Cyber-Physical Systems Forums 

Cyber-physical Systems (CPS) and the Internet-of-Things (IoT) play an increasing role in our daily lives and critical infrastructures. At the same time, CPS and IoT escalate cybersecurity risks and attack surfaces. The consequences of malicious attacks on CPS could result in a severe impact on the economy, human lives and the environment. 

The mission of this CPS Forum is to: (1) increase awareness of the underlying challenges and opportunities of CPS and security; (2) bring together experts from academia, industry and government agencies (and federal research labs) working on various aspects of CPS and security in different domains. The Forum consists of a seminar series, and quarterly workshops, centered around security and resilience of next generation CPS.

Key Organizers:
  • University of Georgia
  • Robin Air Force Base
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Pennsylvania State University


August 26, 2022
    Industry-University-Government Symposium on Cyber-Physical Systems

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This objective of the symposium is to bring together researchers, entrepreneurs and program directors from industry, university and government to discuss the project-based collaborations (e.g., STTR/SBIR, IUCRC, Co-Op) on the Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) and Internet of Things (IoT). In particular, we want to pair high-tech start-ups and university labs to pursue federal grants opportunities, create disruptive innovations and foster bold entrepreneurship. Please register to attend for our headcount and planning. It is free to our invited attendees.

Tentative Agenda:

  • 8:30AM Poster and demo setup (and live whole day)
  • 9AM – 9:20AM Introduction and remarks
  • 9:20-10:20 AM Keynote
  • 10:20-10:45 AM Coffee break
  • 10:45-2PM Presentation/demo madness (one elevator presentation per company or faculty, lunch box)
  • 2-4:30PM One-to-one rotation meetings between industry and university participants

April 27th 2-3PM Eastern Time
   CPS Security Seminar Series

Title: Secure, Accountable, and Privacy-preserving Data Sharing

Speaker: Prof. Taeho Jung

Abstract: The world is increasingly digitized and “datafied” nowadays due to the proliferation of Internet-of-Thing (IoT) devices, and the collection of consumers’ personal data has become pervasive. Though being useful and valuable, such a pervasive data collection has also brought a significant concern of security and, therefore there is an imminent need for techniques to guarantee security and accountability for the consumers’ personal data. This talk will describe our past research in security, accountability, and privacy in data sharing. Firstly, I will describe our research about the accountability in data sharing/trading, where we aim to detect malicious users who try to illegally share/sell others’ data, under the assumption of a central trusted data broker. Secondly, I will describe our blockchain research which enables the relaxation of the aforementioned trust assumption, in which we investigate how to keep the sharing history on blockchain for traceability and accountability without sacrificing the tamperproofness of the blockchain. Finally, I will discuss how both traditional and untraditional confidentiality is preserved on blockchain for strong consumer privacy without sacrificing the public verifiability of the blockchain.

Bio:Prof. Taeho Jung is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Notre Dame, located in Indiana, USA, where he is directing the Data Security and Privacy Lab. Before joining the department in 2017, he received the Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from Illinois Institute of Technology in 2017, and the B.E. degree in Computer Software from Tsinghua University in 2011. Prof. Jung has published more than 50 articles in top conferences and SCI-E journals, and he has received two Best Paper Awards and two Best Paper Runner Up awards. His research has been funded by Facebook Research, IARPA, NSF in the U.S. and IITP in Korea.

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November 12, 2021 1-3 PM Eastern Time
   Workshop on web 3.0 based health cyber-infrastructure

Where Web 2.0 was driven by the advent of mobile, social and cloud, Web 3.0 is built largely on three new layers of technological innovation on top of distributed security and privacy fabric: edge computing, decentralised data networks and artificial intelligence. It is a leap forward to open, trustless and permissionless networks.

  • ‘Open’ in that they are built from open source software built by an open and accessible community of developers and executed in full view of the world.
  • ‘Trustless’ in that the network itself allows participants to interact publicly or privately without a trusted third party.
  • ‘Permissionless’ in that anyone, both users and suppliers,can participate without authorisation from a governing body.

This workshop brings academic researchers together to discuss web 3.0 based health cyber-infrastructure.

