Breakout #19

Breakout Session #19

Cyber Security and Resilience Challenges and Opportunities for Self-Driving Vehicles

Wednesday, July 20

Room- Union Square 23 & 24


  • Edward Fok, US Department of Transportation/FHWA
  • Andre Weimerskirch, University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute
  • Alan Chachich, Breakthrough NPD, US Department of Transportation/Volpe Center
  • Reinhard Pfliegl, Austrian Association for Advanced Propulsion and Automated Driving
  • Chuck Price, Peloton Technology, Inc.


To be safe self-driving vehicles must be must be resilient to cybersecurity threats. How to secure vehicles and build in resiliency is a rapidly growing research area. Recently publicized cyberattacks on modern non-automated vehicles have heightened the urgency for developing technology that will allow partially and fully automated vehicles to become a reality that improves both the safety and efficacy of road transportation.

This session will focus on three primary questions:

  1. What are the security/safety/resilience goals of self-driving vehicles?
  2. What challenges and opportunities does the automotive kill chain present for self-driving vehicles?
  3. What are the challenges and opportunities in an Integrated Automated Transportation Network?

The scope of this workshop is technical and the target audience includes researchers and developers of self-driving vehicle technology, as well as governmental agencies that need to prepare for this new technology.

Goals of Session and Planned Outputs

This workshop will assess current research to find areas of consensus and controversy pointing to the need for further research or interfacing with other efforts. One possible outcome is to develop research needs statements for TRB 2017.

Format and Structure of the Session

This will be a half-day session organized into 4 phases. First, an introductory presentation of goals and objectives of the session followed by technical presentations. Third will be an open moderated discussion with a pivot to rotating small groups if the volume of attendees permits. We will finish with a summary of session outcomes highlighting

  1. Opportunities, what works and what can be new resources and
  2. Gaps (possibly leading to research topics)
13:30-13:40 Welcome and introduction Edward Fok – USDOT/FHWA
13:40-13:55 Presentation: TBD TBD
13:55-14:10 Discussion
14:10-14:25 Presentation: TBD TBD
14:25-14:40 Discussion
14:40-14:50 BREAK
14:50-15:05 Presentation: TBD TBD
15:05-15:20 Discussion
15:20-15:35 Presentation TBD TBD
15:35-15:50 Discussion
15:50-16:00 BREAK
16:00-16:15 Presentation: TBD TBD
16:15-16:30 Discussion
16:30-17:10 Open Discussion
17:10-17:30 Summary of Session Outcomes

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Dr. Ryan Gerdes – Utah State University
  • Brian Russell – Chief Engineer, Cyber Security Solutions, Leidos
  • Kenneth Perrine – University of Texas at Austin
  • Tim Leinmueller – Denso International Europe

Check online for updates about additional speakers and speaker order

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