- To perform thorough security evaluations on a variety of hardware security anchors or enclaves being developed and marketed for user devices such as laptops and smartphones.
- To enhance those security mechanisms for user-centric applications. In particular, we address the challenges of user authentication in a device-rich IoT world.
- To directly contribute to the security of tomorrow's COTS devices.
- To provide convincing demonstrators of our mechanisms and use cases.
Studentship. The studentships cover a stipend of £15,009 per year for the first year, likely to rise with inflation in subsequent years. The studentships last 3.5 year. Tuition fees based on UK/EU fees are also covered. One studentship is funded by the School of Computer Science. The other one is part-funded by HP Labs and part-funded by the School of Computer Science. This second one may be primarily based at HP Labs in Bristol. The project will additionally cover a laptop, equipment, software and travel to attend conferences and summer schools for the students.
Eligibility. Candidates from most countries are welcome to apply. However, the studentship does not cover the full tuition fees for non-UK/EU students. Candidates should have an honours undergraduate degree and/or postgraduate degree with Distinction (or an international equivalent) in Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematical Engineering or closely related discipline. One of the studentships will focus on evaluating the security of hardware anchors; suitable candidates will have a strong background in low-level hardware and programming. The other studentship will focus on authentication applications; good candidates will have a background in applied crypto, protocol design and analysis. Other candidates with a strong academic record will also be considered.
How to apply. Candidates are encouraged to send
- their CV
- a transcript with a list of courses and grades
- a document they have authored by themselves (for example, an assignment, a dissertation, an essay), and
- a description of their research interests