Special Issue "Human-centered Cyber-physical Systems"

A special issue of Technologies (ISSN 2227-7080). This special issue belongs to the section "Information and Communication Technologies".

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Dr. Didem Gürdür
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Department of Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305, USA
Interests: Cyber–Physical Systems; interoperability; tool integration; data analytics; data visualisations; visual analytics
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Prof. Dr. Torben Weis
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Distributed Systems Group, Department of Computer Science and Applied Cognitive Science, Faculty of Engineering, University Duisburg-Essen, 47057 Duisburg, Germany
Interests: cyber-physical systems; cloud computing; security and privacy in distributed systems; system modeling and domain-specific languages for distributed and embedded systems; context-aware computing; AI-based context recognition; pervasive computing; human-centered AI
Dr. Yangyang Zhao
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Department of Informatics, University of Oslo, 0316 Oslo, Norway
Interests: digital transformation; technological innovation; human-centered design; systems thinking; complex systems
Prof. Dr. Antonios Tsourdos
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Transport and Manufacturing, School of Aerospace, Cranfield University, College Road, Cranfield MK43 0AL, UK
Interests: instrumentation; sensors and measurement science; autonomous systems; system engineering; vehicle health management; mechatronics and advanced controls
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Cyber-physical systems exist everywhere in different sizes, with different functionalities and capabilities. Some examples can be listed as collaborative robots, smart cities, industry 4.0 applications, autonomous systems (vehicles, drones), intelligent transport systems, and so on. These systems are not only pushing the limits of traditional engineering practices but also providing new opportunities to solve the most important problems of humanity.

Advancements in data analytics, artificial intelligence, increasing computation and sensing capabilities, interoperability improvements through cloud solutions, and similar advancements in technology promise to unlock the considerable potential of future cyber-physical systems.

In this call, we are looking for cyber-physical systems’ architectures, applications, methodologies, implementations, theoretical and conceptual frameworks, case studies and research finding which primarily focuses on human needs, social implications, and sustainability. These include addressing climate change, providing intelligent transportation solutions, improving issues of health and public safety, supporting the transition to renewable energy resources, planning for smart cities and smart villages, and tackling limited resources for better sustainability, inclusivity, equality, and mobility. We welcome authors to present new techniques, methodologies, frameworks, methods, case studies and research directions for the unsolved issues related to Human-centered Cyber-physical Systems. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to the theory and the applications of cyber-physical systems related to the keywords listed below.

Dr. Didem Gürdür
Prof. Dr. Torben Weis
Dr. Yangyang Zhao
Prof. Dr. Antonios Tsourdos
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Keywords

  • Industry 4.0 and Industry 5.0/Society 5.0
  • critical analyses of human technology integration
  • design and implementations sustainable systems of systems
  • design and implementations of trustworthy autonomous systems
  • multidisciplinary approaches for human-machine/robot/computer interactions
  • data and artificial intelligence supporting human-centered design
  • human-centred design for interoperability/sustainability/complexity

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Human-in-Loop Decision-Making and Autonomy: Lessons Learnt from the Aviation Industry Transferred to Cyber-Physical Systems
Technologies 2022, 10(6), 120; https://doi.org/10.3390/technologies10060120 - 24 Nov 2022
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In this study, we reviewed aircraft accidents in order to understand how autonomy and safety has been managed in the aviation industry, with the aim of transferring our findings to autonomous cyber-physical systems (CPSs) in general. Through the qualitative analysis of 26 reports [...] Read more.
In this study, we reviewed aircraft accidents in order to understand how autonomy and safety has been managed in the aviation industry, with the aim of transferring our findings to autonomous cyber-physical systems (CPSs) in general. Through the qualitative analysis of 26 reports of aircraft accidents that took place from 2016 to 2022, we identified the most common contributing factors and the actors involved in aircraft accidents. We found that accidents were rarely the result of a single event or actor, with the most common contributing factor being non-adherence to standard operating procedures (SOPs). Considering that the aviation industry has had decades to perfect their SOPs, it is important for CPSs not only to consider the actors and causes that may contribute to safety-related issues, but also to consider well-defined reporting practices, as well as the different levels of mechanisms checked by diverse stakeholders, in order to minimise the cascading nature of such events to improve safety. In addition to proposing a new definition of safety, in this study we suggest reviewing high-reliability organisations to offer further insights as part of future research on CPS safety. Full article
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Towards a Modern Learning Organization: Human-Centered Digitalization of Lessons Learned Management for Complex Systems Development Projects
Technologies 2022, 10(6), 117; https://doi.org/10.3390/technologies10060117 - 16 Nov 2022
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The importance of learning from experience is incontrovertible; however, little is studied regarding the digitalization of in- and inter-project lessons learned in modern organizational practices. As a critical part of organizational knowledge, lessons learned are known to help organizations adapt to the ever-changing [...] Read more.
The importance of learning from experience is incontrovertible; however, little is studied regarding the digitalization of in- and inter-project lessons learned in modern organizational practices. As a critical part of organizational knowledge, lessons learned are known to help organizations adapt to the ever-changing world via the complex systems development projects they use to capitalize on and to develop their competitive advantage. In this paper, we introduce the concept of human-centered digitalization for this unique type of organizational knowledge and explain why this approach to managing lessons learned for complex systems development projects is necessary. Drawing from design thinking and systems thinking theories, we further outline the design principles for guiding actions and provide a case study of their implementation in automated systems projects for maritime industries. Full article
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Exploration of Educational Possibilities by Four Metaverse Types in Physical Education
Technologies 2022, 10(5), 104; https://doi.org/10.3390/technologies10050104 - 23 Sep 2022
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The metaverse has been evolving the internet-based education represented by e-learning. Metaverse technology is currently being developed as a platform centered on content-based information industries. It can be classified into four categories: augmented reality, lifelogging, mirror worlds, and virtual worlds. Although current research [...] Read more.
The metaverse has been evolving the internet-based education represented by e-learning. Metaverse technology is currently being developed as a platform centered on content-based information industries. It can be classified into four categories: augmented reality, lifelogging, mirror worlds, and virtual worlds. Although current research finds that the potential of the metaverse is not small in the education world, and metaverse technology is already being used in the sports world, concrete applications have not been investigated. The main aims of this study, which started with this purpose, can be summarized as follows. The metaverse environment is still in its rudimentary stage, and its use related to physical education subjects is only at the game level. In the future, the utilization of the metaverse by physical education subjects will be possible in universities only when more specialized technology is grafted into various sports. Ultimately, this study contributes to expanding the scope and depth of follow-up research by offering basic data showing the direction of metaverse-based physical education. Full article
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