Keynote Speakers

The Convergence of Safety and Security in Connected and Automated Vehicles

Sebastian Fischmeister

Associate Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Waterloo

For decades, safety was a dominating topic driving technology development regarding the dependability of cyberphysical systems. Safety of a system ensures that in the case of faults, the system is still highly unlikely to cause harm to users, capital infrastructure, or the environment. With the advent of connectivity, security is now becoming an equally important topic as connectivity enables scalable attacks. Unfortunately, the complexity of today's systems prevents engineers from gaining a deep understanding of systems, and consequently new approaches for safety and security are necessary. This talk presents this challenge in the context of connected automotive systems. The lecture discusses automation and autonomy of automotive systems, safety vs. security for connected vehicles, and in general shows the need for merging safety and security research for further advances in electronics, software, and systems of next-generation automated/autonomous systems.

Sebastian Fischmeister received his Dipl.-Ing. degree in Computer Science from the Vienna University of Technology, Austria, and his Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the University of Salzburg. He was a recipient of the Austrian APART stipend for young, excellent researchers (2005) and worked at the University of Pennsylvania, USA, as Post Graduate Research Associate. Currently, Dr. Fischmeister is working as an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Waterloo, Canada.