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M.Sc. Matthias Probst

Raum: N1008ZG

Research Interests

  • Side Channel Analysis
  • Neural Networks
  • Neuromorphic Hardware (Spiking Neural Networks)

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If one of my research topics catches your interest, feel free to contact me for possible Bachelor Thesis, Master Thesis or research internship opportunities.

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Parameter Optimitzation for On-Chip Voltage Sensor


In a Multi-tenant FPGA scenario multiple users have their own partial reconfigurable region on a single FPGA. Each of theses regions allows a single user to implement her/his design, without being able to directly interact with the design of another user on the same FPGA. So-called Time to Digital Converters (TDCs) can be used to perform remote side-channel attacks in such multi-tenant FPGAs, to extract secrets from other users.

The TDC is used as remote power measurement unit of the FPGA. The working principle is to use a long path in which timing violations are caused. Since the delay of transistors are proportional to the supply voltage, the amount of timing violations is a measure of the devices power consumption.

Different publications have already shown that cryptographic implementations [1, 2] and neural networks [3] can be attacked with such sensors.

In this work, design parameters of the TDC should be explored, in order to evaluate the influence on measurements of the on-device power consumption.


[1] F. Schellenberg, D. R. E. Gnad, A. Moradi, and M. B. Tahoori, “An inside job: Remote power analysis attacks on FPGAs,” in Design, Automation and Test in Europe Conference & Exhibition (DATE), 2018, pp. 1111–1116.

[2] O. Glamo?anin, L. Coulon, F. Regazzoni, and M. Stojilovi?, “Are cloud fpgas really vulnerable to power analysis attacks?” in 2020 Design, Automation & Test in Europe Conference & Exhibition (DATE). IEEE, 2020, pp. 1007–1010.

[3] V. Meyers, D. Gnad and M. Tahoori, "Reverse Engineering Neural Network Folding with Remote FPGA Power Analysis," 2022 IEEE 30th Annual International Symposium on Field-Programmable Custom Computing Machines (FCCM), 2022, pp. 1-10, doi: 10.1109/FCCM53951.2022.9786107.


VHDL/Verilog knowledge, Python skills



Manuel Brosch, Matthias Probst


Embedded Systems and Security in SoSe 20, WiSe 20/21



  • Brosch, Manuel and Probst, Matthias and Sigl, Georg: Counteract Side-Channel Analysis of Neural Networks by Shuffling. 2022 Design, Automation & Test in Europe Conference & Exhibition (DATE), IEEE, 2022Antwerp, Belgium mehr…


  • Gruber, Michael and Probst, Matthias and Karl, Patrick and Schamberger, Thomas and Tebelmann, Lars and Tempelmeier, Michael and Sigl, Georg: DOMREP – An Orthogonal Countermeasure for Arbitrary Order Side-Channel and Fault Attack Protection. IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security (16), 2021, 4321-4335 mehr…


  • Gruber, M.; Probst, M.; Tempelmeier, M.: Statistical Ineffective Fault Analysis of GIMLI. 2020 IEEE International Symposium on Hardware Oriented Security and Trust (HOST), 2020IEEE International Symposium on Hardware Oriented Security and Trust (HOST) mehr…


  • Gruber, M. and Probst, M. and Tempelmeier, M.: Persistent Fault Analysis of OCB, DEOXYS and COLM. 2019 Workshop on Fault Diagnosis and Tolerance in Cryptography (FDTC), 2019Atlanta, USA mehr…