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PhD in Vehicle Integrity Test and Measurement


Project Description

PhD at the Boeing founded IVHM Centre with the opportunity for a two-year sponsorship from Singapore’s Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A* Star).

Today’s vehicle industries are facing with rising issues in security, trustworthiness and privacy of systems due to weakness that is adapted to electronics (due to the vulnerability of electronic modules and sub-systems to a mix of software and hardware threats). Traditionally, vehicle systems are designed with the assumption that electronics are secure and no one gets access to electronic and electrical systems; hence, leaving the security uncared. Additionally, the existing testability solutions comprising various design and verification steps are primarily aimed at testing the functionality of the system, thereby lacking the advanced security testing element. The current trend of industrial evolution that integrates many advanced features like IoT based systems and gadgets with future smart autonomous vehicles calls for the design and development of secure electronics. In the wake of such inefficacies, the security of electronic systems has, therefore, become a highly vital candidate for research that questions the existing state of security and explores ways and methods to measure and upgrade the security of electronics.

Our vision at the Hardware Security Group of IVHM Centre is to explore challenges in reliability and security of electronics, and present innovative techniques and solutions to detect and mitigate threats in affected systems. In this research, we aim to develop an advanced integrity test solutions for embedded electronics used in vehicles in order to enable verification of the systems and users’ tendency to be honest and trustworthy, assessing the likelihood of performance or behaviour of systems to be dishonest, and identifying whether a potential vehicle module is acceptable from privacy and security perspective.

The Integrated Vehicle Health Management (IVHM) Centre is a major collaborative venture at Cranfield, started in 2008, with funding from the East of England Development Agency (EEDA); a consortium of core industrial partners, (Boeing, BAE Systems, Rolls-Royce, Meggitt, Thales, MOD and Alstom); and from EPSRC. The investment, over the first 5 years of operation, was approaching £10M. We are now in our eighth year of operation and the Centre has grown into other sectors (rail, energy, health and agriculture), and is financially self-sustaining; many of the partners (and others) are funding Applied Research projects and there is a growing revenue from EPSRC, TSB and EU funded work.

The student will have the opportunity to work with experts in the electronics, security, prognostics and condition monitoring fields, as well as being part of our active and dynamic research centre at Cranfield. Journal and conference fees are fully or partially covered, depending upon the case to case basis; and students have opportunity to attend training courses offered by Europractice http://www.europractice.stfc.ac.uk/welcome.html

Funding Notes

Self funded position with the opportunity for up to two years sponsorship from Singapore’s Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*Star)

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