Carleton University’s Richard Yu, a professor in the School of Information Technology, has secured funding from the Canadian Safety and Security Program (CSSP),  a federal program led by National Defence’s Science and Technology organization in partnership with Public Safety Canada,  totaling $974,000 over three years for his research on securing new connected and autonomous vehicles.

Interest in connected and autonomous vehicles, which are vehicles that are Internet-enabled and usually have access to a wireless network, has been steadily increasing. Connected and Autonomous vehicles have the potential to enhance transportation efficiency, reducing accidents and traffic congestion.

However, as with most cutting-edge technologies, there comes an associated risk of cyber-attacks. This project aims to identify and analyze the risks and vulnerabilities associated with potential cyber-attacks against connected and autonomous vehicles, and develop advanced security solutions to tackle the threat. This research partnership with Transport Canada and Blackberry QNX, a subsidiary of BlackBerry, will contribute to designing software that will make these vehicles more secure, safe and efficient.


“Carleton has always prioritized innovation and excellence in academic research. This announcement acknowledges this commitment. This project will advance Canada’s expertise in security for connected and autonomous vehicles and will support future growth in this emerging field.”  Carleton President Alastair Summerlee

“Connected and automated vehicles have the potential to improve road safety, reduce congestion, protect the environment and support economic opportunities for Canadian workers and businesses. That is why our government is supporting projects such as this one to prepare Canada to safely and effectively deploy cutting-edge technologies.” Minister of Transport Marc Garneau

“The Government of Canada and the Department of National Defence are proud to support Canada’s innovation industry. Investments in innovative security technology such as this project with Carleton University’s School of Information Technology, directly align with Canada’s new defence policy Strong, Secure, Engaged. The Government of Canada is pleased to support opportunities for government, academia, and industry to work together toward the common goal of ensuring the safety and security of Canadians.” Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan

“We are pleased to support this Carleton University program in their research to help secure connected and autonomous vehicles. BlackBerry QNX has taken a leadership role in the connected and autonomous vehicle software and security space and we look forward to sharing our real-world experience with Carleton University.”  SVP and Head of BlackBerry QNX John Wall

“The research we do here at Carleton on fully autonomous vehicles will lead to the introduction of more efficient active safety features that will improve road safety. Additionally, increasing the automation level in vehicles will extend the number of years of driving for older drivers, assisting with their mobility and social engagement. It will also increase accessibility for all persons.” Carleton Vice President (Research and International) Rafik Goubran

“This funding builds on the strengths of my research on wireless security and enables this important research to look strategically towards the future.” Richard Yu

About CSSP:

The CSSP is a federally funded program to strengthen Canada’s ability to anticipate, prevent/mitigate, prepare for, respond to, and recover from natural disasters, serious accidents, crime and terrorism through the convergence of science and technology with policy, operations and intelligence.

About Carleton Research:

Carleton is a dynamic, interdisciplinary research-intensive institution with a creative international approach to research that has led to many significant discoveries and works in science and engineering, business, public affairs and the arts. Home to many noted award-winning researchers, Carleton is uniquely committed to discovery, knowledge, and understanding of the world around us. Carleton’s location in Ottawa—the nation’s capital allows unique access for our researchers across many disciplines to such places as Canada’s national labs and museums, Library and Archives Canada, federal government departments and of course, Parliament Hill. Through the building of sustainable communities, we foster new ideas to create a more prosperous future for Canada and the world.

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