Yair Amir

Johns Hopkins University

Professor of Computer Science

Yair Amir is Professor of Computer Science, and director of the Distributed Systems and Networks lab (www.dsn.jhu.edu) at Johns Hopkins University. His goal is to invent resilient, performant and secure distributed systems that make a difference, collecting friends along the way. Dr. Amir served as department chair of Computer Science, Johns Hopkins (2015-2018), as program co-chair (2015) and general co-chair (2022) of the IEEE/IFIP Dependable Systems and Networks (DSN) conference, and as a Vice Chair of the IFIP 10.4 Working Group on Dependable Computing (2016-2018). His awards include the Best Paper award in the 2017 IEEE International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems (ICDCS), the 2014 Alumni Association Excellence in Teaching Award, the highest teaching award in the School of Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, and the DARPA Dynamic Coalitions program Bytes-for-Buck trophy in 2002. He was nominated to the DARPA agency-wide "Performer with Significant Technical Achievement" award in 2004. He is a creator of several open-source technologies, including the Spire intrusion-tolerant SCADA for the power grid (www.dsn.jhu.edu), the first to protect against both system-level and network-level attacks and compromises. Some of these technologies are deployed in mission critical systems and are used for research and teaching in universities around the world. Dr. Amir is a co-founder of LTN Global Communications (www.ltnglobal.com). LTN offers global transport services that are used by major broadcasters including CNN, Fox, Disney, ABC, Bloomberg, CBS, CNBC, ESPN, NBC, PBS, and Turner. Dr. Amir holds B.Sc. and M.Sc. from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel.

Sessions With Yair Amir

Wednesday, 9 March

  • 03:30pm - 04:10pm (CST) / 09/mar/2022 09:30 pm - 09/mar/2022 10:10 pm

    Cybersecurity in the Energy Ecosystem: Lessons learned

    Panel Digitalization/AI/Machine Learning/Robotics/Cybersecurity

    The energy industry is the lifeline of every country. Energy infrastructure threats are growing. During 2021, the global energy sector endured a multitude of cybersecurity attacks. A complex web of nation-state threat actors, hacktivists, and cyber criminals, combined with the energy sector’s expansive attack surface, decentralized cybersecurity leadership, and interdependencies between OT and Internet of Things (IoT) systems make the energy sector particularly susceptible to cyber threats. How are cybersecurity risks growing as the energy industry pivots around digitalization? Is the industry able to learn from experience? How are integrity and compliance assured through the energy digital supply chain? What lessons are learned from past attacks and how can current best practices in cybersecurity solutions improve to stay ahead of the game? How will cybersecurity evolve proactively to defend against threats?

Thursday, 10 March

  • 09:30am - 10:10am (CST) / 10/mar/2022 03:30 pm - 10/mar/2022 04:10 pm

    How Can AI Applications Keep the Grid Stabilized?

    Panel Digitalization/AI/Machine Learning/Robotics/Cybersecurity Innovation & Technology Energy Infrastructure/Supply Chain Carbon Management/Decarbonization Power & Renewables

    Pace and complexity of the energy transition in power grids is creating challenges for grid operators, market participants, and consumers. Absent intervention, grids will need substantial investment in physical and operational infrastructure to accommodate new resources and maintain stability. Artificial intelligence (AI) may offer pathways to ease or even accelerate this transition. What are natural applications for AI in transmission and distribution grids? Where are the present opportunities and how might these be scaled? What key barriers must be addressed?