Giulio Meucci is one of winners of EDA Research, Technology, and Innovation Papers Award 2024

We are glad to announce that our researcher, Giulio Meucci, is one of the three winners of the “EDA Research, Technology, and Innovation Papers Award 2024″. This year, the competition focused on innovative technologies, processes, and applications for enhanced future defence capabilities. The three winners were presented with their awards last week at Eurosatory in Paris by EDA Research, Technology and Innovation Director, Nathalie Guichard.

EDA’s award seeks to increase the visibility and impact of tomorrows innovators and aims to promote and support the work of early career researchers by introducing their work to the defence community, stimulate engagement of innovators to widen their access to emerging and potentially disruptive research, and identify areas in which additional investment is needed to address future defence capability needs.

AI-Generated Threats to Maritime Navigation using Deceptive ISAR Images.
The paper explores the vulnerabilities of ship radar systems to cyber-attacks. Specifically, it examines how Generative Adversarial Networks (GANs) can be used to create fake Inverse Synthetic Aperture Radar (ISAR) images that closely resemble real targets.

This technique can manipulate radar data, causing navigational problems such as collisions or delays by presenting false images of ships or objects. The study highlights the significant risks posed by such cyber threats, especially by Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs), which are sophisticated, long-term attacks often backed by state actors.

The research underscores the need for robust cybersecurity measures in maritime operations to counter these potential threats.


Contributing Authors:
Giulio Meucci1,2, Francesco Mancuso1,2, Alessandro Cantelli-Forti1

  1. RaSS National Laboratory, National Inter-University Consortium for Telecommunications (CNIT), Pisa, Italy
  2. Department of Information Engineering, University of Pisa, Italy

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