Adaptive control architectures for mitigating sensor attacks in cyber-physical systems

Tansel Yucelen, Wassim M. Haddad, Eric M. Feron

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The accuracy of sensor measurements is critical to the design of high-performance control systems since sensor uncertainties can significantly deteriorate achievable closed-loop dynamical system performance. Sensor uncertainty can arise due to low sensor quality, sensor failure or detrimental environmental conditions. For example, relatively cheap sensor suites are used for low-cost, small-scale unmanned vehicle applications that can result in inaccurate sensor measurements. Alternatively, sensor measurements can also be corrupted by malicious attacks if dynamical systems are controlled through large-scale, multilayered communication networks as is the case in cyber-physical systems. This paper presents several adaptive control architectures for stabilisation of linear dynamical systems in the presence of sensor uncertainty and sensor attacks. Specifically, we propose new and novel adaptive controllers for state-independent and state-dependent sensor uncertainties. In particular, we show that the proposed controllers guarantee asymptotic stability of the closed-loop dynamical system when the sensor uncertainties are time-invariant and uniform ultimate boundedness when the uncertainties are time-varying. We further discuss the practicality of the proposed approaches and provide several numerical examples to illustrate the efficacy of the proposed adaptive control architectures.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)24-52
Number of pages29
JournalCyber-Physical Systems
Issue number1-4
StatePublished - Oct 1 2016
Externally publishedYes


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