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Dr. Basel Halak

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 Dr Basel Halak studied with the school of Electronics and Electrical Engineering, Damascus University. Heis awarded a first class honours BEng in Electronics Engineering. In 2003, he joined the MTN group, an international cellular network operator, where he worked as base station subsystems (BSS) engineer for two years. He was awarded MSc and PhD degrees in Microelectronics System Design from Newcastle University, UK.  In 2010, he was then awarded a knowledge transfer fellowship to develop secure and energy efficient design for portable health care monitoring systems. In 2011, He joined the Dept. of Electronics and Computer Science at the University of Southampton, UK, where he is currently pursuing his research interests in reliable systems on a chip design technique,hardware security, and VLSI circuits for communications. He has published a monograph and numerous IEEE papers in these areas. Dr Basel Halak is the recipient of the  Vice-Chancellor Teaching Excellence Award , he is also  a senior fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA), a guest editor of the IET CDT, and serves in several technical program committees such as  IEEE ICCCA, ICCCS, MTV , IVSW and EWME. He is also  member of hardware security working group of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). 

Research

Research interests

 

•        Secure Hardware Design

•     Reliability and Fault Tolerance Techniques 

•       VLSI Circuits for Communications

 

List of selected Publications:

1.      Halak, B, Yakovlev, A & O' Niell, A 2010, 'Is a single cell sensor possible?' Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC), 2010 Annual International Conference of the IEEE, 31/08/10 - 4/09/10, .

2.      Halak, B & Russell, G 2006, 'The Analysis of the Implementation of Concurrent Error Detection in Multi-Level Flash Memories' IEEE European Test Symposium, 6/06/06, .

3.      Halak, B, Murphy, J & Yakovlev, A 2013, 'Power Balanced Circuits for Leakage-Power-Attacks Resilient Design' International Association for Cryptologic Research, vol 2013, no. 48.

4.      Halak, B, MA, T & Wei, X 2014, 'A Dynamic CDMA Network for Multicore Systems' Microelectronics Journal.

5.      Lin, Y, Zwolinski, M & Halak, B 2014, 'An Energy-Efficient Radiation Hardened Register File Architecture for Reliable Microprocessors' Silicon Errors in Logic - System Effects (SELSE), 1/01/14, .

6.      Lin, Y, Zwolinski, M & Halak, B 2014, 'An energy efficient radiation hardened register file architecture' Paper presented at Designing with Uncertainty - Opportunities & Challenges Workshop, United Kingdom, 17/03/14 - 19/03/14, .

7.      Halak, B, Ma, T & Ximeng, W 2014, 'High throughput CDMA communication architecture for many cores systems' Paper presented at Designing with Uncertainty - Opportunities & Challenges Workshop, United Kingdom, 17/03/14 - 19/03/14, .

8.      Halak, B 2014, VLSI Design of ECG Monitor from Concept to Silicon. LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing.

9.      Halak, B & Yakovlev, A 2006, 'Crosstalk Minimization Techniques for Phase Encoded On Chip Links' Asynchronous Design UK Forum, 1/09/06, .

10.    Halak, B & Yakovlev, A 2007, 'Bandwidth-Centric Optimisation for Fixed Width Links' Paper presented at Asynchronous Design UK Forum, 1/09/07, .

11.    Halak, B, El-Hajjar, M, Hu, Q & Lu, Y 2015, 'Energy-Efficient Adaptive MIMO Decoders' Paper presented at Science and Information Conference, 28/04/15, .

12.    Nawi, IM, Halak, B & Zwolinski, M 2015, 'Analysis of the Reliability of Comparator circuits' Paper presented at IEEE PRIME, United Kingdom, 1/06/15, .

13.    Bello, IA, Halak, B, El-Hajjar, M & Zwolinski, M 2015, 'VLSI Implementation of a Scalable K-best MIMO Detector' Paper presented at The 15th International Symposium on Communications and Information Technologies (ISCIT 2015), Japan, 1/10/15, .

14.    Abbas, H, Halak, B & Zwolinski, M 2015, 'An Application-Specific NBTI Ageing Analysis Method' Paper presented at International Workshop on CMOS Variability, Brazil, 1/09/15, .

15.    Sai, G, Halak, B & Zwolinski, M 2016, 'Multi-Path Ageing Sensor for Cost-efficient Delay-Fault Prediction' Workshop on Early Reliability Modeling for Aging and Variability in Silicon Systems, 18/03/16, .

16.    Halak, B & Chiu, H-C 2016, 'Modified micropipline architecture for synthesizable synchronous FIR filter design' International Journal of VLSI Design & Communication Systems. DOI: 10.5121/vlsic.2016.7101

17.    Halak, B, Rossi, D & Jiajing, C 2016, 'Analysis of BTI aging of level shifters' Paper presented at 22nd IEEE International Symposium on On-Line Testing and Robust System Design, 3/05/16, .

