On the Security of Cyber-Physical Systems

Bruno Sinopoli
Bruno Sinopoli
Carnegie Mellon Univ., USA
15:00~15:45, November 20th, 2014

Abstract :

Cyber Physical Systems (CPS) refer to the embedding of widespread sensing, computation, communication, and control into physical spaces. Application areas are as diverse as aerospace, chemical processes, civil infrastructure, energy, manufacturing and transportation, most of which are safety-critical. The availability of cheap communication technologies such as the internet makes such infrastructures susceptible to cyber security threats, which may affect national security as some of them, such as the power grid, are vital to the normal operation of our society.  Any successful attack may significantly hamper the economy, the environment or may even lead to loss of human life. As a result, security is of primary importance to guarantee safe operation of CPS. In an offensive perspective, attacks of this sort can be carried out to disrupt the functionality of the enemy’s critical infrastructures without destroying it or even be directly identified. Stuxnet, the malware at the root of the destruction of centrifuges employed to enrich uranium in Iran’s nuclear facilities, is a clear example of how strategically important is to gain a deep understanding of CPS security. In this talk I will provide an introduction to CPS security, give an overview of recent results from our research group as well as directions for future work.


Research Interests

His research interests include networked embedded control systems, distributed estimation and control with applications to wireless sensor-actuator networks and Cyber-physical systems security


Awards and Honors

  • Dr. Sinopoli was awarded the 2006 Eli Jury Award for outstanding research achievement in the areas of systems, communications, control and signal processing at U.C. Berkeley,
  • The 2010 George Tallman Ladd Research Award from Carnegie Mellon University and the NSF Career award in 2010.