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With 11,500 employees worldwide, AVL is the world's largest independent company for the development, simulation and testing of powertrain systems (hybrid, combustion engine, transmission, electric drive, batteries, fuel cell and control technology) for passenger cars, commercial vehicles, construction, large engines and their integration into the vehicle. Connected vehicles are the driving force of many mobility innovations for improved efficiency, comfort and safety. The communication between modern vehicles and other systems like Vehicle to Vehicle (V2V), Vehicle to Road (V2R), Vehicle to Infrastructure (V2I) and Vehicle to the Internet / Cloud / Backend Infrastructures exposes them to different new and additional attack vectors. To understand and to gain knowhow about how typical attackers work is a key element for building secure vehicles design and architecture.


  • Analyze and identify typical attack vectors that connected cars are exposed to, especially in connection with the Internet (e.g. through the infotainment system)
  • Define a typical basic vehicle architecture that can be implemented as a honeypot / real world model
  • Define an observation concept that enables the analysis of real-world attacks on the honeypot.
  • Implement the honeypot (physical and/or virtual/simulated)
  • Connect the honeypot to the internet and observe ongoing attacks

Fields of study

  • Informatics/Computer Science
  • IT/Information Security


  • Experiences in embedded systems
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills
  • Strong programming skill in Python, C
  • Knowledge in automotive security a plus

Remuneration: The successful completion of the thesis is remunerated with a one-time fee of EUR 2,600 before tax.

​​​​According to the Austrian Employment of Foreign Nationals Act it is unfortunately not possible to assign graduate work to third-country citizens (Non-EU citizens) who study at a university abroad.


Thomas Schober
Lead Engineer Cyber Security / DSF
Tel.: +43 664 6109826