Cyber Physical Systems
Cyber physical systems (CPSs) represent a new generation of engineering systems which feature tight integration of communication, sensing, control and computation. They are a backbone of the today's rapid industrial transformation regarded as the fourth industrial revolution. In particular, CPSs are widespread in automotive, aerospace and chemical manufacturing, power, health-care and transportation industries which critically depend on secure distributed sensing, timely real-time data processing and reliable control. Traditionally, engineering reliability and cyber security have been considered as separate domains: the latter was focused on integrity of computer networks and data, and the former was concerned primarily with maintaining the system stability and desired performance. However, recent industrial incidents have demonstrated that in CPSs, the problems of engineering performance are no longer separate from the problems of information security - in fact the two issues are closely interwoven, leading to the emergence of the new unified concept of system resilience capturing both the cyber and physical aspects of the CPS design and operation.
The research undertaken in SEIT aims to develop new holistic approaches to resilient sensing, control and actuation within CPSs. Our research seeks to develop novel principles of protection against strategic adversarial interference, to enable CPSs to remain operational under covert malicious attacks and be able to return to post-attack normalcy.