Prof. Peter Palensky

    Thursday, 11 March 2021  12:15-13:30 CET

    Cyber-physical Security of Electrical Energy Systems

    The power system – man’s largest machine – receives increasing attention from questionable parties. Activist hackers, terrorists, digital vandals, state player attacks: they all aim at the digital assets of modern power systems in order to impact the physical half of it. Industrial control systems for power systems are one element in this landscape that is targeted.

    This talk will introduce you to cyber-physical power systems and explain which threats we have to deal with now and in future. It will also explain some known attacks of recent years and demonstrate you how to hack digital power system protection and that this could lead to cascading outages – more prominently known as blackouts.

    Short bio

    Peter Palensky is full Professor and Chair of Intelligent Electric Power Grids and Scientific Director of the PowerWeb institute at TU Delft (Netherlands). Before that he was Principal Scientist for complex energy systems and Head of Business Unit “Sustainable Building Technologies” at the Austrian Institute of Technology, CTO of Envidatec Corp., Hamburg, Germany, associate Professor at the University of Pretoria, South Africa, Department of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering, University Assistant at the Vienna University of Technology, Austria, and researcher at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, California. He is active in international committees like ISO, IEEE and CEN. He carries a PhD (EE, 2001) from the Vienna University of Technology and is Editor in Chief of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Magazine. His research field is complex energy systems and smart grids. In his research he models, (co-)simulates and optimizes heterogeneous cyber-physical energy systems. The areas of optimization are stability, robustness, efficiency, security and control of smart grids.