Al Faruque’s Team Finds Breach in Cyber-Security of 3-D Printers

Al Faruque’s Team Finds Breach in Cyber-Security of 3-D Printers

Professor MoAl Faruquehammad Al Faruque’s team has discovered that captured sounds from 3-D printers will allow the reverse engineering of source code, leading to a cyber-security threat to manufacturers. This finding is highlighted in the following articles:


Zoran Nenadic wins Young Researchers Award

Zoran Nenadic wins Young Researchers Award

Associate Professor Zoran Nenadic was awarded the Hiruma-Wagner Award for young researchers from the Japanese Research Foundation on February 25, 2016, for his work on “Brain-Computer Interface for Restoration of Overground Walking after Paraplegia.”


CECS Seminar Series

Title:  “Energy-Efficient Capacitance-to-Digital Converters for Low-Energy Sensor Nodes”

Speaker: Prof. Khaled N. Salama, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia

Date and Time: Thursday, February 18, 2016 at 11:00 a.m.

Location: Engineering Hall 2430

Hosts: Fadi J. Kurdahi and Ahmed Eltawil

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CECS Seminar Series

Title:  “Mitigating BTI-induced Device Degradation: A Circuit and System Persepctive”

Speaker: Prof. Ing-Chao Lin, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan

Date and Time: Monday, February 8, 2016 at 1:30 p.m.

Location: Donald Bren Hall 3011

Host:  Professor Nikil Dutt

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CECS Mini Tutorial Series

Title:  “Cyber-Physical Systems: Opportunities, Problems and (Some) Solutions”

Speaker: Dr. Peter Marwedel, Technical University of Dortmund, Germany

Date and Time: Thursday, February 4, 2016 at 2:00 p.m.

Location: Harut Barsamian Colloquia Room (Engineering Hall 2430)

Host:  Professor Fadi J. Kurdahi

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Call for Applications – FADEx Cyber-Physical Systems

The Office for Science and Technology (OST) of the Embassy of France in the United States has opened the call for applications for the 2016 FADEx (French-American Doctoral Exchange) program focusing on Cyber-Physical Systems. US citizenship is not required, but French citizens enrolled in an American university are not eligible.

The FADEx program will take place in France from July 4 to July 8, 2016. Applications can be submitted until February 19, 2016.

More information regarding the call as well as the application procedure can be found on the OST website:


Job Opportunity at Intel Mexico

Job Title:  Emulation Engineer

Location: Guadalajara, Mexico

Job Description: Creates emulation/Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) models from a Register Transfer Level (RTL) design using emulation/FPGA synthesis, partitioning and routing tools. Defines and documents RTL changes required for emulation/FPGA. Develops hardware and software collaterals and integrates it with the emulation/FPGA model. Tests and debugs the emulation/FPGA model and collaterals.

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CECS Seminar Series

Title:  “Secure Communications Over Wireless Networks Physical Layer Security: A Strategic Allie to Cryptography”

Speaker: Dr. Zouheir Rezki, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabia

Date and Time: Friday, December 11, 2015 at 11:00 a.m.

Location: Calit2, Room 3008

Host: Profs. Ahmed Eltawil and Mohammad Al Faruque

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CECS Distinguished Lecture Series

Title: “Mobile Technology Enabling Frictionless HealthCare”

Speaker: Aiman Abdel-Malek, Vice President, Engineering, Qualcomm Life, Founder & CEO, Frictionless Life Analytics

Date:  Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Time:  3:00 p.m.

Location:  Engineering Hall 2430

Host: Prof. Fadi J. Kurdahi

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Postdoc Position Available

IBM Research’s Accelerator Platforms group is seeking a Postdoctoral Researcher to work at its T.J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, NY.

The candidate will be part of a broader team working on various aspects of processor-accelerator architecture & design, computer algorithm development, Field-Programmable Gate Array (FPGA)-based application acceleration and prototyping.  Experience in logic design using Register Transfer Level (RTL) and/or high-level languages, synthesis and verification is required.  Familiarity with one or more of the following fields is desired: computer security, lossless and lossy data compression, machine learning or video processing.

Please visit Jobs at IBM for more details.


CECS Seminar Series

Title: “Hardware Security in the Zynq All-Programmable Soc”

Speaker: Dr. Steve Trimberger, Xilinx

Date:  Friday, October 2, 2015

Time:  2:00 p.m.

Location:  Donald Bren Hall 4011

Host: Prof. Fadi J. Kurdahi

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CECS Seminar Series

Title:  Internet of Things: Trends and Applications for Home Automation

Speaker:  Prof. Lei He (UCLA)

Date: Friday, October 2, 2015

Time: 11:00 am

Location: Donald Bren Hall 6011

Host: Eli Bozorgzadeh

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Seminar Series

Title: When Lyapunov meets Church, automated synthesis of complex systems emerges

Speaker: Prof. Majid Zamani, Technische Universität München, Germany

Date: Thursday, September 24, 2015

Time: 3:30 p.m.

Location: Engineering Colloquia Room 2430

Host: Faryar Jabbari and Solmaz S. Kia

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The International Conference on Hardware/Software Codesign and System Synthesis is a premier conference on specification, modeling, design, analysis and implementation of embedded systems. The conference covers a wide range of design issues and applications relevant to important embedded system quality metrics including performance, cost, power consumption, reliability, security, and usability. It is the main part of Embedded Systems Week which consists of three conferences and numerous workshops, to be held October 4-9, 2015, in Amsterdam. Of note is the conference program committee. Of the 86 committee members, 15 are CECS faculty or their former PhD students. This is clear demonstration of the leading role CECS plays in the field of embedded and cyber-physical systems.


CECS and Microsoft Academic Search

Microsoft Academic Search tracks the number of citations in different fields for authors, conferences, journals, and organizations. In the field of Computer Science and Engineering, and the subfield of Hardware and Architecture, UCI is ranked 18th among all universities in the world (with 1753 publications) and 23rd among all organizations. That includes universities and companies such as IBM, Intel, Microsoft and others. Since almost all UCI faculty members in Hardware and Architecture are also members of CECS, this also demonstrates a great achievement for the Center. “This shows again that CECS is the leader in its field and I believe it would even rank higher if Microsoft was tracking Embedded and Cyber-Physical systems” says CECS Director Prof. Fadi Kurdahi. Four CECS faculty are among the top 100 in the world in this ranking.