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Dr. Walter Lucia

SHORT BIO

I am currently an Assistant Professor at the Concordia Institute for Information Systems Engineering, Concordia University, Canada.  I received an M.Sc. in automation engineering (2011) and a Ph.D. in Systems and Computer Engineering (2015) from the University of Calabria, Italy, under the supervision of Professor Giuseppe Franze'.  In 2013, I was a visiting research scholar in the ECE Department at Northeastern University (USA),  where I worked with Professor Mario Sznaier. In 2015, I was visiting postdoctoral researcher in the ECE Department at Carnegie Mellon University (USA),  where I collaborated with Professor Bruno Sinopoli. My current research interests include control of unmanned vehicles, switching systems, fault-tolerant control, model predictive control, and resilient control of cyber-physical systems. I am an Associate Editor for the Control System Society - Conference Editorial Board, IEEE Systems Journal and Journal of Control, Automation and Electrical Systems . Moreover, I am the Chair of the IEEE Montreal Chapters of Systems, Man and Cybernetics and of the IEEE Control Systems.

LATEST  NEWS:

  • January 2021: Journal Paper: "Safety preserving control architecture for cyber-physical systems", accepted for publication in the  International Journal of Robust and Nonlinear Control
  • January 2021: Journal Paper: "A receding horizon event-driven control strategy for intelligent traffic management", accepted for publication in the  Discrete Event Dynamic Systems: Theory and Application journal
  • December 2020: Conference Paper: " Covert Attack detection for constrained cyber-physical systems regulated by robust model predictive controllers", accepted for publication and presentation at the American Control Conference.
  • October 2020: Journal Paper: "Covert channels in cyber-physical systems", accepted for publication in the  IEEE Control Systems Letters (L-CSS) journal
  • October 2020: Journal Paper: "A distributed model predictive control strategy for constrained multi-vehicle systems in unknown environments", accepted for publication in the  IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Vehicles journal
  • September 2020: Journal Paper: "A wyner wiretap-like encoding scheme for cyber-physical systems", accepted for publication in the  IET Cyber-Phsyical Systems journal
  • September 2020: Journal Paper: "A blended active detection strategy for false data injection attacks in cyber-physical systems", accepted for publication in the  IEEE Transactions on Control of Network Systems (CONES) journal
  • June 2020: Journal Paper: "Setpoint attack detection in cyber-physical systems ", accepted for publication in the  IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control (TAC) journal
  • April 2020: Conference Papers: 4 Conference Papers accepted for presentation and publication in the IEEE Conference on Control Technology and Applications (CCTA)
  • March 2020: Journal Paper: " A resilient control strategy for cyber-physical systems subject to denial of service attacks: A leader-follower set-theoretic approach,"  IEEE/CAA Journal of Automatica Sinica

Research Interests

  • Computationally low-demanding model predictive control strategies
  • Control of switching/switched systems
  • Model predictive control strategies for hybrid systems
  • Fault tolerant control
  • Secure control of cyber-physical systems
  • Networked Control Systems

obstacle_avoidance

Computationally low-demanding model predictive control strategies for autonomous vehicles

Development of computational low demanding control strategies, based on model predictive ideas and set-theoretic control concepts, to deal with obstacle avoidance problems characterizing moving unmanned vehicles in dynamic environments.

switching systems

Control of switching/switched systems

Development of control strategies, based on transition dwell time and supervised control concepts, to deal with plants characterized by a finite collection of switching/switched dynamical models.

hybrid system

Model predictive control strategies for hybrid systems

Development of event-driven set-theoretic control scheme for hybrid plants (with both continuous and discrete dynamics).

FTC

Fault tolerant control

Development of model predictive based reconfigurable control schemes for plant subject to stuck actuators and disturbances.

cps

Secure control of cyber-physical systems (CPS) 

Development of control strategies capable to face and mitigate security and reliability problems affecting the modern networked distributed large-scale dynamical systems.

NCS

Networked Control Systems

Development of control strategies for systems where plant and controller are spatially distributed. All the sensor and controller information are transmitted via a communication channel that might be subject to time-varying delays and packet dropouts.

