Björn Leander, Industrial Doctoral Student


Björn Leander has a M.Sc. degree in Computer Science and Engineering from Luleå Technical University, 2002. After working in different fields of software development as a consultant for several years, he ended up at ABB IA CT in 2013. There he is working as a Senior R&D Engineer in software development, targeting system 800xA. Concurrent with the research studies he works with programming, testing and security assessments.

This PhD project target the different challenges facing a process industry containing a heterogenous mix of interconnected smart devices, mainly from a security perspective. Future distributed control systems face the challenge of facilitating the interconnected web of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) devices in a manner that is secured, flexible, affordable, energy efficient, and easy to provision, manage, and scale while delivering robustness and acceptable performance. In a factory, process industry, mine, etc. an increasing amount of the actuators, meters, etc. will be part of the IIoT. There is a great potential in this transformation: Smart devices are expected to perform better over time, provide new services/aspects related to both owner and producer of the device, enable easy integration between devices and information systems on different levels, etc. There are however a number of new challenges that arise with this change from the traditional view of the OT and control networks as in principal "air gapped" to a situation were in principal all devices can be seen as internet facing.  The aim of the project is to examine some of the challenges and see how well the state-of-the-art solutions perform, especially with regards to scaling. This project is carried out in collaboration between ABB IA/CT and MDH.

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Latest publications:

Classification of PROFINET I/O Configurations utilizing Neural Networks (Sep 2019)
Bjarne Johansson, Björn Leander, Aida Causevic, Alessandro Papadopoulos, Thomas Nolte
The 24th IEEE Conference on Emerging Technologies and Factory Automation (ETFA2019)

Cybersecurity Challenges in Large Industrial IoT Systems (Sep 2019)
Björn Leander, Aida Causevic, Hans Hansson
The 24th IEEE Conference on Emerging Technologies and Factory Automation (ETFA2019)

Applicability of the IEC 62443 standard in Industry 4.0 / IIoT (Aug 2019)
Björn Leander, Aida Causevic, Hans Hansson
14th International Conference on Availability, Reliability and Security (ARES 2019)