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Thesis Work Vehicle Cybersecurity - GNSS Spoofing

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GNSS Spoofing/Jamming Attack Detection


GNSS is a core component of modern Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems (ADAS) and autonomous navigation systems. However, all GNSS systems in civil and military applications are vulnerable to GNSS spoofing and jamming attacks. For instance, an adversary may launch a GNSS spoofing attack on a vehicle that is in autopilot mode, to cause the vehicle to maneuver off its original route and head toward the spoofed location. The potential safety impact of such attacks on vehicles can be quite devastating. Therefore, a cyber resilient vehicle must be able to detect and mitigate GNSS spoofing and jamming attacks.



The aim of this thesis is to implement a software-based solution for GNSS spoofing/Jamming attack detection which detects anomalies in the GPS coordinates of the vehicle. The students are expected to perform a literature review on the state-of-the-art GNSS attack detection methods, as well as implementing and evaluating their solution on a realistic automotive environment.

We are looking for students who are interested in computer and network security and have knowledge in embedded security, wireless communication, control systems or anomaly detection systems.

This Master thesis should answer the following key questions:

a) What are the automotive requirements for a GNSS spoofing/jamming attack detection solution?

b) What GNSS attack detection methods are proposed in the literature?

c) Is it possible to use redundant data sources for verifying the reference time and location obtained from the GPS signal? What are the challenges?

d) Which of these methods fulfill the identified automotive requirements and are applicable for automotive environments?

e) How accurate is the implemented detection technique?

f) How practical and efficient is the proposed detection technique and what are the deployment challenges?

The work in this thesis will be carried out as a collaboration between Volvo Cars and D&IT at Chalmers. After a successful thesis project, students will gain experience in the field of automotive cybersecurity and anomaly detection systems. This thesis work requires interaction with a team of engineers from Volvo Cars which will provide the students an opportunity to gain insight into how research is conducted in the automotive industry.



Background & Requirements


One or two MSc.students(s) in their final year with background in Computer Science or similiar areas.

Knowledge in cybersecurity, wireless communication or control systems

English language fluency, written and spoken




Tomas Olovsson Dept. of Computer Science and Engineering(

Nasser Nowdehi, Volvo Cars(


We want your application at the latest 2019-11-15

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Job requisition ID:  27373

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