Prospective Students

I am always looking for well-motivated Master and Ph.D. students interested in working with me in at one of the following research areas (but not limited to):

  • Secure Control of Cyber-Physical Systems with application to Smart Grids and Autonomous Vehicles;
  • Fault tolerant control;
  • Switching Systems;
  • Control of event-driven Hybrid Systems
A successful candidate should have a strong background in Control Systems and be well-skilled with Matlab. In your email, please attach your CV, your Transcripts, your Publications, Recommendation letters, 1-page research statement (explaining what your research interests are)

Current Students

Publications

Refereed Journal Papers

  1. K. Gheitasi and W. Lucia, "A safety preserving control architecture for cyber-physical systems," International Journal of Robust and Nonlinear Control, 10.1002/rnc.54232, 2021.
  2. W. Lucia, G. Franze', and D. Famularo, "A receding horizon event-driven control strategy for intelligent traffic management," Discrete Event Dynamic Systems: Theory and Applications, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10626-020-00337-7, 2021.
  3. A.  Abdelwahab*, W. Lucia, and A. Youssef, "Covert channels in cyber-physical systems," IEEE Control Systems Letters (L-CSS), Vol. 5, pp. 1273-1278. 2020.
  4. G. Franze', W. Lucia, and A. Venturino*, "A distributed model predictive control strategy for constrained multi-vehicle systems moving in unknown environments," IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Vehicles,10.1109/TIV.2020.3029746, 2020.
  5. W. Lucia and A. Youssef, "Wyner wiretap-like encoding scheme for cyber-physical systems," IET Cyber-Physical Systems: Theory & Applications, Vol 5. No. 4, pp. 359-365, 2020.
  6. M. Ghaderi*, K. Gheitasi*, and W. and Lucia, "A blended active detection strategy for intelligent cyber-attacks in networked control systems," IEEE Transactions on Control of Network Systems, 10.1109/TCNS.2020.3024315, 2020.
  7. W. Lucia,  K. Gheitasi*, and M. Ghaderi*, "Setpoint attacks detection in cyber-physical systems,"  IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control (TAC), 10.1109/TAC.2020.3004326, 2020.
  8. G. Franze', D. Famularo, W. Lucia, and F. Tedesco, "A resilient control strategy for cyber-physical systems subject to denial of service attacks: A leader-follower set-theoretic approach," IEEE/CAA Journal of Automatica Sinica, 2020 (Accepted).
  9. M. Bagherzadeh*, W. Lucia,  "A Set-Theoretic Model Predictive Control Approach for Transient Stability in Smart Grid," IET Control Theory & Applications, 2019 (Accepted).
  10. G. Franze',  F. Tedesco, and W. Lucia, "Resilient control for cyber-physical systems subject to replay attacks," IEEE Control Systems Letters, Vol. 3, No. 4, pp. 984-989, 2019.
  11. D.  Famularo, G. Franzè, W. Lucia, and C. Manna, "A reconfiguration control framework for constrained  systems with sensor stuck faults," International Journal of Robust and Nonlinear Control,  Vol. 29, No. 4, pp. 1150-1164, 2019.
  12. W. Lucia, G. Franzè and M. Sznaier, "A Hybrid Command Governor Scheme for Rotating Wings Unmanned Aerial Vehicles," IEEE Transactions on Control System Technology, Vol. 28, No. 2, pp. 361-375,  2018.
  13. W. Lucia, D. Famularo and G. Franzè, “A set-theoretic reconfiguration feedback control scheme against simultaneous stuck positions on the actuation channels,"  IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, Vol. 68, No. 8, pp. 2558-2565, 2018.
  14. Franzè, W. Lucia, and F. Tedesco, “A Distributed Model Predictive Control Scheme for Leader-Follower Multi-Agent Systems,”  International Journal of Control,  Vol. 91, No. 2, pp. 1-14, 2018.
  15. E. Bou-Harb, W. Lucia, N. Forti, S. Weerakkody, N. Ghani, B. Sinopoli. "Cyber Meets Control: A Novel Federated Approach for Resilient CPS Leveraging Real Cyber Threat Intelligence", IEEE Communication Magazine, Vol. 55, No. 5, pages 198-204, 2017.
  16. G. Franzè and W. Lucia, “Stabilization and reference tracking for constrained switching systems: a predictive control approach", International Journal of Adaptive Control and Signal Processing, Vol 31, No 12, pp. 1871-1884, 2017.
  17. G. Franzè, A. Casavola, D. Famularo and W. Lucia, "Distributed Receding Horizon Control of Constrained Networked Leader-Follower Formations subject to Packet Dropouts," IEEE Transactions on Control System Technology, DOI: 10.1109/TCST.2017.2723869, 2017.
  18. G. Franzè, W. Lucia, and F. Tedesco, “Command Governor for constrained switched systems with scheduled model transition dwell times,”  International Journal of Robust and Nonlinear Control, Vol. 27, No. 18, pp. 4949-4967, 2017.
  19. W. Lucia,  F. Tedesco . "A networked-based receding horizon scheme for constrained LPV systems,"  European Journal of Control, Vol. 25, pages 69–75 2015.
  20. L. D'Alfonso, W. Lucia, P. Muraca, P. Pugliese, "Mobile robot localization via EKF and UKF: a comparison based on real data", Robotics and Autonomous Systems, Vol. 74, Part A, pages 122-127, 2015.
  21. G. Franzè and W. Lucia, ``A receding horizon control strategy for autonomous vehicles in dynamic environments," IEEE Transactions on Control System Technology, Vol. 24, No. 2, pages 695-702. , 2016.
  22. G. Franze and W. Lucia, "An obstacle avoidance model predictive control scheme for mobile robots subject to nonholonomic constraints: a sum-of-squares approach," Journal of The Franklin Institute, Vol. 352, No. 6, pages 2358-2380, 2015.
  23. G. Franzè  and W. Lucia, ``The obstacle avoidance motion planning problem for autonomous vehicles: a low-demanding receding horizon control scheme," Systems &Control Letters, Vol. 77, pages 1-10, 2015.

