Schedule and Approach

  • 1 October 2016


The BATtle of the Attack Detection ALgorithms (BATADAL) will objectively compare the performance of algorithms for the detection of cyber attacks in water distribution systems. Participants will contribute an attack detection algorithm for a given water network following a set of rules (outlined below) that determine the exact goal of the algorithms. The algorithm development and testing will follow a phased approach. Participants will be first given two datasets characterized by the absence/presence of cyber attacks. These two datasets are to be used for the development of the detection algorithms. Then, a third dataset (the test dataset) will be shared for a period of about one week, during which the participants will use their algorithms to produce a detection report. The reports will be used by the organizers to rank the performance of all algorithms, which will be presented during the Annual Water Distribution Systems Analysis Symposium - to be held in Sacramento, California, U.S.A., May 21-25, 2017. The sessions will be followed by a panel discussion. A jointly authored journal publication will be prepared to archive the challenge and contributed solutions. The schedule of events for BATADAL is outlined in the following table.

Schedule for Competition and Workshop

Note: all deadlines 11:59pm in Eastern US Time (UTC-5)

Date Event
May 26, 2016 Initial Announcement
September 9, 2016 Publication of problem details and competition rules, release of dataset 1 + 2
October 16, 2016 EXTENDED: Submission of abstracts to EWRI 2017 by participants
January 20, 2017 EXTENDED: Submission of conference paper
February 20, 2017 Publication of the test data
February 27, 2017 Submission of detection report by participants
February 28, 2017 Release of labels for test dataset
March 13, 2017 Submission of revised conference paper (to be confirmed by EWRI 2017 organizers)
May 25, 2017 Public presentation of results at EWRI 2017 (8:30-10:00 AM, 10:30 AM-12:00 PM), panel session (2:00 - 3:30 PM)
July 1, 2017 Development of jointly authored journal manuscript (as warranted

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