensive research effort that has been expended over the last decade in understanding security and trustworthiness threats, such as hardware Trojans, piracy, and counterfeiting of digital Integrated Circuits (ICs) and Intellectual Properties (IPs), as well as in developing appropriate prevention and detection solutions, the topic remains largely unexplored for their analog/mixed-signal/radio-frequency (RF) counterparts. Given the widespread use of analog functionality (i.e., physical interfaces, sensors, actuators, wireless communications, etc.) in most contemporary systems, such as industrial and automotive electronics, autonomous systems, and the Internet of Things (IoT), a comprehensive understanding of security and trustworthiness threats in the analog/mixed-signal/RF space is urgently needed, in order to facilitate development of pertinent solutions.

To this end, the aim of this workshop is to convene at a common venue representatives from major stakeholders in the analog/mixed-signal/RF electronics arena, including government, industry, and academia, combining expertise across design, verification, security, trustworthiness, and applications, in order to:

  1. discuss the security and trustworthiness needs of analog/mixed-signal/RF systems,
  2. review the available body of knowledge in trusted and secure design of analog/mixed-signal/RF ICs/IPs, covering both known vulnerabilities and available remedies,
  3. understand the limitations of the current state-of-the-art in this topic and highlight the concomitant risks, and
  4. define a roadmap and an agenda toward designing, fabricating and deploying trusted and secure analog/mixed-signal/RF systems and identify concrete pathways for the transition to practice.


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