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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

At a glance

  • Application deadline12 Dec 2019
  • Award type(s)PhD
  • Start dateAs soon as possible
  • Duration of award3 years
  • EligibilityUK, EU, Rest of World
  • Reference numberSATM0108

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a first or second class UK honours degree or equivalent in a related discipline, such as physics, electronics and electrical engineering. The ideal candidate should have some understanding in the area of simulation, numerical modelling, programming skills and industrial service delivery. The candidate should be self-motivated, have good communication skills for regular interaction with other stakeholders, with an interest for industrial research.

Cranfield Doctoral Network

Research students at Cranfield benefit from being part of a dynamic, focused and professional study environment and all become valued members of the Cranfield Doctoral Network. This network brings together both research students and staff, providing a platform for our researchers to share ideas and collaborate in a multi-disciplinary environment. It aims to encourage an effective and vibrant research culture, founded upon the diversity of activities and knowledge. A tailored programme of seminars and events, alongside our Doctoral Researchers Core Development programme (transferable skills training), provide those studying a research degree with a wealth of social and networking opportunities.

How to apply

For further information please contact:

Dr Mohammad Samie
T: (0) 1234 750111 Ext: 2281

If you are eligible to apply for this research studentship, please complete the online application form.

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