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Ciesielski Meets with President of Poland

Maciej Ciesielski

Maciej Ciesielski

Professor Maciej Ciesielski of our Electrical and Computer Engineering Department has been invited to meet the President of Poland, Mr. Andrej Duda, on Wednesday, September 20, as part of a "round table" with a selected group of 20-to-25 prominent scientists of Polish origin now working in the scientific community of the United States. The round table will take place at 1:00 p.m. at the Kosciuszko Foundation in New York City.

Professor Ciesielski received his M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Warsaw Technical University, Poland, in 1974, and his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Rochester in 1983. From 1983 to 1986 he worked at GTE Laboratories on the SILC silicon compiler project. He joined the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1987. He teaches and conducts research in the area of electronic design automation, and specifically in synthesis, simulation, and formal verification of VLSI circuits and systems. In 2008, he received a Doctorate Honoris Causa from the Université de Bretagne Sud in Lorient, France, for contributions to the development of EDA tools for high-level synthesis.

This summer, Ciesielski and his former graduate student Dr. Cunxi Yu – currently a post-doctoral researcher at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland – won the 2017 Hardware Security Contest (HACK@DAC) at the Design Automation Conference, the world’s number one conference in the area of electronic design automation. The Design Automation Conference was held from June 18 to 22 at the Austin Convention Center in Texas.

Ciesielski and Yu’s winning paper introduced “Countermeasures Against Timing Side-Channel Attack of Integrated Circuits,” using EDA techniques. (September 2017)