North Carolina State University, College of Engineering
Analysis of the Grid’s Vulnerability to Coordinated Cyberattacks
The reliable operation of the U.S. bulk electric power grid is crucial to our safety and economic well-being. Due to ongoing efforts to integrate information, communication, and sensing technologies into our critical infrastructures, we can now think of the grid as a complex web of physical and cyber components working in unison to deliver electricity to our homes. The benefits of these technologies are clear: remote control of operations, real-time availability of data, etc. What is not clearly understood is the extent to which introducing these devices can increase the risk of disruptions to power generation and transmission. Towards this effort, this work will study the resilience of the U.S. bulk electric power grid to cyberattacks. More specifically, using a bi-level optimization model, this work aims to identify the sets of cyberattacks whose impacts result in worse-case scenario losses of service in terms of increases in operating costs and potential for load shedding. The results will help gain insight to improve risk management decision-making and design power systems robust against the growing threat of cyberattacks.
University of Illinois, Department of Computer Science
Asset-free LiDAR Simulator to Train Robust and Safe Autonomy