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Safety and Security of Vehicular Electronic Systems, Spring 2024

Safety and Security of Vehicular Electronic Systems

EEL 5632  
Class Periods: MWF 4:05-4:55pm
Location:   BLK 415 and Zoom
Academic Term:  Spring 2024


  •       Name:  Sandip Ray
  •       Email Address:
  •       Office Phone Number: +1 (352) 392-1605
  •       Office Hours:    Wed 3-4pm Zoom (Link TBD)

Teaching Assistant/Peer Mentor/Supervised Teaching Student:

Please contact through the Canvas website

Name: Dipal Halder
Office Hours:   TBD

Course Description

In this course, we will study architectures of current and emergent automotive systems, and get a sense of the trend as we move towards increasingly connected autonomous vehicles. We are on the verge of the so-called 4th Industrial Revolution, ushering in a world where all things, humans, and processes, and data continuously communicate with one another enabling them to respond smartly to their environment. Autonomous, connected vehicles constitute one of the most crucial and most complex components of this connected ecosystem. Electronics and software play the central role in realizing the functionality and security needs for autonomous cars. We will explore the role of automotive systems in the context of connectivity and analyze some key challenges in making these systems robust, i.e., safe, secure, and reliable, in this context.


The course will bring together concepts from diverse areas of Computer Science and Computer Engineering, including Computer Architecture, Hardware and System Security, Real-time Systems, Machine Learning, Formal methods, Embedded system design, and Computer Networks. You will get an understanding of the cooperation, conflicts, and trade-offs among these largely disparate areas, and how to account for them the design of realistic, safety-critical applications. You will get the opportunity to have hands-on experience in design and analysis of several aspects of robust, autonomous, automotive systems. You should take the course if one of more of the following is applicable to you:

  • You want to understand what enables many of the cool features you like in a modern automobile.
  • You want to understand the challenges (and approaches) to architecting the self-driving cars of the future.
  • You want to understand the safety and security issues in current and emergent vehicles.
  • You want to learn the behind-the-scene technologies involved in hacking a car (and how to mitigate such hacks).

Course Pre-Requisites / Co-Requisites

No specific pre-requisite. However, students are expected to have a general background on Computer Architecture and Digital Systems Design. Students should also have some familiarity with programming in C/C++, debugging, and the Linux operating system.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of the course, students should have a knowledge of the working principles of current and future automotive systems:

  •    Electronics and software responsible for various autonomous functionality of the vehicle
  •    Notions such as functional safety, security, and reliability in current and future cars
  •    Trade-offs and conflicts involved in automotive electronic design
  •    Variety of automotive standards, certifications, and regulations
  •    Current practices in automotive safety and security design
  •    Automotive software challenges

Materials and Supply Fees


Required Textbooks and Software

No textbook.  Relevant research papers and other notes will be provided in class.

Course Contents (Tentative)

  •       Introduction to automotive systems and their evolution
  •       Challenges and characteristics of autonomous automotive systems
  •       Introduction to automotive robustness: safety, security, reliability
  •       Functional Safety: ISO26262 and Its variants
  •       Automotive security: How to hack a car?
  •       Sensors, Position, Timing, and Communication Attacks (and defenses)
  •       Machine Learning in Vehicular Security
  •       Trade-offs between security, safety, privacy, and real-time constraints
  •       Automotive systems and transportation infrastructure: cooperation and conflicts
  •       Challenges in supply chain

Course Plan (Tentative)

Content will be adjusted based on the interest of the class. Students will be encouraaged to bring up new topics for exploration.

Week Content Note
1 Course Overview, Introduction to Vehicular Electronics Systems  
2 Vehicular Electronics: Functional Domains Papers on Vehicular Electronics Selected
3 Introduction to Functional Safety  
4 Paper Presentations on Vehicular Electronics (Students) Papers on Functional Safety Selected
5 Functional Safety Standards: ISO26262  
6 Functional Safety Research Presentations (Students)  
7 Introduction to Vehicular Security Project and Term Paper Topics suggested
8 Elements of Automotive Hacking Papers on Vehicular Security Selected
9 Security of vehicular sensors Project and Term Paper proposals due
10 Connected Vehicle Applications and V2X  
11 Vehicular Security Paper presentations I (Students)  
12 Machine Learning Security for Automotives  
13 Vehicular Security Paper Presentation II (Students)  
14 Transportation and Supply Chain Security  
15 Project Presentations Project reports due on last class day

