Adaptive window-based sensor attack detection for cyber-physical systems

Lin Zhang, Zifan Wang, Mengyu Liu, Fanxin Kong

Research output: Chapter in Book/Entry/PoemConference contribution

5 Scopus citations


Sensor attacks alter sensor readings and spoof Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) to perform dangerous actions. Existing detection works tend to minimize the detection delay and false alarms at the same time, while there is a clear trade-off between the two metrics. Instead, we argue that attack detection should dynamically balance the two metrics when a physical system is at different states. Along with this argument, we propose an adaptive sensor attack detection system that consists of three components - an adaptive detector, detection deadline estimator, and data logger. It can adapt the detection delay and thus false alarms at run time to meet a varying detection deadline and improve usability (or false alarms). Finally, we implement our detection system and validate it using multiple CPS simulators and a reduced-scale autonomous vehicle testbed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 59th ACM/IEEE Design Automation Conference, DAC 2022
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781450391429
StatePublished - Jul 10 2022
Externally publishedYes
Event59th ACM/IEEE Design Automation Conference, DAC 2022 - San Francisco, United States
Duration: Jul 10 2022Jul 14 2022

Publication series

NameProceedings - Design Automation Conference
ISSN (Print)0738-100X


Conference59th ACM/IEEE Design Automation Conference, DAC 2022
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Francisco


  • attack detection
  • cyber-physical systems
  • detection deadline

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Modeling and Simulation


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