3rd International Conference on Smart Grid and Renewable Energy

SGRE-2022

20-22 March 2022

Doha-Qatar

3rd International Conference on Smart Grid and Renewable Energy

SGRE-2022

20-22 March 2022

Doha-Qatar

3rd International Conference on Smart Grid and Renewable Energy

SGRE-2022

20-22 March 2022

Doha-Qatar

Workshop on Cyber-Security in Smart Grid

Sunil P Khatri, Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Texas A&M University, USA

Dr. Sunil P Khatri received his PhD from UC Berkeley, his MS from UT Austin, and his BS degree from IIT Kanpur (India). He currently serves as a Professor in ECE at Texas A&M University. He has co-authored the first papers in many areas, resulting in impactful contributions that changed industrial practice in the areas of regular fabric-based VLSI design approaches, cross-talk canceling CODECs to eliminate on-chip and off-chip crosstalk in VLSI bus interconnect, GPU-based acceleration of VLSI CAD algorithms, high-speed off-chip output drivers with self-adjusting impedance, and most recently, the use of floating gate (flash) transistors to realize digital logic.

Dr. Khatri has over 260 peer-reviewed publications. Among these papers, 5 received the best paper award, while 6 others received best paper nominations. He has co-authored 9 research monographs and one edited research monograph, 3 book chapters and 6 US Patents. He has co-authored 13 invited conference papers or workshop papers. Also, he was invited to serve as a panelist at a conference 7 times, and has presented 2 conference tutorials. He received the “Outstanding Professor Award” in the ECE department at Texas A&M University in 2007.  In Fall 2009, he was awarded the “Association of Former Students’ Distinguished Achievement Award in Teaching”, and in Fall 2019, he received the “Association of Former Students College-level Teaching Award”.

Title: Distributed Consensus and the Smart Grid

This tutorial will cover topics in distributed consensus (DC) and its potential use in the smart grid. DC is the core algorithm used in several blockchain based applications.

We will start with the history of DC, and its goals of decentralization, scalability, and security. We will briefly cover classical distributed consensus techniques, cryptographic hashes and public-key cryptography, the key concepts on which DC is based. Following this, we will describe the DC approach as used in cryptocurrency projects, discuss the strengths and weaknesses of DC as it is currently practiced. In addition, we will cover approaches that have been taken to address the weaknesses.

We will next discuss how DC might be applied to the smart grid, using alternate architectures, alternate consensus protocols, alternate storage models, and two-tiered networks. The tutorial will cover applications of DC to the smart grid and discuss the cost-benefit analysis of a DC-based smart grid. We will discuss the scalability of such a DC network in the smart grid. Alternate uses of a DC framework in the smart grid context will be covered as well.

Omar Abu-Rub, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, USA

Omar Abu-Rub received the B.Sc. degree in electrical engineering with minor in computer science and mathematics from Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, USA, in 2020. He is currently pursuing the Ph.D. degree with the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, USA. His research focus is on Machine Learning and cyber security for smart grid applications. Omar’s research interests include cyber security and the applications of machine learning for power electronics, power systems, and smart grid.

Title: Introduction to Smart Grid Cyber-Physical Security

This tutorial will cover introductory topics in cyber security and cyber-physical systems security. We will start with fundamental security primitives that are specific to cyber-physical systems, with a focus on the smart grid. The contents of the tutorial, however, can be generalized for other cyber-physical systems. Following this, we will describe the cyber security and cyber threats relevant to the modern power grid and the smart grid. The goal of this tutorial is to introduce the relevant information required for further studies on the topic of cyber security and its applications in the power grid. The tutorial will cover the following topics;

  • Describe what cyber-physical systems and introduce the smart grid
  • Discuss cyber-physical systems vulnerabilities
  • Demonstrate what makes smart grids and cyber-physical systems hard to secure
  • Analyze common methods used to secure cyber-physical systems
  • Discuss the differences between securing traditional enterprise systems and cyber-physical systems.