The Third ACM SIGMETRICS International Workshop on Critical Infrastructure Network Security
Phoenix, Arizona, June 28, 2019


The Third ACM International Workshop on Critical Infrastructure Network Security (CINS) will be held in Phoenix, Arizona on June 28, 2019 in conjunction with ACM SIGMETRICS.


Critical Infrastructure Networks of the nations across the world currently are under severe stress due to increased number of incidences and threats of cyber-attack against these networks. Almost all these networks, including electric power distribution grid, communication networks, water distribution networks, financial networks and transportation systems are vulnerable to cyber-attacks. As these networks form the lifeline of any nation, it is imperative that vulnerability level of these networks be reduced as much as possible.

Unfortunately, vulnerability levels of these infrastructure networks are not well understood. To complicate matters further, these networks do not operate in isolation. Most often, they are highly interdependent on one another, making vulnerability analysis of such interdependent networks even more complex. Although in the last few years a number of models have been proposed for such interdependent systems, most of them are inadequate to capture the complex interdependency that exists even in one critical infrastructure system, let alone multiple interdependent critical infrastructure systems. In addition, none of the proposed models have been validated using any real critical infrastructure network data.

The goal of this workshop is to bring academicians, critical infrastructure network operators, representatives of governmental agencies responsible for proper functioning of these networks together, so that appropriate modeling and data collection approaches can be formulated so that vulnerability levels of various critical infrastructure networks can be evaluated and results validated.

Call for Papers

In keeping with the scope of the workshop, we are seeking papers covering all aspects of critical infrastructure network security, which includes technical, economic, social and behavioral. In addition to scientific contribution from the academicians, we strongly encourage submission from the engineers, economists and physical, social and behavioral scientists from infrastructure operators, national laboratories and governmental agencies. Topics of interest include (but not limited to):

  • Modeling and validation for Critical Infrastructure Networks
  • Interdependency between multiple Critical Infrastructure Networks
  • Vulnerability analysis of Critical Infrastructure Networks
  • Enhancement of Robustness and Resiliency of Critical Infrastructure Networks in a budget constrained environment
  • Cyber-security and Digital Forensic issues in Critical Infrastructure Networks
  • Economic aspects of robustness and resiliency of Critical Infrastructure Networks
  • Impact of Social and Behavioral aspects on robustness and resiliency of Critical Infrastructure Networks
  • Impact of Regulations on robustness and resiliency of Critical Infrastructure Networks
  • Risk management in Critical Infrastructure Networks

Important Dates

  • Submission Deadline: May 18, 2019 (extended)
  • Acceptance Notification: May 27, 2019
  • Workshop Date: June 28, 2019

Submission Details

Performance Evaluation Review (PER) is the quarterly publication of ACM SIGMETRICS. PER is sent to all SIGMETRICS members and is available through the ACM digital library. PER publishes the proceedings of all the Sigmetrics workshops. Accordingly, all accepted submissions for CINS will be published in PER.

Page limit for the CINS workshop submissions is 5 pages.

In order for publication in PER, the authors of accepted submissions need to grant ACM permission to publish them in print and digital formats. Note that there are no copyright issues with PER, and thus authors retain the copyright of their work with complete freedom to submit their work elsewhere.

Authors should prepare the manuscripts in the following latex style:

CINS encourages research papers, position papers and policy papers from academia, industry and governmental agencies for presentation at CINS. The submissions should be in the standard ACM format.

Submissions must be submitted electronically in printable PDF form, via the CINS 2019 submission site at:

Submissions will be reviewed by the CINS program committee for presentation at the workshop. Revised versions of these submissions will be published in a special issue of Performance Evaluation Review (PER), with a due date after the workshop making it possible for authors to incorporate the results of, or simply mention, any relevant discussions at the workshop.

Keynote Speaker

Prof. Vijay Vittal, Arizona State University, USA

Invited Talks

Workshop Schedule

Date: June 28, 2019
Location: Room 227C, Phoenix Convention Center (Google Maps),
Phoenix, Arizona, USA

June 28th, 2019
Room 227C, Phoenix Convention Center, Phoenix, Arizona, USA
08:00 - 09:00 Breakfast & Registration
Session 1
09:00 - 09:05 Welcome
My T. Thai
University of Florida, USA
Arun Sen
Arizona State University, USA
09:05 - 10:00 Keynote Talk Electricity and Water do Mix: Interdependent Electric and Water Infrastructure Modeling, Optimization and Control
Vijay Vittal
Arizona State University, USA
10:00 - 10:30 Coffee Break
Session 2
Session Chair: Arun Das, Visa Inc., USA
10:30 - 11:00 Invited Talk #1 Cyber-Based Contingency Analysis of Interdependent Infrastructure Networks under Uncertainty
Samrat Chatterjee
Pacific Northwest National Laboratories, USA
11:00 - 11:30 Invited Talk #2 Evaluating the Vulnerability of Energy Management Systems to False Data Injection Attacks
Oliver Kosut
Arizona State University, USA
11:30 - 12:00 Invited Talk #3 Deep Network Mining: Exploring the Power and Beauty of Network of Networks
Hanghang Tong
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
12:00 - 12:30 Invited Talk #4 Advanced Persistent Threats in Autonomous Driving
Krishna Kant
Temple University, USA
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch Break
Session 3
Session Chair: Samrat Chatterjee, Pacific Northwest National Laboratories, USA
13:30 - 14:00 Invited Talk #5 Network Vulnerability after a Natural Disaster
Fernando Kuipers
Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
14:00 - 14:30 Invited Talk #6 Identifying Unique Power System Signatures for Determining Vulnerability of Critical Power System Assets
Anamitra Pal
Arizona State University, USA
14:30 - 15:00 Invited Talk #7 Smallest Pseudo Target Set Identification and Related Problems Using the Implicative Interdependency Model
Arun Das
Visa Inc., USA
15:00 - 15:30 Coffee Break
Session 4
Session Chair: Fernando Kuipers, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
15:30 - 15:50 Contributed Talk #1 Less is More: Real-time Failure Localization in Power Systems
Chen Liang
California Institute of Technology, USA
15:50 - 16:10 Contributed Talk #2 Scheduling Post-disaster Repairs in Electricity Distribution Networks with Uncertain Repair Times
Y. Tan1, A. K. Das2, M. Ahumada-Paras1, P. Arabshahi1 and D. S. Kirschen1
University of Washington1, USA
Eastern Washington University2, USA
16:10 - 16:30 Contributed Talk #3 Cascading Failures in Interconnected Power-to-Water Networks
E. Pournaras1, R. Taormina2, M. Thapa1, S. Galelli2, V. R. Palleti2, and R. Kooij2, 3
ETH Zurich1, Zurich, Switzerland
Singapore University of Technology and Design2, Singapore
Delft University of Technology3, The Netherlands
16:30 - 16:50 Contributed Talk #4 Optimal Monitoring Strategies for Critical Infrastructure Networks
K. Palani, and D. M. Nicol
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
16:50 - 17:00 Concluding Remarks
My T. Thai
University of Florida, USA
Arun Sen
Arizona State University, USA


Past CINS Workshops