Assistant Professor Arizona State University
Email: okosut at asu dot edu
Office: GWC 454
Biography
Oliver Kosut received B.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Mathematics from MIT in 2004. He received a Ph.D. from Cornell University in 2010, with advisor Professor Lang Tong. From August 2010 to August 2012 he was a postdoc in the Stochastic Systems Group at MIT. Since August 2012 he has been an Assistant Professor at Arizona State University. He received the NSF CAREER award in 2015. His research interests include information theory, security, and smart grids. He enjoys puzzles, juggling, and change ringing.
Teaching
 EEE 203 Signals and Systems I: Spring 2013
 EEE 304 Signals and Systems II: Fall 2012, Fall 2014, Fall 2015, Fall 2017
 EEE 551 Information Theory: Fall 2013, Spring 2015, Spring 2016
 EEE 598 Network Information Theory: Spring 2014, Spring 2017
Graduate Students
Current  Zhigang Chu (PhD)
 Fatemeh Hosseinigoki (PhD)
 Nematollah Iri (PhD)
 Kousha Kalantari (PhD)
 Roozbeh Khodadadeh (M.S.)
 Andrea Pinceti (PhD)
Former  Jingwen Liang (M.S.), graduated May 2015
Publications Journal Publications
 "Equivalence for networks with adversarial state"
O. Kosut and J. Kliewer IEEE Trans. on Information Theory, vol. 63, no. 7, pp. 4137–4154, May 2017
 "Asymptotics and nonasymptotics for universal fixedtovariable source coding"
O. Kosut and L. Sankar IEEE Trans. on Information Theory, vol. 63, no. 6, pp. 3757–3772, Mar. 2017
 "Vulnerability analysis and consequences of false data injection attack on power system state estimation"
J. Liang, L. Sankar, and O. Kosut IEEE Trans. on Power Systems, vol. 31, no. 5, pp. 3864–3872, Sep. 2016
 "Maximum distortion attacks in electricity grids"
I. Esnaola, S. M. Perlaza, H. V. Poor, and O. Kosut IEEE Trans. on Smart Grid, vol. 7, no. 4, pp. 2007–2015, Jul. 2016
 "Sampling from Gaussian Markov random fields using stationary and non stationary subgraph perturbations"
Y. Liu, O. Kosut, and A. S. Willsky IEEE Trans. on Signal Processing, vol. 63, no. 3, pp. 576–589, Feb. 2015
 "Polytope Codes against adversaries in networks"
O. Kosut, L. Tong, and D. Tse IEEE Trans. on Information Theory, vol. 60, no. 6, pp. 3308–3344, Jun. 2014
 "On the dispersions of three network information theory problems"
V. Y. F. Tan and O. Kosut IEEE Trans. on Information Theory, vol. 60, pp. 881903, Feb. 2014
 "Locating and quantifying gas emission sources using remotely obtained concentration data"
B. Hirst, P. Jonathan, F. González del Cueto, D. Randell, and O. Kosut Atmospheric Environment, vol. 74, pp. 141158, Aug. 2013
 "Malicious data attacks on the smart grid"
O. Kosut, L. Jia, R. J. Thomas, L. Tong
IEEE Trans. on Smart Grid, vol. 2, pp. 645–658, Oct. 2011
 "Distributed source coding in the presence of Byzantine sensors"
O. Kosut and L. Tong
IEEE Trans. on Information Theory, vol. 54, pp. 2550–2565, June 2008
Submitted Journal Papers "Vulnerability assessment of largescale power systems to false data injection attacks"
Z. Chu, J. Zhang, O. Kosut, and L. Sankar Submitted to IEEE Trans. on Power Systems, May 2017
 "Can attackers with limited information exploit historical data to mount successful false data injection attacks on power systems?"
J. Zhang, Z. Chu, L. Sankar, and O. Kosut Submitted to IEEE Trans. on Power Systems, Mar. 2017
 "Fine asymptotics for universal onetoone compression of parametric sources"
N. Iri and O. Kosut Submitted to IEEE Trans. on Information Theory, Dec. 2016
 "Variable packeterror coding"
X. Fan, O. Kosut, and A. B. Wagner Submitted to IEEE Trans. on Information Theory, Aug. 2016
Conference Publications "On informationtheoretic privacy with general distortion cost functions"
K. Kalantari, L. Sankar, and O. Kosut in IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory (ISIT), Jun. 2017, pp. 2875–2879
 "Dispersion of the discrete arbitrarilyvarying channel with limited shared randomness"
O. Kosut and J. Kliewer in IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory (ISIT), Jun. 2017, pp. 1237–1241
 "Universal coding with point type classes"
N. Iri and O. Kosut in Conference on Information Sciences and Systems (CISS), Mar. 2017
 "Evaluating power system vulnerability to false data injection attacks via scalable optimization"
Z. Chu, J. Zhang, O. Kosut, and L. Sankar in IEEE International Conference on Smart Grid Communications (SmartGridComm), Nov. 2016, pp. 260–265
 "Network equivalence for a joint compoundarbitrarilyvarying network model"
