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Satwik Patnaik

Assistant Professor


PhD | Tandon School of Engineering, New York University

About Satwik Patnaik

Satwik Patnaik is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Delaware, Newark, DE, USA. He was a postdoctoral researcher with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, USA. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Tandon School of Engineering, New York University, NY, USA, in September 2020.

His research interests lie at the intersection of VLSI design, hardware security (computer security), computer-aided design (CAD), machine learning, and circuits. His research aims to strengthen the security of the globalized semiconductor supply chain and develop security-focused CAD tools and methodologies to realize secure and trustworthy hardware and systems. In addition, his research delves into intellectual property protection techniques, leveraging the 3D paradigm for computer security, exploiting security properties of emerging devices, and applying machine learning and reinforcement learning techniques for enhancing and evaluating attacks and defenses for different hardware security problems.

The outcomes of this research have led to 1 book and 48 peer-reviewed publications in top-tier conferences and journals in computer security and electronic design automation. During his Ph.D., he received the Bronze Medal in the Graduate Category at the ACM/SIGDA Student Research Competition held at ICCAD 2018, the Best Paper Award at the Applied Research Competition (ARC) held in conjunction with Cyber Security Awareness Week (CSAW) in 2017, and the third place at the ARC competition in 2021.

In addition, he has co-organized 2 global hardware security competitions (HeLLO-CTF 2021 and AI vs. Humans 2022). He also served as the security track chair for ACM CADAthlon, co-located with ICCAD 2022. Furthermore, he is actively engaged as a technical program committee member in leading conferences about electronic design automation (ICCAD, ASP-DAC, ICCD, etc.) and is an active reviewer for several journals/transactions, including IEEE Transactions on Computers, TCAD, TVLSI, TIFS, TCAS-II, IEEE D&T, etc.