On the day of the meeting of the nation’s top cyber-physical systems researchers supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the agency launched a Special Report spotlighting the agency’s investments in this critical area. Cyber-physical systems (CPS) integrate sensing, computation, control and networking into physical objects and infrastructure. Examples of cyber-physical systems include autonomous cars, aircraft autopilot systems, tele-robotics devices and energy-efficient buildings, among many others.
“The motivations for CPS come from different sectors, but many of the technologies face a common set of fundamental challenges in the science and engineering of complex systems that conjoin the cyber and the physical,” writes Keith Marzullo, Division Director for Computer and Networked Systems at NSF, in a Perspective article for the report. “By abstracting from the particulars of specific systems and application domains, the NSF CPS program seeks to reveal cross-cutting fundamental scientific and engineering principles that underpin the integration of cyber and physical elements across all application sectors.”
Since 2008, NSF has invested more than $250 million to conduct the basic research that underlies all CPS systems.
Read and watch videos about the latest CPS advances and learn how NSF investments in cyber-physical systems are helping to create a world that we could only imagine a few years ago.