CSC News

September 22, 2008

Ning Receives Research Award to Improve Power Grid Security

Dr. Peng Ning, associate professor of computer science, has been awarded $50,000 by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support his collaborative research proposal titled “A Resilient Real-Time System For a Secure and Reconfigurable Power Grid.”

The award will run from September 1, 2008 to August 31, 2011.

Ning will collaborate on the research with colleagues at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, the University of Minnesota, and Michigan State University.

Abstract - Energy infrastructure is a critical underpinning of modern society; any compromise or sabotage of its secure and reliable operation will have a prominent impact on people's daily lives and the national economy.  Past failures such as the massive northeastern power blackout of August 2003 have revealed serious defects in both system-level management and device-level designs.  This project proposes a hardware-in-the-loop reconfigurable system with embedded intelligence and resilient coordination schemes to tackle the vulnerabilities of the power grid.  As a part of the collaborative research project, the research efforts at NCSU will focus on the threats to existing state estimation algorithms and their defenses.

For more information about Dr. Ning, click here.

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