Alice M. Agogino (PI) with Co-PI Euiyoung Kim have recently won a new grant from the Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity to study cybersecurity with new mobility opportunities. The title of the grant is: Design of Secure Future Mobility Solutions.

The goal of this research is to gain knowledge about cybersecurity vulnerabilities in emerging mobility technologies, such as autonomous vehicles, onboard sensors, monitoring systems, and customizable and shared car services. These new mobility solutions have the potential of reducing cost, time, and resources (such as maintenance cost, insurance, parking, etc.) and provide home-like travel environments that may contain as much personal data as is available in the home, but with potentially easier accessibility through sharing the physical space and services with strangers. Proposed future mobility solutions have focused on technological advances without adequate consideration of any potential cybersecurity risks to users.

In our proposed research, we will examine the vulnerability of these new technologies when combined with data breaches and intelligent data mining malware. To do so, we will work with an alliance of autonomous vehicle manufacturers to conduct mixed research methods from i) an experiment in a real size vehicle to gain the knowledge on what kinds of sensitive user data can be carelessly collected by connected sensors and vehicles, ii) observations and interviews to collect users’ perception on the experience, and iii) expert interviews with professionals in automotive industry to understand their awareness of the cybersecurity in future mobility solutions.

We will use the results of this new research and build on our prior work in educating the next generation of cyber-talented designers through cybersecurity curricula and design guidelines. We will continue to work with transportation manufacturers to promote cybersecurity concerns in their concept development of new mobility solutions.

PI: Alice M. Agogino is the Roscoe and Elizabeth Hughes Professor of Mechanical Engineering and is affiliated faculty at the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley.  She has served in a number of administrative positions including Chair of the UC Berkeley Division of the Academic Senate, Associate Dean of Engineering, Director of the Instructional Technology Program and Chair of the Graduate Group in Development Engineering. She currently serves as Education Director of the Blum Center for Developing Economies. She directs research in the BEST (Berkeley [Energy and Sustainability Technologies/ Expert Systems Technologies/ Emergent Space Tensegrities]) Lab and the Product Design MEng program. She co-directs the Berkeley Institute of Design, the Human-Centered Design course threads, and the Engineering and Business for Sustainability graduate certificate program.  Agogino has authored over 300 peer-reviewed publications, is a member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) and has won numerous teaching, mentoring, best paper and research awards. She has supervised 55 PhD dissertations and 194 MS theses/reports.

Co-PI:  Dr. Euiyoung Kim is a post-doctoral design fellow at the Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation and a lecturer in the Mechanical Engineering department at the University of California, Berkeley. He received his PhD degree in the department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley focusing on Design Theory & Methods and New Product Development, Summer 2016. He was granted a Master’s degree from EDI (Engineering Design Innovation) program at Northwestern University in 2011. Prior to moving to the United States, he worked as a product planning manager in strategic marketing team for IT solutions business, Samsung Electronics from 2006 to 2012. His research interests involve design roadmapping, human-centric research and multi-disciplinary studies that integrate different academic research fields such as product management, design and engineering. He received an ASME Best Paper Award (2016) and two ICED Best Paper Awards (2013 and 2015), and is a fellow of 2015 SIPFF (Summer Institute for Preparing Future Faculty), UC Berkeley. He is a member of ASME, IDSA, and the Design Society.

Time Period: January 1 – December 31, 2019

Funding Source: Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity



Featured Image: Securing the future of mobility: Addressing cyber risk in self-driving cars and beyond”, Leon Nash, Greg Boehmer, Mark Wireman, Allen Hillaker, Deloitte Insights, April 4, 2017.