Smart Energy Cyber-Physical System Security: Threat Analysis and Defense Technologies


The massive deployment of advanced metering infrastructures and smart home energy systems has mandated a transformative shift of the classical grid towards a more reliable smart grid. Despite its importance, such a cyber-physical system is vulnerable to various cyberattacks such as pricing cyberattack and energy theft. In this talk, I will first show that due to the interdependence between utility pricing and customer energy load, an attacker could tamper with smart meters for electricity bill manipulation and energy load unbalancing. I will then discuss some advanced algorithmic and control theoretic techniques to defend against those attacks, such as partially observable Markov decision process based detection, cross entropy optimization based sensor deployment, etc. I will conclude the talk with some of the ongoing research in this direction.

  Date and Time




  • The University of Queensland
  • St Lucia Campus
  • Brisbane, Queensland
  • Australia
  • Building: Hawken Engineering
  • Room Number: T105

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Professor Shiyan Hu

Professor Shiyan Hu


Professor Shiyan Hu received his Ph.D. in Computer Engineering from Texas A&M University in 2008. He is an Associate Professor at Michigan Technological University, and he was a Visiting Associate Professor at Stanford University. His research interests include Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS), CPS Security, and Embedded Systems where he has published more than 100 refereed papers, including 35 in premier IEEE Transactions.

Prof. Hu is an ACM Distinguished Speaker, an IEEE Systems Council Distinguished Lecturer, and a recipient of U.S. National Science Foundation CAREER Award. His research was highlighted as a Keynote Paper in IEEE Transactions on Computer-Aided Design and as the Front Cover in IEEE Transactions on Nanobioscience. He is the Chair for IEEE Technical Committee on Cyber-Physical Systems. He is the Editor-In-Chief of IET Cyber-Physical Systems: Theory & Applications. He is an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Computer-Aided Design, IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics, and ACM Transactions on Design Automation for Electronic Systems. He is also a Guest Editor for 8 IEEE/ACM journals such as Proceedings of the IEEE (PIEEE) and IEEE Transactions on Computers. He has held chair positions in various IEEE/ACM conferences. He is a Fellow of IET. More information about him can be found at