Eastern Michigan University GameAbove College of Engineering and Technology to highlight cybersecurity challenges in autonomous vehicles at Motor Bella

Demonstrations introduce attendees to the inner workings and cybersecurity challenges of modern connected vehicles in a rapidly growing industry

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YPSILANTI, MI -- Faculty experts and students from Eastern Michigan University’s GameAbove College of Engineering and Technology will demonstrate the relationship between cybersecurity and connected vehicles on Sept. 21 and 22 at  Motor Bella, an auto-centric event, being held at the M1 Concourse in Pontiac.  

The exhibits will demonstrate how to use tools to inspect and analyze data that goes inside a vehicle, address communication mechanisms, showcase a vehicle simulation platform that mimics parts of a modern vehicle, demonstrate Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X) scenarios, autonomous decision-making; all while focusing on the cybersecurity of these vehicles.

“The GameAbove College of Engineering prepares students for rewarding careers in various fields of engineering and technology,” said Mohamad Qatu, dean of the GameAbove College of Engineering and Technology. “Being exposed to the latest in cybersecurity research and autonomous vehicles help set our students apart, which often lands them in high demand fields with a starting salary at around $70K." 

“I’m trying to introduce students to as many different areas of cybersecurity as possible, from foundational to slightly advanced, so they can ultimately land a job and fill the gap in this industry,” said Tout, who is also involved in on-going research to help advance the profession. 

“Eastern is an active contributor in cybersecurity and the evolution of modern vehicles,” said Tout. “Students can come to Eastern and work on converging types of problems and discover solutions. Our work in this area will hopefully lead to more industry support and collaboration.”

Tout said he hopes that as modern connected vehicles mature and autonomous vehicles are officially launched, these research endeavors will help ensure the security of such vehicles and the safety of their passengers. More importantly, he is certain that EMU students will be major contributors to the security of future vehicles.

For more information on the cybersecurity program at EMU, visit the program’s homepage

About Eastern Michigan University

Founded in 1849, Eastern is the second oldest public university in Michigan. It currently serves more than 16,000 students pursuing undergraduate, graduate, specialist, doctoral and certificate degrees in the arts, sciences and professions. In all, more than 300 majors, minors and concentrations are delivered through the University's Colleges of Arts and Sciences; Business; Education; Engineering and Technology; Health and Human Services; and its graduate school. EMU is regularly recognized by national publications for its excellence, diversity, and commitment to applied education. For more information about Eastern Michigan University, visit the University's website.

September 20, 2021

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