Open Cyber-Architecture for Electrical Energy Markets

TitleOpen Cyber-Architecture for Electrical Energy Markets
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsYuksel, M, Bekris, KE, Evrenosoglu, CY, Gunes, MH, Fadali, S, Etezadi-Amoli, M, Harris, F
Conference Name1st IEEE LCN Workshop on Smart Grid Networking Infrastructure
Date Published11-14 October
Conference LocationDenver, Colorado, USA

Automated control and management of large-scale physical systems is a challenging problem in a wide variety of applications including: power grids, transportation networks, and telecommunication networks. Such systems require (i) data collection, (ii) secure data transfer to processing centers, (iii) data processing, and (iv) timely decision making and control actions. These tasks are complicated by the vast amount of data, the distributed sources of data, and the need for efficient data communication. In addition, large physical systems are often subdivided into separately owned subsystems. This multi- owner structure imposes physical, economic, market, and political constraints on the data transfer. These divisions make systems vulnerable to potential coordinated attacks. Defending against such attacks requires the infrastructures to be more automated and self-healing. Motivated by the challenge of a more efficient, secure and robust power grid, which is less vulnerable to blackouts due to cascaded events, this paper discusses some of the fundamental problems in designing future cyber-physical systems.