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Lalitha Sankar

Lalitha.Sankar@asu.edu

Asst Professor
Sch Elect Comptr & Energy Engr
Faculty
Mail Code: 5706

(480)965-4953

Bio

Lalitha Sankar joined ASU as an Assistant Professor in fall 2012. She received the B.Tech degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, the M.S. degree from the University of Maryland, and the Ph.D degree from Rutgers University in 2007. Following her doctorate, Dr Sankar was a recipient of a three year Science and Technology Teaching Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Council on Science and Technology at Princeton University following which she was an Associate Research Scholar at Princeton. Prior to her doctoral studies, she was a Senior Member of Technical Staff at AT&T Shannon Laboratories. Her research interests include information privacy and secrecy in distributed and cyber-physical systems, wireless communications, network information theory and its applications to model and study large data systems. For her doctoral work, she received the 2007-2008 Electrical Engineering Academic Achievement Award from Rutgers University. She received the IEEE Globecom 2011 Best Paper Award for her work on privacy of side-information in multi-user data systems. She was awarded the National Science Foundation CAREER award in 2014 for her project on privacy-guaranteed distributed interactions in critical infrastructure networks such as the Smart Grid.

 

Research Interests

  • Cyber-security in the smart grid including understanding unobservable data injections and their consequences in the electric grid and developing defense mechanisms.
  • Information-theoretic foundations of distributed interactions with privacy guarantees.
  • Theoretical foundations of privacy.
  • Game-theoretic methods for incentivizing data sharing in distributed systems.
  • Non-asymptotic (finite blocklength) universal compression for storage and private data publishing.

Courses

Spring 2014

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
EEE 590 Reading and Conference
EEE 592 Research
EEE 595 Continuing Registration
EEE 598 Special Topics
EEE 599 Thesis
EEE 680 Practicum
EEE 690 Reading and Conference
EEE 790 Reading and Conference
EEE 792 Research
EEE 795 Continuing Registration
EEE 799 Dissertation

Fall 2013

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
EEE 554 Random Signal Theory
EEE 590 Reading and Conference
EEE 592 Research
EEE 595 Continuing Registration
EEE 599 Thesis
EEE 680 Practicum
EEE 690 Reading and Conference
EEE 790 Reading and Conference
EEE 792 Research
EEE 795 Continuing Registration
EEE 799 Dissertation

Summer 2013

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
EEE 590 Reading and Conference
EEE 592 Research
EEE 595 Continuing Registration
EEE 599 Thesis
EEE 680 Practicum
EEE 690 Reading and Conference
EEE 790 Reading and Conference
EEE 792 Research
EEE 795 Continuing Registration
EEE 799 Dissertation

Spring 2013

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
EEE 590 Reading and Conference
EEE 592 Research
EEE 595 Continuing Registration
EEE 598 Special Topics
EEE 599 Thesis
EEE 792 Research
EEE 795 Continuing Registration
EEE 799 Dissertation

Research Activity Research Awards

  1. Sankar,Lalitha * . CAREER: Privacy-Guaranteed Distributed Interactions in Critical Infrastructure Networks. NSF-CISE-CCF (1/15/2014 - 12/31/2018).
  2. Karady,George G * , Sankar,Lalitha , Tylavsky,Daniel John , . Distributed Power Systems Training and Curriculum Development Consortia. Electricore (9/30/2013 - 9/30/2018).

* principal investigator

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