at University of California, Irvine

Cyber Physical Systems

Cyber Physical Systems (CPSs) are systems that integrate the “cyber  part”  in  which  the  system processes information  and  communicates  with  its  distributed environment, the “interface  part”  in  which  components  such  as  sensors,  actuators, analog/digital  converters,  etc.  convert information into  physical  quantities, and the “physical part” which performs the primary function of a CPS.

General CPS architecture consisting of cyber part, interfaces, and physical part.
General CPS architecture consisting of cyber part, interfaces, and physical part.

CPSs have an extraordinary potential to change industry, the economy, and our lifestyles, but they also present an enormous design-science challenge, as CPSs require integration of different types of  knowledge  from  many  different  disciplines.