18.    Mispan, M, Halak, B & Zwolinski, M 2016, 'NBTI analysis on PUF-based differential architectures' Paper presented at 22nd IEEE International Symposium on On-Line Testing and Robust System Design, 3/04/16, .

19.    Bills, O & Halak, B 2016, 'Enhancement techniques for student engagement in cybersecurity education' Paper presented at The National Conference on Learning and Teaching in Cybersecurity, United Kingdom, 15/05/16 - 15/06/16, .

20.    Halak, B & Yilmaz, Y 2016, 'Cryptotool: A secure data storage software' The National Conference on Learning and Teaching in Cybersecurity, United Kingdom, 15/06/16 - 15/06/16, .

21.    Halak, B 2016, The effects of BTI aging on the susceptibility of on-chip communication schemes to soft errors in nano-scale CMOS technologies. in Thus Asynchronous World. Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, GB, pp. 150-166.

22.    Halak, B, Waizi, SS & Islam, A 2016, A survey of hardware implementations of elliptic curve cryptographic systems. Cryptology ePrint Archive, Santa Barbara, US.

23.    Wightwick, A & Halak, B 2016, 'Secure communication interface design for IoT applications, using the GSM network' Paper presented at 2016 IEEE 59th International Midwest Symposium on Circuits and Systems (MWSCAS Abu Dhabi 2016), United Arab Emirates, 16/10/16 - 19/10/16, .

24.    Halak, B, Zwolinski, M & Mispan, M 2016, 'Overview of PUF-based hardware security solutions for the Internet of Things' 2016 IEEE 59th International Midwest Symposium on Circuits and Systems (MWSCAS Abu Dhabi 2016), United Arab Emirates, 16/10/16 - 19/10/16, .

25.    Halak, B & Zwolinski, M 2016, 'Hardware-based security solutions for the Internet of Things using physical unclonable functions' 2016 IEEE 59th International Midwest Symposium on Circuits and Systems (MWSCAS Abu Dhabi 2016), United Arab Emirates, 16/10/16 - 19/10/16, .

26.    Halak, B & El-Hajjar, M 2016, 'How to prevent plagiarism in engineering education' TEM Workshop on Pedagogies: Best Practice Considerations, United Kingdom, 11/07/16 - 11/07/16, .

27.    Mispan, M, Zwolinski, M & Halak, B 2016, 'SRAM-PUF Based on Selective Power-Up and Non-Destructive Scheme' Paper presented at 17th International Workshop on Microprocessor/SoC Test and Verification (MTV 2016), United States, 31/12/16, .

28.    Halak, B 2017, 'Teaching Hardware Security at Southampton University: A Course Design and Evaluation' Paper presented at 2017 STEM Higher Education Academy conference, 1/02/17, .

29.    Abbas, H, Zwolinski, M & Halak, B 2016, 'NBTI and PBTI Mitigation Techniques by Architectural Anti-Aging Patterns' 17th International Workshop on Microprocessor/SoC Test and Verification (MTV 2016), United States, 31/12/16, .

30.    Halak, B & Yakovlev, A 2011, 'Statistical analysis of crosstalk-induced errors for on-chip interconnects' IET Computers & Digital Techniques, vol 5, no. 2.

31.    Halak, B & Yakovlev, A 2010, 'Throughput Optimization for Area-Constrained Links With Crosstalk Avoidance Methods' IEEE Transactions on Very Large Scale Integration (VLSI) Systems, vol 18, no. 6.

32.    Halak, B & Yakovlev, A 2008, 'Bandwidth-Centric Optimisation for Area-Constrained Links with Crosstalk Avoidance Methods' Design, Automation and Test in Europe, 2008. DATE '08, 10/03/08, .

33.    Halak, B, Shedabale, S, Ramakrishnan, H, Yakovlev, A & Russell, G 2008, 'The impact of variability on the reliability of long on-chip interconnect in the presence of crosstalk' SLIP '08 Proceedings of the 2008 international workshop on System level interconnect prediction, 10/04/08, .

34.    Halak, B & Yakovlev, A 2008, 'Fault-Tolerant Techniques to Minimize the Impact of Crosstalk on Phase Encoded Communication Channels' IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON COMPUTERS, VOL. 57, NO. 4, APRIL 2008 505.

35.    Murphy, J, O'Neill, M, Burns, F, Bystrov, A, Yakovlev, A & Halak, B 2012, 'Self-timed physically unclonable functions' Paper presented at 5th IFIP International Conference on New Technologies, Mobility and Security (NTMS 2012), 7/05/12 - 10/05/12, . DOI: 10.1109/NTMS.2012.6208707

36.    Lin, Y, Zwolinski, M & Halak, B 2014, 'A Low-Cost Radiation Hardened Flip-Flop' Paper presented at Design, Automation and Test in Europe (DATE), 1/01/14, .

