Rabu, 31 Juli 2013

PhD Research Studentships Smart Grid Cyber Security Study by Cloud-enabled Simulation

Glasgow Caledonian University -School of Engineering and Built Environment

Applications are invited for a full-time PhD research studentship within the School of Engineering and Built Environment at Glasgow Caledonian University. The studentship is for a period of three years, subject to satisfactory progress and provides payment of tuition fees at the UK/EU rate plus an annual stipend of £14,600 [please note that students from outside the EU are required to pay the difference between International and EU fees, currently this would amount to £7,100 per annum]. The successful candidate is expected to undertake up to 6 hours of academic support activity per week.
Project DescriptionThe purpose of the smart grid is to fundamentally enhance the reliability, efficiency and flexibility throughout the electric power process, including generation, transmission, distribution, metering and systems management. To achieve this, networked and automation systems must be deployed at all levels, including devices, communication networks, SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition), and grid middleware.
Being smart means every component at every level of the electric grid is Internet connected. On the one hand, smartness makes pervasive and agile monitoring, control and management of the grid possible. On the other hand, the more smart the electric grid is, the more exposed the infrastructure will be to the malicious attacks, intrusions and abuses, and thus the more vulnerable the grid becomes than conventional electric grid.
Project AimsTo develop novel cyber-physical security tools and techniques for securing the future smart grid networks. Specifically:
(i) To develop a simulation platform of smart grid that comprises communication network, SCADA, etc. that is capable of activating network security mechanisms. This simulation platform will integrate various simulators such as network & dynamics simulator (e.g., ns2, MATLAB/Simulink), SCADA & security simulator, smart grid simulator (e.g., GridLAB-D, GridSpice), agent-based electricity marketplace simulator, etc. into a virtualised Cloud Computing environment;
(ii) To investigate network security mechanisms and protocols for SCADA and smart grid, such as firewalls and intrusion detection and prevention, techniques for detecting hacking, malware infection and malware communications;
(iii) To implement cyber security test scenarios on the smart grid simulation platform and to evaluate the effectiveness of the network security mechanisms in smart grid and their impact upon the performance of smart grid.
CandidateWe are looking for a highly motivated candidate with a good honours degree (minimum 2.1) or Masters in Computing, Engineering or cognate discipline with relevant research, academic and/or industry experiences in one or more of the following areas: Smart Grid, Cyber Security, Cloud Computing, Industrial Control Systems, etc.
The project will be supervised by a team from Glasgow Caledonian University, University of Strathclyde and Queen's University Belfast.
Further information: Dr Bernardi Pranggono (b.pranggono@gcu.ac.uk)
How to ApplyApplication forms are available on request from researchapplications@gcu.ac.uk via the Apply button below.
Please state the Project Title on the completed application form and return to this email address.
The closing date for applications is 16th August 2013

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