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Cybersecurity Track
Track Chair: Prashanth Rajivan, University of Washington

Advancements in artificial intelligence are changing how we use and drive automobiles. Although powerful, AI technologies powering autonomous vehicles are vulnerable to cyber-attacks. Even minor adversarial perturbations to input stimuli (e.g., a STOP sign with carefully crafted noise) can result in incorrect recognition, leading to accidents and road traffic injuries. As supervisors of the autonomous agent, human drivers will play an increasingly essential role in preventing and mitigating accidents resulting from cyber-attacks. So, we must continue our mission of advancing the science and practice of designing security controls for people in autonomous transportation systems.


Come join us for a day of informative briefs and panel discussions around cybersecurity challenges in autonomous vehicles. Ongoing research and evaluations will be discussed, and provocations given to a panel of transportation, security, and human factors experts to disentangle. 

Keynote Speaker
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Security and Resilience of Cyber-physical Systems: Lessons, Challenges and Opportunities
WenZhan Song, Ph.D., University of Georgia
Prashanth Rajivan, University of Washington

In cyber-physical systems (CPSs), the main challenges of security and resilience include: (1) Larger attack surface, e.g., suffering from attack vectors from not only the cyber end, but also the physical end and the human end; the number of devices is huge and more accessible to hackers. (2) More diverse attack goals/targets, e.g., attacking safety, real-time, human-in-the-loop, physical-world privacy, etc. (3) Interdependency of cyber and physical space, e.g., some attacks may be unnoticeable in cyber or physical space alone, and data fusion and interdependent analysis are necessary. (4) Resilience and immunization capability is a requirement, not an option. The emerging extensive use of AI in safety-critical CPSs such as autonomous driving systems further exacerbates such security challenges due to the lack of interpretability and formal specifications of the CPS AI components. Such substantial research gaps at CPS, AI, and security fronts call for fundamentally new security design strategies, theories, and principles. Zero-trust solutions need to be created in both IT and OT space without sacrificing efficiency and scalability. 

Dr. WenZhan Song is Georgia Power Mickey A. Brown Professor in Computer Engineering and Founding Director of the Center for Cyber-Physical Systems (CCPS) at the University of Georgia. He is a renowned expert on IoT/CPS networking, data analytics and security and has made significant impacts in health, energy and environment CPS. His research was featured in MIT Technology Review, Network World, Scientific American, New Scientist, National Geographic, etc. His research spans wireless networking, smart sensing and cyber-physical security areas and has a strong tracking record on leading large multidisciplinary research projects from government agencies (NSF, NASA, DOE, DOD, NIH, USDA) and industry.  Dr. Song has received numerous awards from his university and professional society, such as NSF CAREER Award, Outstanding Research Contribution Award, Chancellor Research Excellence Award, Mark Weiser Best Paper Award. He serves as editor, chair or TPC member in premium IEEE conferences (such as IEEE PERCOM, IEEE INFOCOM) and journals (such as IEEE Internet of Things, ACM Transaction on Sensor Networks). Dr. Song holds the faculty courtesy appointment in UGA computer science and statistics department. He received a PhD in computer science from Illinois Institute of Technology in 2005.
Track Program



Opening Remarks

Prashanth Rajivan, University of Washington


Invited Talks on Security Threats to Autonomous Vehicles

Dr. Junjie Shen, META/University of California Irvine; Yulong Cao, University of Michigan; Ziwen Wan, University of California Irvine

Moderated Panel on Cybersecurity and Human Factors in Autonomous Vehicles

Panel Members: Sanchari Das, University of Denver; Erika Miller, Colorado State University; Shannon Roberts, University of Massachusetts-Amherst; Aiping Xiong, Pennsylvania State University
Moderators: Prashanth Rajivan, Robert Gutzwiller, Michael Boyce

Interactive Session 1: Discussion on Emerging Security and Privacy Issues in Transportation
Moderators: Prashanth Rajivan, Robert Gutzwiller, Michael  Boyce

Interactive Session 2: Discussion on Research and Design Methods
Moderators: Prashanth Rajivan, Robert Gutzwiller, Michael  Boyce 

Interactive Session 3: Bringing Ideas Together - Online Card Matching Activity
Moderators: Prashanth Rajivan, Robert Gutzwiller, Michael  Boyce 

Closing Discussion from Track Chairs & Moderators
Moderator: Robert Gutzwiller, Arizona State University

Saturday, October 15th


8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

2:00 PM -3:00 PM

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

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