Associate Department Head and Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Srini Devadas, was selected recently by the 2008 ID World International Congress to receive the ID Trailblazer Award which is sponsored by the publication ID People.
As reported by press release, Nov. 24, 2008 in the digital version of the Wall Street Journal Market Watch, this award honors the person who has advanced ID technology to the next generation, and Dr. Devadas has done this by introducing the world's first virtually unclonable RFID chips based on "silicon biometrics" technology called Physical Unclonable Functions (PUFs).
Prof. Devadas is Co-founder and CTO of Verayo, a company focused on building security and authentication solutions based on PUFs technology and founded in 2005.
Member of the MIT EECS faculty since 1988, Srini Devadas has pursued research interests in VLSI design, computer-aided design, computer architecture, hardware validation, network router hardware, computer security, and computational biology. One recent project he was involved with was building Aegis, a secure hardware processor. Currently, his research group is working on trusted virtual computation and secure virtual storage as part of the Quanta T-Party project at MIT, and on private information retrieval. He and his students are also working on protein structure prediction methods and network analysis methods for chemical reaction networks.
Devadas reported for the Wall Street Journal: "Silicon PUFs provide a novel and more cost-effective way to authenticate silicon chips, such as RFID. I am happy to see that the initial efforts of my research team at MIT, and the productization efforts of Verayo, are being recognized by a leading international tradeshow organization."