Refereed Conference Papers (*=student)

  1. G. Franze', W. Lucia, and F. Tedesco, "Covert Attack detection for constrained cyber-physical systems regulated by robust model predictive controllers," American Control Conference (ACC), 2021 (Accepted).
  2. A. Abdelwahab*, W. Lucia, and A. Youssef, "Decoy-based moving target defense against cyber-physical attacks on smart grid," IEEE Electric Power and Energy Conference (EPEC), 2020 (Accepted)
  3. S. Savehshemshaki*,W. Lucia, "A receding horizon battery shortage prevention control strategy for electric unmanned vehicles," IEEE Conference on Control Technology and Applications (CCTA), pp. 108-113, 2020.
  4. C. Tiriolo*, G. Franze', and W. Lucia, "A receding horizon control strategy for constrained differential-drive robots moving in static unknown environments," IEEE Conference on Control Technology and Applications (CCTA), pp. 261-266, 2020.
  5. A. Abdelwahab*, W. Lucia, and A. Youssef, "Set-theoretic control for active detection of replay attacks with applications to smart grid," IEEE Conference on Control Technology and Applications (CCTA), pp. 1004-1009, 2020.
  6. W. Alqaisi*, Y. Kali, and W. Lucia, "Finite-time flight control of uncertain quadrotor uav based on modified non-singular fast terminal super-twisting control," IEEE Conference on Control Technology and Applications (CCTA), pp. 37-42, 2020.
  7. K. Gheitasi*, W. Lucia, "A finite-time stealthy covert attack against cyber-physical systems, "Int. Conference on Control, Decision and Information Technologies (CoDIT), pp. 347-352, 2020.
  8. A. Abdelwahab*, W. Lucia, and A. Youssef, "A dos-resilient set-theoretic controller for smart grid applications," IEEE PES General Meeting, pp. 1-5, 2020.
  9. A. Sousa*, L. Silva, W. Lucia, C.J. Souza Leite, "Command Governor strategy based on region of attraction control switching, " Congresso brasileiro de automatica, Vol. 2, No. 1, 2020.
  10. A. Venturino*, W. Lucia,  "A Distributed Model Predictive Control Strategy for Teams of Vehicles in Narrowed Environments," IEEE International Conference on Emerging Technologies and Factory Automation (EFTA), pp. 927-932, 2019.
  11. M. Ghaderi*, K. Gheitasi*, W. Lucia,  "A Novel Control Architecture for the Detection of False Data Injection Attacks in Networked Control Systems," American Control Conference (ACC), pp. 139-144, 2019.
  12. K. Gheitasi*, M. Ghaderi*, W. Lucia,  "A Novel networked control scheme with safety guarantees for detection and mitigation of cyber-attacks," European Control Conference (ECC), pp. 1449-1454, 2019.
  13. M. Bagherzadeh*, W. Lucia,  "Multi-vehicle reference tracking with guaranteed collision avoidance," European Control Conference (ECC), pp. 1574-1579, 2019.
  14. G. Franze, W. Lucia, and F. Tedesco, "A leader-follower set-theoretic approach for cyber-physical systems against denial-of-service attacks," Int. Conference on Control Decision and Information Techologies (CoDIT) , pp. 73-78, 2019.
  15. W. Lucia, K. Gheitasi*, and M. Ghaderi*, "A command governor based approach for detection of setpoint attacks in constrained cyber-physical systems," IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (CDC), pp. 4529-4534, 2018.
  16. W. Lucia, K. Gheitasi*, and M. Bagherzadeh*, "A computational low-demanding model predictive control strategy for fast and robust transient stability in smart grid," IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (CDC), pp. 6013-6018, 2018.
  17. Franzè,  W. Lucia. Distributed receding horizon control for rotating wings unmanned aerial vehicles: a time-varying topology strategy, "IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (CDC)," pp. 3329-3334, 2018
  18. W. Lucia, D. Famularo, G. Franzè, A. Furfaro, "Verification and Control of Hybrid Systems Under Safety Requirements,"  IFAC Symposium on Robust Control Design (ROCOND'18),  Vol. 51, No. 25, 61-66,2018.
  19. G. Franzè, W. Lucia, "Multi-vehicle formation control in uncertain environments",  IEEE  Conference  on  Decision  and  Control  (CDC), pp. 6580-6585, 2017.
  20. W. Lucia, B. Sinopoli, G. Franzè. "A set-theoretic approach for secure and resilient control of Cyber-Physical Systems," Science of Security for Cyber-Physical Systems Workshop, pp. 1-5, 2016.
  21. G. Franze and W. Lucia, "A set-theoretic based control architecture for constrained switching systems," American Control Conference (ACC), pp. 685-690, 2016.
  22. D. Famularo, G. Franzè, and W. Lucia, "Multiple stuck positions actuator faults: a model predictive based reconfigurable control scheme,"  IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (CDC), pp. 5091-5096, 2015.
  23. A. Casavola, W. Lucia and F. Tedesco, “A networked-based MPC architecture for constrained LPV systems,” IFAC Workshop on Linear Parameter Varying systems,  pp. 158-163, 2015.
  24. G. Franze, W. Lucia, and F. Tedesco, "A dwell-time based Command Governor approach for constrained switched systems," American Control Conference (ACC), pp. 1077-1082, 2015.
  25. W. Lucia, G. Franze, and M. Sznaier, "An obstacle avoidance and motion planning command governor based scheme: the qball-x4 quadrotor case of study," IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (CDC), pp. 6135-6140, 2014.
  26. G. Franze, W. Lucia and F. Tedesco. "A receding horizon scheme for discrete-time polytopic linear parameter varying systems in networked architectures." Journal of Physics: Conference Series, Vol. 570. No. 3. IOP Publishing, 2014.
  27. G. Franze, W. Lucia, F. Tedesco and V. Scordamaglia, "A distributed obstacle avoidance MPC strategy for leader-follower formations," IFAC World Congress (IFAC), Vol 47, No. 3, pp. 2570-2575, 2014.
  28. G. Franze and W. Lucia," A model predictive control scheme for mobile robotic vehicles in dynamic environments," IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (CDC), pp. 5752-5757, 2013.
  29. W. Lucia, G. Franze, and P. Muraca, "An obstacle avoidance model predictive control scheme: A sum-of-squares approach," IEEE Conference on Control & Automation (MED), Mediterranean Conference on, pp. 1575-1582, 2013.
  30. G. Franze, W. Lucia, and P. Muraca," An obstacle avoidance receding horizon control scheme for autonomous vehicles," American Control Conference (ACC), pp. 3948-3953, 2013.
  31. D.Famularo, G. Franze and W. Lucia, "Networked control systems with state, input and communication constraints: A nonlinear approach," IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (CDC), pp. 38-43, 2013.
  32. G. Cotugno, L. D'Alfonso, W. Lucia, P. Muraca and P. Pugliese," Extended and Unscented Kalman Filters for mobile robot localization and environment reconstruction," IEEE Mediterranean Control & Automation (MED), pp. 19-26, 2013.
  33. L. D'Alfonso, W. Lucia, P. Muraca and P. Pugliese," Filters for mobile robots: EKF, UKF and sensor switching-experimental results," IEEE Control and Automation (ICCA), pp. 925-930, 2011.

