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Yunxuan Li


Applications of Parallel and Distributed Systems


Universitätsstraße 38
70569 Stuttgart
Room: 2.356

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The digital revolution has led to significant technological advancements in the automotive industry, enabling vehicles to process and share information with other vehicles and the cloud. These data can be beneficial for achieving autonomous driving or creating safer road environments. However, they contain a significant amount of sensitive information that can be used to identify the underlying vehicle or construct a detailed profile of the driver. Thus, privacy concerns and issues are vital aspects of connected vehicle environments (CVEs).

Despite the drivers' desire to protect their sensitive data, their general demand is to continue utilizing as many connected vehicle-enabled applications (such as navigation or fatigue detection) as possible. Thus, a challenge of preserving privacy in CVEs is to balance the trade-off between privacy protection and service quality. Furthermore, research has shown that the sensitivity of personal data is related to when and where as well as for what purposes such information has been collected. This indicates that the privacy protection in CVEs must consider the dynamic and context-dependent nature of drivers' privacy needs. Lastly, to avoid the so-called "privacy paradox," where people claim to be concerned about their privacy but still share a lot of private information, user-friendly privacy management mechanisms should be developed.

The focus of my research is to develop a Situation-Aware Privacy-Preserving framework for Connected Vehicles that empowers drivers to manage their privacy preferences effectively while still harnessing the benefits of connected vehicle technology.

Yunxuan Li, Pascal Hirmer and Christoph Stach, "CV-Priv: Towards a Context Model for Privacy Policy Creation for Connected Vehicles," 2023 IEEE International Conference on Pervasive Computing and Communications Workshops and other Affiliated Events (PerCom Workshops), Atlanta, GA, USA, 2023, pp. 583-588, doi: 10.1109/PerComWorkshops56833.2023.10150231.

Andrea Fieschi, Yunxuan Li, Pascal Hirmer, Christoph Stach and Bernhard Mitschang (2023). Privacy in Connected Vehicles: Perspectives of Drivers and Car Manufacturers. In: Aiello, M., Barzen, J., Dustdar, S., Leymann, F. (eds) Service-Oriented Computing. SummerSOC 2023. Communications in Computer and Information Science, vol 1847. Springer, Cham.


Yunxuan Li, Pascal Hirmer, Christoph Stach, and Bernhard Mitschang. 2023. Ensuring Situation-Aware Privacy for Connected Vehicles. In Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on the Internet of Things (IoT '22). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, 135–138.

Winter Term 2023

  • Supervision in Seminar "Data Management for End-to-End Machine Learning" 
  • Supervision in Pracitical Course:
    • Topic: Extension of AdaPrivFlow
    • Topic: Privacy Protection of Trajectory Data

Summer Term 2023

  • Supervision in Seminar "Data Management for End-to-End Machine Learning" 
  • Supervision in Pracitical Course:
    • Topic: Evaluation of Stream Processing Techniques


Winter Term 2022

  • Supervision in Pracitical Course:
    • Topic: Privacy Context Model for Connected Vehicle Environments

Offered Student Projects


Student Projects in Progress

  • Research Project:
    • Evaluating the Impact of Privacy-Enhancing Technologies on Autonomous Driving Functions


Completed Student Projects

  • Bachelor Thesis:
    • Privacy-Enhancing Technology Repository for Connected Vehicles (Completed in November 2023)
  • Master Thesis:
    • Live Adaptation of Privacy-Enhancing Technologies in Connected Vehicles’ Data Pipelines (Completed in November 2023)
  • Enpro:
    • "SmartCar"-Datenplattform (Completed in May 2023)
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