Security for IoT and Automotive Systems

Group Leader: Dr.-Ing. Mohammad Hamad

Researchers: Andreas Finkenzeller Andrew James Roberts (A visiting PhD student from TTU)

Research Directions

The Internet of Things (IoT) has revolutionized the way we live, becoming an integral part of our daily lives. IoT technology allows devices, appliances, and machines to communicate and work seamlessly, bringing convenience and efficiency to our lives. Among the most prominent examples of IoT systems is the connected and autonomous vehicle.  Smart vehicles are/will be  equipped with advanced sensors, communication technologies, and artificial intelligence, which allow them to communicate with other vehicles, road infrastructure, and pedestrians. Such technologies aim to reduce congestion and pollution by making commutes safer, more efficient, and environmentally friendly. 

However, most of the IoT systems are vulnerable to many cyber attacks, making it essential to ensure their security, particularly for safety-critical systems (such as smart vehicles) that could result in severe consequences if attacked. To address this issue, our research group focuses on innovating and developing solutions that provide intrusion prevention, detection, and response capabilities for these systems. The solutions are designed to consider the unique resources and real-time constraints, as well as the distributed and autonomous nature of these systems.



  1. CyberSecDome, EU H2020 [2023 - 2026]
  2. CyberCTF, Funded by the German French Academy (GFA) [2023-2024]


  1. nIoVe, EU H2020 [2019- 2022]



Simutack: An Attack Simulation Framework for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles

Related Publications


  • Andreas Finkenzeller, Anshu Mathur, Jan Lauinger, Mohammad Hamad, and Sebastian Steinhorst. “Simutack - An Attack Simulation Framework for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles”. In: The 2023 IEEE 97th Vehicular Technology Conference: VTC2023-Spring. Accepted. Florence, Italy, 2023.
  • Borna Blazevic, Sebastian Steinhorst. "TEEVseL4: Trusted Execution Environment for Virtualized seL4-based Systems". In: IEEE International Conference on Embedded and Real-Time Computing Systems and Applications (RTCSA 2023). Niigata, Japan, pp. 10


  • Mohammad Hamad, Andreas Finkenzeller, Hangmao Liu, Jan Lauinger, Vassilis Prevelakis, Sebastian Steinhorst. "SEEMQTT: Secure End-to-End MQTT-Based Communication for Mobile IoT Systems Using Secret Sharing and Trust Delegation". In: IEEE Internet of Things Journal, , pp. 1-1. DOI: 10.1109/JIOT.2022.3221857
  • Jan Lauinger, Mohammad Hamad, Sebastian Steinhorst. "Toward a Multi-Layer Intrusion Response System for Connected Vehicles". In: The 2022 IEEE 96th Vehicular Technology Conference: VTC2022-Fall (VTC2022-Fall). London, UK, pp. 2. DOI: 10.1109/VTC2022-Fall57202.2022.10012711 
  • Andreas Finkenzeller, Thomas Wakim, Mohammad Hamad, Sebastian Steinhorst. "Feasible Time Delay Attacks Against the Precision Time Protocol". In: IEEE Global Communications Conference (GLOBECOM 2022) . Rio de Janeiro, Brazil , pp. 6. DOI: 10.1109/GLOBECOM48099.2022.10001666M
  • Jan Lauinger, Andreas Finkenzeller, Henrik Lautebach, Mohammad Hamad, Sebastian Steinhorst. "Attack Data Generation Framework for Autonomous Vehicle Sensors". In: Proceedings of the Conference on Design, Automation and Test in Europe (DATE 2022) . Antwerp, Belgium, pp. 4. DOI: 10.23919/DATE54114.2022.9774542


  • Lea Schönberger, Mohammad Hamad, Javier Velasquez Gomez, Sebastian Steinhorst, Selma Saidi. "Towards an Increased Detection Sensitivity of Time-Delay Attacks on Precision Time Protocol". In: IEEE Access, , pp. 1-1. DOI: 10.1109/ACCESS.2021.3127852
  • Mohammad Hamad, Emanuel Regnath, Jan Lauinger, Vassilis Prevelakis, Sebastian Steinhorst. "SPPS: Secure Policy-based Publish/Subscribe System for V2C Communication". In: Proceedings of the Conference on Design, Automation and Test in Europe (DATE 2021). Grenoble, France.