The TAS Security Node’s research is centred around a seamless collaboration between fundamental cross-disciplinary security research and autonomous systems research at Lancaster and Cranfield Universities. To accomplish this vision, TAS-S utilizes interlinked cross disciplinary Research Strands (RS) to address 3 core challenge areas in autonomous system (AS) security:

RS1: Can we secure the AS “Usage” environment? Lead: N. Suri
To establish the fundamental AS “usage” framework for providing and assessing multi-layered, multi- dimensional adaptive AS security in dynamic mixed mode environments.


RS2: Can we secure the AS “Operations” environment? Lead: W. Guo
To ascertain exposure (and their consequent mitigation) of AS “operations” to cyber-physical attacks by characterizing the attack surfaces (i.e., entry points and likelihoods) across the mission, control and information surfaces in a technology and mission-invariant manner.


RS3:  Can we secure the AS “User” environment?  Lead:  C. May-Chahal
To ascertain the overall AS threats across multiple attacks, or approach tackles three interdependent AS surfaces (mission, control and communication) while the security foundations of RS1 and the human behaviour from RS3 are used to create holistic mitigation strategies.

Further information about each of the TAS-S Research Strands can be found in the project slide decks.