Research Interests

My research interests lie at the intersection of energy-efficiency, reconfigurability, and hardware security. Specific application areas include:

  • Energy-efficient reconfigurable computing: Energy-efficient design for FPGAs and FPGA-like reconfigurable fabrics; power and performance scalability, domain-specific architecture design

  • Algorithms and hardware for bioimplantable devices: co-design of algorithms and digital hardware for improved area- and energy-efficiency in bioimplantables; biosignal processing; event detection and pattern recognition; algorithm tunability for individualized healthcare

  • Hardware security in IoT: FPGA security, anti-piracy and anti-reverse engineering for bitstreams and configuration files; lightweight security solutions for ultraconstrained devices (IoT, wearables, implantables)

Students and researchers interested or working in these and related areas are welcome to contact Prof. Karam to discuss potential research opportunities and collaborations.



Research Assistant (RA) positions with full financial support are available from Fall 2017.
Contact Prof. Karam if interested.

MS student Farhath Zareen is awarded 3rd place in the Best Poster Competition at the 2018 Women in Hardware and System Security (WISE) workshop, co-located with the Hardware Oriented Security and Trust (HOST) conference (McLean, VA, USA).

PhD student Shakil Mahmud is awarded an NSF-sponsored travel grant to attend 2018 IEEE VLSI Test Symposium (San Francisco, CA, USA).

Dr. Karam presents a poster titled "Algorithm for Real-Time Event Detection from Bladder Sensor Data" at the NIH SPARC Annual Meeting (Bethesda, MD, USA).

Interface Research Lab members Vishalini Ramnath (PhD), Shakil Mahmud (PhD), Farhath Zareen (MS), and Brooks Olney (BS) present a research poster at the Florida Institute of Cybersecurity (FICS) Annual Conference (Gainesville, FL, USA).

Article on algorithm and hardware design for low-cost compression and event detection in implantable medical device accepted in IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems (Special Issue from BioCAS 2016).