Meeting agenda:

Thang N. Dinh (VCU)
Xiaoqian Jiang (UTH)
Jaewoo Lee (UGA)
Tianming Liu (UGA)
Wei Liu (Mayo)
Chenglin Miao (UGA)
WenZhan Song (UGA)
Hong-Sheng Zhou (VCU)

October 8, 2021 1-3 PM Eastern Time
   Workshop on Cyber-Physical Security

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Meeting Agenda:

  • Introduction (Feraidoon Zahiri, U.S. Air Force)
  • 1-2PM Integration of Prognostics and Health Management (PHM), Sensor Fusion, and Control Technologies for Emerging Autonomous Cyber-Physical Systems (Mehrdad Pakmehr, Cofounder and CEO at ControlX Inc, Tansel Yucelen, Kadriye Merve Dogan, Joel Dunham)
    Dr. Mehrdad Pakmehr is a Cofounder and CEO of ControlX Inc. Mehrdad is conceptualizing, developing, directing, and strategizing various R&D and productization initiatives in controls, prognostics and health management (PHM), and sensing areas. Before ControlX, he was a cofounder and VP Research at optoXense Inc. He has 18 years of engineering experience by involvement in various multi-disciplinary engineering projects as Director, technical project manager, and research scientist. Mehrdad has managed numerous DOD SBIR/STTR projects on propulsion control and modeling, flight control system development, PHM system development, and fiber optic sensor system development as the Principal Investigator (PI) and technology developer. Mehrdad got his PhD in Aerospace Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology with a focus on control and dynamical systems. He is a member of the AIAA, IEEE, and ASME.
    Dr. Tansel Yucelen is a Cofounder and Principal Engineer of ControlX. He is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of South Florida. He received the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Aerospace Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology (2012). He was also a Summer Faculty Fellow at the Air Force Research Laboratory Wright-Patterson (2014) and Eglin (2015), and a consultant to NASA (2014-2016), Wichita State University (2017-2018), and the Missouri University of Science and Technology (2017-2018). He is a member of the National Academy of Inventors, a senior member of the AIAA, and a senior member of the IEEE.
    Dr. K. Merve Dogan is a Cofounder and Principal Engineer of ControlX. She is also an Assistant Professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. She received a Master of Science degree in the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering at the Izmir Institute of Technology in 2016 and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of South Florida in 2020. She is a member of the National Academy of Inventors, a senior member of the AIAA, and a senior member of the IEEE.
    Dr. Joel Dunham has over 12 years of experience in the unmanned systems, aerospace, and artificial intelligence industries including developing technology and bringing products to market. He recently earned his Ph.D. with a focus on risk analysis and health management applied to unmanned systems, including successfully flight demonstrating real-time probabilistic health monitoring and decision analysis based on Dempster-Shafer Theory in a first of its kind capability. He has published several papers and delivered products including categorical and kinematic sensor fusion. As an expert in unmanned systems integration, Dr. Dunham brings a strong focus on ensuring that health monitoring is embedded in architectures, ensuring the system can adapt to internal as well as external changes. He is a consultant and collaborator of ControlX.
  • 2-2:20PM Connecting Dots for Health and Security (WenZhan Song, Georgia Power Mickey A. Brown Professor, University of Georgia)
    Dr. WenZhan Song is Georgia Power Mickey A. Brown Professor of Engineering and Founding Director of Center for Cyber-Physical Systems at the University of Georgia. Dr. Song’s research expertise is on networked sensing, computing and security and their applications in health, energy and environment monitoring systems. He is a world leading expert on IoT/CPS networking, data analytics & security and has a strong tracking record on leading large multidisciplinary research projects with numerous grant support from government agencies (NASA, USGS, NSF, NIH, USDA, DOE, DOD, etc ) and industry (Southern company, Boeing, Jet Propulsion Lab, Aging Aircraft, etc). His research was featured in MIT Technology Review, Network World, Scientific America, New Scientist, National Geographic, etc. Dr. Song received numerous awards from his university and professional society, such as NSF CAREER Award, Outstanding Research Contribution Award, Chancellor Research Excellence Award, Mark Weiser Best Paper Award. Dr. Song serves many premium IEEE conferences (such as IEEE INFOCOM, IEEE GLOBECOM) and journals (such as IEEE Internet of Things, ACM Transaction on Sensor Networks) as editor, chair or TPC member. Dr. Song holds the faculty courtesy appointment in UGA computer science and statistics department. Dr. Song is founder of Intelligent Dots.
  • 2:20-2:40PM Data Enabled Design and Manufacturing for Multistage Manufacturing Systems (Jianjun Shi, Carolyn J. Stewart Chair and Professor, Member of National Academy of Engineering (NAE) of USA, Georgia Institute of Technology)
    Dr. Jianjun Shi is the Carolyn J. Stewart Chair and Professor in H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering, with a joint appointment in the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology. Professor Shi’s research is in the area of system informatics and control and their applications in manufacturing systems. He is the founding chairperson of the Quality, Statistics and Reliability Subdivision of INFORMS. He has served as the Editor-in-Chief of the IISE Transactions (2017-2020). He received various awards, including the ASQ Walter Shewhart Medal (2021), The S. M. Wu Research Implementation Award from SME (2021), the Brumbaugh Award form the American Society for Quality (2019), the IISE David F. Baker Distinguished Research Award (2016), the IISE Albert G. Holzman Distinguished Educator Award (2011), Forging Achievement Award (2007), and Monroe-Brown Foundation Research Excellence Award (2007). He is a Fellow of five professional societies, including ASME, INFORMS, IISE, SME, and ISI. He is an Academician of the International Academy for Quality (IAQ), and a member of National Academy of Engineering (NAE).
  • 2:40-3PM Cyber-Physical Information Flow Analysis and Its Application in MMS Intrusion Diagnosis (Peng Liu, Raymond G. Tronzo, MD Professor, Pennsylvania State University)
    Peng Liu received his BS and MS degrees from the University of Science and Technology of China, and his PhD from George Mason University in 1999. Dr. Liu is the Raymond G. Tronzo, MD Professor of Cybersecurity, founding Director of the Center for Cyber-Security, Information Privacy, and Trust, and founding Director of the Cyber Security Lab at Penn State University. His research interests are in all areas of computer security. He has published over 350 technical papers, including numerous papers on top conferences and journals. His research has been sponsored by NSF, ARO, AFOSR, DARPA, DHS, DOE, AFRL, NSA, TTC, CISCO, and HP. He has served as a program (co-)chair or general (co-)chair for over 10 international conferences (e.g., Asia CCS 2010) and workshops (e.g., MTD 2016). He chaired the Steering Committee of SECURECOMM during 2008-14. He has served on over 100 program committees and reviewed papers for numerous journals. He is an associate editor for IEEE TDSC. He is a recipient of the DOE Early Career Principle Investigator Award. He has co-led the effort to make Penn State a NSA-certified National Center of Excellence in Information Assurance Education and Research. He has advised or co-advised over 35 PhD dissertations to completion.

