2016 SAE Battelle CyberAuto Challenge

July 25-29, 2016

Warren, Michigan, USA


The SAE Battelle CyberAuto challenge brings together students and engineers from different backgrounds, industries, and organizations to collaboratively seek new information on automotive cybersecurity. Here's what you'll find at the SAE Battelle CyberAuto Challenge™:
  • High school and college students working with real vehicles and internal computer networks
  • Engineers in uncharted territory, innovating vehicles and changing the face of industry
  • Automotive Industry executives learning new ways to think about vehicle safety
  • Government officials reflecting and acting on new policies and regulations
  • Researchers developing cutting-edge techniques to combat cybersecurity challenges
Find real solutions to cybersecurity challenges and work to forge the next generation cyber-auto engineers.

Who Attends

Vehicle Teams
Team composition is made up of high school and college students, OEM and supplier engineers, government representatives (e.g. Department of Transportation, Department of Defense, and Department of Homeland Security), STEM educators, and security researchers ("white hat" hackers). The typical team composition is:
  • 2-3 Auto Company (OEM) engineer(s)
  • 1-2 Supplier engineer(s)
  • 1 STEM educator
  • 1 Government engineer
  • 1 Academic researcher (or white-hat hacker)
  • 4 College students
  • 4 High-school (HS) students
  • 1 Facilitator
A total of about 16 people make up a team. Each team works together for the entire week on the same vehicle.

Learn more about team roles and expectations

Benefits of Attending

One of the many benefits of the Challenge for students is experiencing real professional teamwork at play. Professionals benefit from the unencumbered thinking of students. Both benefit from mentor-protégé relationships.


The Challenge is a week-long practicum based workshop. It is comprised of a series of classroom lessons and discussions alternating with hands-on work with real cars, real equipment, real communications protocols, and real industry experts including automotive engineers, government engineers, and ethical "white hat" hackers. Teams perform analysis and provide input on current model full-feature cars. Experience three days of practical learning, tours, and hand-on experiments, all culminating in a 24 hour "hack-a-thon" and debrief.

Emergency Procedures During This SAE Event

During this SAE event attendees are to follow the established emergency guidelines of the facility where the emergency occurs. Based on the location of the incident, report emergencies to the nearest venue representative and/or security personnel if available, or report to the SAE operations office onsite.

Should a catastrophic event occur, attendees should follow the safety and security instructions issued by the facility at the time of the event. This includes listening for instructions provided through the public address system and following posted evacuation routes if required.

In case of an emergency, or a major disruption to the schedule of the event, attendees and exhibitors may call the below number to receive updated information on the status of the event. Updates will also be provided via the SAE website at www.sae.org and event mobile app.

SAE Emergency Hotline


  • Battelle
  • MEDC
  • Macomb Community College
  • SAE Foundation
  • SquareOne

OEM & Supplier Team Sponsors
  • Delphi
  • Denso
  • Ford
  • GM
  • Honda

  • Argus
  • Assured Information Security
  • Auto Alliance
  • Continental
  • ESG
  • Intrepid Control
  • Irdeto USA
  • Velocity
  • Merit
  • Security Innovations
  • Oakland County