Security in Telecommunications

Prof. (UConn) Dr. Dr. Ulrich Rührmair


Ulrich Rührmair
Group Leader "Physical Cryptography and Nanosecurity", TU Berlin
Research Professor, University of Connecticut
Vice Director Secure Computation Laboratory, University of Connecticut




  • M.Sc. in Mathematics, Oxford University
  • Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, TU Munich
  • Ph.D. in Computer Science, TU Berlin

Research Interests

My research interests include Physical Unclonable Functions (PUFs), Physical Cryptography and Nanosecurity, Hardware Security, Applied Cryptography, and Complexity Theory.

Awards and Honors

  • Finalist of the Nationwide Mathematics Competition in Germany
  • Scholarship by the Federal State of Bavaria, Germany
  • Scholar of the Stiftung Maximilianeum, Germany
  • Best Paper Award at ISIC 2009
  • Best Paper Candidate at HOST 2011 and CHES 2012

Community Service

  • Founder and SC Chair of the ASHES workshop at ACM CCS
  • Associate Editor at IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security (TIFS)
  • Associate Editor at Journal of Cryptographic Engineering (JCEN) at Springer
  • Associate Editor at Journal of Hardware and System Security (HaSS) at Springer
  • Associate Editor at  EURASIP Journal on Information Security at Springer
  • PC member at HOST 2011, HOST 2012, HOST 2015, CHES 2015, HOST 2016, AsianHOST 2016, IEEE S&P (“Oakland”) 2016, HOST 2017, AsianHOST 2017, HASP 2017, WISA 2017, ASHES 2017 (PC Chair), IEEE S&P (“Oakland”) 2017, IEEE S&P (“Oakland”) 2018, HOST 2018, AsianHOST 2018, WISA 2018, ASHES 2018, ACM CCS 2018, AsianHOST 2019, WISA 2019, ASHES 2019, ACM CCS 2019, WISA 2020, AsianHOST 2020, ASHES 2020, WISA 2021, AsianHOST 2021, ASHES 2021, CCSW 2021, ASHES 2022, ACM CCSW 2022, AsianHOST 2022, WISA 2022, ICISSP 2023, WISA 2023, ASHES 2023, AsianHOST 2023, ICCAD 2023, CCSW 2023, SPACE 2023
  • Special session organizer at DATE 2014 on “How Secure are PUFs Really? On the Reach and Limits of Recent PUF Attacks”. Together with Wayne Burleson, Marten van Dijk, Farinaz Koushanfar, Ulf Schlichtmann, and Jean-Pierre Seifert.
  • Guest editor at the IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing 2019 on “Emerging Attacks and Solutions for Secure Hardware in the Internet of Things”. Together with Chip-Hong Chang, Marten van Dijk, and Mark M. Tehranipoor.


For a complete and updated list of publications, please see my Google Scholar profile.

Current Projects

  • AFOSR-Award "Highly Secure Nonlinear Optical PUFs".  Principal investigator and project leader.  Together with Prof. Hui Cao (Yale, USA) and Dr. Francesco Riboli (LENS, Italy).
  • EU-project NEUROPULS.  Project leader Dr. Fabio Pavanello (CNRS, France).  Subtask leader on PUF-security and PUF-metrics.

Research Assistants/PhD Students

  • Laurence Lerch
  • Wolfgang Stefani
  • Paul Jimenez (external at EC Lyon, local supervisor Dr. Fabio Pavanello)

Supervised Bachelor's/Master's Theses (Since 2020)

  • Roman Anasal
  • Serif Cem Atalay
  • Veronika Bauer
  • Shu Chen
  • Mihnea Creanga
  • Jonas Dellinger
  • Niels Dörre
  • Peter Eder
  • Sebastian Gavra
  • Katja Geirhos
  • Fynn Kappelhoff
  • Michael Lachner
  • Alexander Lankheit
  • Qinzi Li
  • Oliver Linne
  • Fiona Moreno
  • Lara Obrenovic
  • Philip Rebeschini
  • Patrick Schuster
  • Xiao-Ting (Michelle)To