Farinaz Koushanfar

Professor and Henry Booker Faculty Scholar

Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE)


Adaptive Computing and Embedded Systems (ACES) Lab

Founding Co-Director

Center for Machine-Integrated Computing and Security (MICS)


- Embedded Computing Systems

- Security and Privacy

- Automated and Adaptive Computing

- Big Data Analytics

Photo Credit: Alex Matthews/UC San Diego Qualcomm Institute


My research interests are focused on development of scalable and efficient machine learning algorithms on resource-constrained platforms. In my research group, we enable realization of end-to-end frameworks that address robustness and real-world practicality. The research directions can be broadly categorized into the following topics:

  • Security and Privacy for data-intensive computing
  • Massive data analytics and deep learning on constrained settings and on edge devices
  • Hardware Software Co-design for Machine Learning Applications on Embedded Systems

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My (single-author) paper on provably secure hardware obfuscation published in IEEE Trans. on Information Forensics and Security 2012 is among the 7 papers selected this year for TOP PICKS in Hardware and Embedded Systems Security all times!

Our MICS center had it's official launch Summit in October 2018! Go MICS!

My student , Mohammad Ghasemzadeh, won the 2018 Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship 2018. Congratulations Mohammad!

Our paper "ReBNet: Residual Binarized Neural Network" (by Ghasemzadeh, Samragh and Koushanfar) received the Best Paper Award at the FCCM 2018 Conference. Congratulations to our intelligent and hardworking students!

ACES lab members and collaborator received the ICCAD Ten Year Retrospective Most Influential Paper Award for the ICCAD 2008 paper, "Lightweight Secure PUFs" (by Majzoobi, Koushanfar and Potkonjak)

ACES lab's Dr. Bita Rouhani, has successfully defended her PhD thesis and is now a Research Scientist with Microsoft Research working on project BrainWave and other influential data analytics projects.

Wayne Burleson, Kevin Fu and I co-organize the CCC/CRA Workshop on Leadership in Embedded Security, in conjunction with USENIX SEC 2018! Stay tuned for the report!


Farinaz Koushanfar, Ph.D., Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, UC San Diego (UCSD)

E-mail: farinaz (at) ucsd (dot) edu

Office: Room 6401, Jacobs Hall (EBU-1)


9500 Gilman Dr., MC-0407

La Jolla, CA 92093

Administrator: Ms. Wyn Hughes

Office: Jacobs Hall, Room 2904

Phone: (858) 534-3294

E-mail: whughes (at) ucsd (dot) edu