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Monday, April 23, 9:00 - 10:00

Keynote: Assuring the Trustworthiness of the Smarter Electric Grid [ slides ]

William H. Sanders

Donald Biggar Willett Professor of Engineering Coordinated Science Laboratory, Electrical and Computer Engineering and Computer Science Depts., and Information Trust Institute University of Illinois.


The vision for a modernized "Smart Grid" involves the use of an advanced computing, communication and control cyber infrastructure for enhancing current grid operations by enabling timely interactions among a range of entities. The coupling between the power grid and its cyber infrastructure is inherent, and the extent to which the Smart Grid vision can be achieved depends upon the trustworthiness of its cyber infrastructure.

This talk describes challenges in assuring the trustworthiness (performance, dependability, and security) of the emerging smart grid, using example of research underway at the DOE- and HHS-funded Trustworthy Cyber Infrastructure for the Power Grid (TCIPG) Center. The goal of TCIPG is to provide trustworthiness in the nation's electric grid cyber infrastructure such that it continues to deliver electricity and maintain critical operations even in the presence of cyber attacks. Achieving this goal will involve the extension, integration, design, and development of IT technologies imbibed with key properties of real-time availability and security. This research area provides many opportunities for performance analysts and engineers to apply and extend their research.


William H. Sanders is a Donald Biggar Willett Professor of Engineering and the Director of the Coordinated Science Laboratory ( at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and was the founding Director Of the Information Trust Institute (

Tuesday, April 24, 8:30 - 9:30

Keynote: slides ]

Amnon Naamad, Senior Director of Innovation, EMC, USA.



The presentation will discuss some of the new technologies, their potential impact on IT, the tools that are being developed to exploit the technologies and some of the open questions still remaining.

In particular, the presentation will focus on the subjects of Tiered Storage, Performance in Cloud environments, and proactive performance management.



Amnon joined EMC in 1997, and shortly thereafter became the Manager of Symmetrix Performance Engineering. In April 2006, he was promoted to lead the Innovation and Systems Engineering Group within Symmetrix Engineering.



Amnon holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mathematics from Tel Aviv University, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Northwestern University. His areas of research included the Design and Analysis of Algorithms, Graph Theory, Computational Geometry and Software Engineering.