October 15, 2021 11AM-12PM Eastern Time
   CPS Security Seminar Series

Title: Towards a Cyber Wonderland via Trusted Hardware

Speaker: Hong-Sheng Zhou

Abstract: Huge efforts about trusted hardware have been made both in industry and in academia. In this talk, I will survey recent research efforts from the cryptography research community, about how to use trusted hardware to construct various protocols and schemes with provable security, with the goal of developing a cyber wonderland: from modeling to design, from (in)feasibility to high efficiency, from classical to quantum. I will also present some results we have along this line.

Bio: Hong-Sheng Zhou is an Associate Professor in the Computer Science Department at Virginia Commonwealth University. Hong-Sheng was a postdoc at Maryland Cybersecurity Center, as a recipient of NSF Computing Innovation Fellowship, under the direction of Jonathan Katz. Before that, he received his PhD at the University of Connecticut with Aggelos Kiayias as advisor.Hong-Sheng is working on multiple directions in cryptography including Secure Computing, Blockchain Technologies, Functional Encryption and Verifiable Computation, and publishes in top cryptography and cybersecurity conferences, such as CRYPTO, EUROCRYPT, and CCS.

October 1st 9-10AM Eastern Time
   CPS Security Seminar Series

Title: IPFS-FAN: A Function-Addressable Computation Network

Speaker: Alfonso de la Rocha, Protocol Lab

Abstract: Permissionless computation is one of the missing pieces in the web3 stack in order to have all the tools needed to “decentralise Internet services”. There are already proposals to embed computation in decentralised networks like smart contracts, or blockchain networks for computational offloading. Although technically sound, their computational model is too restrictive to be used for general purpose computation. In this paper, we propose a general architecture of a decentralised network for general-purpose and permissionless computation based on content-addressing. We present a proof-of-concept prototype and describe in detail its building blocks.

