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Smart and Secure EV Urban Lab II

Project Overview: 

This project aims to extend the previous project (“Smart and Secure EV Urban“) to adapt a renewable energy generation and storage system, resulting in one or various microgrids. These microgrids have to (i) integrate a secure control platform capable of monitoring the energy loads provided by the charging points, and (ii) avoid specific cyberattacks against the energy charging infrastructure (e.g., fraude). 


For secure monitoring of microgrids and their electric vehicle charging stations, this new version of the “Smart and Secure EV Urban Lab” focuses on the implementation of a set of security services such as situational awareness, traceability, auditing and accountability. For situational awareness, various mechanisms are envisaged, such as advanced detection through the deployment of software agents[1][2], AI/ML models for anomalies[3] and correlation techniques, as well as the deployment of a blockchain network for auditing, accounting and immutability of anomalies. The latter also guarantees the control of fraud and energy theft in the Smart Campus domains. Smart and Secure EV Urban II therefore  focuses on expanding the current resources to offer new research chances and technological advances in this area. This includes to: (i) analyse possible risks[4], (ii) modernize the automation actions, (iii) establish security, and (iv) contribute with the environment and society by providing a research laboratory “Urban Lab II”  for  experimentation and validation of projects. 

The project is mainly led by the NICS Lab group and carried out jointly with the IPLabs group, also from the University of Malaga. The main purpose and objective of this joint cooperation is to create synergies between disciplines (computer science and industrial engineering) and promote multidisciplinarity within the Smart Campus.


  1. Alberto Garcia and Cristina Alcaraz and Javier Lopez (2023): MAS para la convergencia de opiniones y detección de anomalías en sistemas ciberfísicos distribuidos. In: VIII Jornadas Nacionales de Investigación en Ciberseguridad (JNIC), Vigo, Forthcoming.
  2. Cristina Alcaraz and Alberto Garcia and Javier Lopez (2022): Implicaciones de seguridad en MAS Desplegados en Infraestructuras de Carga basadas en OCPP. In: VII Jornadas Nacionales en Investigación en Ciberseguridad (JNIC 2022), pp. 172-179, 2022, ISBN: 978-84-88734-13-6.
  3. Jesus Cumplido and Cristina Alcaraz and Javier Lopez (2022): Collaborative anomaly detection system for charging stations. In: The 27th European Symposium on Research in Computer Security (ESORICS 2022), pp. 716–736, Springer, Cham Springer, Cham, 2022.
  4. Cristina Alcaraz and Jesus Cumplido and Alicia Triviño (2023): OCPP in the spotlight: threats and countermeasures for electric vehicle charging infrastructures 4.0. In: International Journal of Information Security, 2023, ISSN: 1615-5262.