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Streamlining the Internet of Things and Other Cyber-Physical Systems

By Michigan Tech News

January 4, 2017

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Researchers at Michigan Technological University (Michigan Tech) and other institutions outline a framework to enhance research on cyber-physical systems via streamlined design in an Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers keynote paper.

"The register-transfer-level (RTL) design flow for digital circuits is one of the major success stories in electronic design automation," they note. "Will a durable design methodology, such as the RTL design flow, emerge for cyber-physical systems?"

The researchers say the solution relies on how well cross-disciplinary teams can handle large-scale heterogeneous and dynamic technologies while keeping human users in the equation.

Michigan Tech professor Shiyan Hu says cyber-physical systems typically involve a simple, efficient data transfer between sensors and the physical system, but the exchange is a weak connection.

The research team says security and privacy are "cross-cutting concerns throughout the design process that must be considered from the very beginning of the design process; they cannot just be bolted on as an afterthought."

Improvements to security and privacy demand specialists at each stage of design and fabrication.

Hu says big data is the critical element in making safe, reliant, and innovative cyber-physical systems by integrating model-based design and data-based learning.

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