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Trustworthy Computing

Close collaborations with industry and government partners drive Duke ECE’s work to secure systems in the Cloud, on the ground and in the air. Our faculty include internationally recognized specialists in human-machine interaction, whose expertise is regularly sought by policymakers and industry to inform safety considerations for self-driving cars and other autonomous systems, and experts in resilient integrated circuit/system design and software reliability. Among our many research endeavors are machine learning techniques to predict security vulnerabilities, efficient countermeasures that enable embedded systems and microfluidic biochips to detect and resist attacks, and breakthroughs that secure machine learning hardware and AI accelerators. Our faculty lead Air Force University Centers of Excellence on assured autonomy and on communications networks in contested environments.

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Research Areas

  • Cybersecurity and hardware security
  • Cyber-physical system analysis and design
  • Edge and fog computing and IoT
  • Ubiquitous computing
  • Reliability, availability, survivability and performance modeling
  • Design-for-testability of 3D integrated circuits and system-on-chip 
  • Human-autonomous system interaction
  • Software aging and rejuvenation
  • Design automation of microfluidic biochip systems

Industry and Government Partners


Good to Know

Maria Gorlatova

Maria Gorlatova’s group won the IEEE IPSN Best Research Artifact Award

Miroslav Pajic

Miroslav Pajic won the 2019 IEEE Cyber-Physical Systems Early Career Award.

Daniel Sorin

Daniel Sorin snagged $11M in Series A funding for Realtime Robotics.

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Michael Reiter

National Cybersecurity Authority Michael Reiter Joins Duke Faculty

Reiter focuses on safeguarding user information in the Cloud and identifying emerging security threats

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Associated Faculty

John A. Board

John A. Board

Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research Interests: High performance scientific computing and simulation, novel computer architectures, cluster computing and parallel processing; ubiquitous computing.

Krishnendu Chakrabarty

Krishnendu Chakrabarty

John Cocke Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research Interests: Testing and design-for-testability of integrated circuits and systems (SOCs, 3D, manycore); microfluidic biochips and cyberphysical systems; resilient computing systems; hardware security; machine learning hardware and  neuromorphic computing systems

Yiran Chen

Yiran Chen

Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research Interests: Nonvolatile memory and storage systems, neuromorphic computing, and mobile applications.

Tingjun Chen

Tingjun Chen

Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering (beginning August 1, 2021)

Research Interests: wireless networks, edge computing, Internet of Things (IoT) computing

Mary "Missy" Cummings

Mary "Missy" Cummings

Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research Interests: Human-unmanned vehicle interaction, human-autonomous system collaboration, human-systems engineering, public policy implications of unmanned vehicles, and the ethical and social impact of technology.

Neil Gong

Neil Gong

Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research Interests: Security, privacy, and machine learning. 

Maria Gorlatova

Maria Gorlatova

Nortel Networks Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research Interests: Architectures, algorithms, and protocols for emerging mobile pervasive systems and the Internet of Things. Our work crosses traditional discipline boundaries and requires thinking across multiple layers of system and protocol stacks. We are focusing on breaking the barriers for [...]

Xin Li

Xin Li

Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research Interests: Integrated circuits, signal processing and data analytics

Hai "Helen" Li

Hai "Helen" Li

Clare Boothe Luce Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research Interests: Neuromorphic computing systems Machine learning acceleration and trustworthy AIEmerging memory technologies, circuit and architecture Low power circuits and systems

Miroslav Pajic

Miroslav Pajic

Dickinson Family Associate Professor

Research Interests: Design and analysis of cyber-physical systems (CPS), in particular, embedded systems, distributed/networked control systems, CPS security, and high-confidence medical systems

Michael Reiter

Michael Reiter

Professor of Computer Science and Electrical and Computer Engineering (beginning January 1, 2021)

Research Interests: computer and communications security, distributed computing

Daniel J. Sorin

Daniel J. Sorin

Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research Interests: Computer architecture, designing microarchitectures so that they are easier to verify, improving computer system fault tolerance, developing memory systems for multicore processors, and designing special-purpose accelerators

Kishor S. Trivedi

Kishor S. Trivedi

Hudson Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research Interests: Markov models, Fault trees, Stochastic Petri nets, Reliability Modeling, Availability Modeling, Performability modeling, Survivability modeling, Cyber Security, Software reliability, Software Fault Tolerance, Software Aging and Rejuvenation

Lisa Wills

Lisa Wills

Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research Interests: I enjoy solving difficult problems surrounding computations with the goal to process large volumes of data efficiently. My research interests include computer architecture and microarchitecture, hardware-software co-designs, accelerators, and emerging application domains ― [...]