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Haifeng Niu, Avimanyu Sahoo, Chandreyee Bhowmick and S. Jagannathan, "An Optimal Hybrid Learning Approach for Attack Detection in Linear Networked Control Systems," IEEE/CAA J. Autom. Sinica, vol. 6, no. 6, pp. 1404-1416, Nov. 2019. doi: 10.1109/JAS.2019.1911762
Citation: Haifeng Niu, Avimanyu Sahoo, Chandreyee Bhowmick and S. Jagannathan, "An Optimal Hybrid Learning Approach for Attack Detection in Linear Networked Control Systems," IEEE/CAA J. Autom. Sinica, vol. 6, no. 6, pp. 1404-1416, Nov. 2019. doi: 10.1109/JAS.2019.1911762

An Optimal Hybrid Learning Approach for Attack Detection in Linear Networked Control Systems

doi: 10.1109/JAS.2019.1911762
Funds:  This work was supported in part by the National Science Foundation (IIP 1134721, ECCS 1406533, CMMI 1547042)
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  • A novel learning-based attack detection and estimation scheme is proposed for linear networked control systems (NCS), wherein the attacks on the communication network in the feedback loop are expected to increase network induced delays and packet losses, thus changing the physical system dynamics. First, the network traffic flow is modeled as a linear system with uncertain state matrix and an optimal Q-learning based control scheme over finite-horizon is utilized to stabilize the flow. Next, an adaptive observer is proposed to generate the detection residual, which is subsequently used to determine the onset of an attack when it exceeds a predefined threshold, followed by an estimation scheme for the signal injected by the attacker. A stochastic linear system after incorporating network-induced random delays and packet losses is considered as the uncertain physical system dynamics. The attack detection scheme at the physical system uses the magnitude of the state vector to detect attacks both on the sensor and the actuator. The maximum tolerable delay that the physical system can tolerate due to networked induced delays and packet losses is also derived. Simulations have been performed to demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed schemes.


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    • Attack detection and estimation scheme is proposed for an uncertain lin ear networked control system (NCS) using learning methodology where adversarial attacks are considered on both the network channels and the physical system. Due to random packet drops and delays, the dynamics of the NCS become unknown. In addition, the attacks induce changes in network traffic due to additional random packet dropouts and delays affecting the physical system dynamics and controller performance. An adaptive observer is introduced for attack detection.
    • By using a state-space network flow representation, a Q-learning based optimal flow controller is designed to stabilize the flow. The adaptive observer detects the attacks on the communication network. Upon de tection, estimation scheme is proposed to determine the injected attack signal. Attack detectability condition is derived for network attacks.
    • The physical system dynamics take into account the network imperfections which make the dynamics uncertain. A game-theory based event-triggered controller is designed that optimizes the triggering instants and control input simultaneously.
    • The magnitude of the physical system state vector serves as the detection signal for both network and physical system component attacks. Max imum tolerable delay due to attacks is derived for the physical system. Overall stability of the NCS is demonstrated.


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