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Dr Subhash Lakshminarayana

PhD Scholarship:

School of Engineering, University of Warwick

Supervisor: Dr. Subhash Lakshminarayana
Application deadline: 15 November 2018
Start date: 7 January 2019
Duration: 3 years

The project: Cyber-Physical System Security.

Critical infrastructures (e.g., power grids, transportation systems etc.) are increasingly becoming the target of cyber attacks as evidenced in recent high-profile incidents such as the Black Energy attack against Ukraine's power grid. Such incidents could have severe consequences such as service outages and cascading failures. Thus, security of these cyber-physical systems (CPSes) is of critical concern.
Current CPSes mainly adopt static attack prevention approaches (e.g., air gaps and data diodes), which are insufficient to defend against sophisticated attackers. To complement these approaches, the proposed PhD project will develop and analyze dynamic defence mechanisms that leverage on physical characteristics of the CPSes and real-time monitoring, using state-of-the-art signal processing, control theory and machine learning techniques. Particular emphasis will be on developing hardened attack detectors that can defeat sophisticated attackers and dynamic system restoration mechanisms following a cyber attack. Application areas will include smart grids and urban transportation systems.
Successful candidates will conduct inter-disciplinary research in the areas of security, control, signal processing and machine learning.

Eligibility: UK or EU candidates with a 1st or 2.1 UK Honours degree or equivalent in Electrical/ Computer Engineering or related subjects.
Specific requirements include:
- Strong mathematical foundation and/or system building skills.
- Ability to perform simulations in Python/Matlab and C/C++.
- Knowledge of signal processing, control theory and/or machine learning will be a strong plus.

Funding: The scholarship will pay an annual stipend at the standard rate (currently £14777) and covers 100% tuition fees at the UK/EU rate for 3 years. International students are welcome to apply but must meet the difference in costs.

How to apply: Applicants should submit a full formal application via