Visit 2: People, Cars and Digital Forensics

The Security and Networking Research Group (SECAN-LAB) at the Interdisciplinary Center for Security, Reliability and Trust (SnT) of the University of Luxembourg addresses both fundamental and applied research activities in computer networking and security. Headed by Prof. Dr. Thomas Engel,its main research activities cover the security issues of the future Internet and address in particular way topics related to trust management for the Internet of things, emerging protocols for space and satellite communications as well as work for the current security threats in the Internet. The team has also expanded its research to look at the impacts such technologies have on people.

About People

The IGNITE team (Interaction Games and Novel Interface Technologies) is part of SECAN-LAB and specialises in human behaviour with IT systems. Since 2012, has been awarded grants and industrial contracts worth around €4 million. Its work includes looking at how gamification and serious games can reduce traffic congestion through to the user interface challenges in the modern car. Other work explores mapping location-based ambient information to improve our understanding of the places we visit. The team’s technology experiences include: test platforms for analysing user behaviour in cars and in augmented reality environments, multi-touch interaction, in-door navigation and novel uses of Internet-right-of way platforms. Some of its larger projects include looking at mixed reality to support police training and human-centred approaches to improve security in European airports.  Within many of its projects the team explores the impacts on privacy and security. The objective is to improve the user-experience and to bring technologies to businesses and their customers.

About Cars

The VehicularLab is part of SECAN-LAB. Its objectives are multiple and go beyond the scope of the traditional Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS). The topics are not limited to the V2V and V2I communication paradigms, but rather cover the entire spectrum of possible applications that will emerge on the short and long-term. The short-term solutions closely rely on the integration of modern smartphones to provide intelligent and multimodal transportation services. Collaborative sensing applications are crucial to improve traffic conditions by reducing congestion and traveling delays. Such a platform will create new opportunities for services such as car-pooling and eco-friendly driving that are especially important for urban eMobility. Further, services such as accurate range prediction and pricing through smart charging boxes are envisioned to improve driving experience and efficiency.

About Digital Forensics

The security and privacy working group that is a part of the SECAN-LAB Research Group will present some insights into several applications of fingerprinting in computer security, namely for attack detection and attack realization. The first part of the talk deals with traffic analysis of encrypted network traces. It is widely believed and accepted that encryption protects the content of communication. The team will show how innocent looking patterns in encrypted communication can be used to deduce information about its content without breaking the encryption. The second part of the talk will show how to perform physical device fingerprinting in order to detect the presence of faked access points (evil twins). The evil twin attack is a severe security problem in popular wireless networks. The team will show several ways how to mitigate this attack by passively observing minuscule inaccuracies of the crystal clock oscillator of access points or by fingerprinting attackers' software.   

Read more:
SECAN-LAB website
IGNITE website 
VehicularLab website