Workshop on Cyber-Physical Security and Health Monitoring

April 9, 2021 3-5PM Eastern Time Online Meeting: Zoom Meeting URL

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This objective of the workshop is to bring together researchers, students and practitioners from academy, industry and government agencies to discuss the society needs and project-based collaborations on the health and security monitoring of cyber-physical systems. In particular, companies and university researchers and government agencies will get to know each other’s expertise and interests and identify the collaboration opportunities (e.g., STTR/SBIR, Co-Op) in the follow-up interactions.

   In the cyber-physical systems (such as manufacturing, energy, health and building systems), with increasing networked automation and control across the system, the risk and impact of cyber-attacks or physical-threats also grow. Either cyber-attacks or physical-threats may compromise the integrity of assets, reduce productivity and increase costs. The system security and health need to be continuously monitored to enable the prevention and mitigation of potential harms at the early stage, proactive and predictive maintenance, and countermeasures. Some cyber-attacks or physical-threats are not observable or not distinguishable in cyberspace or physical-space alone, and need to be monitored and diagnosed through inter-dependency analysis of both cyber and physical signals. There is a significant opportunity in exploring physical signals (such as electrical, temperature, radiation and vibration sensor signals and control signals), together with cyber signals (in the communication networks and operating systems), to monitor the system health and security. Furthermore, as the system interconnects and grows, centralized data collection and fusion is not scalable, not fault-tolerant, even not feasible in some cases, the distributed computing and monitoring approaches need to be developed.

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)

Key Organizers:

  • U.S. Air Force
  • University of Georgia
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Pennsylvania State University