CAP Seminar Series


konstantinouTitle: Towards Secure and Resilient Cyber-Physical Energy Systems

Speaker: Charalambos Konstantinou, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology 

Venue: MS TeamsIf you have a question about this talk, please contact Fei Teng.

Date and Time: Tuesday 30 November 2021, 11:00-12:00

Abstract: The transformation of electric power systems to cyber-physical energy systems (CPES) contributes significantly towards the power grid modernization allowing for better planning, more flexible control, system-wide optimization, cleaner energy generation, etc. The security, however, of CPES presents significant challenges in controlling and maintaining secure access to critical system resources and services (e.g., generation reserves, frequency stability controls, power line protection, etc.), as well as ensuring the availability and integrity of the information exchanged (e.g., control signals of SCADA systems). In this talk, we will present different cases of attack strategies simulated under nominal and abnormal operating conditions to uncover their system-wide impacts. Specifically, we will illustrate the impact of various attack models as well as the feasibility of detection methods in CPES simulation models in order to enhance system resilience.

Biography: Charalambos Konstantinou is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science (CS) and Affiliate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at the Computer, Electrical and Mathematical Science and Engineering Division (CEMSE) of King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Thuwal, Saudi Arabia. He is the Principal Investigator of the SENTRY Lab (Secure Next Generation Resilient Systems – and a member of the Resilient Computing and Cybersecurity Center (RC3 – at KAUST . His 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. He received a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from New York University (NYU), NY, in 2018, and the M.Eng. Degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), Greece, in 2012. Before joining KAUST in summer of 2021, he was an Assistant Professor with the Center for Advanced Power Systems (CAPS) at Florida State University (FSU) between 2018 and 2021. He is currently the Chair of the IEEE Task Force on Resilient and Secure Large-Scale Energy Internet Systems and the co-Chair of the IEEE Task Force on Cyber-Physical Interdependence for Power System Operation and Control. He is a Senior Member of IEEE , a member of ACM , and an ACM Distinguished Speaker (2021-2024).


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