SEMINAR: Estimation in Cyber-Physical Systems Under Attack

SEMINAR: Estimation in Cyber-Physical Systems Under Attack

Seminar Abstract 

Computer-based sensors are heavily used in process of monitoring and controlling complex and large-scale physical system, such as the power grid, transportation systems, chemical processes, and manufacturing plants. While these sensors can yield great benefits in terms of improved efficiency, lower costs, and increased safety, they are often prone to attacks and can introduce significant security risks.

In this talk we explore how the formulation of classical estimation problems needs to be revisited to address scenarios where sensors are prone to attacks. By considering the joint design of estimators and attack policies, we obtain “resilient” estimators that use redundancy in an optimal fashion. While the design and construction of these optimal resilient estimators may be computationally expensive, we shall see that is often possible to find quasi-optimal solutions that are computationally attractive. For concreteness, we illustrate these ideas in a case study involving the estimation of power system oscillations using Phase Measurements Units.

Seminar Speaker(s) 

João Hespanha
Professor, University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB)

João P. Hespanha received his Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering and applied science from Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut in 1998. From 1999 to 2001, he was Assistant Professor at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. He moved to the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2002, where he currently holds a Professor position with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. 

 Dr. Hespanha is the recipient of the Yale University’s Henry Prentiss Becton Graduate Prize for exceptional achievement in research in Engineering and Applied Science, a National Science Foundation CAREER Award, the 2005 best paper award at the 2nd Int. Conf. on Intelligent Sensing and Information Processing, the 2005 Automatica Theory/Methodology best paper prize, the 2006 George S. Axelby Outstanding Paper Award, and the 2009 Ruberti Young Researcher Prize. Dr. Hespanha is a Fellow of the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC) and of the IEEE. He was an IEEE distinguished lecturer from 2007 to 2013. 

 His current research interests include multi-agent control systems; game theory; network security; optimization; distributed control over communication networks (also known as networked control systems); hybrid and switched systems; and stochastic modeling in biology.


Nov 9, 2018 -
12:00pm to 1:00pm