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CALL FOR PAPERS | The 2nd IFAC Conference on Cyber-Physical & Human Systems
December 14-15, 2018, Miami, USA

  • Submission Deadline: April 15, 2018
  • Acceptance notification: September 1, 2018
  • Final Submission Deadline: October 1, 2018

Steady advances in controls, communications, and computing are enabling new forms of cyber-physical systems (CPS), and are simultaneously redefining the role and position of humans in broad areas of applications and blurring the traditional boundaries between humans and technology. Therefore, for the most part, human interactions in these technical systems are becoming more complex and raising a range of new technical challenges and broader questions, touching social and even cultural domains. This newfound relationship between humans and technology must be studied from an engineering perspective, a human-factors perspective, and from the perspective of social sciences. This conference series on Cyber-Physical & Human Systems (CPHS) is intended to examine these multidisciplinary dimensions.

The second IFAC conference on CPHS builds on the success of CPHS 2016 and the H-CPS-I meeting in 2014. CPHS 2018 aims to bring together researchers and practitioners from academia and industry to share scientific and technological advances as well as gain a deeper understanding of the interactions between cyber-physical systems and humans. Of particular interest are human-centered technologies in a wide-range of applications including transportation, energy, robotics, manufacturing, and health-care. Examples of topics include human-machine symbiosis, humans as supervisors/operators of complex engineering systems, humans as agents in multi-agent systems, and humans as elements in controlled systems. In addition to the technical and theoretical contributions, CPHS 2018 also invites papers studying the ethical questions, public policies, regulatory issues, and new risks associated with interactions between humans and cyber-physical systems. Towards this end, we invite submissions in the following categories:

  • Full conference papers (6-8 pages) addressing relevant CPHS topics, which will be peer-reviewed, and presented at the conference (if accepted). Review, Tutorial and Vision papers are also welcome.
  • Extended abstracts (a minimum of 500 words) addressing topics of interest, subject to the same review process as full papers, and invited to present at the conference (if accepted).
  • Invited sessions, consisting of six full papers and/or short abstracts, to fill a two-hour block.
  • Tutorials and/or workshops, a half-day or full-day event either before or after the conference (please contact the organizers for guidance and details)

We encourage submissions on human-centered technologies in a wide-range of applications including transportation (ground, air, and space), energy, robotics, manufacturing, and health-care. Example of topics include the following:

  • Human-Machine Symbiosis
    • Control of smart prosthetics
    • Neurostimulation
    • Exoskeletons
    • Biomedical implants
    • Augmented Human
  • Humans as supervisors/operators of complex engineering systems
    • Human-Machine interaction in flight control
    • Cooperative control in Automotive systems (ex. ADAS)
    • Process plant operation
    • Robotic surgery
    • Spacecraft control
    • Control in hazardous environments
    • Automated or semi-automated trains
    • Remote operation of robotic teams (ex. in rescue scenarios)
  • Humans as agents in multi-agent systems
    • Intelligent road transportation
    • Next-generation air traffic management
    • Flexible manufacturing
    • Assistive robotics
    • Smart Grid and Demand Response
    • Urban mobility
  • Humans as elements in controlled systems
    • Comfort control in homes
    • Smart cities
    • Rescue robotics
    • Assistive devices
    • Smart infrastructure
    • Connected buildings
  • General CPHS topics
    • Semiautonomous and mixed-initiative systems
    • Shared control
    • Cognitive control
    • Decision-support for human operators
    • Recent theoretical developments impacting the open problems
    • Ethics, public policy, and regulatory issues
    • Potential impact and open problems

The conference program will only include papers of the highest standard as selected by the IPC, in accordance with the IFAC guidelines All papers and abstracts will be accepted with the understanding that the authors will present them at the CPHS Conference. At least one author of every accepted paper will be required to register for the conference before uploading the final version. Accepted papers and abstracts will be presented either in oral or poster format. Accepted papers will be included in the conference ipreprintsi (USB drive) and published online, whereas accepted abstracts will only be included as preprints and not published on-line. All papers, abstracts, and invited session proposals must be submitted through the conference submission website,, and conform to the policy found therein.

