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Resilient Control System Functional Architecture

Research Areas: State Awareness

  • Cyber and Physical Security
    • Characterize indications that correlate normal communications behavior for wired and wireless networks
    • Authentication and data diversity to confirm integrity of cyber and physical environment
  • Stability and Efficiency
    • Supervisory control considering the dynamic interactions of plant systems and incorporate advanced control theory
    • Development of self monitoring command structures used to verify that commanded actions will allow the process to remain within normal operational space
    • Prognoses and diagnose deviations from nominal behavior
  • Safeguards and Nonproliferation
    • Timely knowledge of the location and status of nuclear material and processes within a nuclear facility
    • Real-time knowledge of the plant activity is also necessary for preventing downtime of facilities, diversion and misuse of nuclear material
    • Discovery of process level dynamics to assure process stability and process consistency, i.e. the process has not changed on the fundamental level thereby allowing the loss of nuclear material in unexpected ways
  • Data Fusion
    • Consideration of human and automation control interactions are needed to determine algorithms and methodology
    • Collation of diverse indicators, such as cyber security and process data, performed to determine desired operation
    • Appropriate prioritization of the information provided to the consumer necessary for proper recognition and action

Research Areas: Resilient Design

  • Mixed Initiative
    • Integration of human and automation responses for optimal reaction
    • A control system concept that allows the user to configure autonomy on the fly
  • Resilient Control
    • Traditional concepts, including redundancy and diversity, are helpful but must be extended to include the process application and failure mechanisms
    • Security considerations extend beyond traditional solutions to increase reliability because of the inability to reproducibly characterize the human element
  • Stash Dashboard
    • Interactions between the human and the interface form the basis for proper or improper judgments
    • Presentation of information must reflect the needs of the consumer, whether operator, manager or engineer, and their responsibilities

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