iTrust research focus on the development of advanced tools and methodologies to ensure the security and safety of current and future systems in five thrusts:

  • Cyber Physical Systems (CPS)
  • Internet of Things (IoT) systems
  • Enterprise Networks
  • Autonomous Vehicles 
  • Blockchain

Systems of interest range from IoT devices (smart watches, IP cameras, drones etc.) to critical information infrastructure (power grid, water treatment, maritime etc.), as well as the convergences in IT and OT, and IoT and OT (i.e. Industrial IOT).

One of iTrust’s research objectives is to improve the understanding of cyber threats to CPS and to develop and experiment with strategies to mitigate such threats. iTrust’s approach is based on well-understood technical foundations borrowed from the interdisciplinary fields of control theory, artificial intelligence, axiomatic design, and software engineering. The proposed models and techniques are being evaluated against, and demonstrated in our Secure Water Treatment (SWaT) Testbed, Water Distribution System (WADI) testbed, and Electric Power and Intelligent Control (EPIC) testbed.

iTrust is also designated by the Cyber Security Agency of Singapore (CSA) as the National Satellite of Excellence in Design Science and Technology for Secure Critical Infrastructure (NSoE DeST-SCI). CSA has funded two phases of NSoE DeST-SCI to the tune of S$27M to conduct basic and translation research towards the safety and security of critical infrastructures and IoT devices.

Our researchers are drawn from across SUTD in multidisciplinary fields to enrich the depth, breadth, and quality of research. International academic collaborators include Aalto University, Advanced Digital Sciences Center, Ben Gurion University, Bristol University, Imperial College, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Missouri University of Science and Technology, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, The University of Texas at Dallas, and TU Delft. See our past and present collaborators here.