Farhad Merchant

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Current HiWis

  • Daniyar Kizatov

Past Students

  • Milos Bratic
  • Jure Vreca (master)
  • Lukas Juenger (master)
  • Harshit Srivastava (bachelor)
  • Abhishek Adhave (bachelor)
  • Pankti Shah (bachelor -  DAAD)
  • Marwin Kirchhofs (bachelor)
  • Karl Sturm (bachelor)
  • Mohil Desai (bachelor - DAAD)
  • Masoom Panda (bachelor - DAAD)
  • Kirthihan Yasotharan (master)

Biography

Farhad Merchant received his Ph.D. from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore (India), in 2016. His Ph.D. thesis title was "Algorithm-Architecture Co-design for Dense Linear Algebra Computations." He received the DAAD fellowship during his PhD. He worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore, from March 2016 to December 2016. In December 2016, he moved to Corporate Research in Robert Bosch in Bangalore as a Researcher, where he worked on numerical methods for ordinary differential equations. He joined Institute for Communication Technologies and Embedded Systems, RWTH Aachen University, in December 2017 as a postdoctoral research fellow in the Chair for Software for Systems on Silicon. Farhad is the recipient of the HiPEAC technology transfer award in 2019.

Research Interests

  • Hardware Security
  • Hardware Assisted Security
  • Computer Architecture
  • Performance Modeling
  • Computer Arithmetic

Publications

Publications from Oct/ 2021 to Jan/ 2019

Reimann, L. M., Hanel, L., Šišejković, D., Merchant, F. and Leupers, R.: QFlow: Quantitative Information Flow for Security-Aware Hardware Design in Verilog, in Proceedings of the International Conference on Computer Design (ICCD), Oct. 2021, accepted for publication ©2021 IEEE


Staudigl, F., Merchant, F. and Leupers, R.: A Survey of Neuromorphic Computing-in-Memory: Architectures, Simulators and Security, in IEEE Design & Test, Sep. 2021, accepted for publication ©2021 IEEE


Šišejković, D., Merchant, F., Reimann, L. M. and Leupers, R.: Deceptive Logic Locking for Hardware Integrity Protection against Machine Learning Attacks, in IEEE Transactions on Computer-Aided Design of Integrated Circuits and Systems (TCAD), Jul. 2021, ISSN: 1937-4151, 10.1109/TCAD.2021.3100275 ©2021 IEEE


Šišejković, D., Merchant, F., Reimann, L. M., Srivastava, H., Hallawa, A. and Leupers, R.: Challenging the Security of Logic Locking Schemes in the Era of Deep Learning: A Neuroevolutionary Approach, in ACM Journal on Emerging Technologies in Computing Systems (JETC), Vol. 17, No. 3, Association for Computing Machinery, p. 26, May. 2021, ISSN: 1550-4832, 10.1145/3431389


Saxena, V., Reddy, A., Jonathan, N., Gustafson, J. L., Sangeeth, N., Leupers, R. and Merchant, F.: Brightening the Optical Flow through Posit Arithmetic, in International Symposium on Quality Electronic Design (ISQED), Apr. 2021, 10.1109/ISQED51717.2021.9424360 ©2021 IEEE


Alouani, I., BEN KHALIFA, A., Merchant, F. and Leupers, R.: An Investigation on Inherent Robustness of Posit Data Representation, in Proceedings of the International Conference on VLSI Design (VLSID), Feb. 2021, 10.1109/VLSID51830.2021.00052 ©2021 IEEE


Rai, S., Garg, S., Pilato, C., Herdt, V., Moussavi, E., Šišejković, D., Karri, R., Drechsler, R., Merchant, F. and Kumar, A.: Vertical IP Protection of the Next-Generation Devices: Quo Vadis?, in Proceedings of the Conference on Design, Automation & Test in Europe (DATE), IEEE, 2021, 10.23919/DATE51398.2021.9474132


Polian, I., Altmann, F., Arul, T., Boit, C., Brederlaw, R., Davi, L., Drechsler, R., Du, N., Eisenbarth, T., Gü­ney­su, T., Hermann, S., Hiller, M., Leupers, R., Merchant, F., Mussenbrock, T., Katzenbeisser, S., Kumar, A., Kunz, W., Mikolajick, T., Pachauri, V., Seifert, J.-P., Torres, F. S. and Trommer, J.: Nano Security: From Nano-Electronics to Secure Systems, in Proceedings of the Conference on Design, Automation & Test in Europe (DATE), IEEE, 2021, 10.23919/DATE51398.2021.9474187


