The issues surrounding connected and autonomous vehicles crystalize some of the most advanced and complex technical challenges of the digital transformation. The design of an autonomous object, which is mobile in a human environment, does however appear to be achievable by the next generation of technologies and must incorporate cybersecurity as a key success factor. To pre-empt this trend, Télécom Paris, supported by Fondation Mines-Télécom, has just launched its new academic and research chair for a period of five years, together with Nokia, Renault, Thales, Valeo and Wavestone.
The objective of the “Connected Cars and Cyber Security” (C3S) Chair is to develop international-level training and research programs, in close cooperation with its partners. The chair will be focusing on new cybersecurity issues linked to the emergence of new mobility patterns: is the desired level of autonomy for a vehicle compatible with its regulation via technology? What is the right level of security for a connected car? Can it be completely intrusion-proof? Will it meet the mobility needs of city-dwellers and will it contribute to improving traffic flow and road safety, as well as reducing pollution? Will embedded intelligence be able to detect problems and address them in real time? Can shared data be intercepted without control? What are the legal and societal aspects that need to be taken into account in projects of this nature?
By working very closely with five key business players, Télécom Paris aims to create a unique ecosystem and to the make the C3S Chair a point of reference for research and training in the field of connected and autonomous cars. The Chair is led by two Télécom Paris professors, Houda Labiod, an expert in the field of cybersecurity for smart and cooperative transport systems and Guillaume Duc, a specialist in the security of embedded systems. They will be working together with a multidisciplinary team.
The Chair will focus on five major themes:
- Cybersecurity: risk analysis and dependability
- Protection of data and data flow in real time, cryptography and agility
- Identity management, authentication
- Resilience by design
- Personal data protection and connected vehicles (legal and societal aspects). Regarding this fifth theme, the C3S Chair will be working closely with the IMT “Personal Information Values and Policies” Chair, which Télécom Paris already contributes to.
The C3S Chair is Télécom Paris’s 12th chair to be funded by companies; it is the second chair in IMT and Université Paris-Saclay to deal with cybersecurity.