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Wayne Burleson


Research areas include microelectronics, on-chip sensors, embedded systems, computer-aided design, computer architecture, security and privacy, multimedia in education.

Current Research

  • Embedded Systems
  • Low-power and reliable system design
  • Implantable Medical Devices
  • Bio-sensors
  • Lightweight cryptography
  • Privacy-preserving systems

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Academic Background

  • PhD ECE, University of Colorado, 1989
  • MS EE, MIT, 1983
  • BS EE, MIT 1983
Xu, Xiaolin, Shuo Li, Raghavan Kumar, and Wayne Burleson. "When the Physical Disorder of CMOS Meets Machine Learning." Low Power Semiconductor Devices and Processes for Emerging Applications in Communications, Computing, and Sensing (2018).
Gao, Yansong, Chenglu Jin, Jeeson Kim, Hussein Nili, Xiaolin Xu, Wayne Burleson, Omid Kavehei, Marten van Dijk, Damith Chinthana Ranasinghe, and Ulrich Rührmair. "Efficient Erasable PUFs from Programmable Logic and Memristors." IACR Cryptology ePrint Archive (2018): 358.
J. Hester, N. Tobias, A. Rahmati, L. Sitanayah, D. Holcomb, K. Fu, W. Burleson, J. Sorber, “Persistent clocks for batteryless sensing devices”, ACM Transactions on Embedded Computing Systems (TECS), 2016.
X. Xu; Rahmati, A.; Holcomb, D.E.; Fu, K.; Burleson, W., "Reliable Physical Unclonable Functions Using Data Retention Voltage of SRAM Cells," Computer-Aided Design of Integrated Circuits and Systems, IEEE Transactions on , vol.34, no.6, pp.903,914, June 2015.
V. Suresh and W. Burleson, Entropy and Energy Bounds for Metastability based TRNG with Lightweight Post-processing, IEEE Transactions on Circuits and systems I, July 2015.
U. Ruhrmair, J. Martinez-Hurtado, X. Xu, C. Kraeh, C. Hilgers, D. Kononchuk, J. J. Finley, and W. P. Burleson. Virtual proofs of reality and their physical implementation. In 36th IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy, 2015.
S. Ghoreishizadeh, Yalçin, T., Pullini, A., De Micheli, G., Burleson, W., & Carrara, S., A lightweight cryptographic system for implantable biosensors. In IEEE Biomedical Circuits and Systems Conference (BioCAS), 2014.
W. Burleson, S. Clark, B. Ransford, K. Fu, “Design Challenges in Secure Implantable Medical Devices”, ACM/IEEE Design Automation Conference 2012.
S.K.Srivathsa and W.Burleson, Subthreshold design of physical unclonable functions, IEEE Subthreshold Microelectronics Conference , 2011.
D. Holcomb, W. Burleson, K. Fu, “Power-up SRAM State for Chip ID and True Random Number Generation“ RFID Security Workshop, 2007. extended version in IEEE Transactions on Computers. September 2009.
Contact Info

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
309B Knowles Engineering Building
100 Natural Resources Road
Amherst, MA 01003

413-230-4250 (cell)