Queen's University Belfast - Research Fellow (2 posts)

Queen's University Belfast - Research Fellow (2 posts)

Multi-Agent Systems for Large-Scale Evolving SCADA - EPSRC PACES Project Ref: 12/102064

Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT)

The next generation of SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) systems must develop a set of autonomous and intelligent capabilities to address a number of pressing requirements.  Problems presented by increasing process complexity, advances in sensor technologies, the increasing demand for integration with other enterprise solutions, increasingly inadequate security protection and a higher required standard of fault tolerance must all be solved.

To provide solutions to these problems the proposed research focuses on the development of a novel Multi-Agent System (MAS) architecture supporting SCADA systems, built on research on MAS carried out at IIIA in Barcelona.  This architecture is to be integrated with an advanced event reasoning framework that has been partially developed at Queen's University Belfast which will fully exploit sensor data and domain knowledge, including treatment of inherent uncertainties, incompleteness and inconsistency to autonomously infer system state and crucially to inform human and autonomous decision makers in the system.  Security issues related to multi-agent systems for large scale control problems will also be investigated and such technologies to be integrated into next generation MASs.

The Research Fellows appointed will conduct advanced research to achieve the following objectives:

1.         To model and simulate next-generation SCADA systems with a multi-agent architecture.

2.         To implement autonomous SCADA agents that can assimilate distributed and heterogeneous sensor data and domain knowledge to derive situational awareness.

3.         To develop formal models for encapsulating and reasoning with noisy sensor data in autonomous SCADA systems.

4.         To investigate security vulnerabilities arising from a multi-agent architecture.

5.         To develop methods to verify system integrity in real-time in SCADA systems.

6.         To showcase new capabilities using concept demonstrators that simulate realistic SCADA scenarios and exhibit new autonomous capabilities developed in the programme.

Anticipated interview date: Wednesday 27 June 2012. Salary scale: £30,122 - £35,938 per annum. Closing date: Monday 11 June 2012.

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The University is committed to equality of opportunity and to selection on merit.  It therefore welcomes applications from all sections of society and particularly welcomes applications from people with a disability. 

Fixed term contract posts are available for the stated period in the first instance but in particular circumstances may be renewed or made permanent subject to availability of funding.

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