The development of innovative cybersecurity technologies, tools and methodologies that advance the energy system’s ability to survive cyber-attacks and incidents while sustaining critical functions, is neededfor the secure operation of utility and industrial systems. It is essential to verify and validate the ability of the developed solutions and methodologies so that they can be effectively used in practice. The development of solutions to mitigate cyber vulnerabilities throughoutthe energy delivery systemis essential to protect hardware assets. It will also make systems less susceptible to cyber threats and provide reliable delivery of electricity if a cyber incident occurred.
In this talk, we will describe how the developed solution can protect the power grid and industrial infrastructure from cyber-attacks as well as build cybersecurity protection into emerging power grid components and services. This includes microgrid and demand-side management components as well as protect the network (substations and productivity lines) and data infrastructure (SCADA) to increase the resilience of the energy delivery systemsagainst cyber-attacks. These developments will alsohelp utility security systems manage the large amounts of cybersecurity risk data and cybersecurity operations. For these developments to succeed, cybersecurity testbeds and testing methodologies are necessary to evaluate the effectiveness of any proposed security technologies.
The focus inthe development of cybersecurity capabilities in energy systems should span over multiple strategies;in the near term, midterm and long term. The continuous security state monitoring across cyber-physical domains is the goal in the near term. The development of continually defending interoperable components that continue operating in degraded conditions is required in the midterm. The development of methodologies to mitigate cyber incidents to quickly return to normal operations is necessary for all system components in the long term. We will discuss R&D efforts in these areas centered on the development of operational frameworks related to communication and interoperability, control and protection.
The importance ofinteroperability between smart grid applications and multi-vendor devices is important and must be considered.The current grid is composed of multi-vendor devices and multi-lingual applications that add to the complexity of integrating the smart grid components and also securing them. Standards development entities have been working with utilities, vendors, and regulatory bodies on developing standards that address interoperability in the smart grid. These include IEEE, IEC, NIST, ANSI, NERC and many others. In this presentation, we will conceptualize a comprehensive cyber-physical platform which involve the communication and power network sidesintegrating the cyber information flow, physical information flow, and the interaction between them. A data-centric communication middleware provides a common-data bus to orchestrate the system’s components together leading to an expandable multi-lingual system. We will present a hardware protocol gateway that was developed as a protocol translator capable of mapping IEC 61850 generic object oriented substation event (GOOSE) and sampled measured value (SMV) messages into the data-centric Data Distribution Service (DDS) global data bus. This is necessary for integrating the widely used IEC 61850-based devices into an exhaustive microgrid control and security framework.
We will also discuss a scalable cloud-based Multi-Agent System for the control of large scale penetration of Electric Vehicles (EVs) and their infrastructure into the power grid. This is a system that is able to survive cyber-attacks while sustaining critical functions. This framework’s network will be assessed by applying contingencies and identifying the resulting signatures for detection in real-time operation. As a result, protective measures can be taken to address the dynamic threats in the foreseen grid-integrated EV parks where the developed system will have an automated response to a cyber-attack.
In distributed energy management systems, the protection system must be adaptive. It is assisted bycommunication networks to react to dynamic changes in the microgrid configurations. In this regard, this presentation will also describe a newly developed protection scheme with extensive communication provided by IEC 61850 standard for power networks to monitor the microgrid during these dynamic changes. The robustness and availability of the communication infrastructure is required for the success of protection measures. This scheme is an adaptive protection scheme for AC microgrids that is capable of surviving communication failures through energy storage systems.


Dr. Mohammed is a Professor of Electrical Engineering and is the Director of the Energy Systems Research Laboratory at Florida International University, Miami, Florida. He received his Master and Doctoral degrees in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech in 1981 and 1983, respectively. He has performed research on various topics in power and energy systems in addition to computational electromagnetics and design optimization in electric machines, electric drive systems and other low frequency environments. He performed multiple research projects for several Federal agencies since 1990’s dealing with; power system analysis, physics based modeling, electromagnetic signature, sensorless control, electric machinery, high frequency switching, electromagnetic Interference and ship power systems modeling and analysis. Professor Mohammed has currently active research programs in a number of these areas funded by DoD, the US Department of Energy and several industries.
Professor Mohammed is a world renowned leader in electrical energy systems and computational electromagnetics. He has published more than 400 articles in refereed journals and other IEEE refereed International conference records. He also authored a book and several book chapters. Professor Mohammed is an elected Fellow of IEEE and is an elected Fellow of the Applied Computational Electromagnetic Society. Professor Mohammed is the recipient of the prestigious IEEE Power and Energy Society Cyril Veinott electromechanical energy conversion award and the 2012 outstanding research award from Florida International University.
Professor Mohammed has lectured extensively with invited and plenary talks at major research and industrial organizations worldwide. He serves as editor of several IEEE Transactions including the IEEE Transactions on Energy Conversion, the IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, IEEE Transactions on Magnetics, COMPEL and the IEEE Power Engineering Letters. Professor Mohammed served as the International Steering Committee Chair for the IEEE International Electric Machines and Drives Conference (IEMDC) and the IEEE Biannual Conference on Electromagnetic Field Computation (CEFC). Professor Mohammed was the General Chair of the 2009 IEEE IEMDC conference held in Miami Florida, May 3-6 2009 and was the Editorial Board Chairman for the IEEE CEFC2010 held in Chicago, IL USA, May 9-12, 2010. Professor Mohammed was also the general chair of the IEEE CEFC 2006 held in Miami, Florida, April 30 – May 3, 2006. He was also general chair of the 19th annual Conference of the Applied Computational Electromagnetic Society ACES-2006 held in Miami, Florida March 14-17, 2006. He was the General Chairman of the 1993 COMPUMAG International Conference and was also the General Chairman of the 1996 IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Systems Applications to Power Systems (ISAP'96) Dr. Mohammed has chaired the Electric Machinery Committee for IEEE PES was the Vice Chair and Technical Committee Program Chair for the IEEE PES Electric Machinery Committee for a number of years. He was a member of the IEEE/Power Engineering Society Governing Board (1992-1996) and was the Chairman of the IEEE Power Engineering Society Constitution and Bylaws committee. He also serves as chairman, officer or as an active member on several IEEE PES committees, sub-committees and technical working groups.
For complete list of publications and the Smart Grid Test Bed, the following link has all the details; http://www.energy.fiu.edu

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ICEIT 2016, May 5-7, Tangier Morocco
ICEIT 2015, March 25-27, Marrakech Morocco

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April 20,2017
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June 10,2017
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July 20,2017

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