My primary research area is computer security. My current research involves security for industrial control systems (SCADA, Smartgrid, Smart meters, process control systems). Together with a group of student researchers, I am investigating control system vulnerabilities and developing methods for control system intrusion detection, forensic data logging, and network traffic authentication.

Before joining The University of Alabama in Huntsville I worked at Mississippi State University from 2008-2015 and Texas Instruments from 1991-2008. At MSU, I served as an associate professor and center director. At TI, I worked as a digital designer and/or digital design verification engineer.

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  • Ph.D., Computer Engineering, Southern Methodist University, 2008
  • M.S., Computer Engineering, Southern Methodist University, 2001
  • B.S., Electrical Engineering, Texas A&M University, 1994

Selected Publications

  • Pan, S., Morris, T., Adhikari, U., Developing a Hybrid Intrusion Detection System Using Data Mining for Power Systems, IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid. doi: 10.1109/TSG.2015.2409775
  • Pan, S., Morris, T., Adhikari, U., Classification of Disturbances and Cyber-attacks in Power Systems Using Heterogeneous Time-synchronized Data, IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics. doi: 10.1109/TII.2015.2420951
  • Pan, S., Morris, T., Adhikari, U., A Specification-based Intrusion Detection Framework for Cyber-physical Environment in Electric Power System, International Journal of Network Security (IJNS), Vol.17, No.2, PP.174-188, March 2015.
  • Gao, W., Morris, T.,On Cyber Attacks and Signature Based Intrusion Detection for MODBUS Based Industrial Control Systems. The Journal for Digital Forensics, Security and Law (JDFSL). Volume 9, No. 1. 2014.
  • Srivastava, A., Morris, T., Ernster, T., Vellaithurai, C., Pan, S., Adhikari, U. Modeling Cyber-Physical Vulnerability of the Smart Grid With Incomplete Information. IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid. Volume 4, No.1, pp.235-244, March 2013. doi: 10.1109/TSG.2012.2232318
  • Abu-Nimeh, S., Foo, E., Fovino, I.N., Govindarasu, M., Morris, T., "Cyber security of networked critical infrastructures [Guest Editorial]," IEEE Network, vol.27, no.1, pp.3-4, January-February 2013