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Master Thesis: Security using telecom networks in an Autonomous Vehicle Ecosystem

Job Description

Date: Oct 18, 2019

Do you want to do your thesis with us in Göteborg?

Would you like the chance to do your thesis together with one of the world’s leading technology companies? We are on a quest to enable communication for everyone and everything and we believe that we do that by being as innovative as possible. If you want to help us to be even more innovative – then you are on the right track!


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Autonomous vehicles today rely only on the local sensors on the cars to detect objects around them including pedestrians. There are ongoing discussions and research into using additional external sources of data to improve the cars view of the surroundings. This is to prevent endangering the pedestrians in case of poor visibility due to bad weather, obstacles, etc.


One suggested data source is the telecom network - among other things, the telecom network can potentially share anonymized user location data with the connected cars. One challenge that comes with adding such data sources is security. 



The overall goal of the master thesis is to investigate the value of using telecom networks to secure the Autonomous Vehicle Ecosystem. 



In the master thesis you will to investigate and analyse methods for ensuring that the data in the eco system is reliable and protected from 'hacked' data sources. Ex. Spoofed pedestrian/car locations being shared with the connected cars making them believe there are pedestrians/other vehicles in its way, etc. The thesis includes building a quick prototype that helps show case the networks role to secure the autonomous vehicle eco system using location based data.



Suitable for 2 students, with the following qualification:

  • Master in IT / Data related area, such as Computer Science, Computer Systems and Networks, Communication Engineering or Telecommunication is preferred.
  • Competence/Interest in IT security
  • Programming skills, any of Python, Java, C, C++
  • Ability to work with large data sets for data extraction, filtering and manipulation
  • Competence in data bases (SQL, NoSQL…)
  • Knowledge of mobile communication protocols / network is good but not a must
  • Good knowledge in English, oral and written 



If you feel interested, please send in your application as soon as possible. The start date can be adjusted to both your and the business needs – the intention is to start in January/February 2020.

While applying please attach your updated CV, current grades and cover letter written in English into one document (under CV field in the application tool) and clearly define your technical knowledge.


For questions regarding the thesis, please contact Annapurna Chunduri (Supervisor) at or Elzbieta Penpeska (Recruiter) at


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Primary country and city: Sweden (SE) || || Göteborg || Stud&YP

Req ID: 303246