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MTH 405/505: Cryptosystems in automotive industry

Fall 2015

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MTH 405/505
  Special Topics: Cryptosystems in automotive industry
                        (4 credits)
Instructor         Dr. Shaska

Room:             372 SFH
Time:               T,R:  7:30-9:17
Office hours:   TBA

Prerequisites: MTH 254, MTH 275 or permission of instructor
Some basic programing in Python will be used.  The basics will be introduced in class. 

Description:  As information technologies are increasingly deployed in modern vehicles  automotive cybersecurity issues have emerged. In this course we cover some of the basic crypto-systems already in use in the automotive industry and their limitations, including threats posed by denial-of-service (DoS) attacks and external connectivity vulnerabilities. 

This course is designed primarily for engineers, computer scientists, and mathematicians who work in the automotive industry. Both advanced undergraduates and graduate students are welcome. 


The course will consist of two parts
  • Mathematical background in cryptography
    • Public Key Cryptography
    • Elliptic Curves for non-mathematicians
    • Elliptic Curve Cryptography
    • Suitable Elliptic Curves
    • Implementing ECC
  • Automotive security
    • Basics of automotive security
    • Standards and Specifications
    • Security mechanisms
    • Crypto algorithms
    • Authentification
    • Security
    • Current and Future Security Implementations
    • Runtime Assurance
    • Architectural Assurance
    • Supply Chain
    • Hacking your car
    • Will the industry listen to us?
    • Future systems


You will do one project during the semester.  I will provide recent papers and materials so you can choose the topic of your project.  

Speakers from Industry

There will be several speakers from the automotive industry who will come and talk to the class during the semester.

Visiting Automotive Companies  

There will be a visit to one of the following:
  • Chrysler Museum
  • Ford Research Center  


A T-shirt will be designed during the course and given to all the students at the end of the semester.  

  • Lectures to be provided in class


If you are not sure if you want to take this course then you can contact me 

Department of Mathematics
Oakland University
368 SEB
2200 N. Squirrel Road, Rochester, Michigan 48309-4401

Phone: 248-370-3436
Email: shaska AT oakland.edu
Tony Shaska,
Jun 20, 2015, 9:26 AM