Mini-Symposium on Cyber Security

Electrical grids around the world are undergoing a fundamental transformation. While many of them today are still closed systems centered around big utility companies, soon they will become much more open ones that integrate distributed energy resources, use advanced sensing & control technologies for decentralized supply-demand balancing, and rely on competitive markets to coordinate different players. The future internet-of-energy will also enable tight coupling across multiple energy sectors. For example, the electrical grids and the Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) systems can be jointly optimized. Such information-physical-social changes promise a future that we can rely more on renewable energy while keeping our energy cost in check. However, how to ensure the trustworthiness and resilience of the resulting internet-of-energy plexus under different forms of disturbances and attacks presents major challenges.

This mini-symposium will feature invited talks and papers that discuss about the key challenges and promising solutions for making our future energy infrastructure trustworthy and resilient.

Date & Location:

25 May 2018, 01.30 pm – 05.00 pm


Daisuke Mashima is a research scientist at Advanced Digital Sciences Center in Singapore. He is also a research affiliate of University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign. His research focus is cybersecurity in smart grid and cyber-physical systems. Previously, he was a member of the research staff at Fujitsu Laboratories of America, where he worked on research about smart energy and smart home technologies, especially in information security and privacy aspects. One of his papers discussing smart meter network security won the best paper award at IEEE SmartGridComm 2014, and the outcome of the smart home project won the silver prize at ACM MobiCom 2015 App Contest. While working at Fujitsu, he also served as an editor of the spec document of OpenADR 2.0b.


Binbin Chen is a Senior Research Scientist at Advanced Digital Sciences Center (ADSC). His research focuses on improving the design of complex interconnected systems (e.g., cyberphysical systems and IoT systems), so that such systems can become more efficient and more secure, yet still remain as simple as they can. Prior to joining ADSC, he obtained his PhD from National University of Singapore (NUS) and his Bachelor from Peking University, both in Computer Science. His research has received several awards, including the Best Paper Award in ACM SIGCOMM conference 2010. His research has been funded by Energy Market Authority (EMA) of Singapore, Singapore’s Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), Building & Construction Authority (BCA) of Singapore, and Singapore Cybersecurity Consortium.


Invited Speakers:

  • Prof. David Nicol, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and Advanced Digital Sciences Center
  • Prof. Aditya Mathur, Singapore University of Technology and Design
  • Prof. Kazuhiro Minami, Institute of Statistical Mathematics, Japan
  • Prof. Biplab Sikdar, National University of Singapore

David M. Nicol is the Franklin W. Woeltge Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), Director of Advanced Digital Sciences Center (ADSC), and Director of the Information Trust Institute ( He is PI for two recently awarded national centers for infrastructure resilience: the DHS-funded Critical Infrastructure Reliance Institute (, and the DoE funded Cyber Resilient Energy Delivery Consortium ( Prior to joining UIUC in 2003, he served on the faculties of the Computer Science Department at Dartmouth College (1996-2003), and before that the College of William and Mary (1987-1996). His research interests include trust analysis of networks and software, analytic modeling, and parallelized discrete-event simulation, research which has lead to the founding of startup company Network Perception, and election as Fellow of the IEEE and Fellow of the ACM. He is the inaugural recipient of the ACM SIGSIM Outstanding Contributions award, and co-author of the widely used undergraduate textbook “Discrete-Event Systems Simulation”. He received the M.S. (1983) and Ph.D. (1985) degrees in computer science from the University of Virginia, and the B.A. degree in mathematics (1979) from Carleton College.

Aditya Mathur is professor and head of the Information Systems Technology and Design pillar at the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), and Center Director of iTrust–a center for research in cyber security. Aditya’s recent research contributions focus on the design of secure public infrastructure. As Center Director Aditya manages a 50+ group of researchers in cyber security and has led the design and operationalization of three one-of-a-kind research testbeds for water treatment, water distribution, and power generation, transmission, and distribution. Aditya is a co-inventor of Distributed Attack Detection (DAD) that makes use of invariants derived from plant design for detecting anomalies in process behavior that may arise due to cyber or physical attacks.

Kazuhiro Minami is an associate professor at the Institute of Statistics in Tokyo, Japan. He received a Ph.D in Computer Science from Dartmouth College in 2006 and did his postdoctoral research at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research interests include the resilience and reliability of decentralized distributed systems and security and privacy in pervasive computing particularly focusing on location privacy.



Biplab Sikdar is an Associate Professor in Department of ECE, National University of Singapore. He received the B. Tech degree in electronics and communication engineering from North Eastern Hill University, Shillong, India, M. Tech degree in electrical engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur and Ph.D in electrical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, USA in 1996, 1998 and 2001, respectively. His research interests include Security and Anomaly Detection in Computer Networks, Protocols for Computer Networks, Smart Grid and Green Networks,  Network Modeling and Analysis, and Biologically Motivated Models for Computer Networks.  His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, DARPA, Intel Corporation and WiMAX Forum. Biplab Sikdar is a member of Eta Kappa Nu and Tau Beta Pi and served as an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Communications from 2007-2012.

Industrial Panel Discussion: 

This symposium will have an industrial panel to discuss about the key challenges and promising solutions for the future energy infrastructure. For more details about the panel discussion, visit here.