Special Issue "Design and Evaluation of Secure Diagnosis and Control Benchmarks and Test-Scenarios for Cyber-Physical Systems"

A special issue of Electronics (ISSN 2079-9292). This special issue belongs to the section "Computer Science & Engineering".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 10 January 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Jakub Możaryn
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Institute of Automatic Control and Robotics, Warsaw University of Technology, Św. A. Boboli 8, 02-525 Warsaw, Poland
Interests: identification; artificial neural networks; recurrent neural networks; energy storage systems; robotics; control systems; cybersecurity in cyber-physical industrial systems; fault diagnosis
Prof. Dr. Ramon Costa-Castelló
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Escola Tècnica Superior d'Enginyeria Industrial de Barcelona (ETSEIB), Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), 08028 Barcelona, Spain
Interests: automatic control; energy management
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Dr. Matthew Bradbury
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Department of Computer Science, University of Warwick, Gibbett Hill Road, Coventry CV4 7AL, UK
Interests: security; context privacy and trust in resource-constrained and distributed IoT systems
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) integrate physical processes, computational resources, and communication capabilities. This interaction through the different modalities allows the development of innovative technologies. Examples of such systems include transportation networks, power generation and distribution networks, water and gas distribution networks, islanded microgrids, and advanced communication systems. It is worth mentioning that the integration of cyber and physical components increases the efficiency of the systems but also renders them susceptible to hazards, e.g., generating concerns about possible cyber-attacks targeting them.

Therefore, this leads to new research challenges. There is an on-going trend in industrial control systems to control installations remotely, using sensors and actuators connected with the controller via a wireless network. Added to this, more emphasis is currently placed on the monitoring, diagnosis, and fault-tolerant control algorithms located on the computing cloud (control as a service). Such solution, whilst providing undoubtful benefits in terms of cost, flexibility, ease of modifications, and maintenance, also poses certain problems that need to be addressed—for instance, resilience of control actions, and security of information flow and information processing.

It is important that these problems are fully defined and appropriate benchmarks and test scenarios are established for a reliable comparison of different proposed solutions of secure and resilient control and diagnosis algorithms. In this Special Issue, we invite authors to share their experience with the design of such benchmark cases and/or performing test scenarios of the developed algorithms.

Dr. Jakub Możaryn
Dr. Ramon Costa Castelló
Dr. Matthew Bradbury
Guest Editors

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  • cyber-physical systems
  • cloud computing
  • industrial internet of things
  • control as a service
  • secure state estimation
  • encrypted control
  • cybersecurity
  • fault-tolerant control
  • resilient control
  • cyber-attack detection
  • cyber-attack mitigation
  • industrial cyber-attack benchmarks

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Cybersecurity of Robotic Systems: Leading Challenges and Robotic System Design Methodology
Electronics 2021, 10(22), 2850; https://doi.org/10.3390/electronics10222850 - 19 Nov 2021
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Recent years have seen a rapid development of the Internet of Things (IoT) and the growth of autonomous robotic applications which are using network communications. Accordingly, an increasing advancement of intelligent devices with wireless sensors (that means autonomous robotic platforms) operating in challenging [...] Read more.
Recent years have seen a rapid development of the Internet of Things (IoT) and the growth of autonomous robotic applications which are using network communications. Accordingly, an increasing advancement of intelligent devices with wireless sensors (that means autonomous robotic platforms) operating in challenging environments makes robots a tangible reality in the near future. Unfortunately, as a result of technical development, security problems emerge, especially when considering human–robot collaboration. Two abnormalities often compromise the basic security of collaborative robotic fleets: (a) Information faults and (b) system failures. This paper attempts to describe the methodology of a control framework design for secure robotic systems aided by the Internet of Things. The suggested concept represents a control system structure using blocks as the components. The structure is designed for the robots expected to interact with humans safely and act connected by communication channels. The properties of the components and relations between them are briefly described. The novelty of the proposed concept concerns the security mechanisms. The paper also categorizes two different modes of network attacks summarizing their causal effects on the human–robot collaboration systems. The issue of standardization is also raised. In particular, the works of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and European Parliament (EP) on the security templates for communication channels are commented. Full article
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