Project Description

Saurabh Amin


Research Interests: network control, resilient infrastructures


Room 1-241
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA, 02139

Telephone: 617.253.8003
Assistant: Roberta Pizzinato /

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  • 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

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.

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

Teaching Interests

  • 1.020  – Principles of Energy and Water Sustainability

Introduces a systems approach to modeling, analysis, and design of sustainable systems. Covers principles of dynamical systems, network models, optimization, and control, with applications in ecosystems, infrastructure networks, and energy systems. Includes a significant programming component. Students implement and analyze numerical models of systems, and make design decisions to balance physical, environmental, and economic considerations based on real and simulated data.

  • 1.208  – Resilient Infrastructure Networks

Game-theoretic models and network optimization methods for improving resilience of large-scale infrastructure networks against security and reliability failures. Topics include: Network security games, interdiction models, strategic resource allocation and network design. Network equilibrium models, routing games, congestion pricing, and demand response. Cyber-physical security of control systems, fault and attack diagnostic tools, and resilient control. 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, April 2014
  • NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award, April 2015
  • Siebel Energy Institute Research Grant, July 2015
  • Google Faculty Research Award, August 2015
  • MIT IDSS Seed Fund Grant, July 2018

Selected Publications

  1. Dahan, M., Sela Perelman, L., and Amin, S. (2018) Infrastructure Network Monitoring Under Strategic Attacks, Re-submitted to Operations Research
  2. Wu, M. Amin, S., and Ozdaglar, A. E. (2018) Value of Information Systems in Routing Games, Submitted to Operations Research
  3. Jin, L., Kurzhanskiy, A., and Amin, S. (2018) Throughput-Improving Traffic Control for Highways Facing Stochastic Perturbations, Submitted to Automatica
  4. Wu, M. and Amin, S. (2018) Securing Infrastructure Facilities: When does Proactive Defense Help?Dynamic Games and Applications
  5. Jin, L., Čičić, M., Amin, S., and Johansson, K. H. (2018) Modeling impact of vehicle platooning on highway congestion: A fluid queuing approach, ACM International Conference on Hybrid Systems: Computation and Control
  6. Jin, L. and Amin, S. (2018) Stability of Fluid Queueing Systems with Parallel Servers and Stochastic CapacitiesIEEE Transactions on Automatic Control
  7. Jin, L. and Amin, S. (2018) Analysis of a Stochastic Switching Model of Freeway Traffic IncidentsIEEE Transactions on Automatic Control
  8. Khan, Z. and Amin, S. (2018) Bottleneck Model with Heterogeneous InformationTransportation Research Part B
  9. Sela, L. and Amin, S. (2018) Robust Sensor Placement for Pipeline Monitoring: Mixed Integer and Greedy OptimizationAdvanced Engineering Informatics 
  10. Lee, A. C., Dahan, M., Weinert, A., and Amin, S. (2018) Leveraging sUAS for Infrastructure Network Exploration and Failure IsolationJournal of Intelligent & Robotic Systems
  11. Shelar D., Amin S., Hiskens I. (2018) Toward Resilience-Aware Resource Allocation and Dispatch in Electricity Distribution NetworksEnergy Markets and Responsive Grids. The IMA Volumes in Mathematics and its Applications
  12. Shelar, D. and Amin, S. (2016) Security assessment of electricity distribution networks under DER node compromisesIEEE Transactions on Control of Network Systems
  13. Sela Perelman, L., Abbas, W., Koutsoukos, X., and Amin, S. (2016) Sensor placement for fault location identification in water networks: A minimum test cover approachAutomatica 
  14. Liu, L., Amin, S., and Schwartz, G. A. (2016) Effects of information heterogeneity in bayesian routing games, working paper, MIT, arXiv:1603.08853
  15. Dahan, M. and Amin, S. (2016) Security games in network flow problems, working paper, MIT, arXiv:1601.07216
  16. Amin, S., Schwartz, G.A., Cardenas, A. A., and Sastry, S. S. (2015) Game-theoretic models of electricity theft detection in smart utility networks: providing new capabilities with advanced metering infrastructureIEEE Control Systems
  17. Sela Perelman, L. and Amin, S. (2015) Control of water systems: a geometric programming approachWater Resources Research 
  18. Sandberg, H., Amin, S., and Johansson, K. H. (2015) Cyberphysical security in networked control systems: An introduction to the issueIEEE Control Systems
  19. Loiseau, P., Schwartz, G.A., Musacchio, J., Amin, S., and Sastry, S. S. (2014) Incentive mechanisms for internet congestion management: Fixed-budget rebate versus time-of-day pricing,” IEEE-ACM Transactions on Networking 
  20. Krichene, W.,  Reilly, J., Amin, S., and Bayen, A. M. (2014) Stackelberg routing on parallel networks with horizontal queues, IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control 
  21. Amin, S., Schwartz, G. A., and Sastry, S. S. (2013) Security of interdependent and identical networked control systemsAutomatica
  22. Amin, S., Schwartz, G. A., and Hussain, A. (2013) In quest of benchmarking security risks to cyber-physical systemsIEEE Network
  23. Amin, S., Litrico, X., Sastry, S. S., and Bayen, A. M. (2013) Cyber security of water SCADA systems – Part II: Attack detection using enhanced hydrodynamic modelsIEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology 
  24. Amin, S., Litrico, X., Sastry, S. S., and Bayen, A. M. (2013) Cyber security of water SCADA systems – Part I: Analysis and experimentation of stealthy deception attacksIEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology
  25. Amin, S., Hante, F. M., and Bayen, A. M. (2012) Exponential stability of switched linear hyperbolic initial-boundary value problemsIEEE Transactions on Automatic Control
  26. Amin, S., Cardenas, A. A., Sastry, S. S. (2009) Safe and secure networked control systems under denial-of-service attacks, Conf. on Hybrid Systems: Computation and Control
  27. Huang, Y.-L., Cardenas, A. A., Amin, S., Lin, Z.-S., Tsai, H.-Y., Sastry, S. S. (2009) Understanding the physical and economic consequences of attacks on control systems, International Journal of Critical Infrastructure Protection
  28. Amin, S., Abate, A., Prandini, M., Lygeros, J., and Sastry, S.S. (2016) Reachability analysis for controlled discrete time stochastic hybrid systems, Conf. on Hybrid Systems: Computation and Control.