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Updated at: Oct 26, 2020

Cyber Security Winter School 2020

Transport as a Service

December 8-12, 2020
Tallinn, ESTONIA

"Whatever moves in and around the smart cities of the future — automotives, planes, trains, ships." 

This year the Winter School will focus on cyber security in the transportation sector. Incidents and attacks in this sector can be widespread, affect large numbers of people and have serious consequences. As a result of technological developments, the sector is moving towards digitalisation and automation - self-driving cars, autonomous ships, drones, etc. Therefore, raising awareness and increasing cooperation and mutual understanding between transportation and cybersecurity experts are particularly important.

The Winter School will bring PhD students, high-profile specialists, researchers, and domain experts into a dialogue about the most urgent security issues in the transportation sector. In addition to inspiring speakers, we will have small group hackathons working with mentors who will tackle pressing problems ranging from strategic/political challenges to technical vulnerabilities.

The Winter School will offer exciting opportunities and create a win-win situation both for students, researchers, and academia as well as for the transport industry and sector practitioners.

Opportunities for the industry

The industry has an opportunity to bring its own topics, scenarios, and technology to the programme. Your company’s employee will act as a sector specific mentor. You can present pressing problems that you have been seeking solutions to in the field of cyber security or test/assess the resilience of your technology. This is also a week-long networking and collaboration option with international high-profile experts from academia and private sector.

Opportunities for students

Through hands-on and close collaboration with industry who will provide an option to work on real-life challenges and most urgent security issues, the participants selected for the Winter School will have an opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding as well as advance their research in the technology and cyber security of transportation sector. Also, a great opportunity to establish new contacts with academia as well as industry that may lead to further collaboration.

Study methods

The programme will include lectures and mentored group work. The concept will be built on multi-track principle and divided between specific topics in the transport domain. Each group will simultaneously be mentored by a cyber security scholar and a sector specific mentor. For example, one group might take apart the TalTech self-driving car and see how to attack V2V & V2X protocols in a future smart-city setting, while another group could look at the impact on the rush-hour traffic in a simulated setting. In the application process we will collect information about the interest area in more general. Later on we will ask the participants selected to the Winter School to sign up in a group which has a specific topic. In the first half of the week we will focus on the offensive and in the second on the defensive measures.

Please bring along your personal laptop. Before the event there may be some pre-reading. Where appropriate, NDAs might be required for certain groups.  


The confirmed speakers and mentors to include:
Kristi Ainen, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia

Hayretdin Bahşi, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia

Ron Brash, Verve Industrial Protection, Canada

Dan Heering, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia

Aykan Inan, Ravensburg-Weingarten University of Applied Sciences, Germany

Toomas Kärner, Telia Eesti, Estonia

Erwin Orye, NATO CCDCOE, Estonia

Raivo Sell, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia

Matthew Sorell, University of Adelaide, Australia


You will receive 3 ECTS credit points and a certificate for completing the Winter School


50 PhD students, researchers, domain experts


In order to apply for the Winter School, please fill in the electronic application form and upload the following two documents.  

  • Motivation letter. In your motivation letter, please briefly write about your background, whether your interest is specifically in a particular area or problem of transportation, or whether your are interested in technical or strategic aspects of cyber security. The letter should be maximum 1 page.
  • Recommendation letter from your supervisor, mentor or superior. The letter should be maximum 1 page.


Important dates 

Application deadline for non-EU applicants 1 September 2020
Application deadline for EU applicants and locals 31 October 2020

The fee includes: the full programme (lectures, working with mentors) and materials of the Winter School, catering during the Winter School three times a day and coffee breaks, transport cards in Tallinn and transport to special events, and social event.

The participants are expected to cover their travel costs to and from Tallinn, as well as expenses for accommodation and visa.

Events and collaboration

The Cyber Security Winter School is organised in conjunction with the 6th Interdisciplinary Cyber Research (ICR) conference to be held in TalTech MEKTORY on 7th of December 2020. 
For more information please visit the conference site

The Cyber Security Winter School 2020 is organised by
Tallinn University of Technology (Estonia) and the University of Tartu (Estonia) in collaboration with Ravensburg-Weingarten University of Applied Sciences (Germany). The Winter School is supported by Estonian Ministry of Education and Research through IT Academy programme.

In Estonia, self-driving vehicles are a reality and in TalTech, research and development for self-driving cars and the smart city environment is here now. The Winter School will be held in collaboration with TalTech Iseauto team, the research group working on the development and implementation of self-driving vehicles and autonomous systems. 

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