The IEEE Workshop on CyberPELS provides a forum for industry experts, researchers, and academia to share technology update, research findings, lessons learned, and best practices in the area of creating and ensuring cyber-secure power and electronics Systems.


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Cybersecurity of power electronics is increasingly essential as more systems from electrical grids, electrified transportation, data centers and internet-of-things utilize power electronics with embedded sensor, converter, and actuation and control mechanisms through various wired and wireless connections, which imposes a new security and safety risks from potential cybersecurity threats. Power electronics needs to define hardware hardening, especially in the design phase, to guard embedded components and their influence on the system from incidental and deliberate interferences by cyber-physical attacks. Emerging requirements in hardware hardening across components, usage, and communication modes are the focus of this workshop. As a key element of the Cyber-Physical Security Initiative by IEEE PELS, this workshop is organized in cooperation with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the IEEE Transportation Electrification Community.

Main topics:

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Firmware compromise detection and integrity verification
  • Hardening internal and external power electronics communications
  • Cyber-physical attacks and approaches for hardware hardening
  • Secure firmware update and patching, including over the air updates (OTAU)
  • Secure designs for power electronics devices
  • Integration of hardware- and software-based hardening solutions
  • Prototypes, testbeds, and demonstrations
  • Application specific needs and approaches for secure power electronics hardware (e.g. in distributed energy resources (DER), electric vehicle charging infrastructure, and data centers)
  • Device-level and system-level cybersecurity challenges and solutions

Key dates:

Two Page Abstract submission: March 15, 2019

Notification of Acceptance: March 28, 2019

Final Paper Submission: April 5, 2019


IEEE CyberPELS will take place from April 29 – May 1, 2019, in Knoxville, Tennessee

Register by April 12th to avoid late registration fees and also to be able to provide the badging information needed in order to participate in the National Transportation Research Center Tour.

Registration type Registration cost
Student/Life Member $250.00
PELS/TEC Member $325.00
IEEE Member $350.00
Non-Member $400.00
Tutorial $50.00


Registration, Venue, & Accommodation


Attendees may make reservations by clicking on the link provided below or by calling the 800# and providing the block code:

Call-In Information:

1-800-264-1579 and provide the block code:  PEL


On-line Information:

Click on reservation link and provide arrival and departure dates:

PELS Cyber Physical Booking Link for the Holiday Inn World’s Fair Park

Rate:  $126.00++

Eligible dates 04/28 through 30th.  Shoulder dates are available by request via 800# or directly to hotel 865-522-2800

Parking for guests with a reservation is $12 per day

Event Only Parking: $15.00 (non-guests of the hotel)

Holiday Inn : Knoxville Downtown

525 Henley StreetKnoxvilleTennessee 37902

Travel Information:

McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS) (TYS) : Driving Directions …Take US Hwy 129N toward Knoxville, approx 12 miles …Exit right to I40 E toward Asheville/Lexington, approx 1 mile …Take exit 388 for US Hwy 441 S, Henley St. Hotel is at the first traffic signal on the right Shuttle|Taxi …$35 each way.

Complimentary Shuttle
  • Distance 5 from the Hotel
  • Operation From 7:00 AM-To 10:00 PM
  • Radius Covered: 5 Miles Radius

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