Robot Integrity and Security

Robotic solutions are becoming an integral part of industry and society - which raises questions of safety, security and vulnerabilities. This project will explore techniques used for detecting and verifying the integrity of robotic systems.
Description of the Project: 

We're on the cusp of a robotics security crisis [1,2,3].  As robotic solutions and system are becoming more common place [3], from under-secured consumer gadgets, networking equipment to medical devices [2], with critical infrastructure sensors and controllers. While some new devices are increasingly equipped with `basic' security protections, these minimum standards are just the beginning [3].  Attackers could leverage software vulnerabilities, authentication credentials or even network misconfigurations, risking people’s freedom, data, safety and even their lives.

The project will investigate and address security and vulnerability challenges within and around robotic technologies. The project will provide details on the means to understand existing and emerging threats to robotic solutions. Moreover, the project will develop possible solutions based upon these findings.  The project will explore implementation solutions that are easily configurable while meeting the standards to adapt to the diverse number of platforms and domains robotic systems reside.

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First Supervisor: 
Heriot-Watt University
First supervisor university: 
Heriot-Watt University
Essential skills and knowledge: 
Software engineering/mathematics, basic security principles

[1] Priyadarshini, I., 2018. Cyber Security Risks in Robotics. In Cyber Security and Threats: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications (pp. 1235-1250). IGI Global.

[2] Roosa, J., 2013. Security Risks of Utilizing Robotics and Medical Devices in the Medical Profession (Doctoral dissertation, Davenport University).

[3] Yang, G.Z., Bellingham, J., Dupont, P.E., Fischer, P., Floridi, L., Full, R., Jacobstein, N., Kumar, V., McNutt, M., Merrifield, R. and Nelson, B.J., 2018. The grand challenges of Science Robotics. Science robotics, 3(14), p.eaar7650.