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Ilia Polian

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. habil.

Head of Institute and Chair of Hardware Oriented Computer Science
Institute of Computer Architecture and Computer Engineering
Hardware Oriented Computer Science


+49 711 685 60764

Pfaffenwaldring 47
D-70569 Stuttgart
Room: 3.160


Research Interests and Activities

  • Hardware-oriented security: Fault-injection attacks; hardware realizations of postquantum cryptography; hardware Trojans; physical unclonable functions
  • Robustness: Test methods for nano and microelectronic circuits; defect modeling; power-aware test; test of embedded SRAMs; reliability and functional safety; safety vs. security
  • Emerging architectures: Stochastic circuits and their use in neuromorphic applications; architectures with memristive components; security aspects of emerging architectures
  • Quantum computing: Design and validation of advanced quantum error-correcting schemes (topological QEC) 

Major Projects

Active Ongoing Collaborations


Teaching and Advising

  • Graduate (Master-level) courses in Stuttgart: «Hardware-oriented Security», «Computer Architecture and Organization», «Electronic Design Automation», «Robust System Design», research-oriented seminars «Hardware-oriented Security», «Emerging Architectures»
  • Undergraduate (Bachelor-level) courses in Stuttgart: «Computer Organization I», «Computer Organization II» (practical)
  • Courses in Passau (before 2017): «Combinational and Sequential Circuits», «Computer Engineering», «Computer Architecture», «Embedded Systems» «Electronic Design Automation», «Robust System Design»
  • Courses in Freiburg (before 2010): «Computer Engineering», «Computer Architecture», «Embedded Systems», «Test and Reliability» 

Teaching-oriented Functions and Contributions

Current Doctoral Students in Stuttgart

  • Sebastian Brandhofer
    Preliminary topic: Synthesis of Robust Quantum Computers
  • Mael Gay
    Preliminary topic: Fault-injection Attacks and Countermeasures
  • Florian Neugebauer
    Preliminary topic: Stochastic Circuits 

Visiting Doctoral Students in Stuttgart

  • Felipe Valencia (August 2018 – July 2019)
    Home institution: Universita della Svizzera Italiana, Lugano (advisor: F. Regazzoni)
    Topic: Hardware Acceleration for Post-quantum Cryptography


Doctoral Students Supervised in Nassau

  • Jie Jiang (2010 – 2016)
    Title: Delay Testing in Nanoscale Technology under Process Variations
  • Philipp Jovanovic (2011 – 2015, co-supervised by Prof. Martin Kreuzer, summa cum laude)
    Title: Analysis and Design of Symmetric Cryptographic Algorithms Current employer: EPFL Lausanne
  • Josef Kinseher (2014 – 2018)
    Title: New Methods for Improving Embedded Memory Manufacturing Tests Current employer: Intel Wireless, Munich
  • Alexandru Paler (2010 – 2014)
    Title: Design Methods for Reliable Quantum Circuits Current employer: University of Linz
  • Victor Tomashevich (2010 – 2016)
    Title: Fault Tolerance Aspects of Virtual Massive MIMO Systems

Visiting Doctoral Students in Passau

  • Raghavan Kumar (July – December 2013)
    Home institution: University of Massachusetts, Amherst (advisor: Wayne P. Burleson)
    Topic: Hardware Trojans for fault-based attacks
  • Sudarshan Srinivasan (July – December 2011)
    Home institution: University of Massachusetts, Amherst (advisor: Sandip Kundu)
    Topic: Cross-level protection against faults and attacks

Doctoral Students Co-Supervised in Freiburg (before 2010)

  • Piet Engelke (2003 – 2009, summa cum laude)
    Title: Resistive bridging faults
    Current employer: Infineon Technologies, Munich
  • Stefan Spinner (2005 – 2010, married and changed name to Hillebrecht in 2008)
    Title: Interconnect reliability and test
    Current employer: Advantest, Böblingen
  • Alexander Czutro (2007 – 2013)
    Title: Efficiency and Applications of SAT-Based Test Pattern Generation – Complex fault models and optimisation problems
    Current employer: Besi Switzerland AG
  • Matthias Sauer (2010 – 2013, summa cum laude)
    Title: Testing time – time to test
    Current employer: University of Freiburg
  • Philipp-Klaus Krause (2009 – 2010; moved to University of Frankfurt in 2010)
    Topic: Adaptive voltage over-scaling


Brief Biography

Since 10/2017:

Full Professor and Director of ITI, University of Stuttgart, Germany

04/2010 – 10/2017:

Full Professor and Chair of Computer Engineering, University of Passau, Germany

10/2013 – 09/2015:

Dean of the Faculty of Computer Science and Mathematics, University of Passau, Germany

12/2008 – 03/2008:

Managing Director, Freiburg Centre for Security and Society

12/2003 – 03/2010:

Senior postdoctoral researcher (C1) and leader of the sub-group «test and reliability», Computer Architecture Group, University of Freiburg

10/1999 – 11/2003:

Researcher, Computer Architecture Group, University of Freiburg


  • Diploma (MSc) 1999
  • Dr. rer. nat. (PhD; summa cum laude) 2003
  • Habilitation (professor's qualification exam) 2008,
    all in Computer Science and from the University of Freiburg
  • Diploma in Economics (with distinction) from the University of Hagen 2008

Longer Research Visits and Internships

04/2016 – 07/2016:

FRIAS Fellow, Freiburg Institute of Advanced Studies, Freiburg, Germany

06/2012 – 07/2012:

Research visitor, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA

05/2005 – 09/2005:

JSPS Visiting Research Fellow, Nara Institute of Science and Technology, Japan

07/1998 – 10/1998:

Intern, IBM Deutschland Entwicklung GmbH, Böblingen, Germany

10/1997 – 03/1998:

Intern, Micronas Intermetall, Freiburg


  • Best paper award, IEEE European Test Symposium 2014
  • Best paper award nomination, ACM/IEEE ASP-DAC Conference 2013
  • Best paper award in category «Test», IEEE DDECS Symposium 2011
  • Two papers (from 2004 and 2010) selected for the compendium volume «Best papers 2002–2011 of the IEEE Asian Test Symposium»
  • IEEE Senior Member (since 2007)
  • Ph.D. thesis proposed for German Informatics Society Outstanding Dissertation Award abstract published in «Outstanding Computer Science Dissertations 2003» by German Computer Science Society.
  • Wolfgang-Gentner Award 2004 for outstanding scientific performance of a young researcher (link in German; sponsored by Volksbank Freiburg; co-laureate with Felix Klädtke and Maren Bennewitz).
  • European Champion and Vice World Champion at ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest 1999 (final results and a report in a newspaper)
  • VDI Award 1999 (sponsored by VDI, the German Engineering Association; co-laureate with Immanuel Herrmann and Daniel Fleig)
  • Referent for foreign student affairs at AStA (Student Union); 1994-95
  • DAAD Award 1995 (sponsored by DAAD, the German Academic Exchange Program) 

Awards and Recognitions Obtained by Students during my Supervision

  • Faculty Award for the best doctoral dissertation for Philipp Jovanovic (2016)
  • Authenticated stream cipher NORX by Philpp Jovanovic selected for the third round of the CAESAR competition (2015). Invited talk at 31C3 congress in Berlin.
  • Successful attack on the Open Smart Grid Protocol by Philipp Jovanovic
  • Wolfgang Gentner Award for outstanding doctoral thesis of Matthias Sauer. The thesis finishes second in the best thesis competition at IEEE European Test Symposium (2014)
  • Alexandru Paler invited to Heidelberg Laureate Forum (2013)
  • Piet Engelke wins the best thesis competition at IEEE European Test Symposium (2009) 

Membership and Functions in Professional Organizations

  • Membership: IEEE (Senior Member since 2007), GI (German Informatics Society), DHV (German University Professors Association)
  • Student Activities Chair, Test Technology Technical Council (TTTC), IEEE Computer Society, 2010 – 2012
    Worldwide coordinator of TTTC‘s E.J. McCluskey Best Doctoral Thesis Award (Annual contest of PhD graduates with thesis on test methods or reliability with semi-finals at regional IEEE symposia and finals at a major IEEE conference)
  • Program Chair of the TTTC Test Technology Educational Program (TTEP) since 2017
  • Vice Speaker of interest group 5 “test methods and reliability of circuits and systems” of joint committee RSS «computer-aided circuit and system design» of three national societies: GI (FA 3.5), VDE/VDI GMM (FB 8) and VDE ITG (FA 8.2) (since 2012) 


Conference Organization

Program Committee Member

Past Program Committee Member

Organization of Dagstuhl Seminars

  • Hardware Security (May 2016) – with Osnat Keren (Bar Ilan University, IL), Mark M. Tehranipoor (University of Florida, US), Pim Tuyls (Intrinsic-ID, BE)
  • Secure Composition for Hardware Systems (July 2019) – with Arora Divya (Intel, US), Francesco Regazzoni (USI Lugano, CH), Patrick Schaumont (Virginia Tech, US)

Other Service for Conferences and Journals

  • Guest Editor of the Special Issue on Hardware-oriented Security, it – Information Technology, 2019
  • Guest Editor of the Special Issue «Hardware Security – Threats and Countermeasures at the Circuit and Logic Levels», Journal of Low Power and Applications (JLPEA), 2016
  • Guest Editor of the Special Issue on Hardware Security, IET Computers & Digital Techniques, 2014
  • Panel organizer or panelist: IEEE WRTLT 2007 (Hongkong), IEEE ETS 2007 (Freiburg), ITC 2008 (Santa Clara), IEEE RASDAT 2010 (Bangalore), IEEE VTS 2010 (Santa Cruz), IEEE RASDAT 2011 (Chennai), IEEE ETS 2013 (Avignon), IVSW 2016 (Sant Feliu de Guixols), FDTC 2017 (Taipeh), IVSW 2018 (Platja d'Aro)
  • Special Session Organizer: WDSN 2010 (Chicago), LPonTR 2010 (Prague), WDSN 2010 (Chicago), IEEE ATS 2010 (Shanghai), LPonTR 2011 (Trondheim), LPonTR 2012 (Annecy), IEEE ATS 2012 (Niigata), IEEE VTS 2013 (Berkeley), ACM/IEEE DAC 2015 (San Francisco), IEEE SOCC 2017 (Munich), ICCAD 2018 (San Diego)
  • Tutorial presenter: GI/ITG/GMM ZUE 2007 (Munich), LPonTR 2009 (Sevilla), IEEE DDECS 2013 (Karlowy Vary), TRUDEVICE Training School 2016 (Leukerbad)
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