MAKI Scientific Workshop

Daniel Quevedo

QUT – Queensland University of Technology, School of Electrical Engineering and Robotics


„Remote State Estimation with an Eavesdropper“


We study transmission scheduling for remote state estimation in the presence of an eavesdropper. A sensor transmits local state estimates over a packet dropping link to a remote estimator. At the same time, an eavesdropper can successfully overhear each sensor transmission with a certain probability. The objective is to determine at which instances the sensor should transmit, in order to minimize the estimation error covariance at the remote estimator, while trying to keep the eavesdropper error covariance above a certain level. This is done by solving an optimization problem that minimizes a linear combination of the expected estimation error covariance and the negative of the expected eavesdropper error covariance. Structural results on the optimal transmission policy are presented, and shown to exhibit thresholding behaviour in the estimation error covariances. In the infinite horizon situation, it is shown that with unstable systems one can keep the expected estimation error covariance bounded while the expected eavesdropper error covariance becomes unbounded.


Daniel Quevedo received Ingeniero Civil Electrónico and M.Sc. degrees from Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María, Valparaíso, Chile, in 2000, and in 2005 the Ph.D. degree from the University of Newcastle, Australia. He is Professor of Cyberphysical Systems at the School of Electrical Engineering and Robotics, Queensland University of Technology (QUT), in Australia. Before joining QUT, he established and led the Chair in Automatic Control at Paderborn University, Germany.

Prof. Quevedo's research interests are in networked control systems, cyberphysical systems security and control of power converters. He currently serves as Associate Editor for IEEE Control Systems and in the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Robust and Nonlinear Control. From 2015 to 2018 he was Chair of the IEEE Control Systems Society Technical Committee on Networks & Communication Systems. In 2003 he received the IEEE Conference on Decision and Control Best Student Paper Award and was also a finalist in 2002. Prof. Quevedo is co-recipient of the 2018 IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control George S. Axelby Outstanding Paper Award. He is a Fellow of the IEEE.