Technical Session

Vehicle Electronics & Architecture (VEA) and CYBER

As technologies evolve rapidly in today’s world, so does the need for advanced data infrastructure, electrical power, and cyber protection in our modern Military ground vehicles. With these technologies, threats can take over a vehicle in an instance, not only risking the mission, but our warfighters safety and security in danger. Our warfighters need the integration of modern technologies to ensure their success. Vehicle Electronics and Architecture (VEA) uses the latest techniques in platform integration, along with the latest hardware available, to give our warfighters the advantages they need on the battlefield. Cyber Engineering's vision is to identify cyber vulnerabilities and adaptively secure Joint Services ground vehicles, watercraft, and support systems in the multi-domain battlespace. Cyber Engineering is focused on developing innovative technological solutions to ensure cyber resiliency of new and existing legacy systems, defending warfighters against emerging cyber threats, and mitigating threats in the supply chain.

The VEA & Cyber Technical Session addresses these ongoing issues with research in: vehicle electronics; Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Cyber, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C5ISR) systems; cyber security, emerging trends in vehicle system architecture design, system integration and testing; and platform standards and applications. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Vehicular Integration for C5ISR/EW Interoperability (VICTORY)
  • Platform integration for electronics, sensors, and C5ISR
  • Common operating environments, middleware, and virtualization Real-time operating systems, mission and safety critical systems
  • Electrical power management
  • Open systems architectures
  • Vehicle networking architectures and technologies
  • Electromagnetic Environmental Effects (E3) and Platform Integration
  • Processor technology, single board computers,
  • Embedded graphics processing boards
  • Computer standards and form factors
  • Electronics thermal management
  • Multi-seat: one processor two command stations
  • Silicon Carbide (SiC) and/or Gallium Nitride (GaN) based power electronics for military application
  • High voltage (600VDC) & high temperature (105C) power conversion and distribution. Connector standards for 600 VDC and low-cost electrical connectors for high and low voltage (28VDC).
  • Intra-System Electromagnetic Compatibility and Power Electronics
  • Ground vehicle electrical power quality and safety
  • Slip ring for 600VDC and high data bandwidth w/ liquid cooling
  • Energy Weapon Integration on Military Ground Vehicles
  • Vehicle cyber-resiliency
  • Vehicle databus security
  • Holistic vehicle cyber situational awareness
  • Vehicle cyber security threat modeling and analytical tools
  • Cross-domain guards
  • Hardware assurance methodologies for platform security
  • Cyber security modeling and simulation tools
  • Vehicle authentication and authorization
  • Cyber security metrics development
  • Penetration testing tools and techniques
  • Advanced Cyber-Defensive Technologies (e.g. Quantum Computing, Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence)
  • Software Assurance