Attendance Policy, Class Expectations, and Make-Up Policy

  • Attendance is required, but not monitored. Students are responsible for being up-to-date with all information communicated in class.
  • The class is interactive. Feel free to interrupt and ask relevant questions.   However, questions not directly related to the topic under discussion or requiring elaborate answers may be relegated to office hours.
  • Cell phones may not be used as calculators. Cell phones must be turned off at all times including lectures or presentations. lectures.
  • Students are not permitted to sell or distribute notes provided for this class.
  • Excused absences are consistent with university policies in the graduate catalog ( to an external site.) and require appropriate documentation.
  • Students who anticipate the necessity of being absent from class due to the observation of a major religious events must provide notice of the date(s) in writing by the second meeting.
  • All late assignments receive zero credits no matter what the reason. This means students must plan to finish their work before deadline to avoid delays due to “technical difficulties”. Online assignments (on Canvas) will timeout at the deadline and cannot be made up. Canvas gets very busy around common due times, such as midnight; for this reason, all assignments will be due at 4 AM. Emailed assignment will have an arrival timestamp. All emails received after the deadline will be considered late submission.
  • The instructor reserves the right to interpret the class policies if confusions may occur.

Evaluation of Grades

Assignment Percentage of Final Grade
Class Participation 10%
Paper presentation 30%
Presentation review 20%
Term paper/project 40%
TOTAL 100%

Grading Policy

Percent Grade Grade Points
93.0 – 100 A 4.00
90.0 – 92.9 A- 3.67
87.0 – 89.9 B+ 3.33
83.0 – 86.9 B 3.00
80.0 – 82.9 B- 2.67
77.0 – 79.9 C+ 2.33
73.0 – 76.9 C 2.00
70.0 – 72.9 C- 1.67
67.0 – 69.9 D+ 1.33
63.0 – 66.9 D 1.00
60.0 – 62.9 D- 0.67
0 – 59.9 E 0.00

The class is not curved.  If everyone does well, everyone can get an A.

In order to graduate, graduate students must have an overall GPA and a major GPA of 3.0 or better (B or better). Note: A “B-” average is equivalent to a GPA of 2.67, and therefore, it does not satisfy this graduation requirement.

More information on UF grading policy may be found at: to an external site.

Students Requiring Accommodations

Students with disabilities who experience learning barriers and would like to request academic accommodations should connect with the disability Resource Center by visiting to an external site.. It is important for students to share their accommodation letter with their instructor and discuss their access needs, as early as possible in the semester.

Course Evaluation

Students are expected to provide professional and respectful feedback on the quality of instruction in this course by completing course evaluations online via GatorEvals. Guidance on how to give feedback in a professional and respectful manner is available at to an external site.. Students will be notified when the evaluation period opens, and can complete evaluations through the email they receive from GatorEvals, in their Canvas course menu under GatorEvals, or via to an external site.. Summaries of course evaluation results are available to students at to an external site..

In-Class Recording

Students are allowed to record video or audio of class lectures. However, the purposes for which these recordings may be used are strictly controlled. The only allowable purposes are (1) for personal educational use, (2) in connection with a complaint to the university, or (3) as evidence in, or in preparation for, a criminal or civil proceeding. All other purposes are prohibited. Specifically, students may not publish recorded lectures without the written consent of the instructor.

A “class lecture” is an educational presentation intended to inform or teach enrolled students about a particular subject, including any instructor-led discussions that form part of the presentation, and delivered by any instructor hired or appointed by the University, or by a guest instructor, as part of a University of Florida course. A class lecture does not include lab sessions, student presentations, clinical presentations such as patient history, academic exercises involving solely student participation, assessments (quizzes, tests, exams), field trips, private conversations between students in the class or between a student and the faculty or lecturer during a class session.

Publication without permission of the instructor is prohibited. To “publish” means to share, transmit, circulate, distribute, or provide access to a recording, regardless of format or medium, to another person (or persons), including but not limited to another student within the same class section. Additionally, a recording, or transcript of a recording, is considered published if it is posted on or uploaded to, in whole or in part, any media platform, including but not limited to social media, book, magazine, newspaper, leaflet, or third party note/tutoring services. A student who publishes a recording without written consent may be subject to a civil cause of action instituted by a person injured by the publication and/or discipline under UF Regulation 4.040 Student Honor Code and Student Conduct Code.

