Consortium for
Embedded Security

Contact Information

Robert W. Heller, Ph.D.
Program Director
Embedded Systems Security
(210) 522-3824

In the quest to make automobiles safer, more efficient, and more responsive, additional automation and connectivity have been introduced. However, increased automation and connectivity also increases the risk of a malicious attack. A successful attack of an automobile could compromise safety and damage an automaker's reputation. In order to reduce the likelihood and impact of malicious attacks, ACES will research leading-edge technologies that can be applied to reduce the risk of attack.


The mission of the ACES joint industry program (JIP) is to provide pre-competitive and non-competitive research in automotive embedded systems security to protect the safety, reliability, brand image, trade secrets, and client privacy of members' future products.


  • Perform high-risk/high-reward pre-competitive and non-competitive research and development
  • Serve as an independent verification and validation entity
  • Develop understanding of industry problems and associated risk
  • Monitor and share threats and industry research
  • Keep abreast of and provide input for emerging safety and security regulations and standards
  • Provide members with relevant solutions and actionable results

Member Benefits:

  • Interested companies may join the ACES Consortium at any time during the three-year program
  • Annual membership is $90,000
  • Three-year is offered to members
  • One of SwRI’s internal research programs resulted in a tool called autoTread™, which will be shared with Consortium members
  • SwRI will pursue patent applications for technology developed by the ACES program
  • Consortium participants will receive a royalty-free license to use the technology developed by the ACES program

Program Status

Project execution is currently underway.

Year One Project Advisory Committee Meeting – 2015

The first ACES Project Advisory Committee (PAC) Meeting was held on January 27, 2015, in San Antonio, TX. Year one of the program's execution will be completed on December 31, 2015.

Year Two Project Advisory Committee Meeting – 2016

The second ACES Project Advisory Committee (PAC) Meeting will be held at the end of January 2016, in San Antonio, TX. The date is still being finalized with Consortium members.

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Southwest Research Institute® (SwRI®), headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, is a multidisciplinary, independent, nonprofit, applied engineering and physical sciences research and development organization with 9 technical divisions.