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Infrastructure Hardening: A Competitive Co-evolutionary Methodology Inspired by Neo-Darwinian Arms Races
Proceedings of the 31st Annual International Computer Software and Applications Conference (COMPSAC'06) (2007, Beijing)
  • Travis Service
  • Daniel R. Tauritz, Missouri University of Science and Technology
  • William M. Siever
Abstract

The world is increasingly dependent on critical infrastructures such as the electric power grid, water, gas, and oil transport systems, which are susceptible to cascading failures that can result from a few faults. Due to the combinatorial complexity in the search spaces involved, most traditional search techniques are inappropriate for identifying these faults and potential protections against them. This paper provides a computational methodology employing competitive coevolution to simultaneously identify low-effort, high-impact faults and corresponding means of hardening infrastructures against them. A power system case study provides empirical evidence that our proposed methodology is capable of identifying cost effective modifications to substantially improve the fault tolerance of critical infrastructures.

Meeting Name
31st Annual International Computer Software and Applications Conference (COMPSAC'06) (2007: July 24-27, Beijing)
Department(s)
Computer Science
Keywords and Phrases
  • Coevolutionary Methodology,
  • Infrastructure Hardening,
  • Neo-Darwinian Arms Races,
  • Cascading Failures,
  • Combinatorial Complexity,
  • Fault Tolerance
Document Type
Article - Conference proceedings
Document Version
Final Version
File Type
text
Language(s)
English
Rights
© 2007 Institute Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc., All rights reserved.
Publication Date
7-27-2007
Disciplines
Citation Information
Travis Service, Daniel R. Tauritz and William M. Siever. "Infrastructure Hardening: A Competitive Co-evolutionary Methodology Inspired by Neo-Darwinian Arms Races" Proceedings of the 31st Annual International Computer Software and Applications Conference (COMPSAC'06) (2007, Beijing) (2007)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/daniel-tauritz/46/