Cyber-Physical Systems

Cyber-Physical Systems are mechanisms controlled or monitored by algorithms, representing the tight integration and interaction of multiple physical and software components, each operating on different spatial and temporal scales and exhibiting multiple behavioural modalities. Examples range from robots, avionic systems and medical devices to smart grids and automotive networks.

A significant enabler of cyber-physical systems is the notion of an Internet of Things (IoT), representing not just rich and high-data rate sensors, but also the intrinsic coupling with physical models and physical analytics. These developments are also heavily coupled with the need for better understanding of resilience, security and system-wide understanding of behaviour that is determined by software-enabled interaction of a wide variety of embedded “things”.

The research activities within this theme range from investigation of physically embedded systems, e.g., human-robot interaction, assisted living and ambient intelligent systems as well as wearable and networked sensor systems, larger networks of systems, multi-robot or vehicle networks, smart grids and other software-enabled infrastructure systems. It also covers the software tools and techniques that enable these systems, covering methods for verification and modelling of distributed sensor-actuator systems, tools for security and resilience analysis as well as protocols to enhance these features.

This theme serves as the main link for SICSA member institutions to the CENSIS Innovation Centre.

The Research Theme leaders for Cyber-Physical Systems are Dr Subramanian Ramamoorthy ( and Dr Christian Dondrup (

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