Department of Computer Science and Engineering University of California, San Diego
Professor Kastner leads the Kastner Research Group whose current research interests are broad and varied, but generally fall into three areas: hardware acceleration, hardware security, and remote sensing. He is the co-director of the Wireless Embedded Systems Graduate Program — a specialized Masters degree targeting individuals working in local industries. He co-founded and co-directs the Engineers for Exploration (E4E) program, which partners with archaeologists, biologists, ecologists, and marine scientists to create unique embedded computing systems with the goal of furthering their scientific research. Technologies developed in this program were featured in the 2020 National Geographic Docuseries “Ancient China from Above”. E4E has involved hundreds of undergraduates over the past decade and has operated as an National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduate site since 2013. He has been working in the hardware security space for over 15 years with research in FPGA security, 3D integrated circuit security, and hardware information flow tracking. He is the co-founder of the company Tortuga Logic that develops hardware security verification solutions.