Department of Computer Science and Technology

Dr Markus Kuhn

Portrait, July 2012

University Senior Lecturer at the University of Cambridge Department of Computer Science and Technology (the former “Computer Laboratory”) and a Fellow of Wolfson College.

Research interests: computer security, in particular hardware and signal-processing aspects, including in particular compromising emanations, RFID security, and the security of positioning systems (distance-bounding protocols, authentication of navigation signals), hardware tamper resistance, smartcards, network security, intellectual-property protection technology and software-defined radio applications.

Contact information

Dr Markus Kuhn
University of Cambridge
Computer Laboratory
15 JJ Thomson Avenue
Cambridge CB3 0FD
United Kingdom

Phone: +44 1223 3-34676  (09:30–18:30)
Fax: +44 1223 3-34678
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Time zone: UTC+1h in summer (last Sun Mar – last Sun Oct)
UTC in winter

Reachability status: Back in Cambridge.

PhD applicants: I may be able to take on 1–2 new PhD students, and in particular look for applicants interested in hardware security, side-channel analysis, statistical signal processing, and/or radio-frequency electronics. See also below for the one funded studentship opportunity I have available next year for a UK student to work on side-channel analysis. I'm happy to discuss your research proposals informally any time, but please send formal application documents through the University's graduate admissions system (i.e., please do not email me CVs, transcripts, or references).

Internships and visits: Since quite regularly get email applications for internships: please note that I do not usually have any funding available for interships.

Hardware-security PhD studentship

  • PhD Studentship in Side-Channel Security

    I will be able to offer one 3.5-year PhD studentship on side-channel security, starting in October 2019, to applicants interested in hardware security, radio communication, experiments with software-defined radio hardware, and digital signal processing. The basic idea of the project is to investigate, how radio waves reflected from an electronic device can pick up side-channel information about the processed data, and how that can be reconstructed and used to enhance eavesdropping range in comparison to purely passive electromagnetic eavesdropping attacks. Applicants should have an undergraduate or masters degree in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Mathematics or Physics.

    Please contact me by phone or email for more information before submitting a formal application.

    Note: Due to the UK government funding source, this studentship is restricted to UK nationals, or applicants who have been resident in the UK for the past 10 years, and subject to the candidate being able to obtain a UK DV security clearance.


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I teach second and third year undergraduate courses in the Computer Science Tripos: Security, Cryptography, Digital Signal Processing, Unix Tools, and give an introductory lecture on LaTeX and MATLAB.

Course materials pages: 2018/19, 2017/18, 2016/17, 2015/16, 2014/15, 2013/14, 2012/13, 2011/12, 2010/11, 2009/10.

PhD students: Christian O'Connell (submitted September 2018), Shih-Chun You (started October 2018). Former PhD students of mine that have already graduated: Piotr Zieliński, Steven Murdoch, Gerhard Hancke, Saar Drimer, Andrew Lewis, Marios Omar Choudary.

We organize a Security Seminar Series, which is open to the public.