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The Secure Systems Research Center of the Institute for Technological Innovation partners with Purdue University on a revolutionary UAV security project

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates – ( BUSINESS WIRE ) – Technology Innovation Institute (TII), the applied research pillar of the Advanced Technology Research Council (ATRC), announced today that its Secure Systems Research Center (SSRC) has partnered with Purdue University , a world-renowned US-based public research university. The two entities are collaborating on a sophisticated three-year cybersecurity project to ensure that unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) can be used safely and efficiently in urban operations.

Secure Systems Research Center is one of the initial seven dedicated research centers at TII. The research collaboration with Purdue University, titled "Cybersecurity for UAS Operations in Urban Environments," includes the study of security and resilience in cyber-physical and autonomous systems. The project examines the security challenges that Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) experience in operational environments. These systems and vehicles are vulnerable to sophisticated cyberattacks in terms of communication, navigation, surveillance, and command and control. The result of this research will help other research at the Secure Systems Research Center in the future.

Dr Shreekant (Ticky) Thakkar, Senior Researcher at the Secure Systems Research Center leading the Secure Autonomous Computing work, said: “Our world is becoming increasingly complex. This is evidenced by the increasing number of cyber attacks and surveillance breaches that occur on a daily basis. We must regain control over critical digital systems. We are optimistic that the results of the research at TII's Secure Systems Research Center will allow us to gain an advantage in the fight against these malicious attacks. "

He added: “We are delighted that the Purdue team led by Professor Inseok Hwang of the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics is partnering to make cyber-physical and autonomous systems safe and resistant to malware using their state-of-the-art autonomous drone test facilities. . This will enable the growth of commercial autonomous drones and robots in the UAE and around the world, opening up new opportunities for businesses and making their use safer for everyone. "

A multidisciplinary group of researchers from Purdue University will join forces with the team at TII's Secure Systems Research Center.

The research project comprises four development phases. First, you will perform UAS security modeling and analysis. Second, you will develop algorithms and methodologies for high security autonomy. Third, you will build an experimental environment and work to simulate safe and secure urban UAS operations. Finally, you will test and validate mitigation strategies on a mixed reality test bed at scale.

This three-year project is led by Professor Inseok Hwang as Principal Investigator. Prof. Hwang is assisted on this project by two co-investigators from Purdue University: Prof. James Goppert, visiting assistant professor at the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics and managing director of the Research and Testing Facility at the UAS; and Prof. Dongyan Xu, Samuel D. Conte Professor of Computer Science and Director of CERIAS (Center for Information Security and Assurance Education and Research), Purdue's cybersecurity research and education center.

Professor Hwang will evaluate potential cyber attacks on systems, Professor Xu will conduct resource-efficient encryption, multi-UAS communications and other research from a cyber perspective, while Professor Goppert will test drones in an environment mixed reality special that you will design. and build.

Professor Hwang said: “This landmark project comes at a time of increasing reliance on UAS in various sectors, from security to medicine to logistics and everything in between. We are confident that our partnership will translate into global achievements for the international community and lead to many more research milestones in the years to come. ”

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* Source: AETOSWire

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