Big Data, Cyber Security, and the Lure of the Open Road


SPEAKER: Dr. Walter Schilling, JR, Professor, MSOE University

5:15pm - 6:00pm - Networking, Food and Beverages
6:00pm - 7:00pm - Big Data, Cyber Security, and the Lure of the Open Road
7:00pm - 8:00pm - Networking

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The automobile of today is complex, with more than 150 million lines of code on board. It is a modern distributed computing system on wheels. It has large scale data aggregation, with between 100 and 200 sensors on board measuring environmental conditions hundreds of times per second. By the year 2020, approximately 22 billion sensors will be used each year in new vehicles. This is the epitome of big data: multiple networked sensors. But this is just the start, as the first fully autonomous vehicles will have more than one billion lines of code on board. These vehicles will be networked. These vehicles will communicate with each other. These vehicles will need to be safe yet reliable. But these vehicles will also be under attack. The future success of these vehicles relies not only on appropriate handling of big data, quality software engineering techniques, but also ensuring that these systems are secure from cyber-attack.

This presentation will provide a brief history of cyber security as it is related to the auto industry, as the auto industry has had cyber security related concerns since the first micros were introduced in the 1970’s. More importantly, it will focus on the more recent concerns, including remote hacking, data collection and falsification, and firmware attacks. But it will also look forward, talking about the risks to autonomous vehicles if the integrity of inter-vehicle networking – and the big data stream between vehicles – is compromised.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Walter Schilling, JR, Professor, MSOE University

Dr. Walter Schilling is a Professor in the Software Engineering program at the Milwaukee School of Engineering in Milwaukee, WI. He received his B.S.E.E from Ohio Northern University and M.S. and Ph.D. from University of Toledo. Prior to his employment with MSOE, he worked for the Ford Motor Company and Visteon Corporation as an Embedded Software Engineer. He has spent time at NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, OH , and consulted for multiple embedded systems companies in the Midwest.