Efficient and Secure VLSI Lab @ Rice University

Welcome to Prof. Kaiyuan Yang’s research group! We design and implement intelligent, secure, and trustworthy integrated circuits and systems for next-generation ubiquitous applications.

Our research areas include,

  • Analog, digital, and mixed-signal integrated circuits/VLSI designs:
    energy-efficient, low-power, and low-cost hardware for data sensing, security and machine learning

  • Hardware security: physical, side-channel, and hardware Trojan attacks
    and defenses

  • Cross-layer design and optimization of integrated systems: application-oriented designs incorporating emerging devices, circuits, architectures, and algorithms


  1. We have multiple openings for graduate and undergraduate students interested in our research. Please see our contact info and application guidelines.


  • 3/2019: Our paper on a 9.6ppm/ºC CMOS real-time clock is accepted to 2019 Custom Integrated Circuit Conference (CICC)! Congratulations Team!

  • 10/2018: Our paper on a physical unclonable function design featuring zero-overhead stabilization is accepted to 2019 International Solid-State Circuit Conference (ISSCC)! Congratulations Dai!
    Rice News

  • 3/2018: Our paper on true random number generation using Magnetic Tunnel Junctions is accepted to 2018 IEEE Symposium on VLSI Circuits!

  • 11/2017: Our invited review paper on hardware designs for security in ultra-low-power systems is published in IEEE micro! Link to the Article

  • 7/2017: Dr. Kaiyuan Yang joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Rice University as an Assistant Professor!