• Smart Manufacturing
  • Intelligent Vehicles
  • Infrastructure for Smart Grid and Smart Buildings
  • Health Care & Emergency Response
  • Defense

HOW can we make tomorrow's smart systems technologies safe, secure, reliable, and robust?

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), in coordination with other federal agencies, is sponsoring a workshop on March 13-14, 2012 in Rosemont, Illinois, to explore the technology and measurement challenges impeding innovation and U.S. competitiveness in cyber-physical systems (CPS).

  • WHO SHOULD ATTEND – Leaders in industry, government, and academia who wish to help guide the future research agenda for cyber-physical systems and accelerate developments in this field.
  • HOW YOU CAN CONTRIBUTE – Participants will actively engage in facilitated, interactive discussions to identify challenges, bring next generation ideas to the table, and define important R&D pathways. These discussions will form the basis for a report outlining the opportunities and approaches for tackling CPS challenges.
  • WHAT YOU WILL GAIN – You will hear provocative talks from industry and other CPS experts, and have opportunities to network with those in the field. Your name will also be listed along with others as contributors to the opportunities report, which will help to guide decision-makers as they formulate future agenda for CPS R&D.

Proposed topics for discussion at the workshop include:

  • Reliable, safe, and secure systems you can trust your life with. What is needed to cost effectively and rapidly build in and assure safety, dependability, security, and performance of next-generation cyber-physical systems? How can they become fault tolerant and adaptive? How can they be efficiently upgraded and recertified?
  • Networked, cooperating, human-interactive systems. What is needed to enable streamlined and predictable development, deployment, and evolution of networked and integrated cyber-physical systems, particularly as systems become interconnected with legacy systems and across industry boundaries? How do we effectively achieve compositionality within heterogeneous, dissimilar but connected systems? How can the role of humans be modeled and integrated in systems with variable levels of autonomy?
  • Engineering across the digital-physical divide. What is needed for multi-scale, multi-physics models and abstractions to enable co-design of software, communications, and interacting physical subsystems? How do we enable consideration of a wide range of design trade-offs across digital and physical systems? What engineering foundations and tools are needed to support CPS throughout the entire system lifecycle?
  • Architecture and platforms for cyber-physical systems. What is needed to enable development and application of comprehensive architectural frameworks that include both the physical and cyber elements of CPS? What new platforms are needed to effectively extract actionable information from vast amounts of raw data? What is needed to provide a robust timing and systems framework to support the real-time control and synchronization requirements of complex, networked, engineered physical systems? What advances are needed in sensing, control, and wireless communications to enable optimized performance, diagnostics, and prognostics?
  • Education, workforce training, and technology transition. What is needed to ensure that higher education provides a new generation of scientists and engineers qualified to develop, design, and implement an array of cyber-physical systems? What is needed to create a skilled workforce capable of operating and maintaining the highly complex CPS of the future? What are effective mechanisms for transitioning new CPS technology to suppliers and end-users?

CPS advancement has been accorded high priority in reports issued by the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Cyber-physical systems—smart systems that have cyber technologies, both hardware and software, deeply embedded in and interacting with physical components, and sensing and changing the state of the real world—must operate with high levels of reliability, safety, security, and usability. Technology to meet rapidly-growing demand for new capabilities and cyber-physical applications such as the smart grid, the next generation air transportation system, intelligent transportation systems, smart medical technologies, smart buildings, and smart manufacturing is needed, and soon. Indeed, CPS has a growing importance to the economic future of the country and to national and homeland security. While rapid progress is being made in CPS across many sectors, there are a number of technical challenges that must be addressed to meet increasing demand for these innovative technologies.

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Lead sponsor: NIST
Coordinating/cosponsoring agencies: NSF, NSA, NASA, DOT, DOD, FDA, DOE, DHS