Kartik Nayak is a PhD student at the Faculty of Informatics at the Università della Svizzera italiana, Lugano, Switzerland. He received his bachelor’s degree in Engineering (BE) from B.M.S. College of Engineering (autonomous institute affiliated to VTU), Bengaluru, India in Electronics and Communication Engineering and his master’s degree (M.Sc.) from Universität Stuttgart, Germany in Information Technology (specialisation: Embedded Systems) in 2021. His master thesis evaluated the effectiveness and relevance of logic locking on a family of approximate circuits. His current interests are in the field of hardware security, especially the security performance of novel hardware architectures, and the implementation of physical attack resistant cryptographic hardware.