Resilient Models for Attacks Detection in Cyber-Physical Systems


Project Description

The goal of this project is developing methods to merge Machine Learning (ML) with physics-based models to create control algorithms can significantly enhance the resiliency of Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS). The approach will combine recent results in ML with control theory via constrained optimization to create novel systems and methods for protecting CPS from malicious cyber intruders via detection and prevention strategies. Specifically, the research project focuses on (1) refining the offline/online training and execution algorithms of ML models through physics-based constrained optimization, (2) developing secure estimation and control algorithms that are significantly more resilient to cyber-attacks than the state-of-the-art counterparts, and (3) improving the distributed resiliency for networked systems supporting multi-agent autonomous systems.
Program - Electrical Engineering
Division - Computer, Electrical and Mathematical Sciences and Engineering
Field of Study - Electrical and Computer Engineering/Computer Science

About the

Charalambos Konstantinou

Assistant Professor, Computer Science

Charalambos Konstantinou

‚ÄčProfessor Konstantinou's research interests are in secure, trustworthy, and resilient cyber-physical and embedded IoT systems. He is also interested in critical infrastructures security and resilience with special focus on smart grid technologies, renewable energy integration, and real-time simulation.

Desired Project Deliverables

The goal of this internship is to analyze and improve existing data-driven and physics-based algorithms for attack detection in CPS. The student will be expected to learn about existing solutions, as well as the challenges and requirements to applying such techniques in their settings. With guidance of other team members, the student will then find new solutions for improving algorithmic resiliency in order to reduce cyber-risks related to the CPS operation. Candidates should be motivated to work on research-oriented problems with a team and develop new solutions. They should have a strong background in controls, in particular with regards to machine learning and power systems. They are also expected to be proficient in MATLAB/Simulink.