Henry L. Pierce Laboratory Seminar Series with Prof. Paulo Tabuada

Wednesday, October 31, 2018 at 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Room 1-131

Secure State-Estimation and Control for Dynamical Systems Under Adversarial Attacks

Abstract:
Control systems work silently in the background to support much of the critical
infrastructure we have grown used to. Water distribution networks, sewer
networks, gas and oil networks, and the power grid are just a few examples of
critical infrastructure that rely on control systems for its normal operation. These
systems are becoming increasingly networked both for distributed control and
sensing, as well as for remote monitoring and reconfiguration. Unfortunately,
once these systems become connected to the internet they become vulnerable to
attacks that, although launched in the cyber domain, have for objective the
manipulation of the physical domain. In this talk I will discuss the problem of
state-estimation and control for linear dynamical systems when some of the
sensor measurements are subject to an adversarial attack. Time permitting, I
will also address the more challenging problem of sensor and actuator attacks.
Bio:
Paulo Tabuada was born in Lisbon, Portugal, one year after the Carnation
Revolution. He received his "Licenciatura" degree in Aerospace Engineering
from Instituto Superior Tecnico, Lisbon, Portugal in 1998 and his Ph.D. degree
in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2002 from the Institute for Systems
and Robotics, a private research institute associated with Instituto Superior
Tecnico. Between January 2002 and July 2003 he was a postdoctoral researcher
at the University of Pennsylvania. After spending three years at the University of
Notre Dame, as an Assistant Professor, he joined the Electrical and Computer
Engineering Department at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he
currently is the Vijay K. Dhir Professor of Engineering.
Paulo Tabuada's contributions to cyber-physical systems have been recognized
by multiple awards including the NSF CAREER award in 2005, the Donald P.
Eckmn award in 2009, the George S. Axelby award in 2011, the Antonio Ruberti
Prize in 2015, and the grade of fellow awarded by IEEE in 2017. He has been
program chair and general chair for several conferences in the areas of control
and of cyber-physical systems such as NecSys, HSCC, and ICCPS. He currently
serves as the chair of HSCC’s steering committee and he served on the editorial
board of the IEEE Embedded Systems Letters and the IEEE Transactions on
Automatic Control.

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