ECE Seminar with Saman Zonouz

4:00 pm on Thursday, March 20, 2014
Photonics Center, 8 Saint Mary’s St., Room 339
Trustworthy Critical Infrastructures
Threats, Challenges, and Countermeasures

With Saman Zonouz
University of Miami

Faculty Host: Ayse Coskun

Refreshments will be served outside Room 339 at 3:45 p.m.

Abstract: Critical cyber-physical infrastructures, such as the power grid, integrate networks of computational and physical processes to provide the people across the globe with essential functionalities and services. Protecting these critical infrastructures is a vital necessity because the failure of these systems would have a debilitating impact on economic security and public health and safety. My research aims at provision of real-world solutions to facilitate the secure and reliable operation of next-generation critical infrastructures and requires interdisciplinary research efforts across adaptive systems and network security, cyber-physical systems, and trustworthy real-time detection and response mechanisms. In this talk, I will focus on real past and potential future threats against critical infrastructures and discuss the challenges in design, implementation, and analysis of security solutions to protect cyber-physical platforms. I will introduce novel classes of working systems that we have developed to overcome these challenges in practice and finally conclude with several concrete directions for future research.

About the Speaker: Saman Zonouz is an Assistant Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Miami (UM) since August 2011 and the Director of the 4N6 Cyber Security and Forensics Laboratory. He has been awarded the Faculty Fellowship Award by AFOSR in 2013, the Best Student Paper Award at IEEE SmartGridComm 2013, the EARLY CAREER Research award from the University of Miami in 2012 as well as the UM Provost Research award in 2011. The 4N6 research group consists of one post-doctoral associate and eight Ph.D. students, and their research has been funded by approximately $4 million in grants from NSF, ONR, DOE/ARPA-E, and Fortinet Corporation. Saman’s current research focuses on systems security and privacy, trustworthy cyber-physical critical infrastructures, binary and malware analysis, as well as adaptive intrusion tolerance architectures. Saman has served as the chair, program committee member, and a reviewer for international conferences and journals. He obtained his Ph.D. in Computer Science, specifically, intrusion tolerance architectures for the cyber-physical infrastructures, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2011.