For their project titled, "Defending Cyber-Physical Systems Using Federated Learning of Physical Models," Professors Giovanni Vigna and Christopher Kruegel have been awarded a $2 million grant by the Office of Naval Research.
Cyber-physical systems (CPS), or systems that interact with the physical world through sensory input and cyber-control systems, are becoming increasing ubiquitous. Such systems are often deployed in safety-critical scenarios, e.g., managing power generation and delivery, controlling manufacturing processes, or coordinating automotive systems. As opposed to traditional cyber-systems, physical faults can easily lead to human harm, sometimes on a large scale. Therefore, the reliability, integrity, and availability of physical processes and their control are of paramount concern.
Protecting existing and next-generation cyber-physical systems will require significant research that is informed by real-world issues such as limited resources and real-time constraints.
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