CCTA 2018 is pleased to be offering Workshops on topics in control technology and applications. These tutorials are proposed, organized and delivered by international experts from academia, national laboratories, and industry. Information on the workshops is given below; for additional information, contact the Workshops Chair, Fumin Zhang.

Information about registration is available here.

W1: Smart Cities: Connectivity, Mobility, and Trust

Organizer: Qingshan Jia, Department of Automation, Tsinghua University
Organizer: Rong Su, School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Nanyang Technical University
Organizer: Fumin Zhang, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology

The goal for this workshop is to present recent advancement of control approaches in the broader context of smart cities and communities that is related to connectivity, mobility and trust. This session is sponsored by the technical committee on smart cities of the IEEE control systems society. This invited session is motivated by the growing emphasis on ensuring a sustainable, comfortable, economically viable future for urban environments, which has led to the term “Smart City”. Considering the broadness of this exciting field, ranging from smart economy, smart environment, smart personnel, smart mobility, smart living to smart government, we aim to report recent research achievements and identify relevant challenges. We envision the session will be of interest to control theorists, robotics researchers, and computer scientists alike. Through these sessions, we have invited researchers from different backgrounds to discuss different approaches in addressing related problems. It is our hope that participants will draw inspirations from colleagues with different expertises, hence further their own quests. We believe this timely session proposal will be very much appealing to the general public of the conference.

Presenters (tentative):
  • Qingshan Jia, Tsinghua University
  • Fumin Zhang, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Robert Shorten (or Associate) University College Dublin
  • Christos Cassandras (or Associate), Boston University
  • Rong Su (or Associate), Nanyang Technological University

W2: The Internet of Threats

Organizer: David Fritz (Sandia National Laboratories)

The Internet of Threats is a multidisciplinary, one-day workshop that aims to review current concerns, practices, and mitigations regarding cybersecurity for Internet of Things (IoT) devices. The workshop will be of broad interest to the CCTA2018 audience, and is will be formatted for engineers without deep cybersecurity knowledge wishing to gain context on cybersecurity issues in IoT. The workshop will bring together researchers from academia, government, and industry to discuss how cybersecurity interplays with control, networking, sensing, and policy.

IoT devices surround us in nearly every environment - sensor networks, wireless enabled appliances, healthcare equipment – and the interaction and security of these devices with existing networked environments is critically under-researched. Meanwhile, wide adoption of devices continues to grow in enterprise, home, industrial, transportation, military, critical infrastructure and healthcare environments. The US National Intelligence Council lists the ubiquity of the Internet of Things as one of six "Disruptive Civil Technologies" with expectations that "to the extent that everyday objects become information security risks, the IoT could distribute those risks far more widely than the Internet has to date."

This workshop will target an audience of control researchers not already familiar cybersecurity, as well as established researchers searching for new areas of interests and partnerships. The workshop will have an emphasis on cybersecurity topics relevant to control researchers, including a discussion of the landscape of past, present, and future cybersecurity threats on IoT devices, and how it impacts everything from how control systems get designed and used in practice, to policy and economic impacts. Considering the cross participation of academia, government, and industry, this workshop is an ideal fit for the scope and vision of CCTA.

Presenters (tentative):
  • Vince Urias, Sandia National Laboratories
  • Dr. Sam Bevan, Sociotechnical Security Group, UK National Cyber Security Centre
  • Dr. Eyal Dassau, Director of the Biomedical Systems Engineering Research Group and Senior Research Fellow in Biomedical Engineering, John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard
  • Monzy Merza, Vice President of Security Research, Splunk
  • Eric Gustafson, UC Santa Barbara
  • Dr. David Zage, Intel
  • Dr. Vamsee Kandimalla, Ford Motor