2018 May, 11 Friday 00:00

On April 26th we had the opportunity to talk with Alan Oliveira de Sá, winner of the Student Contest during the event Metrology for Industry 4.0 & IoT.

Alan is currently a Professor at the Center of Electronics, Communications and Information Technology, CIAW, Brazilian Navy. He graduated in Electronic Engineering at the Federal Center for Technological Education of Rio de Janeiro, in 2006. He received his M.Sc. in Electronic Engineering from the State University of Rio de Janeiro in 2015. Now, he is working toward the Ph.D. degree in Cyber Security for Control and Automation Systems at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. His research interests include cybersecurity, control systems, defense systems, swarm robotic systems, swarm intelligence, evolutionary algorithms, distributed systems and wireless sensor networks.

After the event we asked him to meet via Skype to let him explain us his scientific paper and tell us about his work in research. The publication Evaluation on Passive System Identification and Covert Misappropriation attacks in Large Pressurized Heavy Water Reactors shows how a Passive System Identification attack can be used as powerful tool for the design of a covert misappropriation attack against a Pressurized Heavy Water Reactor (PHWR). The aim of his work is to encourage the research for techniques capable of effectively measuring and identifying this kind of attach in PHWRs and other critical cyber-physical systems. For a more detailed explanation see the attachments.

Furthermore Alan has briefly presented a project he’s realized about swarm robotic systems (SRS). In particular he and his team had realized a multi-hop localization algorithm to locate a swarm of kilobots, small robots that can perform small movements and communicate with each other using infrared technology, in order to optimize a function or arrange in a particular shape.
This project was really appreciated by some members so that we’re currently thinking about starting our own SRS project.
About that, Alan gave us his willingness to cooperate and follow the development, proposing ideas and suggesting strategies.


Useful Links:

Kilobot project (Harvard University): https://ssr.seas.harvard.edu/kilobots

Alan’s Scientific Contributions: https://scholar.google.com.br/citations?user=I-G02gUAAAAJ&hl=pt-BR&oi=ao