Operating Committee
General Chair: Anuradha Annaswamy, MIT, USA
General Chair: Dawn Tilbury, UMichigan, USA
Program Chair: Sandra Hirche, TU Muenchen, Germany
Vice Chair, Invited Sessions: Goldie Nejat, UToronto, Canada
Vice Chair, Industry: Tariq Samad, UMinnesota, USA
Editor: Berenice Mettler, ICueMotion, USA
Finance Chair: Rifat Sipahi, Northeastern University, USA
Publicity Chair: Yue Wang, Clemson University, USA
Registration Chair: Yildiray Yildiz, Bilkent University, Turkey
Local Arrangements Chair: Tansel Yucelen, Univ. South Florida, USA
Special Sessions Chair: Neera Jain, Purdue University, USA
Advisory Board: Mariana Netto, IFSTTAR, France
Advisory Board: Francoise Lamnabhi-Lagarrigue, CNRS, University of Paris-Saclay, France
Advisory Board: Pramod Khargonekar, UC Irvine, USA

IPC Members
David Abbink, TU Delft, Netherlands
Bruno Berberian, The French Aerospace Lab, France
Geoffrey Chase, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
Yuval Cohen, Afeka Tel-Aviv Academic College of Engineering, Israel
Marcio de Queiroz, Louisiana State University, USA
FrEderic DEhais, ISAE-SUPAERO, France
Bart de Schutter, TU Delft, Netherlands
Thomas Desaive, University of LiEge, Belgium
Subhrakanti Dey, Uppsala University, Sweden
Sebastian Dormido, Universidad Nacional de Educacion a Distancia, Spain
Tamsyn Edwards, San Jose University/ NASA Ames Research Center, USA
Timothy Exell, University of Portsmouth, UK
Ron Hess, UC Davis, USA
Hideaki Ishii, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
Zhaodan Kong, UC Davis, USA
Peter Kopacek, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
Tamara Lorenz, University of Cincinnati, USA
Franck Mars, IRCCyN, CNRS & Ecole Centrale de Nantes, France
Shinichi Nakasuka, University of Tokyo, Japan
Eric Rogers, University of Southampton, UK
Anthony Rossiter, University of Sheffield, UK
Thomas Schauer, TU Berlin, Germany
Julie Shah, MIT, USA
Bryant Walker Smith, Univ. of South Carolina, USA
Sarah Spurgeon, University College London, UK
Gabor Sziebig, The Arctic University of Norway, Norway
Fredric Vanderhagen, UniversitE de Valenciennes, France
Philipe Vezin, IFSTTAR, France
Ljubo Vlacic, Griffith University, Australia
Birgit Vogel-Heuser, TU Munich, Germany
Jessie Yang, University of Michigan, USA
Yildiray Yildiz, Bilkent University, Turkey
Jianhua Zhang, East China University of Science and Technology, China

Copyright: "All publication material submitted for presentation at an IFAC-sponsored meeting (Congress, Symposium, Conference, Workshop) must be original and hence cannot be already published, nor can it be under review elsewhere. The authors take responsibility for the material that has been submitted. IFAC-sponsored conferences will abide by the highest standard of ethical behavior in the review process as explained on the Elsevier webpage (, and the authors will abide by the IFAC publication ethics guidelines (
Accepted papers will be published in the open-access IFAC-PapersOnLine series hosted on ScienceDirect ( To this end, author(s) must confer the copyright to IFAC when they submit the final version of the paper through the paper submission process. The author(s) retain the right to use a copy of the paper for personal use, internal institutional use at the author(s)i institution, or scholarly posting at an open web site operated by the author(s) or their institution, limited to noncommercial use. Any other use of the paper requires approval by IFAC."