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First Workshop on Cyber-Physical Systems Education

CPS-Ed 2013 Call for Participation

Cyber-physical systems (CPS) are engineered systems that are built from and depend upon the synergy of computational and physical components. CPS continue to grow in prevalence and complexity, and their designers face the challenge of managing constraints across multiple knowledge domains such as software, transducers, signal processing, communication and networking, computer architecture, controls, simulation, and modeling of physical processes. The CPS of tomorrow will need to far exceed the systems of today in capability, adaptability, resiliency, safety, security, and usability. We do not yet have a mature science to support systems engineering of high confidence CPS, and the consequences are profound. Domain experts may contribute individual components of a design, but they often lack cross-disciplinary knowledge of how these components interact in composition with others. As the prevalence and sophistication of cyber-physical systems increases, so does the need for developers with sufficient cross-disciplinary education.

The First Workshop on Cyber-Physical Systems Education (CPS-Ed 2013) is a full-day workshop co-located with CPSWeek 2013 [i], to be held on Monday, April 8th, 2013 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Attendees from academia, government, and industry who participate in research, development, or education related to cyber-physical systems are encouraged to attend. The workshop will consist of distinguished keynotes, panels, and author presentations. Authors may submit position papers and case studies. Accepted papers will be published as part of the CPSWeek conference proceedings, and authors of select papers will be invited to present their paper at the workshop.

Authors and participants may register for CPS-Ed as part of registration for CPSWeek 2013.

Goal of the CPS-Ed Workshop

CPS-Ed seeks to build a systematic approach to cyber-physical systems education with specific emphasis on outcomes of a good CPS education. As a launching point we propose such outcomes in a framework inspired by ABET Engineering Criteria Program Educational Outcomes [ii], though we do not mean to imply CPS education should necessarily be part of an accreditation process. These example outcomes are as follows:

A. An ability to apply mathematical models of physical systems, cyber systems, and their composition.

B. An ability to design and conduct simulations and tests of a cyber-physical system and to analyze the results.

C. An ability to apply good engineering practices in the design of a system that mixes cyber and physical components subject to constraints including safety, security, cost, and dependability.

D. An ability to function effectively on multi-disciplinary teams spanning cyber and physical domains.

E. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems that have both cyber and physical aspects.

F. An understanding of the professional and ethical responsibilities of the design of life- and safety-critical systems.

G. An ability to communicate effectively across cyber and physical domains.

H. An understanding of how design decisions in the cyber domain may affect the physical domain and vice-versa.

I. A recognition of the need for, and ability to engage in life-long learning.

J. A knowledge of contemporary issues with cyber-physical systems.

K. An ability to select and use appropriate techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools that span the cyber and physical domains.

CPS-Ed Submission Topics

Authors may submit previously unpublished position papers and case studies. Accepted papers will be published as part of the CPSWeek conference proceedings, and authors of selected papers will have the opportunity to present their paper at the workshop. The workshop is intended to be a forum for exchanging views and developing a systematic approach to CPS education.

Acceptance is based on review by the Planning Committee. Submissions must address one or more of the example outcomes proposed in the Call for Participation, or define and justify different outcomes. Possible topics along these lines include:

1. A contribution to a set of canonical CPS projects. A canonical CPS project would include modeling, design, analysis, and implementation, with a clear application space or domain expertise. Include a project description and a tutorial or primer for an instructor who wishes to reuse the project. Projects should be replicable. A project is a means to an end: why does your project serve one of the CPS education outcomes?

2. Ideas towards building a library of reusable and adaptable laboratory modules from many domains. Criteria of what the CPS community needs from canonical CPS projects. What is good enough to put into a library? How should such a library be managed? How do we encourage projects that cross domain boundaries?

3. Examples of cross-domain collaboration in the development of a CPS, and lessons learned that speak to one of the CPS education outcomes.

4. Examples of curriculum that contribute to better (more sound) CPS engineering.

5. A position on CPS education outcomes. Do you agree with our proposed outcomes? Do you have evidence as to why one outcome is important, such as a case study (including counterexamples)?

6. Domain experts who discuss how they benefit from CPS Education Outcomes or where they feel there are knowledge gaps in CPS engineers today.

7. Continuing education in CPS.

8. Public education on the nature and potential of CPS.

9. Community needs for educational tools, testbeds, benchmarks, tutorials, or textbooks.

Submissions should be between 2 and 4 pages in length and should follow the IEEE template for conference proceedings [iii]. Submissions may be submitted online at .

CPS-Ed Dates

Submission deadline: February 8th, 2013
Acceptance notification: February 28th, 2013
Camera-ready submission: March 15th, 2013

CPS-Ed Organizers

Workshop Organizers

Magnus Egerstedt, Georgia Institute of Technology
Rajesh Gupta, University of California, San Diego
Jeff C. Jensen, National Instruments
Edward A. Lee, University of California, Berkeley

Technical Program Committee Chairs

Magnus Egerstedt, Georgia Institute of Technology
Jeff C. Jensen, National Instruments

Technical Program Committee

Ken Butts, Toyota
Georgios Fainekos, Arizona State University
Jeannie Falcon, National Instruments
Rajesh Gupta, University of California, San Diego
Phil Koopman, Carnegie Mellon University
Edward A. Lee, University of California, Berkeley
Brad Martin, National Security Administration
Steve Miller, Rockwell-Collins
Raj Rajkumar, Carnegie Mellon University
Konrad Slind, Rockwell-Collins
Sandeep Shukla, Virginia Tech
Jonathan Sprinkle, University of Arizona

Local Arrangements Chair

Christopher Brooks, University of California, Berkeley


Ted Baker, National Science Foundation
Helen Gill, National Science Foundation
Cyber Physical Systems Week (CPSWeek)

[i] Cyber-Physical Systems Week (CPSWeek) 2013, available

[ii] ABET Engineering Criteria Program Educational Outcomes, available

[iii] IEEE Manuscript Templates for Conference Proceedings, available