ESORICS 2021 in Darmstadt

The Science of Computer Science: An Offensive Research Perspective

Dr. Yuval Yarom

School of Computer Science at the University of Adelaide

Is computer science a real science? Is offensive security research a scientific activity? To answer these questions, in this talk we explore the state of the art in hardware security research. We discuss anecdotes, directions, and methods and draw parallels to established sciences. Finally, we reach somewhat non-surprising conclusions.


Dr. Yuval Yarom
is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Computer Science at the University of Adelaide. He earned a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Adelaide in 2014. His research explores the security of the interface between the software and the hardware. In particular he works on detecting and mitigating vulnerabilities caused by the discrepancy between the way that programmers think about software execution and the concrete execution in modern processors.