Intel Academic Leadership Award for Prof. Ahmad-Reza Sadeghi

Recognition for organizing the world's largest hardware security competition "HACK@Event

2021/08/13

Cybersecurity researcher Professor Ahmad-Reza Sadeghi, head of the System Security Lab in the Department of Computer Science, was awarded the Intel Academic Leadership Award along with Professor Jeyavijayan Rajendran (Texas A&M). The award was presented at the internationally renowned USENIX Security Symposium 2021.

Professor Ahmad-Reza Sadeghi, head of the System Security Lab in the Department of Computer Science at TU Darmstadt, and Professor Jeyavijayan Rajendran (Texas A&M University) were jointly honored with the Intel Academic Leadership Award on August 12, 2021. The award was announced at the internationally renowned USENIX Security Symposium 2021 cybersecurity conference.

With the award, Intel recognizes the excellent research work and the great commitment of the scientists to the education of the next generation. Intel particularly highlighted the hosting of the world's largest hardware security competition, „HACK@Event,“ which Sadeghi's research team conceived in collaboration with Professor Rajendran's Secure and Trustworthy Hardware Lab at Texas A&M University. ”It is my pleasure to present the 'Intel Academic Leadership Award' at USENIX Security to Prof. Ahmad-Reza Sadeghi and Prof. Jeyavijayan Rajendran today, for their steadfast commitment to educating the next generation of security researchers, for fostering a security-first mindset, and for their continued partnership to advance the discipline of hardware design, through the industry-first HACK@EVENT program,“ so Jason Fung, Director of Academic Research Engagement & Offensive Security Research at Intel.

”We are very proud of the award," said a delighted Ahmad-Reza Sadeghi. Intel strives to work with the most innovative minds around the world, he added. His encounters with the company have always been characterized by enthusiasm for sound, innovative and sustainable research, the computer science professor emphasized in his laudation.

HACK@EVENT is a series of hardware security capture-the-flag (CTF) competitions co-located at top tier conferences and a venue for computer scientists and industry experts for discovering security-critical vulnerabilities and design flaws in system-on-a-chip (SoC) and the exploitation thereof. This mimics the real-life scenario where security engineers have to find vulnerabilities in the given design.

Since its inception at the Design Automation Conference (HACK@DAC) in 2017, hundreds of participants around the world from both academia and industry have joined these CTFs. The next opportunity to participate is at HACK@DAC 2021. Phase I of the competions starts on October 4, 2021 and the registration is already open.

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