University Honesty Policy

UF students are bound by The Honor Pledge which states, “We, the members of the University of Florida community, pledge to hold ourselves and our peers to the highest standards of honor and integrity by abiding by the Honor Code. On all work submitted for credit by students at the University of Florida, the following pledge is either required or implied: “On my honor, I have neither given nor received unauthorized aid in doing this assignment.” The Conduct Code ( to an external site. specifies a number of behaviors that are in violation of this code and the possible sanctions.  If you have any questions or concerns, please consult with the instructor or TAs in this class.

Commitment to a Safe and Inclusive Learning Environment

The Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering values broad diversity within our community and is committed to individual and group empowerment, inclusion, and the elimination of discrimination.  It is expected that every person in this class will treat one another with dignity and respect regardless of gender, sexuality, disability, age, socioeconomic status, ethnicity, race, and culture.

If you feel like your performance in class is being impacted by discrimination or harassment of any kind, please contact your instructor or any of the following:

  • Your academic advisor or Graduate Program Coordinator
  • Jennifer Nappo, Director of Human Resources, 352-392-0904,
  • Curtis Taylor, Associate Dean of Student Affairs, 352-392-2177,
  • Toshikazu Nishida, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, 352-392-0943,

Software Use

All faculty, staff, and students of the University are required and expected to obey the laws and legal agreements governing software use.  Failure to do so can lead to monetary damages and/or criminal penalties for the individual violator.  Because such violations are also against University policies and rules, disciplinary action will be taken as appropriate.  We, the members of the University of Florida community, pledge to uphold ourselves and our peers to the highest standards of honesty and integrity.

Student Privacy

There are federal laws protecting your privacy with regards to grades earned in courses and on individual assignments.  For more information, please see: to an external site.

Campus Resources:

Health and Wellness

Covid-19 Protocols:

  • You are expected to wear approved face coverings at all times during class and within buildings even if you are vaccinated. Please continue to follow healthy habits, including best practices like frequent hand washing. Following these practices is our responsibility as Gators.
  • If you are sick, stay home and self-quarantine. Please visit the UF Health Screen, Test & Protect website about next steps, retake the questionnaire and schedule your test for no sooner than 24 hours after your symptoms began. Please call your primary care provider if you are ill and need immediate care or the UF Student Health Care Center at 352-392-1161 (or email to be evaluated for testing and to receive further instructions about returning to campus. UF Health Screen, Test & Protect offers guidance when you are sick, have been exposed to someone who has tested positive or have tested positive yourself. Visit the UF Health Screen, Test & Protect websiteLinks to an external site. for more information.

U Matter, We Care:

Your well-being is important to the University of Florida.  The U Matter, We Care initiative is committed to creating a culture of care on our campus by encouraging members of our community to look out for one another and to reach out for help if a member of our community is in need.  If you or a friend is in distress, please contact so that the U Matter, We Care Team can reach out to the student in distress.  A nighttime and weekend crisis counselor is available by phone at 352-392-1575.  The U Matter, We Care Team can help connect students to the many other helping resources available including, but not limited to, Victim Advocates, Housing staff, and the Counseling and Wellness Center.  Please remember that asking for help is a sign of strength.  In case of emergency, call 9-1-1.

Counseling and Wellness Center: https://counseling.ufl.eduLinks to an external site., and  392-1575; and the University Police Department: 392-1111 or 9-1-1 for emergencies.

Sexual Discrimination, Harassment, Assault, or Violence

If you or a friend has been subjected to sexual discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual assault, or violence contact the Office of Title IX ComplianceLinks to an external site., located at Yon Hall Room 427, 1908 Stadium Road, (352) 273-1094,

Sexual Assault Recovery Services (SARS)

Student Health Care Center, 392-1161.

University Police Department at 392-1111 (or 9-1-1 for emergencies), or to an external site..

Academic Resources

E-learning technical support, 352-392-4357 (select option 2) or e-mail to to an external site..

Career Resource Center, Reitz Union, 392-1601.  Career assistance and counseling; https://career.ufl.eduLinks to an external site..

 Library Support to an external site.. Various ways to receive assistance with respect to using the libraries or finding resources.

 Teaching Center, Broward Hall, 392-2010 or 392-6420. General study skills and tutoring. to an external site..

Writing Studio, 302 Tigert Hall846-1138. Help brainstorming, formatting, and writing papers. to an external site..

 Student Complaints Campus to an external site.;https://care.dso.ufl.eduLinks to an external site..

 On-Line Students Complaints