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Research on Hardware Security by Gururaj Saileshwar Wins Best Dissertation Award

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Gururaj Saileshwar (right) was recognized for his Ph.D. dissertation at this year’s International Symposium on Hardware Oriented Security and Trust (HOST).

Gururaj Saileshwar (right) was recognized for his Ph.D. dissertation at this year’s International Symposium on Hardware Oriented Security and Trust (HOST).

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Gururaj Saileshwar, a recent Ph.D. graduate of the Georgia Tech School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), has won the Best Ph.D. Dissertation Award at the 2022 IEEE International Symposium on Hardware Oriented Security and Trust (HOST). The Ph.D. Dissertation Contest at HOST aims to recognize dissertations that are advancing the state-of-the-art research in the field of hardware-oriented security and trust.

Saileshwar was recognized for his Ph.D. dissertation research titled, “Principled Yet Practical Security for Computing Hardware”. Processors and memories face security threats in the form of timing side channels and Rowhammer-based fault-injection attacks that provide malicious software with new pathways to steal or tamper sensitive data. Conventionally, security solutions for defending against such attacks provide security at the cost of performance and practicality. This security vs practicality trade-off limits their applicability in the real world. Saileshwar’s research bridges this gap by enabling principled security solutions for hardware that eliminate the root cause of such attacks while ensuring minimal performance loss and ensuring practicality.

Saileshwar received his Ph.D. in 2022 and was supervised by Moinuddin Qureshi, professor in the College of Computing. He will join the faculty of the Department of Computer Science at the University of Toronto as an assistant professor in Fall 2023. His research interests include designing principled security solutions for emerging hardware threats and hardware support for system security solutions. His works have been published in top computer architecture and security conferences. During his Ph.D., he was partly supported by a Georgia Tech IISP Cybersecurity Fellowship and a Georgia Tech ECE Bourne Fellowship.

IEEE HOST aims to facilitate the rapid growth of hardware-based security research and development. HOST highlights new results in the area of hardware and system security. Relevant research topics include techniques, tools, design/test methods, architectures, circuits, and applications of secure hardware. This year’s in-person symposium was held in Washington D.C. on June 27-30.

Last revised July 26, 2022