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School of Engineering, Information Technology and Physical Sciences

Cyber security (security of intelligent transportation systems)

Campus: Mt Helen

Discipline: Information Technology

Research field: Cyber Security

Key words: Cyber security, SCADA security, IoT security, edge computing, multimedia security

Supervisor(s): Alireza Jolfaei and Iqbal Gondal

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Brief Supervisor Bio:

Dr. Alireza Jolfaei Received the PhD degree from Griffith University, Gold Coast, QLD, Australia. He is currently a lecturer of networking and security in the School of Engineering and Information Technology at Federation University Australia. Previously, he was an Assistant Professor of Computer Science in the Department of Computer and Information Sciences at Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. His educational background and research activities extend across substantive areas in applied mathematical sciences, computer science/engineering, and electrical engineering. His current research areas include cryptology, cyber physical systems security, SCADA security, and network security. He has authored over 30 papers on topics related to cyber security in refereed journals and conference proceedings of international importance. He received the prestigious IEEE Australian council award for his research paper published in the IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security. He has received multiple awards for Academic Excellence, University Contribution, and Inclusion and Diversity Support. He is currently serving as the Chair of Computational Intelligence Society in IEEE Victoria Section, and previously, he served as the Chair of Professional and Career Activities in IEEE Queensland Section. He is a member of the Internet Commerce Security Laboratory (ICSL) and the Centre for Informatics and Applied Optimization (CIAO) at Federation University Australia.

Project Description: Security of intelligent transportation systems

Autonomous vehicular technology is approaching a level of maturity that gives confidence to many cities around the world to allow autonomous vehicles (AVs) to share the roads with manual vehicles (MVs). AVs and MVs have different capabilities, which may result in surprising safety, security and resilience impacts when mixed together as a part of Intelligent Transportation System (ITS). For example, AVs are able to communicate electronically with one another, make fast decisions and associated actuation, and generally act deterministically. In contrast, MVs cannot communicate electronically, are limited by the capabilities and slow reaction of human drivers, and may show some uncertainty and even irrationality in behaviour due to the involvement of human. At the same time, humans can react properly to more complex situations than AVs.

Unlike MVs, the security of computing and communications of AVs can be compromised thereby precluding them from achieving individual or group goals. The purpose of this project is to analyse and understand how both types of vehicles will fare in terms of safety, performance, and resilience under a variety of situations without and with attacks on the AV communications. In contrast to existing research on cyber-attacks on the functions of individual vehicles (AV or MV), this project specifically focuses on the interplay of different types of vehicles (AV vs. MV) under the influence of a cyber-adversary.