Over the last few years, researchers have gathered at CPSWeek to define the research scope for cyber-physical systems. These systems govern the operation of critical infrastructures such as power transmission, water distribution, transportation, healthcare, building automation, and process control. At the core of these systems are the modern control technologies that are based on embedded computers and networked systems that monitor and control large-scale physical processes. The use of internet-connected devices and commodity IT solutions and the malicious intents of hackers and cybercriminals have made these control technologies more vulnerable. Despite attempts to develop guidelines for the design and operation of systems via security policies, much remains to be done to achieve a principled, science-based approach to enhance security, trustworthiness, and dependability of networked cyber-physical systems. In light of that, HiCoNS aims to foster collaborations between researchers from the fields of control and systems theory, embedded systems, game theory, software verification, formal methods, and computer security. HiCoNS provides a venue to discuss theories and methodologies that encompass ideas from the following areas:

  1. fault-tolerant and networked control systems;
  2. game theory for multi-agent dynamics in uncertain environments; and
  3. learning and verification theory for secure and trustworthy cyber-physical systems.

Conference Topics

The scope of the conference will include, but is not restricted to, the following topics:
  • Threat assessment of networked systems
  • Detectability and diagnosis of faults and attacks
  • Intrusion and anomaly detection systems
  • Robust and resilient network control
  • Security economics
  • Game theoretic approaches for security of networked systems
  • Mechanism design and incentives for resilience
  • Management of interdependent risks
  • Security and privacy of networks
  • Adversarial machine learning
  • Security of sensor-actuator networks
  • Design architectures for prevention, detection, and response
  • Cyber awareness of human-centric systems
  • Response and reconfiguration methods
  • Test-beds for security of critical infrastructures
  • Model based design for integration of security and control

Approaches that can be applied to particular critical infrastructure systems in Transportation (surface and aviation), Energy (smart grid and building energy management), Water and gas distribution, and Healthcare (medical systems and associated embedded devices) are particularly welcomed but other areas will be explored. Equally welcomed is foundational work that cuts across multiple application areas or advances the scientific understanding of underlying principles for the development of high confidence (secure, reliable, robust, and trustworthy) networked cyber-physical systems.

The conference aims at engaging researchers from multiple disciplines, control theory, computer security, network security, information economics, game theory, and and theory of incentives, and linking work being done in the applied areas with foundational work to advance a science base for high-confidence networked systems in order to provide the means of building such systems in a principled way.