Srini Devadas has been selected to receive the IEEE Computer Society’s 2014 Technical Achievement Award “For pioneering work in secure hardware, including the invention of Physical Unclonable Functions and single-chip secure processor architectures.” The IEEE Computer Society Technical Achievement Award is given for outstanding and innovative contributions to the fields of computer and information science and engineering or computer technology, usually within the past 10, and not more than 15, years. Prof. Devadas will formally receive this award in June at the IEEE award ceremony in Seattle.
Professor Devadas was one of the first to recognize that manufacturing variations in integrated circuits could be used to not just identify, but to authenticate, individual integrated circuits. He coined the term Physical Unclonable Functions (PUFs) in 2002; PUFs are now a very active field of research and this technology has been commercialized for use in anti-counterfeiting applications. His 2003 paper co-authored with his students on Aegis, one of the first single-chip secure processors, will be included in “25 Years of the International Conference on Supercomputing (ICS)”, a volume which recognizes the most influential papers published in ICS between 1987-2011. He received the 2014 ASPLOS Most Influential Paper Award for a paper on hardware information flow tracking— a paper which he co-authored with his students in the Architectural Support for Programming Languages and Operating Systems (ASPLOS) conference in 2004. Recent work with students and collaborators on Oblivious RAM received a Best Student Paper Award at the Computer and Communications Security conference in 2013.