Seed funding projects
With its seed funding program, the Safety & Security Institute aims to increase the impact of safety & security research and education at TU Delft and to strengthen the position of TU Delft in this field. Each year, usually around fall, a call for proposals from TU Delft researchers is issued. Proposals can be submitted on each of the four central themes of the institute. In 2020 and 2021 more than 250.000 euro was awarded to projects involving researchers from all TU Delft faculties. Below an overview of projects awarded within each of the four themes: (1) uncertainty quantification & vulnerability assessment, (2) safe & secure by design, (3) mitigation of impact and (4) forensics & failure analysis.
Uncertainty quantification & vulnerability assessment
iSafe: Safety Living Lab for Analysing IoT Hardware-Software Vulnerabilities
IoT has great promise to interconnect devices and services towards a better digital future. However, IoT devices (hardware and software) are notoriously vulnerable even to trivial attacks and can be easily compromised. Their resource constraints and heterogeneity also make it impractical to analyse in small/isolated environment. This project, iSafe: Safety Living Lab for Analysing IoT Hardware-Software Vulnerabilities, focuses on building a living lab to investigate IoT safety and security, especially the hardware-software vulnerabilities of IoT. Through iSafe, we will test numerous IoT hw-sw suits and security solutions, conduct data collection, measurements, data learning (ML based), and qualitative studies in live testbeds to evaluate the effects. The insights can be utilized by many stakeholders in IoT ecosystems such as hardware vendors, telecom operators, ICT service designers, safety regulators and policy makers.
The close cooperation of three faculties at TU Delft will ensure the quality of work across science, engineering and design disciplines, especially tightening the connections with Do-IoT and Green Village. In addition, given the fast growth of IoT ecosystems, iSafe will serve as dynamic science hub for TU Delft Safety & Security Institute to gain industrial and societal visibility.
The funding will be used for purchasing tools for the testing kit, grant proposal preparation activities such as networking and consortium building, professional visual and editing support, and temporarily hiring an assistant for developing and integrating educational activities.