MSc Thesis: Secure Battery-less IoT at RISE Research Institutes of Sweden

Thesis Title: Secure Battery-less IoT

Description of the Unit

The Networked Embedded Systems (NES) group at RISE SICS is a part of the Computer Systems Laboratory. The current research focus is on the Internet of Things. Among the group's key technologies are the Contiki operating system, uIP stack, ContikiRPL, SICSLoWPAN, and lightweight implementation of IPsec and DTLS. The NES group conduct projects together with industry and academic partners from Sweden and across the world.

Thesis Description

The resource-constrained devices of the battery-less Internet of Things are powered off energy harvesting and compute intermittently, as energy is available. Forward progress of programs is ensured by creating persistent state, for example, by performing periodic checkpoints on non-volatile memory. This computing pattern drastically departs from that of mainstream platforms and creates new security challenges. Focus of the thesis is to systematically analyse the many security issues arising in these emerging platforms and to explore preliminary solutions to address them. We foresee the latter to be using software-only solutions as well as dedicated hardware support, for example, using ARM TrustZone. 

Competence

Passion for technology, inner drive, and basic knowledge of C programming and security in embedded systems are the only prerequisites.      

Application

Applications should include a brief personal letter, CV, and recent grades. Candidates are encouraged to send in their application as soon as possible. Suitable applicants will be interviewed as applications are received.

Start TimeAs soon as possible

LocationRISE SICS Kista, Stockholm
 

Contact

Luca Mottola luca.mottola@ri.se

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