Cyber-physical design challenge

By A Mahoud, National Instruments


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Electricity+Control, December 2014 (pages 4 – 5)

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A Cyber-physical System (CPS) is characterised by three fundamental and deeply interwoven behaviours: Computation, communication, and control — the three Cs of Cyber-physical Systems. The young science of Cyber-physical Systems evolved from the need to meet increasingly urgent and sophisticated engineering challenges on a global scale. The science is founded on traditional embedded systems design and expands into more meaningful and complex systems, making it a field with significant potential for innovation and social impact.

In Cyber-Physical Systems: Imminent Challenges [1], Dr Manfred Broy, founder and dean of computer science at the Technical University of Munich, writes that Cyber-physical Systems ‘can change the way individuals and organisations interact with and control the physical world, and be as revolutionary as the internet.’ Despite its youth, the science of Cyber-physical Systems has already produced impactful and actionable results in engineering challenges.


Take note

  • Many complex engineered systems bridge the fields of computation, information technology, and physics.
  • Computing, information technology and communication systems are often referred to as ‘cyber’ systems.
  • Cyber systems directly interact with the world around us in many ways.