Active distribution grids-Photo: Torben Nielsen

Cyber-physical security

The next generation electric power grids as well as many other modern industrial systems such as electric vehicles, ships and factories rely on advanced control and communication technologies. This increasingly tight integration of cyber and physical domains removes the boundary between the physical system and the outside world, thereby making the operation of such systems vulnerable to hostile cyber-attacks.

Thorough cyber-physical security assessment of such systems requires multidisciplinary approach in order to capture the vulnerabilities within different layers of an industrial system architecture. These layers typically include hardware, firmware, software, network and process layers. 

Our industrial partners have the expertise in designing the reliable cyber-security mechanisms in the first four layers (hardware, firmware, software, network), while our research focuses on developing novel cyber-security mechanisms in the process layer of various modern industrial systems. 

Particularly, our research relies on the application of modern control theory and artificial intelligence concepts to create a holistic cyber-physical-security framework that includes comprehensive process layer vulnerability assessment tools, attack detection/mitigation schemes and validation through formal methods and experimental/hardware in the loop tests.

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Selected examples:

Bornholm Power System
Part of the project's research is looking into cyber-secure operation of battery energy storage systems providing grid services.

Voltage control

Voltage control
Voltage control of power systems with contribution from wind power and other voltage levels.
DTU Electrical Engineering
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Spyros Chatzivasileiadis
Associate Professor, Head of Section
DTU Wind
+45 45 25 56 21

Seyedmostafa Hashemi Toghroljerdi

Seyedmostafa Hashemi Toghroljerdi
Co-supervisor (PhD) from energinet
DTU Wind