A Game-Theoretic Approach for Resilient, Robust and Secure Control of Cyber-Physical Systems

Lecture / Panel
For NYU Community

Speaker: Dr. Quanyan Zhu

Host Faculty: Professor Zhong-Ping Jiang


With its rich set of conceptual, analytical and algorithmic tools, game theory has emerged as providing a versatile and effective framework for addressing issues of robustness, resilience, and security (RRS) in modern critical infrastructures. Such systems are composed of many interacting human, cyber and physical components at multiple layers. Addressing issues of RRS will require a divide-and-conquer approach, and at the same time a holistic system viewpoint. The talk will first introduce game- and control-theoretic approaches for modeling multi-layer and multi-agent interactions in cyber-physical systems. It will then present the recently developed resilient control theory for efficient cyber and physical system integrations for achieving cyber security against attackers and robustness of physical system against noise and disturbances. The talk will also discuss the games-in-games principle and multi-resolution game theory to address strategic decision-making residing at multiple layers of the cyber-physical system. Specific examples will be drawn from communication networks and smart energy systems for illustration of these concepts.

About the Speaker

Quanyan Zhu is a PhD candidate at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Coordinated Science Laboratory (CSL) at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). He has received his Master of Applied Science in Electrical Engineering from University of Toronto, and Bachelor of Engineering in Honors Electrical Engineering from McGill University. He has been a visiting researcher at University of Waterloo, University of Avignon, University of Houston, INRIA-Sophia Antipolis, Idaho National Laboratory, SUPELEC, University of Washington and Chinese Academy of Mathematics and System Science. He is a recipient of NSERC Canada Graduate Scholarship, University of Toronto Fellowship, Ernest A. Reid Fellowship and Mavis Future Faculty Fellowships. He is a recipient of the best track paper award at the 4th international symposium on resilient control systems (ISRCS). He is the organizer of the resilient control system tutorial at CPSWEEK 2012, the TPC Chair of the 1st and 2nd INFOCOM workshop on communications and control on smart energy systems (CCSES), and the organizer of the 1st and 2nd Midwest Workshop on Control and Game Theory (WCGT).