Department seminar 04/24 12-1pm: Cyber-Physical Security and Resilience of Energy Infrastructure
University of Toronto
Cyber-Physical Security and Resilience of Energy Infrastructure
Date: Wednesday April 24th 12-1pm
Location: LAS 3033
Lunch will be provided.
The scale and complexity of the smart grid, along with its increased connectivity and automation, make the task of its cyber protection challenging. Moreover, grid protection remains daunting to asset owners because of resources limitations. Important questions arise when identifying priorities for design and protection: Which cyber components, if compromised, can lead to significant power delivery disruption? What grid topologies are inherently robust to classes of cyber attack? How can cyber and physical grid entities be coordinated to enhance system resilience? We assert that a key research challenge in addressing these fundamental questions lies in the effective understanding and modeling of the cyber-physical interaction of the smart grid. This gives rise to the field of cyber-physical system security. In this talk, we introduce modern cybersecurity challenges for the power grid, we discuss strategies for smart grid protection that exploit inherent and coordinated cyber-physical synergies, and present a future outlook for the field.
Deepa Kundur currently serves as Chair of the Division of Engineering Science and as Professor and Director of the Centre for Power & Information in The Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at the University of Toronto. A native of Toronto, Canada, she received the B.A.Sc., M.A.Sc., and Ph.D. degrees all in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 1993, 1995, and 1999, respectively, from the University of Toronto. From January 2003 to December 2012 she was a faculty member in Electrical & Computer Engineering at Texas A&M University, and from September 1999 to December 2002 she was a faculty member in Electrical & Computer Engineering at the University of Toronto. Professor Kundur’s research interests lie at the interface of cyber security, signal processing and complex dynamical networks. Professor Kundur has participated on several editorial boards and currently serves on the Advisory Board of IEEE Spectrum. Professor Kundur’s research has received best paper recognitions at numerous venues. She has also been the recipient of teaching awards at both the University of Toronto and Texas A&M University. She is a Fellow of the IEEE and a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering.