Devadas wins 2009 InfoWorld CTO 25 Award

June 15, 2009

Srini Devadas, associate department head of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT, professor of electrical engineering and computer science and principal investigator in the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) has just been named as a recipient of one of the coveted InfoWorld CTO 25 Awards. The award’s purpose is to honor Chief Technology Officers who have been pioneers and leaders in their fields. Devadas’ award was given for his company, Verayo's work in developing unclonable RFID ICs.

As noted in the June 11, 2009 InfoWorld CTO 25 Awards web announcement, Dr. Devadas was chosen for his work in developing the world’s first unclonable RFID ICs based on a breakthrough “silicon biometrics” technology called Physical Unclonable Functions (PUF). PUF extracts a type of “electronic DNA or fingerprint” that is unique to each chip, is unclonable and provides a low-cost mechanism for authentication of silicon chips. Verayo’s PUF-based RFIDs are the only unclonable RFID ICs to provide a strong and robust authentication at significantly lower costs compared to alternative solutions.

Srini Devadas received his Ph.D. in 1988 from the University of California at Berkeley and has been on the MIT faculty since 1988. His research interests include computer security, computer architecture, computer-aided design of VLSI circuits, formal verification, and computational biology. He has written numerous papers in these areas, and co-authored four books on CAD. He has served on the technical program committees of several conferences, as an Associate Editor of the ACM Transactions on Design Automation, and serves on the editorial board of other journals. He is a Fellow of the IEEE.

Congratulations Srini!