Special Issue "Challenges and Directions Forward for Dealing with the Complexity of Future Smart Cyber–Physical Systems"

A special issue of Designs (ISSN 2411-9660).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2018

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Martin Törngren

Department of Machine Design, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 100 44 Stockholm, Sweden
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Interests: Cyber–Physical Systems (CPS) and systems engineering; design methodology; model based engineering incl. model and tool interoperability; architectures of embedded and cyber–physical systems; co-design of control and embedded computer systems; system and functional safety; autonomous machines and trustworthy AI; innovation eco-systems; life-long learning and education
Guest Editor
Ms. Didem Gürdür

Department of Machine Design, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 100 44 Stockholm, Sweden
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Interests: Cyber–Physical Systems; interoperability; tool integration; data analytics; data visualisations; visual analytics
Guest Editor
Dr. Elena Fersman

Ericsson Research, Ericsson AB, 16480 Stockholm, Sweden
Department of Machine Design, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 100 44 Stockholm, Sweden
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Interests: modeling and analysis of Cyber-Physical Systems; knowledge representation, knowledge management and decision support
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Harold (Bud) Lawson

Lawson Konsult AB
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Interests: complex systems; systems thinking; systems engineering; software engineering
Guest Editor
Dr. Vincent Aravantinos

Fortiss GmbH, 80805 Munich, Germany
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Interests: autonomous systems; software architecture; cyber-physical systems engineering

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

A key aspect of Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) is their potential for integrating information technologies, operational technologies (in terms of embedded systems and control systems), and physical systems, to form new or improved functionalities. CPS, thus, draws upon advances in many areas. This positioning provides unprecedented opportunities for innovation, within and across existing domains. However, at the same time, it is commonly understood that we are already stretching the limits of existing methodologies.

In embarking towards CPS with such unprecedented capabilities it becomes essential to improve our understanding of CPS complexity and how we can deal with it. Complexity has many facets including complexity of the CPS itself, of the environments in which the CPS acts, and in terms of the organizations and supporting tools that develop, operate and maintain CPS.

The primary objective of this Special Issue is to provide a forum for researchers and practitioners to exchange their latest achievements and to identify critical issues, challenges, opportunities and future directions for how to deal with the complexity of future CPS. Contributions covering methods, tools, architectures, foundational aspects as well as organizational and other complexity-related aspects are welcomed.

Dr. Vincent Aravantinos
Ms. Didem Gürdür
Dr. Elena Fersman
Prof. Dr. Martin Törngren
Prof. Dr. Harold (Bud) Lawson
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • methodologies for dealing with complexity

  • analyzing or characterizing complexity of CPS

  • what are the key facets of the cyber- vs. the physical vs. cyber-physical complexity?

  • foundational theories for CPS engineering

  • composability approaches for CPS

  • systematic approaches for dealing with uncertainty

  • systematic approaches for dealing with interfaces and interrelations

  • dealing with trustworthiness and trade-offs (e.g. safety vs. security vs. availability vs. cost)

  • reconciling software and hardware processes and life-spans

  • smartness of CPS and complexity management, leveraging AI

  • robustness of CPS, dealing with AI and complex environments

  • cyber-physical systems of systems-ensuring proper interactions at the SoS level

  • managing organizational complexity

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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