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Autonomous vehicles are not trustworthy without being secured. They permanently sense the environment, communicate with each other and the infrastructure and compute massive amounts of data.

  • They implement more and more interfaces and are increasingly exposed to the external world. Their attack surface enlarges with the growing complexity of SW defined ICT based intelligence.
  • Cybersecurity vulnerabilities and risks persist throughout the lifetime of an autonomous vehicle and must therefore be managed in particular all the time during operation.

The Webinar addresses some of these challenges. It highlights different views, initiatives and priorities from Asia, Europe and America. A panel discussion with the speakers organized as a Q&A session after the presentations identifies commonalities and differences of approaches and solutions.



Axel Deicke
Automotive Consultant


Axel Deicke has worked for over 40 years as an electrical engineer in leading positions of the automotive industry, currently as an independent automotive consultant. Axel was employed at BMW in engineering/project management as well as aftersales engineering for over 30 years, working on programs like BMW's first E/E system integration, building up local E/E content in South Africa, and leading an industrial PC manufacturing factory. Axel studied electrics/electronics at Technical University Munich.

Riccardo Mariani
VP of Industry Safety at NVIDIA

Riccardo Mariani is widely recognized as an expert in functional safety and integrated circuit reliability. In his current role as VP of Industry Safety at NVIDIA, he is responsible for driving safety alignment across NVIDIA’s automotive and embedded business units as industrial, robotics and healthcare. To this end, he is responsible for developing cohesive safety strategies and cross-segment safety processes, architecture, and products that can be leveraged across NVIDIA’s AI-based hardware and software platforms.


Prior to NVIDIA, he was fellow and chief functional safety technologist at Intel Corporation, where he oversaw strategies and technologies for IoT applications that require functional safety, high reliability and performance, such as autonomous driving, transportation and industrial systems.


Mariani is 2020 First VP of IEEE Computer Society, re-elected for 2021 as well. He is also VP for Standardization Activities of the same Society. He chairs the IEEE Special Technical Community on Reliable, Safe, Secure and Time Deterministic Intelligent Systems as also the IEEE P2851 standard on safety analysis and verification. He spent the bulk of his career as CTO of Yogitech, an industry leader in functional safety technologies. Before co-founding the Italian company in 2000, he was technical director at Aurelia Microelettronica, where his responsibilities included leading high-reliability topics in projects with CERN in Geneva.


A prolific author and respected inventor in the functional safety field, Mariani has contributed to multiple industry standards efforts throughout his career, including leading the ISO 26262-11 part specific to semiconductors. He has been awarded by IEEE Computer Society with the Golden Core Member and Spirit of the IEEE Computer Society awards. He has also won the SGS-Thomson Award and the Enrico Denoth Award for his engineering achievements. He holds a bachelor’s degree in electronic engineering and a Ph.D. in microelectronics from the University of Pisa in Italy.

Yanan Zhang
Deputy Director Cyber Security Working Group of China, CATARC


Ms. Yanan Zhang, deputy director of Intelligent Connected Technology Research Department of China Automotive Technology and Research Center - Automotive Data Center, and concurrently serving as the deputy leader of Cybersecurity Working Group of China Intelligent Connected Vehicle Innovation and Development Alliance, and a special review expert of the Cybersecurity Bureau of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology. She is researching on Cybersecurity management system and technology of intelligent connected vehicles. She led the establishing of the first automobile vulnerability database in China, took the lead in formulating 9 domestic Chinese national standards in the field of automobile safety, and represented China in the formulation of international Cybersecurity standards such as ISO/SAE21434 and ISO PAS 5112.

Joachim Taiber

Joachim has been Chief Technology Officer of the International Transportation Innovation Center (ITIC), a special-purpose non-profit organization headquartered in Greenville, South Carolina, USA and affiliated with the South Carolina Technology & Aviation Center (SCTAC), since 2016. He is also an adjunct professor at the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR).


Previously he worked as principal investigator of the Connected Vehicle Testbed Initiative, a joint ITIC/CU-ICAR research program sponsored by SCTAC, and was founder and director of the Advanced Vehicle-Infrastructure Technology Institute at CU-ICAR in Greenville, South Carolina, USA.


He was also a research professor at the Clemson University College of Engineering and Sciences with a primary appointment at the Department of Automotive Engineering, a secondary appointment at the Holcombe Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, and a tertiary appointment at the School of Computing. Joachim was program director of a major joint economic development initiative between CU-ICAR and the South SC-TAC to redevelop a 650-acre airport site into an advanced mobility research, test. and experience center.


Joachim also worked for BMW in various capacities in the US and Germany, including general manager of Information Technology Research Office at BMW Information Technology Research Center (ITRC), as well as at a Swiss startup.


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