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Engineering Resilient Cyber-Physical Systems


Friday, September 24, 2021 
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM ET


Engineering Resilient Cyber-Physical Systems

Learn more about the smart grid’s digital transformation and its impact on society

Join us for a discussion with Eman Hammad, who was recently named one of Canada’s top 20 women in cybersecurity.

The ready availability of reliable and secure electric power underpins the digital revolution that continues to transform our modern lives.

The digital transformation of the smart grid is reshaping the interactions between smart grid systems components, between power systems and consumers, and between power systems and other interdependent critical infrastructures. Secure and resilient smart grids are essential for continued innovation. However, existing standards and regulations follow a bottom-up technology-focused approach that may not sufficiently address the risks across the different layers of smart grid operations.

Hammad will discuss the benefits of cyber-physical modeling as a useful tool to capture much of the innovation, cyber-physical threats, risks and uncertainty. She’ll present an operational risk-based model for smart-grids that efficiently captures cyber-physical uncertainties and enables a better resilient operation. This model utilizes a cyber-physical risk metric that can be used as a parameter for operation. Hammad also will expand on the need for a data-driven definition of trust between the different smart grid system components. Finally, she’ll outline how further studies in this direction can provide better system coordination.  

More about Eman Hammad

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Nishith D. Tripathi
Eman Hammad

Eman Hammad is a cybersecurity professional and interdisciplinary researcher focusing on trustworthy and resilient cyber-physical systems and emerging technologies. She earned her Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Toronto. Hammad combines practical experience and theoretical research to shape her vision for resilient-by-design solutions in the connected world. Hammad's primary focus is on how a deeper understanding of interactions between critical physical systems dynamics, communication and enabling technologies can help design new classes of operational solutions that are more resilient to cyber/physical disruptions. Hammad has published more than 50 papers, and her research was recognized with merit awards (best paper award, best poster award) and has been featured on the Smart Cybersecurity Network. Most recently, she was honored as one of Canada's Top 20 Women in Cybersecurity. Hammad is a senior IEEE member who has been an active volunteer, and is currently serving as the co-chair of the IEEE 5G Security working group for the International Network Generations Roadmap (INGR). 

She has delivered numerous invited talks in academic and industrial conferences and has chaired and co-chaired several conferences and workshops. Hammad is an active advocate for diversity and inclusion in STEM and cybersecurity. Her service has been recognized by IEEE chapter achievement and exemplary service awards. She is an assistant professor, computer science and information systems, Texas A&M University System – RELLIS Campus.

Registration Information

Register here. If you have problems with registration, please contact Susie Kuliasha at This online event also has closed captions for accessibility. 

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CCI posted a recording of the webinar, which you can watch on CCI’s YouTube channel.