Safety and Security of Autonomous Cyber-Physical Systems—Graduate Certificate

Incorporate Cyber-Safety and Security into Automotive Design

The Graduate Certificate in Safety and Security of Autonomous Cyber-Physical Systems provides knowledge of cyber-physical safety and security strategies arising from modern, advanced system control networks and interconnected system complexes. Automotive systems, such as acceleration, braking, steering, stability, speed control, and collision avoidance, are physically integrated with the computers, software, sensors, and actuators that make up an autonomous system. Help fill the need for cybersecurity engineers that have a deep knowledge of embedded control and communications components of physical systems.

Students completing this certificate will demonstrate competencies in the hierarchical design, control, and integration of technologies into cyber-physical components and systems including modern networked and autonomous mobile systems for land, air, and water.

Focus on Autonomous Vehicles, Apply Knowledge to Robots and Manufacturing

While the certificate features autonomous vehicles, the knowledge can be applied to other cyber-physical systems such as robots, manufacturing, and infrastructure. The competencies include threat analysis and vulnerability assessment, risk analysis for cyber-safety issues, systems engineering for safety and security, redundancy, fault-tolerance for modern mobility platforms, and the design and analysis of novel strategies for meeting emerging vehicle and other cyber-physical safety and security threats.

The focus of this certificate is on the physical hardware, the embedded controllers within that hardware, and the systems integration and communications among the subsystems to help ensure safety and security of massive and energetic systems operating autonomously including cars, trucks, military vehicles, ships, robots, manufacturing systems, and infrastructure.


Who qualifies for the program?

The certificate will be available to degree-seeking students enrolled in the Graduate School at Michigan Technological University, as well as non-degree seeking students employed in industry and at federal facilities and laboratories.

The certificate is offered by the Departments of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics and Electrical and Computer Engineering. Students enrolling in this certificate program must have an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or in a closely-related field that is primarily based on physical engineered systems. The certificate will be offered to on-campus students and online students.