Doctoral Dissertations

Keywords and Phrases

Availability; Cyber-Physical Systems; Distributed Systems; Leader Elections; Markov Models; Smart-Grid


"New research about cyber-physical systems is rapidly changing the way we think about critical infrastructures such as the power grid. Changing requirements for the generation, storage, and availability of power are all driving the development of the smart-grid. Many smart-grid projects disperse power generation across a wide area and control devices with a distributed system. However, in a distributed system, the state of processes is hard to determine due to isolation of memory. By using information flow security models, we reason about a process's beliefs of the system state in a distributed system. Information flow analysis aided in the creation of Markov models for the expected behavior of a cyber controller in a smart-grid system using a communication network with omission faults. The models were used as part of an analysis of the distributed system behavior when there are communication faults. With insight gained from these models, existing congestion management techniques were extended to create a feedback mechanism, allowing the cyber-physical system to better react to issues in the communication network"--Abstract, page iii.


McMillin, Bruce M.

Committee Member(s)

Hurson, A. R.
Jiang, Wei
Chellappan, Sriram
Sedigh, Sahra


Computer Science

Degree Name

Ph. D. in Computer Science


National Science Foundation (U.S.)
United States. Department of Education. Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need


Research was supported by the Future Renewable Electric Energy Delivery and Management Center, a National Science Foundation-supported Engineering Research Center under grant NSF EEC-081212, and the United States Department of Education GAANN program.


Missouri University of Science and Technology

Publication Date

Summer 2016


xv, 111 pages

Note about bibliography

Includes bibliographic references (pages 105-110).


© 2016 Stephen Jackson Jackson, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Dissertation - Open Access

File Type




Subject Headings

Electronic data processing -- Distributed processing
Cyber intelligence (Computer security)
Smart power grids
Markov processes

Thesis Number

T 10959

Electronic OCLC #