Safety, Security and Privacy for Cyber Physical Systems


Cyber-physical  systems  (CPSs)  are  a  class  of  networked  control  systems  with vast  and  promising  applications.  This  class  may  include  for  instance  smart  cities,  intelligent transportation systems based on fleets of cooperative and autonomous vehicles or distributed sensing and control solutions that leverage Internet-of-Things (IoT) devices. As a common trait, these systems are expected to provide important functionalities that may positively influence our life and society. However, said positive outcomes may be hindered by novel threats to the safety of CPSs, such as malicious cyber-attacks that could negatively affect the physical domain. Furthermore, the sheer amount of data gathered, exchanged and processed by those architectures are going to pose fundamental societal interrogatives regarding privacy and confidentiality, and the fair use of such data. The proposed workshop will present to attendee foundational and advanced solutions to the challenge of making CPS safe and, ultimately, resilient to external hazards. Theoretical topics addressed will include the design of resilient controllers, information-theoretic approaches to privacy, the characterization and detection of stealthy false data attacks and watermarking and encryption approaches to securing networked control systems. The workshop will also address practical cases of interest, such as microgrids, and the security of Industrial Control Systems as seen by a security expert.

Date: Thursday, June 9, 2022

Organizer: Prof. Riccardo M.G. Ferrari, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands


  • Prof. Riccardo M.G. Ferrari, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands.
  • Prof. Mahdieh Sadabadi, Queen Mary University, UK.
  • Prof. Ehsan Nekouei, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong.
  • Prof. Henrik Sandberg, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden.
  • Dr. Marina Krotofil, ISSP – Information Systems Security Partners.
Workshop Program

Session I

14:20 – 14:30: Introduction to the Workshop Session – Prof. Riccardo M.G. Ferrari.

14:30 – 15:05: Cybersecurity Challenges in Power-Electronics-Dominated Microgrids – Prof. Mahdieh Sadabadi.

15:05 – 15:40: Privacy and Security of Networked Control Systems – Prof. Ehsan Nekouei.

15:40 – 16:30: Stealthy False Data Injection Attacks in Feedback Systems Revisited – Prof. Henrik Sandberg.

16:30 – 16:45: Coffee Break

Session II

– 16:45 – 17:20: From Watermarking to Encryption – Prof. Prof. Riccardo M.G. Ferrari.

17:20 – 17:55: Industrial Control Systems Security: An Industrial Perspective (tentative) – Dr. Marina Krotofil.

17:55 – 18:10: Final Discussion.