May 11, 2010
ECE Assistant Professor Bruno Sinopoli has received a five-year, $400,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to develop computer tools for securing and controlling cyber-physical systems.
"I am honored to receive this award, which will help me continue investigating tools and methodologies to design and analyze cyber-physical and networked embedded systems," said Sinopoli, who is also a researcher at Carnegie Mellon CyLab.
Sinopoli said his goal is to set new standards for the robustness and security of critical infrastructures, such as power, gas and water distribution networks, transportation systems and other physical structures.
"While critical infrastructure can greatly benefit from the extensive use of information and communication technologies to improve safety and performance indices, their integration raises issues of reliability and security. In this project I want to address these concerns," Sinopoli said.
"This is an outstanding award for such an innovative researcher," said Ed Schlesinger, the David Edward Schramm Memorial Professor and head of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. "Making the nation's infrastructure more efficient and secure is critical to maintaining a sound economy and a safe environment for consumers, and Sinopoli's research is key to advancing the design and analysis of systems that give us light, transportation and support our important commercial and industrial sectors."
Sinopoli received his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering in 1998 from the University of Padova in Italy, and a master's degree and Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkley in 2003 and 2005, respectively.
Assistant Professor of ECE Bruno Sinopoli