37.    Nawi, IM, Halak, B & Zwolinski, M 2015, 'Reliability Analysis of Comparators' Paper presented at DATE Workshop: Designing with Uncertainty - Opportunities & Challenges, 1/01/15, .

38.    Halak, B, Hu, YH & Mispan, MS 2015, 'Area Efficient Configurable Physical Unclonable Functions for FPGAs Identification' Paper presented at IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems (ISCAS), Portugal, 24/05/15 - 27/05/15, .

39.    MISPAN, MS, Halak, B, Chen, Z & Zwolinski, M 2015, 'TCO-PUF: A Subthreshold Physical Unclonable Function' Paper presented at IEEE PRIME, United Kingdom, 1/06/15, .

40.    Halak, B, Murphy, J & Yakovlev, A 2015, 'Power balanced circuits for leakage-power-attacks resilient design' Paper presented at IEEE Science and Information Conference, United Kingdom, 28/07/15 - 31/07/15, .

41.    Lin, Y, Zwolinski, M & Halak, B 2016, 'A low-cost, radiation-hardened method for pipeline protection in microprocessors' IEEE Transactions on Very Large Scale Integration (VLSI) Systems, vol 24, no. 5, pp. 1688-1701.

42.    Bello, I, Halak, B, El-Hajjar, M & Zwolinski, M 2016, 'A survey of VLSI implementations of tree search algorithms for MIMO detection' Circuits Systems and Signal Processing, vol 35, no. 10, pp. 3644-3674. DOI: 10.1007/s00034-015-0218-y

43.    Nawi, I, Halak, B & Zwolinski, M 2016, 'Ageing Impact on a High Speed Voltage Comparator with Hysteresis' Workshop on Early Reliability Modeling for Aging and Variability in Silicon Systems, 18/03/16, .

44.    Haider, A, Halak, B & Zwolinsk, M 2016, 'Static Aging Analysis Using 3-Dimensional Delay Library' Workshop on Early Reliability Modeling for Aging and Variability in Silicon Systems, 18/03/16, .

45.    Shengyu, D, Halak, B, Zwolinski, M & Wong, R 2016, 'NBTI Lifetime Evaluation and Extension in Instruction Caches' Workshop on Early Reliability Modeling for Aging and Variability in Silicon Systems, 18/03/16, .

46.    Halak, B & El-Hajjar, M 2016, 'Plagiarism detection and prevention techniques in engineering education' Paper presented at 11th European Workshop on Microelectronics Education, United Kingdom, 11/05/16 - 13/05/16, .

47.    Halak, B & Wilson, P 2016, 'Design and evaluation of a system-on-a-chip course' Paper presented at 11th European Workshop on Microelectronics Education, United Kingdom, 11/05/16 - 13/05/16, .

48.    NAWI, IM, Halak, B & Zwolinski, M 2016, 'The influence of hysteresis voltage on single event transients in a 65nm CMOS high speed comparator' 21st IEEE European Test Symposium, 27/05/16, .

49.    Halak, B, El-Hajjar, M, Toma, OH & Cheng, Z 2016, 'Energy-efficient hardware implementation of LR-aided K-Best MIMO decoder for 5G networks' Journal of Low Power Electronics and Applications, vol 6, no. 12, pp. 1-10. DOI: 10.3390/jlpea6030012

50.    Halak, B, Tenentes, V & Rossi, D 2016, 'The impact of BTI aging on the reliability of level shifters in nano-scale CMOS technology' Microelectronics Reliability, vol 67, pp. 74-81. DOI: 10.1016/j.microrel.2016.10.018

51.    Halak, B 2013, 'Partial coding algorithm for area and energy efficient crosstalk avoidance codes implementation' IET Computers & Digital Techniques. DOI: 10.1049/iet-cdt.2013.0113

 

 

 

 

       

Professional

Qualifications

MSc in Microelectronics Engineering , Newcastle University

PhD in Microelectronics’ Circuit Design, Newcastle University

Postgaraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PCAP), Southampton University

Conferences attended

IEEE International Symposium on Asynchronous Circuits and Systems, Grenoble, France 2006.

IEEE European Test Symposium, Southampton, UK, 2006.

IEEE International Symposium on Networks-on-Chip, Princeton, USA, 2007.

IEEE Design, Automation & Test in Europe, Munich, Germany 2008. 

IEEE International Symposium on Asynchronous Circuits and Systems, Newcastle, UK, 2009.

 

IEEE International Conference of the Engineering in Medicine and Biology SocietyBuenos Aires, Argentina(EMBC), 2010.

 

IEEE Design, Automation & Test in Europe, Dresden, Germany 2013.

Duties

Program Leader for MSc in Embedded Systems

MSc Projects Coordinator

Southampton University representative at Synopsys International Education Board

Contact

Telephone: +442380597381

Email: bh9@ecs.soton.ac.uk

Additional contact details

Location 59/3223

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