O. Kosut and J. Kliewer in IEEE Information Theory Workshop (ITW), Sep. 2016, pp. 141–145.
 "The Gaussian interference channel in the presence of a malicious jammer"
F. Hosseinigoki and O. Kosut in Allerton Conference on Communication, Control, and Computing, Sep. 2016, pp. 679–686
 "On the fine asymptotics of information theoretic privacy"
K. Kalantari, O. Kosut, and L. Sankar in Allerton Conference on Communication, Control, and Computing, Sep. 2016, pp. 532–539
 "A new type size code for universal onetoone compression of parametric sources"
N. Iri and O. Kosut in IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory (ISIT), Jul. 2016, pp. 1227–1231
 "Arbitrarily varying networks: Capacityachieving computationally efficient codes"
P. Tian, S. Jaggi, M. Bakshi, and O. Kosut in IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory (ISIT), Jul. 2016, pp. 2139–2143
 "On the relationship between edge removal and strong converses"
O. Kosut and J. Kliewer in IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory (ISIT), Jul. 2016, pp. 1779–1783
 "False data injection attacks on power system state estimation with limited information"
J. Zhang, Z. Chu, L. Sankar, and O. Kosut in IEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting (PESGM), Jul. 2016, pp. 1–5
 "Decentralized MMSE attacks in electricity grids"
I. Esnaola, S. M. Perlaza, H. V. Poor, and O. Kosut in IEEE Statistical Signal Processing Workshop (SSP), June 2016, pp. 1–5
 "Thirdorder coding rate for universal compression of Markov sources"
N. Iri and O. Kosut in IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory (ISIT), Jun. 2015, pp. 1996–2000
 "Boosting output distributions in finite blocklength channel coding converse bounds"
O. Kosut in IEEE Information Theory Workshop (ITW), Apr. 2015, pp. 1–5
 "On generalized active attacks by causal adversaries in networks"
O. Kosut and L.W. Kao in IEEE Information Theory Workshop (ITW), Nov. 2014, pp. 247–251
 "Cyber attacks on AC state estimation: Unobservability and physical consequences"
J. Liang, O. Kosut, and L. Sankar in IEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting (PESGM), Jul. 2014, pp. 1–5
 "New results on thirdorder coding rate for universal fixedtovariable source coding"
O. Kosut and L. Sankar in IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory (ISIT), Jun. 2014, pp. 2689–2693
 “Equivalence for networks with adversarial state”
O. Kosut and J. Kliewer in IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory (ISIT), Jun. 2014, pp. 2401–2405
 "Maxflow mincut for power system security index computation"
O. Kosut in IEEE Sensor Array and Multichannel Signal Processing Workshop (SAM), Jun. 2014, pp. 61–64
 "Malicious data attacks against dynamic state estimation in the presence of random noise"
O. Kosut in Global Conference on Signal and Information Processing, Dec. 2013
 "Sampling from Gaussian graphical models using subgraph perturbations"
Y. Liu, O. Kosut in IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory, July 2013
 "Polytope codes for distributed storage in the presence of an active omniscient adversary"
O. Kosut in IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory, July 2013
 "Universal fixedtovariable source coding in the finite blocklength regime"
O. Kosut, L. Sankar in IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory, July 2013
 "The dispersion of SlepianWolf coding"
V. Y. F. Tan, O. Kosut in IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory, July 2012
 "On the dispersions of three network information theory problems"
V. Y. F. Tan, O. Kosut in Conference on Information Sciences and Systems, March 2012
 "Malicious data attacks on smart grid state estimation: attack strategies and countermeasures"
O. Kosut, L. Jia, R. J. Thomas, L. Tong
in First International Conference on Smart Grid Communications, Oct. 2010
 "On malicious data attacks on power system state estimation"
O. Kosut, L. Jia, R. J. Thomas, L. Tong
in of 45th International Universities Power Engineering Conference, Aug.–Sep. 2010
 "Polytope codes against adversaries in networks"
O. Kosut, L. Tong, and D. Tse
in IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory, June 2010
Finalist for Student Paper Award
 "Limiting false data attacks on power system state estimation"
O. Kosut, L. Jia, R. Thomas, and L. Tong
in of Conference on Information Sciences and Systems, Mar. 2010
 "Nonlinear network coding is necessary to combat general Byzantine attacks"
O. Kosut, L. Tong, and D. Tse
in of 47th Annual Allerton Conference on Communication, Control, and Computing, Oct. 2009
 "The quadratic Gaussian CEO problem with Byzantine agents"
O. Kosut and L. Tong
in of IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory, June–July 2009
Finalist for Student Paper Award
 "A characterization of the error exponent for the Byzantine CEO problem"
O. Kosut and L. Tong
in of 46th Allerton Conference on Communication, Control and Computing, Sep. 2008
 "The Byzantine CEO problem"
O. Kosut and L. Tong
in of IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory, July 2008
 "The nose of a bloodhound: target chasing aided by a static sensor network"
O. Kosut and L. Tong
in of Asilomar Conference on Signals, Systems, and Computers, Nov. 2007
 "Integrated mobile and static sensing for target tracking"
O. Kosut, A. Turovsky, J. Sun, M. Ezovski, G. Whipps, and L. Tong
in of Military Communications Conference, June 2007
 "Variablerate distributed source coding in the presence of Byzantine sensors"
O. Kosut and L. Tong
in of IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory, June 2007
Finalist for Student Paper Award
 "Capacity of cooperative fusion in the presence of Byzantine sensors"
O. Kosut and L. Tong
in 44th Annual Allerton Conf. on Commununication, Control and Computation, Sep. 2006
Dissertation 
