HOST Hardware Demonstration Proposal Description and Requirements

HOST 2018 will include a special session which allows students and faculty to present tech-transfer based research through a hands-on hardware demonstration. A set of booths configured with tables and easels will be provided to allow students to set up laptops and small hardware configurations, such as FPGAs, RFID readers, power supplies, etc. Multiple sessions dedicated to hardware demonstrations will be scheduled into the program. Hardware demos can also be carried out between sessions during coffee breaks and before and after lunch and evening receptions. Students are required to assemble and display a poster which will serve to illustrate concepts and more extensive results beyond what is possible using the on-site hardware configuration.

Submission Guidelines

  • Proposals are limited to 2-page in length and must be uploaded to EasyChair by February 2, 2018, 11:59 p.m. (PST).
  • Proposals should include a brief 1-paragraph description of the research, with references provided to previously published papers (if available).
  • The remainder of the proposal should describe the nature of the hardware demonstration, e.g., a graphic showing the experimental setup and required equipment, the specific features of the research that will be targeted in the hardware demo, as well as a description of the observables, i.e., what will the audience see?
  • The main components of the proposal must be included as components to the poster that will accompany the hardware demo.
  • Contact hardware demonstration chairs (jimp at and (fsaqib at for queries.

Students associated with hardware demonstrations which are selected for HOST 2018 will have the opportunity to apply for a scholarship to reimburse registration and hotel costs.

A committee of judges will evaluate hardware demonstrations at HOST. The top two student demonstrations will be given an award. The criteria used by the judges to evaluate the demonstrations is given as follows:

  1. Pass/Fail: Did the demo work as they said it would?
  2. Pass/Fail: Was there some observable (required according to the specification)?
  3. (1-10): How effective was the observable, e.g., was there a graphical user interface the reflected aspects of the actual hardware working, were there some indicators that clearly reflected operations being performed in the hardware.
  4. (1-10): Was the hardware demo well organized and the concepts presented clearly?
  5. (1-10): Did the student appear to be knowledgeable about the hardware security area that demo was tied to?
  6. (1-10): Overall score: Use the above plus the degree in which you were impressed by the demo to provide an overall score. This will be the primary score that we will use to judge the winners.

Contact Information

HOST Hardware Demo Chair: Jim Plusquellic

E-mail: jimp at

Phone: +1 (505) 277-0785

HOST Hardware Demo Co-chair: Fareena Saqib

E-mail: fsaqib at

Phone: +1 (704) 687-8098