Cyber-Physical Systems

The integration of physical systems and processes with networked computing has led to the emergence of a new generation of engineered systems: Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS). Such systems use computations and communication deeply embedded in and interacting with physical processes to add new capabilities to physical systems. These cyber-physical systems range from miniscule (pace makers) to large-scale (the national power-grid). Because computer-augmented devices are everywhere, they are a huge source of economic leverage.


Many of the embedded systems-related studies and efforts in the past have focused on the challenges the physical environment brings to the scientific foundations of networking and information technology (NIT). However, the full scope of this change has much more breadth and depth than a restructuring inside NIT; it is a profound revolution that turns entire industrial sectors into producers of cyber-physical systems. This is not about adding computing and communication equipment to conventional products where both sides maintain separate identities. This is about merging computing and networking with physical systems to create new revolutionary science, technical capabilities and products. CPS has extraordinary significance for the future of the industry. Falling behind in the foundations of CPS may render our scientific and technological infrastructure obsolete. Whether we recognize it or not, we are in the midst of a pervasive, profound shift in the way humans engineer physical systems and manage their physical environment.


New Forms of Industry – Academy Partnership in CPS Research [Workshop]  

May 19, 2009, Fairfax, Virginia

This by-invitation-only workshop was organized to discuss the unique needs and challenges of industry – academy partnership in Cyber Physical Systems (CPS) research.

Cyber-Physical Systems Summit

April 24 - 25, 2008, St. Louis, Missouri

Lead for effort: Jack Stankovic (University of Virginia)
CCC Council Liaison for this effort: Anita Jones (University of Virginia)
Leads for this Workshop: see
CCC Council Liaison for this Workshop: Anita Jones (University of Virginia)
Workshop Vision: (PDF - 2.4 MB)
Final Report:

Cyber-Physical Systems Week

April 13 to 16, 2009, San Francisco CA

The CPSWeek brings together three leading conferences: RTAS, IPSN and HSCC as well as several workshops and tutorials on various aspects on the research and development of cyber-physical systems. For CPSWeek 2009, the conferences ran from April 13 -15, 2009, with workshops and tutorials following on April 16, 2009.

Please see CPS Week 2009 for more details.


 Cyber-Physical Systems Forum
a CPS community meeting to be held as part of CPS Week to be held in San Francisco.
- April 13, 2009, Poster and Demo session
- April 15, 2009, Panels and Talks

The 15th IEEE Real-Time and Embedded Technology and Applications Symposium

The 8th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Information Processing in Sensor Networks

The 12th International Conference on Hybrid Systems: Computation and Control (HSCC'09)

List of CPS-related workshops


Call-for-Participation (PDF - 94 KB)

White Paper on Industry - Academy Collaboration in CPS Research
Based on the results of the CCC Workshop on New Forms of Industry-Academy Partnership in CPS Research Held At George Mason University, VA on May 19, 2009. Edited by Janos Sztipanovits, John A. Stankovic, David E. Corman [365 KB PDF]

Cyber-Physical Systems Research Charge
Presentation at Cyber-Physical Systems Summit, St. Louis, MO, April 24, 2008
by Jeannette M. Wing [2.2 MB PDF]

Executive Summary on CPS
Prepared by the CPS Steering Group [2.4 MB PDF]