Valeria Bertacco, Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, received a Young Investigator Award from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research in January 2009 for her proposal entitled, "Defending Against Hardware-Based Security Attacks."
The proposal seeks to protect against hardware-based
security attacks to computer systems by developing new
technology that guarantees correct behavior for the
hardware components, even in face of design errors.
Prof. Bertacco is a member of the Advanced Computer Architecture Laboratory in the Division of Computer Science and Engineering. She conducts research to improve the functional correctness of digital integrated circuits by developing technology that attacks the issue at design time, in post-silicon, and throughout the lifetime of a digital integrated component, in face of the challenges posed by fragile silicon and extreme design complexity.
The Young Investigator Research Program is open to scientists and engineers at research institutions across the United States who have received Ph.D. or equivalent degrees in the last five years and show exceptional ability and promise for conducting basic research.
The objective of this program is to foster creative basic research in science and engineering, enhance early career development of outstanding young investigators, and increase opportunities for the young investigators to recognize the Air Force mission and the related challenges in science and engineering.