Researchers in Houman Houmayoun's ECE lab have identified a new vulnerability in the cloud scheduler, which potentially opens the door for sophisticated micro-architectural attacks

Researchers from both UC Davis and George Mason University have recently identified a vulnerability in the cloud scheduler which can open the door for future micro-architectural attacks deployed on the cloud. 

A micro-architectural attack is a type of attack strategy that exploits the design flaws in hardware to affect the execution of certain programs or extract secret data from victim programs. It has been proven that micro-architectural attacks can be a serious threat to cloud infrastructures. 

UCD Researchers Jerry Woodall and Majdi Abou Najm's Labs Poised to Revolutionize Renewable Energy Storage with Latent Heat Battery

Renewable energy is great for the Earth, but can be an intermittent source of power. We need electricity even when it’s dark and when the wind’s not blowing, and energy storage remains difficult. UC Davis electrical and computer engineer, materials scientist and inventor Dr. Jerry Woodall, his lab and Land and Water Resources professor Dr.

ECE Professor Houman Homayoun and CS Professor Matt Bishop Receive the 2021 Dean’s Collaborative Research Award (DECOR)

Cyber security is a worldwide concern. Our systems, infrastructure, and indeed our society rely on it. Many places study the security of systems in general, of software, and of the policies and procedures supporting them. But the security and assurance of hardware is much less studied. As our infrastructure and systems rely on commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) equipment, the security and assurance of hardware is integral to our systems, infrastructure, and society. Hardware security arises in a number of places.

Catching up with the Şeker Lab: Serendipity and Collaboration

Erkin Şeker, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, and his team have adapted a pre-Columbian era jewelry making process to create the nanoporous gold they use for biomedical applications. “Depletion gilding [purifying gold by removing other elements] would start with an alloy of copper and gold called tumbaga. Artisans would use a chemical reaction to remove the copper and leave behind the gold, which gives the golden finish to the artifacts.

ECE UC Davis During the Pandemic: Alumni and Industry Support

By Professor Josh Hihath

In the Spring of 2020, when the pandemic was just beginning, everyone’s lives were disrupted. Schools and offices closed, friends and family had to remain separate, and masks and social distancing came to represent the “new normal”.