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Automotive cybersecurity expert joins UMTRI

January 27, 2014

Automotive cybersecurity expert André Weimerskirch joined the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) on January 1, 2014, as an associate research scientist. Weimerskirch is an internationally known expert in the area of vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication security and privacy mechanisms both in the United States and Europe.

Weimerskirch will play a key role at UMTRI as a leader of research in cybersecurity as it relates to critical areas of transportation safety and future mobility systems.

“Transportation cybersecurity is essential for today’s vehicles with an increasing number of wired and wireless interfaces, and it will be even more important for future vehicle technologies such as connected vehicles and automated transportation systems,” said UMTRI director Peter Sweatman. “André will work with UMTRI’s Engineering Systems Group and will establish a security group at UMTRI to perform research to better understand the risks and to develop solutions, and make UMTRI a leader in the area of automotive and transportation security.”

Before joining UMTRI, Weimerskirch cofounded the automotive cybersecurity company ESCRYPT (acquired by Bosch in 2012), where he was in charge of ESCRYPT’s US and Asian operations with offices in the United States, Japan, and Korea. Weimerskirch led ESCRYPT’s work for the Michigan-based Crash Avoidance Metrics Partnership (CAMP) to define and implement a vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication-security strategy that was eventually used for the UMTRI-led Safety Pilot Model Deployment to define the security concept of operation and to establish ESCRYPT’s V2V software security stack.
Weimerskirch holds a PhD from Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany, in applied data security and an MS in computer science from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He is active in all areas of automotive and transportation cybersecurity and privacy, published numerous articles in the area of automotive and embedded cybersecurity, and is cofounder of ESCAR USA, a key U.S. collaboration on embedded security in cars.  

“I am excited to join UMTRI and I believe UMTRI provides the perfect environment for advancing automotive cybersecurity due to its experience and reputation as well as close proximity to Detroit’s car makers,” said Weimerskirch. “I want to support UMTRI in becoming a leader in automotive and transportation cybersecurity and I look forward to exciting projects and collaborations.”