The last decades have shown impressive results emerging due to faster and cheaper computation and bandwidth. Many initiatives are running at an European and national level with special emphasis on computing and communication capabilities embedded in all types of objects and structures in the physical environment.


New on-going EU initiatives such as DEMANES and ACCUS which involve dozens of enterprises and academics institutions are focused on demonstrating emerging applications with enormous societal impact and economic benefits in sectors such as transportation, security, urban systems, etc. Such systems that link the abstract world of computing and communications with the physical world are called cyber-physical systems (CPS). CPS are engineered artefacts of the real world whose operation synergetically integrates computing and communication systems, i.e. the border between real and abstract becomes blurred in certain aspects. Nowadays, the conjunction of the cyber and physical worlds has enormous scientific and technical challenges beyond systems of systems. This workshop will bring together companies from different sectors and researchers from academia and industry in order not only to identify future research and developing areas, but also to actually feedback from the societal needs and market requirements on the basis of SMEs and LEs contributions.

Certainly, in recent years we have worked together, in some cases successfully, in others unsuccessfully, on proposals dealing with Cyber Physical Systems. In DEMANES we started to model the architecture and the operation of adaptive networked embedded systems and to support the design process of such systems by providing design and evaluation environments, runtime platforms and test-beds. In order to go beyond the state of the art DEMANES combines recent advances from embedded systems, system of systems and control engineering. In ACCUS we are making the next steps, i.e to provide an integration and coordination platform for urban systems to build applications across urban systems and to provide an adaptive and cooperative control architecture and corresponding algorithms for urban subsystems in order to optimize their combined performance using a systems of system approach. In McSoS, we proposed to deal with mixed criticalities using a cyberphysical approach.

Now CPS appear are prominent on the European research agenda: a quote from LEIT ICT:

CPS refer to next generation embedded ICT systems that are interconnected and collaborating including through the Internet of things, and providing citizens and businesses with a wide range of innovative applications and services. These are the ICT systems increasingly embedded in all types of artefacts including our clothes and our own body, and making "smarter" and more comfortable our personal devices, our homes, cars, transport systems, offices, factories and cities, etc. Often endowed with control, monitoring and data gathering functions, CPS need to comply with essential requirements like safety, security and near-zero power consumption as well as size, usability and adaptability constraints

A quote from the ARTEMIS Strategic Research Agenda:

Models of Embedded Systems/Cyber-Physical Systems comprise models of the environment. Such models will need to take a closer look at the interface between the analogue and the digital world, since the state of the art in this area still leaves many issues open. For example, control theory needs to take a closer look at the implications of discretization. In the future the Cyber Physical System research should focus on building services in smart spaces based on the capabilities of CPS and promoting the interoperability of CPS as objects or nodes in Internet. The research is going to direction of interoperability, development in semantic web, open data, and linked data.

So, reasons enough to discuss with each other future approaches to advance CPS. As the EU is on the way to become an Innovation Union, we want to look in our workshop not only to the research challenges, but also to explore the business opportunities.

Discussions will be driven and enriched by participants contributions in theoretical frameworks and algorithms, computing requirements, business opportunities, on-going implementations and new fields of exploitation. The workshop starts with presentations setting the scene from a scientific and a business perspective. In order to bridge the gap in areas such as communications, control, optimization, machine learning, testing and verification, data mining, signal and information processing each participant will present his view. Tools and technologies of interest include (but not limited to): systems of systems, sensor networks, embedded systems, human in the loop systems, mobile computing, cloud computing.

Cyber Physical Systems Workshop 2013