Computer Security Research Assistant - Electrical and Computer Engineering

Recent advances in hardware and system-based exploitations have raised significant concern about computer security. Particularly, it has been shown that the performance-optimized computer hardware is extremely vulnerable to malicious manipulation such as data tampering, information leakage and so on. In this research position, students will be introduced to cutting-edge security problems in computer hardware, gain hands-on experience about an end-to-end attack is carried out on real system. Based on such understandings, students will be given state-of-the-art computer platforms to investigate new security vulnerabilities in hardware and computer architectures. Students will also be guided to explore the defensive approach from algorithm, software and hardware levels to enhance system security. The results of the project will lead to paper sumbssions to top conferences and journals in the computer architecture and system security field.

Project Dates

Start Date: 1/8/2024 - End Date: 4/27/2024

Students Needed

Type of Project


Student Responsibilities

Work on the offensive security of computer hardware and systems to investigate vulnerabilities in computing systems. Help design and develop defensive approaches to defeat newly discovered threats. Compose and run benchmarks to evaluate the effectiveness of security protection mechanisms. Participate in writing of research papers.

Time Commitment

10 hour(s)

Student Requirements

Interested students with good backgrounds in computer systems, proficient programming skills (e.g., C/C++, python) are encouraged to contact prof. Yao.

Interested in Working With the Following Programs

For EXCEL URE Students Only
Research and Mentoring Program

Additional Notes

Position Overview

  • Date Posted: 10-15-2020
  • Location:
    • Orlando (Main Campus)
  • Paid: Yes