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Cyber Security Education Club (CSEC) jointly with* COE National Cybersecurity Center & ECE Seminar

When: Monday, April 24, 2023
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Where: > See description for location
Cost: Free
Description: Topic: From Skyjacking to Carjacking: Challenges and Opportunities in Securing Modern Navigation Technologies

Speaker: Dr. Aanjhan Ranganathan, Assistant Professor
Khoury College of Computer Sciences
Northeastern University

Location: Science & Engineering Building (SENG), Room 222

Modern transportation systems rely heavily on accurate positioning and navigation technologies, which have become increasingly vulnerable to security threats. In this talk, we will explore the security challenges associated with secure positioning and navigation in modern vehicles, including the impact of GPS spoofing on unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and the security problems of instrument landing systems used in aviation as one of the primary means of navigation aid for landing. We will also discuss the security problems of automotive radar, where we will show how easily radio frequency radar signals can be manipulated to fake distances and velocities, compromising the safety of the vehicle and passengers. We will see how even with cryptographic primitives, the challenges to securing positioning, navigation, and timing technologies is no trivial task. The talk will aim to highlight the fundamental limits that exist in securing current technologies and a call for designing secure alternatives.

Aanjhan is an Assistant Professor in the Khoury College of Computer Sciences at Northeastern University in Boston, USA. He is also an affiliate faculty in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. His current research revolves around the security and privacy of wireless networks with a strong focus on autonomous cyber-physical systems and smart ecosystems. He has worked on a wide variety of topics including physical-layer security of wireless systems, secure localization and proximity verification, trusted computing architectures, and side-channels. Aanjhan is a recipient of several awards, including the prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER award, which supports his research on building next-generation wide area positioning networks. His work has been funded by various agencies, including the NSF, the Swiss Federal Department of Defense, Civil Protection and Sport (armasuisse), the Office of Naval Research (ONR), and the Army Research Laboratory (ARL). Aanjhan has also received several awards for his research, including the outstanding dissertation award from ETH Zurich, the regional winner of European Space Agency's Satellite Navigation competition, and the Cyber Award from armasuisse (Switzerland's Department of Defense).

The Seminars is open to the public free of charge.

*For further information, please contact Dr. Hong Liu via email at
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