Duration: 1 Jul 2015 to 30 Jun 2018
PI: Prof Aditya Mathur
Project manager: Mark G0h
Funding agency: PUB

ASPIRE (Water) is an extension of the main Advancing Security of Public Infrastructure using Resilience and Economics project, an interdisciplinary project on the cyber security of large-scale, public infrastructures. This project complements the main project with a three-year focus on public water infrastructure systems. The project team consists of researchers from SUTD and PUB engineers.

The project, which is motivated by the rise of cyber-attacks to critical infrastructures, aims at investigating the vulnerability of SCADA systems and mitigating the effect of such attacks to water infrastructures, such as water treatment and distribution systems. To this purpose, the team will analyze different threats and design secure and economically viable countermeasures. Particular emphasis will be given to the development of dynamic control solutions that defend the systems during cyber-attacks.

The team will investigate the interaction between physical and cyber layers, leveraging two test-beds available at SUTD, namely the Secure Water Treatment (SWaT) and Water Distribution (WADI). The former features the most common steps in water treatment, including filtration and chemical dosing, whereas the latter faithfully represents automated water distribution systems in cities such as Singapore.