Seminar talk by Prof. Dr. Ping Zhang, University of Kaiserslautern-Landau: Security, Resilience, and Scheduling of Cyber-Physical Production Plants

Date: Tuesday, July 18, 2023

Time: 13:10 - 14:10

Room: E3-301 (in-person)

Speaker: Prof. Dr. Ping Zhang, Institute of Automatic Control, University of Kaiserslautern-Landau, Germany (https://eit.rptu.de/fgs/atplus/lehrstuhl/lehrstuhlinhaberin/prof-dr-ping-zhang)

Title: Security, Resilience and Scheduling of Cyber-Physical Production Plants

Abstract: In modern production plants different system components are becoming more and more connected through communication networks. Both the flexibility and the reconfigurability of the plants have been significantly improved. At the same time, in order to reduce the risk of potential cyber attacks, suitable measures have to be taken to enhance the cyber security and the resilience of production plants. In this talk, at first different reactive and proactive approaches to improve the cyber security of production plants developed in our research group will be introduced. Then, to facilitate flexible manufacturing, automated scheduling and reconfiguration approaches based on signal interpreted Petri nets and artificial intelligence will be presented. Finally, other recent progress in our research group in data-driven control, energy management and aerial manipulator will be discussed.

Bio:  Ping Zhang received the B.Eng. degree from Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China, in 1997. From 1999 to 2001, she was with the University of Applied Sciences Lausitz in Senftenberg, Germany, in the framework of the DAAD-Sandwich-Program. She received the M.Eng. and Ph.D. degrees in Control Theory and Control Engineering from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, in 2002. After that she worked in the Institute for Automatic Control and Complex Systems at the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany, and at the Competence Center of Automation Technology at the BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany. From 2012 to 2013, she was a Professor of Automation Engineering at the Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences, Kleve, Germany. Since November 2013, she is a Full Professor and holds the Chair for Automatic Control at the Technische Universitaet Kaiserslautern, Germany. Her research interests are cyber security of industrial control systems, model and data based fault diagnosis, fault tolerant control, diagnosis and control of biological systems, safety systems and building automation. Her research in the area of cyber security focuses on the detection of cyber attacks, vulnerability analysis and encrypted control systems. 

Acknowledgment: This seminar is supported by JSPS KAKENHI Grant Number JP22H01509 and Info-Powered Energy System Research Center (iPERC), UEC.