Bio: Alfonso is a Research Engineer at Protocol Labs. Before joining Protocol Labs, Alfonso worked as a blockchain expert at Telefónica R&D, where he was responsible for the design and development of core technology based on blockchains, distributed systems, and advanced cryptography. Alfonso’s involvement in research and development began at Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, where he worked on topics related to energy efficiency in data centers. His broad R&D experience also includes research into the compression efficiency of video coding standards at Ericsson Research and projects related to securing interdomain routing protocols at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.

September 17, 2021 11 AM – 12 PM Eastern Time
   CPS Security Seminar Series

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Title: Cyber Physical Systems: Smart Health and Smart Cities

Speaker: Prof. John A. Stankovic, BP America Professor and Director of Link Lab, University of Virginia

Abstract: Cyber Physical Systems (CPS) research is at the center of many application domains. Sometimes there is a confusion as to what is and what is not a CPS. This talk briefly defines CPS and articulates a few key open research questions. It then illustrates directions for addressing these challenges in both Smart Health and Smart Cities. For smart health, we argue that wearables, in-situ sensors, signal processing, machine learning, natural language processing, and the Internet are providing the technological backbone to achieve a true revolution in healthcare. Many challenges remain due to numerous factors including the complexities of human health and the realisms of deployment of the technology especially for the elderly. This talk describes our progress towards establishing an ambient intelligence for healthcare via wearable based cognitive assistants. Smart cities are exemplars of complex new systems of systems domains. Here, we discuss solutions for detecting and resolving conflicts among city services that includes integrating formal methods and machine learning applied to monitoring, modeling, and prediction of city states.

Bio: Prof. John A. Stankovic is the BP America Professor in the Computer Science Department at the University of Virginia and Director of the Link Lab. He is a Fellow of both the IEEE and the ACM. He has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of York, U.K., for his work on real-time systems. He won the IEEE Real-Time Systems Technical Committee’s Award for Outstanding Technical Contributions and Leadership. He also received the IEEE Technical Committee on Distributed Processing’s Distinguished Achievement Award (inaugural winner). He has a Test of Time paper award, 8 Best Paper awards. Stankovic has an h-index of 121 and over 68,000 citations. In 2015, he was awarded the Univ. of Virginia Distinguished Scientist Award, in 2010 the School of Engineering’s Distinguished Faculty Award, and in 2020 the UVA Faculty Mentor Award. He also received a Distinguished Faculty Award from the University of Massachusetts. He has given more than 40 Keynote talks at conferences and many Distinguished Lectures at major Universities. His research interests are in real-time systems, wireless sensor networks, smart and connected health, smart cities, cyber physical systems, and the Internet of Things. Prof. Stankovic received his PhD from Brown University.

July 8, 2021 2-4 PM Eastern Time
   Workshop on Opportunities and Challenges of Remote Continuous Monitoring in Hospitals

Meeting Agenda:

  • General introduction about remote patient monitoring, such as what are the available technologies being used now, what are the potential benefits and challenges
  • Discuss the challenges in the hospital, especially the shortage of healthcare staff, and how hospitals can benefit from the IT technology
  • Discuss the capabilities and related innovative research/solutions of UGA


  • Georgia Regional Hospital Atlanta
  • University of Georgia

April 9, 2021 3-5PM Eastern Time
   Workshop on Cyber-Physical Security

Meeting Agenda:

  • 3:00-3:20PM Introduction (WenZhan Song, UGA; Feraidoon Zahiri, U.S. Air Force)
  • 3:20-3:40PM Data Fusion & Resource Management (DF&RM) Dual Node Network (DNN) Technical Architecture Summary (Christopher Bowman, President, Data Fusion & Neural Networks)
  • 3:40-4:00PM Causal reasoning using functional failure-effect models for health monitoring of cyber-physical systems (Sudipto Ghoshal, Vice President, Qualtech Systems)
  • 4:00-4:20PM Real-Time Safety-Assured Autonomous Aircraft (Jeffrey Chambers, Associate Technical Fellow, Aurora – Boeing)
  • 4:20-4:40PM Zero Trust – The Big Picture (Rajiv Sivaraman, Vice President, Siemens)
  • 4:40-5:00PM Resilience, Reliability and Safety of Cyber Physical Systems – The Next Frontier (George Vachtsevanos, Professor Emeritus, Georgia Tech)