David M. Nicol, CREDC PI and Director, Information Trust Institute
Abstract: The U.S. Department of Energy has selected the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to lead the Cyber Resilient Energy Delivery Consortium (CREDC) – a five-year, $28.1 million initiative that will develop cyber resilient energy delivery systems for the electric power and oil & gas industries. In addition to Illinois, CREDC includes the original TCIPG members (Arizona State University, Dartmouth College, Washington State University) with new members Argonne National Laboratory, MIT, Oregon State University, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Rutgers University, Tennessee State University, and the University of Houston. CREDC’s goal is to create a pipeline of research that takes ideas from long-term research through mid-term research and development, and finally through rigorous verification and validation. CREDC invites significant industry participation at strategic and tactical levels, including participation in selection of mid-term research that leads to testable research artifacts. CREDC’s goal is to identify and execute high impact research whose results can actually be adopted. This talk describes the structure and operation of CREDC, the factors that influence CREDC research directions, and an overview of the year one CREDC research tasks
Biography: Professor David M. Nicol is the Franklin W. Woeltge Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Director of the Information Trust Institute, and Principal Investigator of both CREDC and the DHS-funded Critical Infrastructure Resilience Institute. Previously he held faculty positions at the College of William and Mary and at Dartmouth College. His research interests include high-performance computing, simulation modeling and analysis, and security. He was elected Fellow of the ACM for his contributions in those areas. He is co-author of the widely used textbook Discrete-Event Systems Simulation and was the inaugural awardee of the ACM Special Interest Group on Simulation’s Distinguished Contributions Award, for his contributions in research, teaching, and service in the field of simulation.