Hi, I’m Cat. I’m currently a PhD student at Graz University of Technology, researching microarchitectural security (and obsessing over CPUs) in the Core Security group at the Institute of Applied Information Processing and Communications.
Two research areas that particularly interest me - and which I’m examining from a microarchitectural perspective - are privacy (including surveillance and hardware backdoors) and the ‘conflict’ between energy efficiency and security. For the latter, I’m particularly intrigued by how we could rethink instruction set architectures and the memory subsystem to reduce this conflict.
When I’m not working on tech, you’ll likely find me in the mountains. You can check out some of my adventures here.
- Undocumented CPU Behavior: Analyzing Undocumented Opcodes on Intel x86-64 - IAIK, Graz University of Technology, June 2018
- Explainable DNNs: What Has Your Network Really Learnt? - Applied Deep Learning Symposium, University of Bristol, December 2018
- Through the Range of Light: Hiking the JMT - UBES Shorts, University of Bristol, February 2019
- UBES Expedition Planning Workshop - University of Bristol, May 2019
- Why Audit Your CPU? Searching for Undocumented CPU Behavior - Third School on Security & Correctness, Graz University of Technology, September 2019
- Establishing a Long Distance Trail: The Caucasus and UBES(ters) - UBES 60th Anniversary Celebration, Bristol, February 2020