Cyberphysical Systems

  • Embedded systems
  • Hybrid systems
  • Control theory and systems
  • Computer-aided verification and synthesis 
  • Complex networks
  • Programming models
  • Application areas: Transportation, medical devices, aerospace

From electronic stability controllers in cars to city-wide power distribution systems, most computers today are embedded in a physical environment for monitoring and control.

Designing and analyzing such systems it is no longer adequate to understand the behavior of the computer in isolation – we have to look at the interaction of the computing and physical processes. This has led to the emergence of the area of cyberphysical systems, which overlaps with the areas of control and power. Naturally, the foundations of this area have been built from several traditionally unrelated areas like control theory, theory of computation, and distributed and real-time computing. Applications of the tools and techniques from this field are becoming essential in automotive, aerospace, robotics, and medical device industries.

Students specializing in this area are guaranteed to develop expertise in a rapidly growing interdisciplinary field. Because the worlds of computers and physical processes have been traditionally separated, an acute demand has developed for experts who can wield tools from both worlds. Graduates who specialize in cyberphysical systems are poised to become the next generation of leaders in a variety of technically related industries.

To specialize in cyberphysical systems, you’ll want to take:

Semester 6 CS373/CS374, ECE 313
Semester 7 ECE 428, ECE 486, CS 475/476
Semester 8 CS 431

Other suggested technical electives:

Core Faculty in this area