Teaching

smart grid

INSE 6710: Fundamentals and Applications of Cyber-Physical Systems

  • 2021 - Summer 1, Concordia University
  • 2020 - Fall,  Concordia University.
smart grid

INSE 6630: Recent Developments in Information Systems Security (Focus: Security of Cyber-Physical Systems)

  • 2020 - Summer 1,  Concordia University.
  • 2019 - Summer 1,  Concordia University.
  • 2018 - Summer 1, Concordia University.
smart grid

ENGR 7401: Robotic Manipulators II: Control

  • 2019 - Winter,  Concordia University
  • 2018 - Winter,  Concordia University.
  • (For the class project, we use RoboDK to off-line simulating and programming industrial robots)
smart grid

INSE 6640: Smart Grids and Control System Security

  • 2020 - Fall, Concordia University.
  • 2019 - Fall, Concordia University.
  • 2018 - Fall, Concordia University.
  • 2017 - Fall,  Concordia University.
  • 2017 - Winter,  Concordia University.
smart grid

ELEC 275: Principle of Electrical Engineering

  • 2020 - Winter, Concordia University.
  • 2019 - Winter, Concordia University.

Contact Information

Email:  walter.lucia@concordia.ca
Office: EV 9.185

Mailing Address:
Concordia Institute for Information Systems Engineering,
1455 de Maisonneuve Blvd. West, EV009.185
Montréal, Québec, Canada, H3G 1M8

Civic Address:
Concordia Institute for Information Systems Engineering
Concordia University 1515 St.Catherine Street West, EV.009.185
Montreal, Québec, Canada H3G 2W1