A paper authored by Varun Krishna (together with collaborators William Sanders and Ravishankar Iyer) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is winning awards at academic conferences. The project explores how to use data analysis to detect and mitigate electricity theft.

Illinois graduate student Varun Badrinath Krishna won the CIPRNet Young CRITIS Award (CYCA) for his paper on smart meter security, which was co-authored by Ravishankar Iyer and William Sanders. The CYCA is sponsored by the European Commission’s Critical Infrastructure Preparedness and Resilience Network (CIPRNet) and is presented every year at the International Conference on Critical Information Infrastructures Security (CRITIS). Krishna won the award at the 10th edition of the conference in Berlin, Germany.

The paper, ARIMA-Based Modeling and Validation of Consumption Readings in Power Grids, evaluates the suitability of the Auto-Regressive Integrated Moving Average (ARIMA) model in forecasting short-term electricity consumption. The forecasts are used to identify anomalous consumption readings reported by smart meters. Such anomalies may indicate electricity theft, and the paper provides a way to validate readings to ensure that the smart meters are not being hacked to steal electricity. Read more about Krishna’s research.