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Linda Bushnell

Research Professor
Robotics and Controls
M342 ECE
Campus Box 352500
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195
Phone: 206-221-6717
External Web Page: Network Security Lab


Linda Bushnell is a Research Professor in ECE at the University of Washington. She received her Ph.D. in EECS from UC Berkeley in 1994, her M.A. in Mathematics from UC Berkeley in 1989, her M.S. in EE from UConn in 1987, and her B.S. in EE from UConn in 1985. She also received her MBA from the UW Foster School of Business in 2010. Her research interests include networked control systems and cyber-physical systems. She is a Fellow of the IEEE for contributions to networked control systems. She is a Fellow of IFAC for contributions to the analysis and design of networked control systems. She is a recipient of the US Army Superior Civilian Service Award, NSF ADVANCE Fellowship, and IEEE Control Systems Society Distinguished Member Award. She has been a member of the IEEE since 1985, a member of the IEEE CSS since 1990, and a member of the IEEE Women in Engineering since 2013. She is Treasurer of the American Automatic Control Council (AACC), Member of the Technical Board for the International Federation on Automatic Control (IFAC), Associate Editor for Automatica, and Associate Editor for the Transactions on Control of Network Systems.

Awards and Honors

  • IFAC Fellow, 2020
  • IEEE Fellow, 2017
  • Distinguished Member, IEEE Control Systems Society, 2017
  • Certificate of Recognition for Significant Research in Cyber Security, Science of Security, 2015
  • Distinguished Lecturer, IEEE Control Systems Society, 2014 - 2018
  • Best Paper Award, International Symposium on Modeling and Optimization in Mobile, Ad Hoc and Wireless Networks (WiOpt, IEEE), 2012, 2014
  • Recognition Award, IEEE Control Systems Society, 2007
  • Chair’s Award, UW Department of EE, 2003
  • ADVANCE Fellow Award, National Science Foundation, 2002
  • Mentor of the Year Award, UW, Women in Science and Engineering, 2002
  • US Army Superior Civilian Service Award, 2000
  • Eta Kappa Nu, inducted 1985, Beta Omega Chapter: University of Connecticut

Research Projects

  • HYDRA: A Submodular Optimization Framework for Dynamic Network Resilience in the Presence of Antagonistic Interactions and Interdependent Failures, AFoSR.
  • Learn to Reason: Feedback-Driven Learn to Reason in Adversarial Environments for Autonomic Cyber Systems, ONR.
  • ADAPT: Analytical Framework for Actionable Defense against Advanced Persistent Threats, ONR.

Recent Publications

1.    S. Moothedath, D. Sahabandu, J. Allen, A. Clark, L. Bushnell, W. Lee, and R. Poovendran, “A Game Theoretic Approach for Dynamic Information Flow Tracking to Detect Multi-Stage Advanced Persistent Threats,” IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, pp. 1-16. DOI: 10.1109/TAC.2020.2976040

2.    Clark, B. Alomair, L. Bushnell, and R. Poovendran, “On the Structure and Computation of Random Walk Times in Finite Graphs,” IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control. (Early Access; Nov 2019). DOI: 10.1109/TAC.2019.2895299

3.    Z. Liu, A. Clark, L. Bushnell, D. Kirschen, and R. Poovendran, “Controlled Islanding via Weak Submodularity,” IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, 34:3, pp. 1858-1868 (May 2019). DOI 10.1109/TPWRS.2018.2881163

4.    Z. Liu, Y. Long, A. Clark, L. Bushnell, D. Kirschen, and R. Poovendran, "Minimal Input and Output Selection for Stability of Systems with Uncertainties,” IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, 64:4, pp. 1456-1471 (April 2019). DOI 10.1109/TAC.2018.2851232

5.    X. Ying, S. Sagong, A. Clark, L. Bushnell, and R. Poovendran, “Shape of the Cloak: Formal Analysis of Clock Skew-Based Intrusion Detection System in Controller Area Networks,” IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security, 14:9, pp. 2300-2314, (Jan 2019). DOI: 10.1109/TIFS.2019.2895957