Dr. Lisa McIlrath joined the Florida Institute for Cybersecurity (FICS) Research on June 1, 2019, coming from Draper Labs in Cambridge, MA, where she was a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff and Group Leader for High-Speed and Reliable Processing and Computational Electronics. Over the last 25 years Dr. McIlrath’s research interests have spanned many fields, including computer vision, image sensor design, 3D integrated circuits, Electronic Design Automation, and for the last 12 years, Hardware Security. This varied background has allowed her to bridge disciplines in Computer Science and Hardware Engineering and investigate problems that require an understanding of both. Her current research interests focus on critical areas of national security, such as secure off-shore manufacturing and trust in 3rd-party IP.
Prior to Draper, Dr. McIlrath spent two years at Raytheon/BBN Technologies as a Hardware Security expert within their Cyber-Security Business Unit. Until the end of 2014, she was the President & CEO of R3Logic, Inc., a small company that she founded in 2000 and ran successfully for 14 years, raising over $12M in contracts from DARPA/DoD and other sources. The early mission of R3Logic was to develop architectures, process technologies, and design tools for 3D-integrated microelectronics. As part of this effort, the company created an extensive set of Cadence-compatible EDA tools with a novel technology database able to incorporate multiple process design kits without modifications. Cadence licensed this technology in 2014.
R3Logic’s entry into Trusted and Assured Microelectronics occurred when it was invited to participate in the first DARPA TRUST program in 2007. As part of this effort, the company developed automated algorithms for extracting netlists from IC layouts, including standard cell, and unknown library recognition. Following the TRUST program, R3Logic was a prime contractor on the DARPA IRIS program, during in which it developed tools to extract functional behavior from the netlists recovered from the IC layouts. This software, the HEX Netlist Analyzer, has continued to be developed, and is perhaps one of the most advanced functional recognition tools of its kind. It has been applied at R3Logic, BBN, and Draper for 3rd-party IP verification, Trojan detection, and most recently to developing security metrics for split manufacturing.