Faculty - Saurabh Amin

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Saurabh Amin

Robert N. Noyce Career Development Assistant Professor

MIT Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Room 1-241
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA, 02139

Telephone: 617.253.8003 Email: amins@mit.edu Research Website: http://resil.mit.edu Assistant: Roberta Pizzinato / robertap@mit.edu

My research focuses on the design and implementation of high confidence network control algorithms for infrastructure systems. My research group works on robust diagnostics and control problems that involve using networked systems to facilitate the monitoring and control of large-scale critical infrastructures, including transportation, water, and energy distribution systems. We also study the effect of security attacks and random faults on the survivability of networked systems, and designs incentive-compatible control mechanisms to reduce network risks. 


  • B.Tech. 2002, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Roorkee
  • M.S. 2004, University of Texas (UT) Austin
  • Ph.D. 2011, University of California (UC) Berkeley 

Research Interests

  • Networked control systems: theory and algorithms
  • Applied game theory
  • Cyber-physical systems security 
  • Network economics: pricing and incentive regulation 

Teaching Interests

Introduces a systems approach to modeling, analysis, and decision-making problems for water and energy sustainability; formulation of models based on physical, environmental, social, and economic principles; and economic evaluation of design. Covers applications of mass balance, energy balance, and economic and lifecycle concepts. Uses numerical models to integrate concepts and to assess environmental impacts of human activities.

Control algorithms and game-theoretic tools to enable resilient operation of large-scale infrastructure networks. Dynamical network flow models, stability analysis, robust predictive control, fault and attack diagnostic tools. Strategic network design, routing games, congestion pricing, demand response, and incentive regulation. Design of operations management strategies for different reliability and security scenarios. Applications to transportation, logistics, electric-power, and water distribution networks.

Awards and Honors

  • IIT Roorkee Best B.Tech. Design Project Award January 2002
  • Solomon Buchsbaum AT&T Research Fund Award January 2012
  • MIT CEE Cross-Disciplinary Seed Fund 2014
  • NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award April 2015
  • Siebel Energy Institute Research Grant July 2015
  • Google Research Award August 2015

Selected Publications

  1. M. Dahan, L. Sela Perelman, S. Amin, “Network sensing for security agains link disruption attacks,” 54th Annual Allerton Conference on Communication, Control, and Computing, Monticello, IL, USA, 2016
  2. J. Liu, S. Amin, G. A. Schwartz, “Effects of information heterogeneity in bayesian routing games,” working paper, MIT, arXiv:1603.08853, March 2016
  3. M. Dahan, S. Amin, “Security games in network flow problems,” working paper, MIT, arXiv:1601.07216, January 2016
  4. D. Shelar, S. Amin, “Security assessment of electricity distribution networks under DER node compromises,” IEEE Transactions on Control of Network Systems, Special issue on cyber-physical systems security, (forthcoming)
  5. L. Jin, S. Amin, “Stability and control of piecewise-deterministic queueing systems,” working paper, MIT, arXiv:1604.02008, April 2016
  6. L. Jin, S. Amin, “Analysis of a stochastic switched model of freeway traffic incidents,” working paper, MIT, arXiv:1601.00204, January 2016
  7. L. Sela Perelman, W. Abbas, X. Koutsoukos, S. Amin, Sensor placement for fault location identification in water networks: A minimum test cover approach” Automatica, 72: 166-176, October 2016 
  8. S. Amin, G.A. Schwartz, A. A. Cardenas, S. S. Sastry, “Game-theoretic models of electricity theft detection in smart utility networks: providing new capabilities with advanced metering infrastructure,” IEEE Control Systems, 35(1):66-81, 2015
  9. L. Sela Perelman, S. Amin, “Control of water systems: a geometric programming approach,” Water Resources Research, 51(10):8409-8430, 2015
  10. H. Sandberg, S. Amin, K. H. Johansson, "Cyberphysical security in networked control systems: An introduction to the issue," IEEE Control Systems, 35(1):20-23, 2015. doi:10.1109/MCS.2014.2364708
  11. P. Loiseau, G.A. Schwartz, J. Musacchio, S. Amin, S. S. Sastry, “Incentive mechanisms for internet congestion management: Fixed-budget rebate versus time-of-day pricing,” IEEE-ACM Transactions on Networking, 22(2):647-661, 2014
  12. W. Krichene, J. Reilly, S. Amin, A. M. Bayen, “Stackelberg routing on parallel networks with horizontal queues,” IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, 59(3):714-727, 2014
  13. S. Amin, G. A. Schwartz, S. S. Sastry, “Security of interdependent and identical networked control systems,” Automatica, 49(1):186-192, 2013
  14. S. Amin, G. A. Schwartz, A. Hussain, “In quest of benchmarking security risks to cyber-physical systems,” IEEE Network 27(1):19-24, 2013
  15. S. Amin, A. M. Bayen, Alexandre, X. Litrico, S. S. Sastry, “Cyber security of water SCADA systems - Part II: Attack detection using enhanced hydrodynamic models,” IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology, 21(5):1679-1693, 2013
  16. S. Amin, X. Litrico, S. S. Sastry, A. M. Bayen, “Cyber security of water SCADA systems - Part I: Analysis and experimentation of stealthy deception attacks,” IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology, 21(5):1963-1970, 2013
  17. S. Amin, F. M. Hante, A. M. Bayen, “Exponential stability of switched linear hyperbolic initial-boundary value problems,” IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, 57(2):291-301, 2012.
  18. S. Amin, A. A. Cardenas, S. S. Sastry, “Safe and secure networked control systems under denial-of-service attacks,” In Hybrid Systems: Computation and Control. Proc. 12th Intl. Conf. (HSCC ’09), R. Majumdar, P. Tabuada (Eds.), LNCS, Vol. 5469, Springer-Verlag, Berlin, pp. 31-45, 2009
  19. Y.-L. Huang, A. A. Cardenas, S. Amin, Z.-S. Lin, H.-Y. Tsai, S. S. Sastry, “Understanding the physical and economic consequences of attacks on control systems,” International Journal of Critical Infrastructure Protecti