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CANCELLED: Industrial/PhD Course: Cyber Security for Microgrids


25.05.2020 kl. 08.30 - 26.05.2020 kl. 16.00




Prof. Tomislav Dragičević


Prof. Tomislav Dragičević
Dr. Subham Sahoo



Microgrids are becoming a cornerstone of power distributions systems that will facilitate the realization of a carbon-neutral electric power systems. Alongside their flexibility to be operated in both grid-connected and autonomous modes, they also provide natural interfaces with many types of RES and ESSs and good compliance with consumer electronics. Moreover, microgrids can be grid-interactive by providing grid supportive functions such as frequency response and, regulation, reactive power support and voltage regulation, etc. All these facts lead to more and more deployment of microgrids in transmission and distribution levels. Furthermore, with proliferation of communication technologies, microgrids are evolving into cyber-physical systems (CPS) that use sophisticated software-based networked control. This increased sophistication imposes numerous new challenges involving coordination, operation philosophy and vulnerability to cyber-attacks.

Cyber-attacks can be designed in many ways: (a) sensor infiltration, (b) communication infringement. Even though several hard-bound secure protocols are designed to ensure the authenticity of the actual signal, the attackers usually target the control layer as an easy target. Hence, this course aims to focus: (a) identifying the vulnerable access points in microgrid controllers, (b) introduce the most prominent cyber-attacks, (c) detection of cyber-attacks in in real-time, (d) removal of these attack elements and ensuring stability/preventing system shutdown, (e) design of resilient controllers for microgrids, which heals by itself despite any cyber intrusion attempts. All models will be provided to attendees and experimental lab demonstration is expected as well along with discussion on future research ideas.

Day 1: General information about cyber security and its impact in microgrids – Tomislav Dragičević (2.5 hours) + Subham Sahoo (2.5 hours)

9:00 – 10:00   Microgrids – Role in modern power systems

10:00 – 10:30 Basic control and operation philosophies of microgrids

10:30 – 11:00 Coffee break

11:00 – 12:00 Cyber security in power systems – Lookback into the past events

12:00 – 13:00 Lunch break

13:00 – 14:00 Vulnerability assessment of microgrids to different kinds of attacks

14:00 – 15:00 Design of cyber-attack detection and mitigation strategies for microgrids

15:00 – 15:30 Coffee break

15:30 – 16:30 Design of resilient self-healing controllers for microgrids

Day 2: Cyber security laboratory exercises. Tomislav Dragičević (1 hour) + Subham Sahoo (4 hours)

09:30 – 10:30 Laboratory 1.1: Detection of cyber attacks in microgrids (part 1)

10:30 – 11:00 Coffee break

11:00 – 12:00 Laboratory 1.2: Detection of cyber attacks in microgrids (part 2)

12:00 – 13:00 Lunch break

13:00 – 15:00 Laboratory 2: Design of resilient controllers for microgrids

15:00 – 15:30 Coffee break

15:30 – 16:30 Laboratory 3: Mitigation of cyber attacks in microgrids


General knowledge about electrical engineering field.

Practicing knowledge in power electronic systems and control theory.

Experience in using Matlab/Simulink

Form of evaluation

Report evaluated by the lecturers.




6000 DKK for PhD students outside of Denmark and 8000 DKK for the Industry.


Department of Energy Technology


Aalborg University, Pontoppidanstræde 101, room 1.015, 9220 Aalborg East