Seminars & Meetings | Abstracts

Monday, July 9, 2012

Levine 612, 11 am - 12:30 pm

James Weimer, Ph.D.
School of Electrical Engineering
KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden

Security of Networked Systems with Application to Environmental Monitoring, Power Grids, and Building Energy Management


Technological advancements in low-power processors, sensors, and radios have boosted the development of single-chip sensor-actuator devices. When distributed over a wide area, networks of these embedded devices can revolutionize a variety of application domains, including environmental monitoring, health care, transportation, defense systems, mobile robotics, manufacturing, smart buildings, and citywide energy optimization. These cyber-physical systems represent a new class of embedded systems where computation, communication, and control are intimately coupled and introduce new challenges for ensuring reliability, security and performance. Due to the complexity and inter-connected nature of such systems, engineered solutions having poor performance and unanticipated results can result in catastrophic failures and societal rejection. As a first step in addressing the security issues of cyber physical systems, this talk will discuss fundamental mathematical tools for robustly detecting failures and attacks in dynamically networked systems. The implementation and preliminary performance results of these mathematical tools will be discussed in the context of real-world application domains including environmental monitoring, power grids, and building energy management.


James Weimer received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University in 2005; and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in 2007 and 2010, respectively. He is currently a post-doc researcher in the Automatic Control Lab at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden where he specializes in security and control of networked systems with an emphasis on implementable application-oriented solutions.