Live Forensics for Drones

Topic Description

Drones are getting popular, with many possible use cases. A new UK law has been passed to regulate them in March 2018. To enforce such a law, we need a "Security by Design" solution to help experts investigate the incidents involving drones, so that the findings are admissible to the court as evidence.

Considering the problem is practical, and we have a number of drones in the lab, can one think of novel ways to escape from the law enforcement, or the opposite? Such due diligence is needed when you want to have your technical solution stand the test of time.

In the field of aviation safety and security, argumentation based on evidence has been widely adopted. This research project would be quite closely related to the topic we teach in the postgraduate module Digital Forensics (M812) and the pathway to Information Security (M811).

Skills Required:

The most important skills are those of scientific curiosity and engineering rigour. Specific skills are in the technical domains of Internet of Things, e.g. drones or autonomous vehicles; as well as time series and location data analytics. Having background in aviation industry would be desirable.

Background Reading:

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