Keynote Speaches

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 cyber-physical 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.

IoT and WSN for Health and Home Management

Subhas Chandra Mukhopadhyay

Professor, School of Engineering, Macquarie University, Australia.

The advancements in electronics, embedded controllers, smart communicating devices as well as the progress towards a better informed, knowledge-based society increase the demand for small size, affordable sensors that allow accurate and reliable data recording, processing, storing, and communication. This led to the paradigm known as Internet of Things (IoT) in which Wireless Sensor Nodes are the most important elements. The seminar will present research activities on the development of IoT and WSN based systems towards managing our health and home in a better way. A holistic view of IoT, its challenges, and opportunities will be presented. A new protocol called Wellness protocol for designing wireless sensor-based smart home will be discussed.

Subhas Chandra Mukhopadhyay is currently working as a Professor of Mechanical/Electronics Engineering, Macquarie University, Australia, and is Discipline Leader of the Mechatronics Engineering Degree Programme. Before joining Macquarie he worked as Professor of Sensing Technology, Massey University, New Zealand. His fields of interest include Smart Sensors and sensing technology, instrumentation techniques, wireless sensors and network, numerical field calculation, electromagnetics, and others. He has supervised over 40 postgraduate students and over 100 Honours students. He has examined over 50 postgraduate theses. He has published over 400 papers in different international journals and conference proceedings. He is a Fellow of IEEE (USA), a Fellow of IET (UK), a Fellow of IETE (India), a Topical Editor of IEEE Sensors Journal, and an associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurements.

Fail-Stop Execution in Hostile Environments

Christof Fetzer

Full Professor, Computer Science Department at the Dresden University of Technology, Germany.

Our objective is to guarantee a fail-stop execution of services in hostile environments: a service is either correctly executed or stops execution before a service commits a wrong output. Our adversary has lots of control over its execution environment. The adversary controls all hosts - without any exception - on which our service might be executed. The adversary can try to cause incorrect execution of the service by:

  • Changing the application code in memory, on disk, during transmission on the network,
  • Changing or manipulating the hardware used to execute the service,
  • Modifying the system software, run multiple instances of the service,
  • Controlling the voltage of the system to cause incorrect execution.

We want to ensure that we can trust all results from such a service despite being executed in such a hostile environment. We assume that the CPU includes a trusted execution environment, i.e., we have some basic mechanism to protect the service from the environment. In this talk, I will review to what extent we have achieved fail-stop execution in hostile environments and what challenges are still ahead of us.

Christof Fetzer received his Ph.D. from UC San Diego (1997). As a student, he received a two-year scholarship from the DAAD and won two best student paper awards (SRDS and DSN). He was a finalist of the 1998 Council of Graduate Schools/UMI distinguished dissertation award and won an IEE mather premium in 1999. Dr. Fetzer joined AT&T Labs-Research in August 1999 and was a principal member of technical staff until March 2004. Since April 2004, he is head of the Systems Engineering Chair in the Computer Science Department at the Dresden University of Technology. He is the chair of the Distributed Systems Engineering International Masters Program at the Computer Science Department. Prof. Dr. Fetzer has published over 130 research papers in the field of dependable systems.

Energy efficient distributed embedded systems

Jan Haase

Full Professor, Computer Science Department at Nordakademie, Germany.

The vision of the Smart City covers many changes in order to enhance the safety, energy efficiency, and user comfort for urban areas. In the talk, the concept of power profiling is presented. It enables a designer of embedded devices to get deep insights into the energy consumption of the device being developed, especially the reasons why and when energy is consumed for specific dynamic activities. The presentation shows the application of the power profiler in the fields of building automation as well as automotive wireless networks. The talk closes with an outlook on upcoming technologies, namely the memristors, which might revolutionize the usage and energy consumption of embedded devices in the future.

Jan Haase received his Bachelor, Master, and Ph.D. degree in computer sciences at the University of Frankfurt/Main, Germany. Then he was project leader of several research projects at the University of Technology in Vienna, Austria, at the Institute of Computer Science, and a lecturer at Helmut Schmidt University, Hamburg, where he received his habilitation grade. 2016 -2020 he held a temporal professorship for Organic Computing at the University of Luebeck, Germany, and is now a full professor at Nordakademie near Hamburg, Germany. His main interests are Building Automation, System Specification and Modeling, Simulation, Low-Power Design Methodologies, Wireless Sensor Networks, Automatic Parallelization, and modern Computer Architectures. He (co)-authored more than 100 peer-reviewed journal and conference papers and several book chapters. He is an IEEE Senior Member. As an IEEE volunteer, he currently is Germany Section's Chair, has been Austria Section's Chair, and is active in IEEE R8.

Why Do We Need a New Accident Causality Model?

Nancy Leveson

Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics and also Professor of Engineering Systems at MIT.

In this talk, Prof. Leveson will explain what is an accident causality, model, and why a new one is needed to make progress in safety engineering..

Nancy G. Leveson is an American specialist in system and software safety and a Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT. Leveson gained her degrees from UCLA, including her PhD in 1980.