Cyber-Physical Security in Future Cities
07 Mar, 2016 (Mon)
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Room 603

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Professor David Yau,
Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD)


Digital control and communication are being used to modernize urban infrastructures, such as electrical grids and water systems, to meet the increasing demands of future cities for size, performance, and sustainability. While the added intelligence provides desirable performance features, it also adds to the system’s complexity, which raises equally critical concerns for safety and security. In this talk, I will overview research that analyzes cyber-physical system (CPS) vulnerabilities such as real-time consumer pricing in emerging smart-grid demand response. I will also propose a design methodology to monitor the (not fully trustworthy) high performance operation of a smart grid, but assure its fallback to a simple and safe operation mode when the system drifts too close to unsafety.

Biography of the speaker:

David Yau received the B.Sc. (first class honors) from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin, all in computer science. He has been Professor of Information Systems Technology and Design at SUTD since 2013. Since 2010, he has been Distinguished Scientist at the Advanced Digital Sciences Center, Singapore, where he leads the Cyber-Physical Security research program. Prior to Singapore, he was Associate Professor of Computer Science at Purdue University (West Lafayette), USA. He serves also as Qiushi Chaired Professor at Zhejiang University, China.
David’s current research interests are in cyber-physical systems (particularly their security and privacy), network protocol design/implementation, and wireless sensor networks. He received a CAREER award from the U.S. National Science Foundation for research in QoS provisioning. He won Best Paper award from the 2010 IEEE International Conference on Multi-sensor Fusion and Integration (MFI). His papers in 2008 IEEE Int’l Conf. Mobile Ad-hoc and Sensor Systems (MASS), 2013 IEEE Int’l Conf. Pervasive Computing and Communications (PerCom), 2013 IEEE Int’l Conf. Cyber-Physical Systems, Networks, and Applications (CPSNA), and 2013 ACM BuildSys were Best Paper finalists.


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