Keynote Speakers

We are very happy to announce the following keynote speakers (in alphabetical order):


Title:  Physical Unclonable Functions: The First Fifty Years

Speaker: Ravi Pappu (formerly MIT, now Apeiron Labs)

Short Summary: For 20 years, PUFs have spurred innovation in hardware security, giving rise to novel systems, protocols, attacks, and a deeper understanding of extracting entropy from the inherent disorder in physical structures. Despite this progress, a crucial gap remains. In this talk, I’ll recount the (un)fortunate events that led me to discover PUFs and share key highlights of PUF research since. Looking back from a vantage point 20 years into the future, I’ll explore the desired results needed to bridge the gap and establish a theoretical framework for unclonability.

Short Bio: Ravi Pappu is a deep-tech innovator, entrepreneur, and executive. He is CEO of Apeiron Labs, a venture-backed startup working on large-scale ocean monitoring. Most recently, he was CTO at In-Q-Tel and a co-founder of IQT Emerge. Prior to that, he was at Trimble Navigation, which acquired ThingMagic, a venture-backed IoT startup that he co-founded. While at ThingMagic, Ravi led product-development partnerships with Ford, Disney, Boeing, and Intel, among many other adopters of RFID technology. He earned an MS and PhD from the Media Lab at MIT, an MSEE from Villanova, and a B.Tech from Osmania University in India. Ravi is a TR35 and Boston Business Journal 40 under 40 honoree and a recipient of the Carl T. Humphrey Memorial Award for Leadership in the Engineering Profession from Villanova University.


Title:  In Search of Trust: 30 Years of Evolution of Trusted Computing and Hardware Security

Speaker: Claire Vishik (formerly Fellow and Group CTO at Intel, now co-founder and CTO of a stealth startup)

Short Summary: Hardware has been long considered as the source and root of trust in computing, but the nature of its trust characteristics and views on trust technologies have evolved over time. The infancy of hardware security and trust, decades ago, emerged in the days when security attacks were limited in number and sophistication, the computing environment was relatively simple and homogeneous, the population of connected users was small, and the use cases where computing played a key role were very far from ubiquitous. Today, the situation is diametrically different from the early days of hardware trust and trusted computing. The talk will provide an overview of the evolution of technology and use cases in this area, examine persistent challenges, analyze mistakes we made along the way, look into the intersections with adjacent areas of research and practice and finally outline some promising directions for the next generation of trusted technologies.

Short Bio: Claire Vishik was until recently Intel Fellow and Group CTO before she embarked on new adventures as a founder and CTO of a startup in the spring of 2023. Her work focuses on artificial intelligence, hardware and network security, trusted computing, privacy enhancing technologies, some aspects of cryptography and related global policy and trade issues. Claire was appointed to numerous advisory boards and boards of directors for technical organizations and government agencies, such as the Trusted Computing Group (TCG) and Trust in Digital Life (TDL), ENISA, FCC CSRIC, CyBoK, QUB ECIT, or UK Royal Society Cybersecurity effort. She led or co-led many initiatives, for example IEEE blockchain TC, NIST CPC Public Working Group, or Cyber Leap Year Summit. Claire received her PhD from the University of Texas at Austin. In addition to Intel, she held leadership positions at Schlumberger Laboratory for Computer Science and AT&T Laboratories. Claire is the author of numerous peer reviewed papers and book chapters, editor of several books, associate/advisory editor of two journals, and inventor on 40 pending and granted US patents.