Secure Control Systems

Prevention of intentional or unintentional interference with the proper operation in control systems operating critical infrastructure.

Visible to the public Multiple PhD positions in CPS cyber-security and robotics at UVA

Multiple PhD positions in cyber-physical systems security and robotics safe planning are available at the University of Virginia (UVA) Autonomous Mobile Robots Laboratory (

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Visible to the public Cyber Threat Analysis Framework for the Wind Energy Based Power System

Wind energy is one of the major sources of renewable energy. Countries around the world are increasingly deploying large wind farms that can generate a significant amount of clean energy. A wind farm consists of many turbines, often spread across a large geographical area. Modern wind turbines are equipped with meteorological sensors. The wind farm control center monitors the turbine sensors and adjusts the power generation parameters for optimal power production.


Visible to the public Impact of Stealthy Attacks on Optimal Power Flow: A Simulink-Driven Formal Analysis

Optimal Power Flow (OPF) is a crucial part of the Energy Management System (EMS) as it determines individual generator outputs that minimize generation cost while satisfying transmission, generation, and system level operating constraints. OPF relies on a core EMS routine, namely state estimation, which computes system states, principally bus voltages/phase angles at the buses. However, state estimation is vulnerable to false data injection attacks in which an adversary can alter certain measurements to corrupt the estimators solution without being detected.