Visible to the public NSF Workshop on Cyber-Physical Systems

NSF Workshop on Cyber-Physical Systems
October 16-17, 2006 | Austin, Texas


The research initiative on Cyber-Physical Systems seeks new scientific foundations and technologies to enable the rapid and reliable development and integration of computer- and information-centric physical and engineered systems. The goal of the initiative is to usher in a new generation of engineered systems that are highly dependable, efficiently produced, and capable of advanced performance in information, computation, communication, and control.

Applications for cyber-physical systems can be found in health care (assisted living, bionics, wearable devices, …), transportation and automotive networks, aerospace and avionics, automated manufacturing, blackout-free electricity generation and distribution, optimization of energy consumption in buildings and vehicles, critical infrastructure monitoring, disaster response, efficient agriculture, environmental science, and personal fitness. Sensing and manipulation of the physical world occurs locally, while control and observability are enabled safely, securely, reliably and in real-time across a virtual network. This capability is referred to as “Globally Virtual, Locally Physical”.

An NSF Workshop on Cyber-Physical Systems was held on October 16 and 17 in Austin, Texas. Position papers have been received. The workshop slides can be seen at Presentations.


1830 - 2000 Reception and Registration
0730 - 0830 Contintental Breakfast & Registration
0830 - 0900 Welcoming Remarks
Professor Raj Rajkumar (CMU) and Professor Insup Lee (UPenn)

Opening Remarks
Dr. Wei Zhao (NSF)
Dr. Helen Gill (NSF)
Dr. Scott Midkiff (NSF)
Dr. Mario, Rotea (NSF)
0900 - 1030 Academics Panel Session 1
Professor Janos Sztipanovits (Vanderbilt University), Moderator
Professor Alan Burns (University of New York)
Professor Seth Goldstein (Carnegie Mellon University)
Professor Edward Lee (University of California at Berkeley)
Professor Wayne Wolf (Princeton University)
1030 - 1045 Coffee Break
1045 - 1200 Academics Panel Session 2
Professor Bruce Krogh (Carnegie Mellon University), Moderator
Professor Panos Antsaklis (University of Notre Dame
Professor John Baras (University of Maryland)
Professor Munther Dahleh (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Professor Bruce McMillin (University of Missouri at Rolla)
Professor Mark Spong (University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign)
1200 - 1300 Lunch
1300 - 1415 Keynote Presentation: Technologies for Programming Asynchronous, Heterogeneous, Multiprocessor Systems
Dr. James Truchard (National Instuments)
1415 - 1430 Brief instruction on breakout sessions
1430 - 1445 Coffee Break
1445 - 1730 Breakout Session 1: 5 Working Groups
Introduce participants; discuss problems, current state and needs
1730 End of Day's Program

Reception and Dinner (Sponsored by National Instruments)
Iron Cactus Restaurant | 606 Trinity Street . Austin, TX

0730 - 0830 Continental Breakfast
0830 - 0915

Keynote Presentation: Asking the Four Questions that Define the Cyber-Bio Interface
Dr. Harvey Rubin (University of Pennsylvania)

The cyber-bio interface can be defined by answers to four fundamentally symmetrical questions.

  1. Can biological systems operationalize certain aspects of cyber systems so that we can understand and design advanced biological systems?
  2. Can biological systems operationalize certain aspects of cyber systems so that we can understand and design advanced cyber systems?
  3. Can cyber systems operationalize certain aspects of biological systems so that we can understand and design advanced biological systems?
  4. Can cyber systems operationalize certain aspects of biological systems so that we can understand and design advanced cyber systems?

Examples from the research program of the relatively newly anointed “synthetic biology” which has come to dominate thinking about question 1, will be briefly discussed.  We will argue that solutions to question 2 have not yet lived up to expectations.  Research on question 3 is emerging and has found a focus in many nano-bio programs and medical devices and surveillance programs.  We will pay special attention to question 4 where new results will be discussed and a more complete research agenda will be suggested.

0915 - 1030 Industry Perspectices on Cyber-Physical Systems
Dr. Jay Bayne (Meta Command Systems)
Dr. Tim Crowley (United Technologies Research Center)
Dr. Thomas E. Fuhrman (General Motors)
Dr. Bill Milam (Ford)
Dr. Feng Zhao (Microsoft Research)
1030 - 1050 Coffee Break
1050 - 1200

Breakout Session 2: Working Groups
Refine R&D challenges, promising technologies, and roadmap

1200 - 1230 Breakout Session 3: Working Groups
Prepare summary presentation and plan for the written report
1230 - 1330

*Working* Lunch

1330 - 1500 Working Group Summaries (15 minutes per area)
  • Smart Transportation
  • Tele-Physical Services and Applications
  • Critical Physical Infrastructures
  • System Infrastructure
    • Scientific Foundations, Theory, and Education
1500 - 1530

Final Discussion

1530 Wrapup

NSF Sponsors

Dr. Wei Zhao, Director - Computer and Network Systems Division
Dr. Usha Varshney, Director - Electrical and Communication Systems Division
Dr. Helen Gill, Program Director - Computer and Network Systems
Dr. Kishan Baheti, Program Director - Electrical and Communications Systems


Raj Rajkumar, Carnegie Mellon University (Co-Chair)
Insup Lee, University of Pennsylvania (Co-Chair)

Local Arrangements

Al Mok, University of Texas at Austin

Program Committee

Michael Branicky, Case Western Reserve University
Bruce Krogh, Carnegie Mellon University
John Lehoczky, Carnegie Mellon University
Sanjoy Mitter, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Al Mok, University of Texas at Austin
Brian Noble, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor
George Pappas, University of Pennsylvania
Doug Schmidt, Vanderbilt University
Shankar Sastry, University of California at Berkeley
Lui Sha, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Kang Shin, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor
Jack Stankovic, University of Virginia
Janos Sztipanovits, Vanderbilt University

Event Details
Austin, Texas