Resilient Controls and Instrumentation Systems

The Idaho National Laboratory’s (INL) Resilient Controls and Instrumentation Systems (ReCIS) Distinctive Signature is recognized as a thought leader in “resilient” control systems. Resilient systems maintain state awareness and proactively maintain operational normalcy in response to anomalies, including malicious and unexpected threats. This ReCIS focus anticipates emerging national challenges associated with the efficiency, effectiveness, and security of the Nation’s defense and critical infrastructure systems, including its wired and wireless communications networks.

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Whether a swarm of unmanned air vehicles or a smart power grid, mission assurance will entail the deployment of distributed control systems intended to efficiently and economically achieve objectives by intelligently interacting with end user devices. Given the multiple competing demands that such an interdependent control system must cope, its complexity may well prove to be its Achilles heel. Addressing this fragility will require control system technologies that are resilient by nature and remain resilient when interoperating. The development of such technologies will underpin next generation designs for defense and critical infrastructure systems where adversarial threats and benign, but undesirable human responses can create an even greater concern than the loss of use.

Research Areas

ReCIS hosts an interdisciplinary team of more than 50 scientists and engineers who specialize in five technology areas, including resilient control systems, sensors, intelligent automation, robotics and intelligent systems, and human-system integration.

Facilities and Capabilities

ICIS has a range of research facilities and test beds dedicated to sensors, control and intelligent systems research. The laboratory offers a variety of test beds for control system research, which can be utilized for complex evaluation of control system designs for cyber security, advanced control and operational verification and validation. >> READ MORE

Resilience Week

Large disasters may ripple across cities, regions or even nationally through interconnected critical infrastructure systems. Right now, many of those connections are invisible, making it very difficult to put effective mitigation strategies in place. Critical links are often uncovered too late, causing greater impacts to infrastructure and challenging recovery efforts on the ground. Resilience Week is a symposia dedicated to the resilience of cognitive, cyber-physical systems. >> READ MORE

Grand Challenge in Resilient Control Systems

There is a preeminent objective of corporate and government organizations for a comprehensive understanding of the security and safety of critical infrastructure, or state awareness. Enabled by this paradigm shift is the move from reactive to proactive control of plants, and mechanisms by which the evaluation and verification of designs is considered from design through implementation, resilient control systems. >> READ MORE