Dr Christian Wullems
This person does not currently hold a position at QUT.
- Network security, authentication and access control systems
- Global Navigation Satellite Systems, security and anti-spoofing techniques
- Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS)
- Pervasive computing
- Rail / road safety
Pending Patents (Italian)
- Italian Patent VI2008A000277. Method and Apparatus for Access Control and Encryption of Data Based on Position Using Global Navigation Satellite Systems (Metodo ed Apparato per il Controllo d’Accesso e Cifratura di Dati Basati sulla Posizione Usando Sistemi di Navigazione Satellitare Globali), November 2008
- Italian Patent VI2009A000009. Method and Apparatus for the Generation of a One-time Password Based on Position Using Global Navigation Satellite Systems (Metodo ed Apparato per la Generazione di Password ad uso Singolo (One-time Password) legate alla Posizione Usando Sistemi di Navigazione Satellitare Globali), January 2009
- Italian Patent VI2010A000345. Method and Apparatus for Authentication and Detection of Spoofing for GPS C/A and Galileo E1-B Safety of Life Signals (Metodo ed apparato per l’autenticazione e rilevazione dello spoofing del segnale GPS C/A e Galileo E1-B Safety of Life), December 2010
Public Health and Health Services, Transportation and Freight Services
Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008
- Doctor of Philosophy (Queensland University of Technology)
Professional memberships and associations
Member of the Australian Computer Society (ACS)
Member of International Global Navigation Satellite Systems Society (IGNSS)
2004-2010 Technical Director of Qascom S.r.l., Bassano del Grappa, Italy
2009-2010 Technical management and participation in European FP7 TIGER (Trusted Innovative GNSS rEceiveR) project.
2009-2010 Worked on the IMSK (Integrated Mobile Security Kit) project in identifying security vulnerabilities and interfacing issues of heterogeneous networks and in specifying security requirements for wireless communications for the functional specification for the IMSK communication network.
2008-2010 Preparation of European collaborative research proposals (FP6/FP7). Qascom was successful in obtaining funding for two FP7 projects (TIGER and PUMA) as coordinator and one FP6 (IMSK) as a consortium participant.
2006-2009 Worked on industrial R&D projects including:
- a mobile environmental pipeline monitoring solution with integrated GPS and GIS database for Saipem S.p.A;
- the development of secure tracking and communications apparatus for emergency response with multi-modal (GSM/Satcom) encrypted communications for Thales Alenia Space S.p.A; and
- the development of an advanced communication and monitoring prototype for tracking of position and industrial sensor data with end-to-end encryption and reliable communications (point-to-point satellite communications) for Snamprogetti S.p.A.
European FP6 / FP7 Projects:
The TIGER project was focused on the development of a highly innovative receiver security platform for current and future Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS). The project involved the development of signal authenticity and quality validation methods that allow the platform to provide location-based access control and position attestation services to security applications. This project was coordinated by Qascom and executed in collaboration with the University of Cambridge, UK; Politecnico di Torino, Italy; and Acorde S.A. of Santander, Spain. My contribution was in the development of the project idea, writing of the project proposal, technical management and execution of project tasks.
The Integrated Mobile Security Kit (IMSK) project addresses the “Security of Citizens” area of the 7th Framework Program Call focusing on security of events gathering large numbers of people and new threats of terrorism and criminal activities (such as suicide bombers, improvised explosive devices, increasingly credible chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear threats). The project involves the development of new mobile and adaptable systems that can provide solutions for an increased probability of rapid detection and response to threats as well as facilitating cooperation between different stakeholders. It is anticipated that the kit will use emerging innovative technologies in fields such as sensors, data fusion, biometric algorithms and communications in order to improve security. The project is coordinated by Saab A.B., Sweden and Qascom is involved in the communication technologies and security architecture definition parts of the project. My contribution was in the project proposal preparation and the execution of project tasks.
The PUMA project is focused on the development of a Dead-Reckoning (DR) system for spoofing detection. A custom DR system is required as implementations found in commercial-off-the-shelf receivers do not take into consideration spoofing, and as such give a stronger weighting to the GNSS navigation data. The DR system that will be implemented will facilitate spoofing detection through the comparison and evaluation of GNSS observations and DR derived trajectories. Additional signal checks are performed to identify integrity issues of GNSS signals. Such anti-spoofing techniques represent a high level of innovation, facilitating effective spoofing mitigation for low-cost mass-market road applications without the need for cryptographic signal authentication. Qascom is the coordinator and the project will be executed in collaboration with the University of the Federal Armed Forces of Munich, Germany and Automex of Gdańsk, Poland. My contribution was in development of the project idea and writing of the project proposal.