Keynote Speaker 3

Sebastian Fischmeister profile

Dr. Sebastian Fischmeister

Associate Professor, Univ. Waterloo, On
August 8, 2018

Challenges in System Safety and Security of Future Automotive Platforms


For decades, safety was the dominating topic for cyberphysical systems. Safety of a system ensures that in the case of faults, the system is still highly unlikely to cause harm to users, capital infrastructure, or the environment. With the advent of connectivity, security is now becoming an equally important topic as connectivity enables scalable attacks. Unfortunately the complexity of today’s systems prevents engineers from gaining a deep understanding of systems, and consequently, new approaches for safety and security are necessary. 

This talk presents these challenges in the context of automotive systems. The talk discusses automation and autonomy of automotive systems, safety vs. security for connected vehicles, and in general shows the need for merging safety and security research for further advances in electronics, software, and systems for next-generation automated/autonomous systems.


Sebastian Fischmeister is an Associate Professor at the University of Waterloo, leads the Real-time Embedded Software Group, and is appointed as Executive Director at the Waterloo Centre for Automotive Research.

Sebastian Fischmeister performs systems research at the intersection of software technology, distributed systems, and formal methods. His preferred application area is safety-critical embedded real-time systems. Key highlights of his research include a framework for Real-time Ethernet, dynamic binary instrumentation for time-aware systems, and real-time capable runtime monitoring. A variant of his real-time communication framework was used to promote the ASTM F29.21 standard on the Integrated Clinical Environment. Jointly with industry and researchers, he built the APMA Connected Vehicle Technology Demonstrator as well as several CES demos including the Renesas 2017 and 2017 Autonomous Vehicle as well as the DENSO 2018 Driving AI demonstrator. He is now working on data-driven analysis for assessing the safety and security of mission-critical systems. Sebastian is a licensed Canadian Professional Engineer, and active in international standardization through committee memberships in the Standards Council of Canada, the International Electrotechnical Commission, and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.