301 Atwater Kent Laboratories
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BS Electrical Engineering Ghent University College 1988
MS Computer Science University of Ghent 1990
PhD Electrical Engineering UCLA 2004

My research interests are in hardware security related topics, a field that gained enormous traction over the past two decades. I work on challenges in cryptographic engineering, and on making systems secure and tamper resistant. My students have built numerous demonstrators which has driven my research in attacks and countermeasures against faults and side-channel analysis. In addition to research in tamper-resistant design, I also work on the conception, design and implementation of efficient realizations of secure hardware and software. 

I love teaching, too! I like to ponder how to explain complex topics clearly. I wrote a text book on a topic called "Practical Introduction to Hardware/Software Codesign". Recently, I also taught courses on Digital Signal Processing and ASIC Design. Computer engineering is an exciting topic with numerous challenges and, at the same time, big rewards. Students face an ever increasing stack of technologies to conquer, from transistors to software. I am excited about the project-based learning at WPI and I am honored to work with the undergraduate and graduate students on these challenging research problems. 

Scholarly Work

Professor Patrick Schaumont works on Hardware Security, Embedded Security, Embedded Systems and Hardware/Software Codesign


Picochip ASIC

Cryptographic Test chip


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Spectrum News 1
Cybersecurity expert says AT&T customers should stay vigilant after data breach

"What people can do is be proactive...if they are a potential identify theft victim, there are simple steps you can do to protect yourself." Patrick Schaumont, professor in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, provided analysis regarding what consumers should be doing following AT&T's disclosure of a data breach.

Boston Globe
Mass. begins work on a tracing app, but will it matter?

Patrick Schaumont, professor of electrical and computer engineering, was included in The Boston Globe regarding a story about COVID-19 contact tracing apps. The story explores the larger picture of contact tracing apps being developed nationally. Reporter Hiawatha Bray wrote: “WPI said it’s developed a way to track location and time, while still concealing the identity of the infected person.”