• Research Assistant Professor, Elect & Computer Engineering


  • PhD, Electrical Engineering, University of the Andes, Colombia
  • Msc., Electrical Engineering, University of the Andes
  • Bsc., Electronic Engineering, National University of Colombia

Research Summary

My research interests are centered around security and privacy of critical infrastructures with emphasis in attack detection, identification, and mitigation to make systems more resilient and robust to cyber threats. I am interested in power and energy systems applications, particularly in power distribution systems and microgrids with high penetration of DERs and energy storage systems


Dr. Jairo Giraldo received his bachelor in Electronic Engineering from the National University of Colombia in 2010 and masters and PhD from the University of the Andes, Colombia in 2012 and 2015, respectively. Dr. Giraldo is currently  a Research Assistant Professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Utah, and part of the Utah Smart Energy Laboratory.  His research are centered around cyber-physical systems security and privacy using tools from control theory and optimization, and with applications in power energy systems. 

Selected Works

  • M. Ganjkhani, M. Gilanifar, J. Giraldo & M. Parvania (2021). Integrated Cyber and Physical Anomaly Location and Classification in Power Distribution Systems. IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics. Published, 03/09/2021.
  • CA. Oroza, J. Giraldo, M. Parvania & T. Watteyne (2021). Wireless-Sensor Network Topology Optimization in Complex Terrain: A Bayesian Approach. IEEE Internet of Things Journal. Vol. 8. Published, 05/21/2021.
  • A. Zambrano, A. Palacios, L. Burbano, A. Nino, LF. Giraldo, M. Gutierrez-Soto, J. Giraldo & A. Cardenas (2021). You Make Me Tremble: A First Look at Attacks Against Structural Control Systems. ACM. 1320-1337. Published, 11/13/2021.
  • M. Khan, J. Giraldo & M. Parvania (2021). Attack Detection in Power Distribution Systems Using a Cyber-Physical Real-Time Reference Model. IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid. Vol. 13, 1490-1499. Published, 11/15/2021.
  • Jairo Giraldo, M. El Hariri & M. Parvania (2022). Moving Target Defense for Cyber-Physical Systems Using IoT-Enabled Data Replication. IEEE Internet of Things Journal. Published, 01/20/2022.
  • G. Diaz-Garcia, G. Narvaez, L. Giraldo, J. Giraldo & A. Cardenas (2021). Resilient Structural Sparsity in the Design of Consensus Networks. IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics. Published, 11/18/2021.
  • Khan M.M.S., Palomino A., Brugman J., Giraldo J., Kasera S.K. & Parvania M. (2020). The Cyberphysical Power System Resilience Testbed: Architecture and Applications. Computer. Vol. 53, 44-54. Published, 05/01/2020.
  • Giraldo J., Kafash S.H., Ruths J. & Cardenas A.A. (2020). DARIA: Designing Actuators to Resist Arbitrary Attacks against Cyber-Physical Systems. Proceedings - 5th IEEE European Symposium on Security and Privacy, Euro S and P 2020. 339-353. Published, 09/01/2020.
  • Quinonez R., Salazar L., Giraldo J. & Cardenas A.A. (2020). Dynamic Sensor Processing for Securing Unmanned Vehicles. (pp. 253-261). Vol. 12312 LNCS, Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics). Published, 01/01/2020.
  • Quinonez R., Giraldo J., Salazar L., Bauman E., Cardenas A. & Lin Z. (2020). SAVIOR: Securing autonomous vehicles with robust physical invariants. Proceedings of the 29th USENIX Security Symposium. 895-912. Published, 01/01/2020.
  • Giraldo J., Urbina D., Tang C.Y. & Cardenas A.A. (2020). The more the merrier: Adding hidden measurements to secure industrial control systems. ACM International Conference Proceeding Series. 18-27. Published, 09/21/2020.
  • Giraldo J. & Cardenas A. (2019). Moving Target Defense for Attack Mitigation in Multi-Vehicle Systems. (pp. 163-190). Vol. 74, Advances in Information Security. Published, 01/01/2019.
  • Giraldo J., Sarkar E., Cardenas A.A., Maniatakos M. & Kantarcioglu M. (2017). Security and Privacy in Cyber-Physical Systems: A Survey of Surveys. IEEE Design and Test. Vol. 34, 7-17. Published, 08/01/2017.
  • Giraldo J., Cardenas A.A. & Kantarcioglu M. (2017). Security vs. privacy: How integrity attacks can be masked by the noise of differential privacy. Proceedings of the American Control Conference. 1679-1684. Published, 06/29/2017.