Software Engineering and Networked Control for Smart Cyber Physical Systems (SENCPS)

NII Shonan Meeting:

@ Shonan Village Center, August 21-24, 2017


  • Hausi Muller, University of Victoria, Canada
  • Fuyuki Ishikawa, National Institute of Informatics, Japan
  • Marin Litoiu, York University, Canada


Cyber physical systems (CPS) are distributed, software‐intensive systems that control tightly integrated and networked computational and physical components. CPS technologies are becoming the key enablers for how we control and build smarter, context‐aware and situation‐aware systems, such as autonomous vehicles, smart cities and buildings, renewable energy systems, elderly healthcare, resource management, and food supply chains. The societal impact of CPS and its associated industrial revolution is enormous.

Advances in the interconnected capabilities of CPS affect virtually every engineered system. The technologies emerging from combining the cyber and physical worlds will provide an innovation and incubation engine for a broad range of industries—creating entirely new markets and platforms for years to come. CPS are advanced technology systems that require knowledge and training for their development and operation. A skilled workforce to support future CPS is a challenge in its own right and of strategic importance.

There are many challenges that must be addressed to be able to harvest CPS’s rich economic opportunities [1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9]. The goal of this workshop is to bring together researchers from different fields to address these challenges. The research topics we propose to discuss include, but are not limited to, control and systems science for CPS [10][11][12][13], models and co‐design for CPS [14][15][16], models at runtime for CPS [17][18][19], networked control for CPS [20][21][22][23][24][25], integrating discrete and continuous control for CPS [26], continuous assurance for CPS [27][28][29], software frameworks and platforms for CPS. The proposed attached invitee list brings together researchers from the following research communities: software engineering, cyber physical systems, adaptive systems [30], Internetware [31][32], networked control, and Internet of Things [33][34][35]. These researchers will bring together different perspectives on methods, techniques, technologies, and applications from their respective fields. By working collaboratively at beautiful Shonan Village, software engineering, adaptive systems, Internetware and networked control researchers ought to generate significant synergy for cyber physical systems research.

Keywords. Cyber physical systems (CPS), Internetware, Internet of Things, Industry 4.0, smart, contextaware and situation‐aware systems, models for CPS, composition, abstractions and integration of CPS systems, continuous assurance, models at runtime, networked control, integration and co‐design of discrete and continuous control, uncertainty, feedback loops, software engineering, software evolution.

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