How to Engineer Resilient Cyber-Physical Infrastructures

Workshop at the IEEE Conference of Decision and Control, Los Angeles, CA

Sunday, December 14, 2014, 8:30AM-5:00PM

Organizers: Saurabh Amin and Hamsa Balakrishnan, MIT

Modern infrastructure systems are equipped with increasing amounts of computing and communication technologies, with the objective of improving their performance. Additionally, these systems also involve significant interactions with human operators and participants. An important need, especially in the case of safety-critical infrastructures, is engineering their resilience -- both to random failures and targeted adversarial attacks. With the increasingly interconnected nature of infrastructure systems, issues of network control and cascading failures are a growing concern.

There has been considerable recent progress on control- and systems-theoretic approaches to building resilient infrastructure systems. The approaches have addressed a range of needs of cyber-physical systems, including fault-tolerant and robust control and optimization, intrusion detection and response, security and privacy concerns, software verification and validation, human-automation interactions, mechanism design, modeling and simulation, etc. These techniques have been studied in the context of a range of infrastructure systems, such as transportation, electricity, energy, telecommunications, and water and gas distribution systems.

This workshop will review the state-of-the-art in control-theoretic approaches to build resilient cyber-physical infrastructures. Experts from industry and academia will describe key challenges, promising approaches and necessary future research directions.

Confirmed Speakers

Intended Audience

The intended audience includes graduate students and researchers in controls interested in cyber-physical infrastructures, and practitioners interested in practical challenges in infrastructure systems. This workshop aims at introducing key technologies and the state-of-the-art in control-theoretic and game-theoretic tools for engineering cyber-physical infrastructure systems that are resilient to adversarial attacks and random failures. Given the ubiquitous nature of cyber-physical infrastructure systems in today's world, this workshop will be of interest to graduate students, researchers, and industry professionals.

Tentative Schedule

8:30-8:40 AMHamsa Balakrishnan; Saurabh AminIntroduction
8:40-9:20AMTamer BaşarGame-Theoretic Framework for Network Resilience, Reliability and Security
9:20-9:55AMDemos Tenetzekis/Saurabh AminDesign Principles for Efficient and Resilient CPS: The role of control theory, game theory, and the theory of incentives
9:55-10:30AMHamsa BalakrishnanUncertainty Modeling and Stochastic Optimization of Networked Cyber-Physical Infrastructures
10:30-10:45AMCoffee break
10:45-11:25AMEric FeronAir Transportation Real-time System Resilience Against Large Adverse Events
11:25-12:05PM P.R. KumarThe Challenges for Mechanisms and Applications of Cyber-Physical Systems
1:40-2:20PMKarl Henrik JohanssonCyber-secure control systems
2:20-3:00PMGeorge PappasDifferential Privacy in Cyber-Physical Systems
3:00-3:15AMCoffee break
3:15-3:55PM Tariq SamadGrounding the Conversation: A Multi-Industry Perspective on Control Engineering for Resilient Infrastructures
3:55-4:30PM Saurabh Amin Vulnerability Assessment of Distribution Networks using Interdiction Algorithms

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