Merchant, F., Šišejković, D., Reimann, L. M., Yasotharan, K., Grass, T. and Leupers, R.: ANDROMEDA: An FPGA Based RISC-V MPSoC Exploration Framework, in Proceedings of the International Conference on VLSI Design (VLSID), 2021, 10.1109/VLSID51830.2021.00051 ©2021 IEEE


Šišejković, D., Reimann, L. M., Moussavi, E., Merchant, F. and Leupers, R.: Logic Locking at the Frontiers of Machine Learning: A Survey on Developments and Opportunities, in IFIP/IEEE 29th International Conference on Very Large Scale Integration (VLSI-SOC), 2021, accepted for publication ©2021 IEEE


Nambi, S., Ullah, S., Siva Satyendra, S., Lohana, A., Merchant, F. and Kumar, A.: ExPAN(N)D: Exploring Posits for EfficientArtificial Neural Network Design inFPGA-based Systems, in IEEE Access, Vol. 9, 2021, 10.1109/ACCESS.2021.3098730 ©2021 IEEE


Guntoro, A., De La Parra, C., Merchant, F., De Dinechin, F., Gustafson, J. L., Langhammer, M., Leupers, R. and Sangeeth, N.: Next Generation Arithmetic for Edge Computing, in Proceedings of the Conference on Design, Automation & Test in Europe (DATE), pp. 1357-1365, 2020, 10.23919/DATE48585.2020.9116196 ©2020 IEEE


Šišejković, D., Merchant, F., Reimann, L. M., Leupers, R. and Kegreiß, S.: Scaling Logic Locking Schemes to Multi-Module Hardware Designs, in Architecture of Computing Systems (ARCS 2020), Springer International Publishing, pp. 138--152, 2020, 10.1007/978-3-030-52794-5_11 ©2020 IEEE


VREČA, J. , Sturm, K. J. X., GUNGL, E., Merchant, F., BIENTINESI, P., Leupers, R. and Brezočnik, Z.: Accelerating Deep Learning Inference in Constrained Embedded Devices Using Hardware Loops and a Dot Product Unit, in IEEE Access, 2020, 10.1109/ACCESS.2020.3022824} ©2020 IEEE


Šišejković, D., Merchant, F., Reimann, L. M., Leupers, R., Giacometti, M. and Kegreiß, S.: A Secure Hardware-Software Solution Based on RISC-V, Logic Locking and Microkernel, in Proceedings of the 23nd International Workshop on Software and Compilers for Embedded Systems (SCOPES), p. 62–65, Association for Computing Machinery, 2020, 10.1145/3378678.3391886 ©2020 IEEE


Šišejković, D., Merchant, F., Leupers, R., Ascheid, G. and Kegreiß, S.: Inter-Lock: Logic Encryption for Processor Cores Beyond Module Boundaries, in 2019 IEEE European Test Symposium (ETS), pp. 1-6, May. 2019, ISSN: 1530-1877, 10.1109/ETS.2019.8791528 ©2019 IEEE


Šišejković, D., Merchant, F., Leupers, R., Ascheid, G. and Kegreiß, S.: Control-Lock: Securing Processor Cores Against Software-Controlled Hardware Trojans, in Great Lakes Symposium on VLSI (GLSVLSI'19), May. 2019, 10.1145/3299874.3317983 ©2019 IEEE


Šišejković, D., Merchant, F., Leupers, R., Ascheid, G. and Kiefer, V.: A Critical Evaluation of the Paradigm Shift in the Design of Logic Encryption Algorithms, in 2019 International Symposium on VLSI Design, Automation and Test (VLSI-DAT), IEEE, p. 4, Apr. 2019, 10.1109/VLSI-DAT.2019.8741531 ©2019 IEEE


Merchant, F., Vatwani, T., Chattopadhyay, A., Raha, S., Nandy, S. K., Narayan, R. and Leupers, R.: Applying Modified Householder Transform to Kalman Filter, in Proceedings of the International Conference on VLSI Design (VLSID), Jan. 2019, 10.1109/VLSID.2019.00092


Merchant, F., Vatwani, T., Chattopadhyay, A., Raha, S., Nandy, S. K., Narayan, R. and Leupers, R.: A Systematic Approach for Acceleration of Matrix-Vector Operations in CGRA through Algorithm-Architecture Co-design, in Proceedings of the International Conference on VLSI Design (VLSID), Jan. 2019


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