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Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS)

The CPS research group is responsible for research, teaching, and outreach activities in the field of Cyber-Physical Systems.

The research of Cyber-Physical Systems addresses the close interactions and feedback loop between the embedded cyber components and the dynamic physical components that involve mechanical components, energy systems, human activities and surrounding environment.

Designing CPS involves the consideration of multiple factors such as timing, energy, reliability, dependability and security. Experts from different disciplines are needed to tackle the challenges on large scale analytical modeling and analysis, efficient simulations, model driven synthesis and verification, real-time data analytics and system control, etc.

The current research focuses on

  1. model-based design, synthesis and verification of CPS,
  2. CPS dependability, security and privacy,
  3. big data analytics for CPS,
  4. cross-layer modeling and optimization for CPS, and
  5. applications of CPS in smart energy systems and automotive systems, etc.

Main research and teaching responsibilities

Under the umbrella of CPS, the following core areas are of our main research and teaching responsibilities.

  • Cyber-Physical Systems
  • Embedded Systems
  • Networks
  • CPS Security
  • CPS Dependability
  • CPS Modeling, Analysis and Verification
  • Control System


The Cyber-Physical Systems research group is headed by professor Shiyan Hu and consists of the researchers below, together with their doctoral students and master students.