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Thomas Eisenbarth

Data and network security have become of utmost importance in today's highly interconnected world. Embedded systems security is a great research area at the core of any secure cyber-infrastructure, with unique challenges: Besides classical problems found in security, systems must meet tough constraints on power consumption, interoperability and cost. At the same time, adversaries may have physical access to the system, allowing them to perform a whole new class of attacks. The sum of these challenges is what makes work in embedded systems security so fascinating.

Building secure systems does not only require a good understanding of the involved algorithms and protocols. Being able to approach solutions from the viewpoint of a malicious adversary is also of high importance.

Vulnerability research is an integral tool for security architects, and is an exceptional style of thinking that that goes beyond classical engineering skills. In embedded security, students do not only learn this way of thinking at an early stage, they can also work on cutting-edge research problems.

Research Interests

  • Embedded systems security
  • Side channel analysis, physical attacks and their prevention
  • Efficient implementation of cryptographic algorithms


  • Diplom- Ingenieur in ECE from Ruhr-Universiät Bochum
  • Ph.D in ECE from Ruhr-Universiät Bochum

Featured Publications

  • Xin Ye and Thomas Eisenbarth: Wide Collisions in Practice, 10th International Conference on Applied Cryptography and Network Security -- ACNS 2012, Singapore, 2012
  • Amir Moradi, Mario Kirschbaum, Thomas Eisenbarth, and Christof Paar: Masked Dual-Rail Precharge Logic Encounters State-of-the-Art Power Analysis Methods, IEEE Transactions on Very Large Scale Integration Systems(TVLSI) 20(9):1578-1589 (2012)
  • Andy Rupp, Thomas Eisenbarth, Andrey Bogdanov, and Oliver Grieb: Hardware SLE Solvers: Efficient Building Blocks for Cryptographic and Cryptanalytic Applications, Integration, the VLSI Journal, Volume 44, Issue 4, pp. 290-304, 2011
  • Thomas Eisenbarth, Christof Paar, and Björn Weghenkel: Building a Side Channel Based Disassembler, Springer Transactions on Computational Science, Special Issue on ``Security in Computing"', 2010
  • Francesco Regazzoni, Thomas Eisenbarth, Axel Poschmann, Johann Großschädl, Frank Gurkaynak, Marco Macchetti, Zeynep Toprak, Laura Pozzi, Christof Paar, and Yusuf Leblebici: Evaluating Resistance of MCML Technology to Power Analysis Attacks Using a Simulation-Based Methodology, Springer Transactions on Computational Sciences IV, 2009
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