Mohammad Al Faruque

2015 Hellman Fellow

Assistant Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering
UC Irvine

Project Title: Towards Secured Societal-Scale-Cyber-Physical Transportation System

Mohammad Al Faruque is currently with University of California Irvine (UCI), where he is a tenure track assistant professor since October 2012 and directing and the Cyber-Physical Systems lab. Dr. Al Faruque was directing the Emulex Career Development Chair position during October 2012 till June 2015. Before, he was with Siemens Corporate Research and Technology in Princeton, NJ. His current research is focused on system-level design of embedded systems and Cyber-Physical-Systems (CPS) with special interest on model-based design of software-integrated (multi)-physics systems, multi-core systems, real-time scheduling algorithms, etc. for application areas including automotive, additive layer manufacturing, and smartgrid. For his contribution in research, Prof. Al Faruque received 2015 Chancellor’s award for Excellence in Fostering Undergraduate Research, the 2015 DAC Best Paper Award, the 2009 IEEE/ACM William J. McCalla ICCAD Best Paper Award, the 2008 HiPEAC Paper Award, and the 2005 DAC Best Paper Award Nomination. Besides 40+ IEEE/ACM publications in the premier journals and conferences, Prof. Al Faruque holds 3 US patents.

In the scope of Hellman Fellowship, Prof. Al Faruque is going to investigate a new security solution for cyber-physical transportation system. Today, the proliferation of computing and communication technologies have made it possible to build societal-scale cyber-enabled systems that are at the threshold of transforming societal infrastructure for transportation, energy, and healthcare. As an example of future prospective of societal-scale CPS for the coming decades, there is the likelihood of commuting to work and exploring the countryside in autonomous and driverless cars that are capable of communicating with the roads traveled on. These autonomous cars are expected to reduce road injuries and fatalities. As of late, researchers from both academia and industry are taking strides towards achieving this new era of transportation. Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) and Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I) communication, using wireless techniques, will enhance driving safety and efficiency. However, this new paradigm comes with its challenges, e.g. the broadcast nature of the wireless channel makes the communication vulnerable to attackers. Such security threats would not only compromise car information, but would pose significant risk to the health and safety of human lives due to adversary-controlled nature of the attack. Therefore, new types/designs of security solutions are required for automotive communication systems. Prof. Al Faruque and his group are now building methodologies to solve such future threats in transportation system.