The age of a Cyber Physical World is at the horizon. In the not too distant future Embedded Systems will connect the physical world to the cyber space. Future mobility systems of cooperative traffic or “smart factories” – presently discussed in the context of the forth industrial revolution - may serve as examples for cyber physical systems in the fledgling stages.
Many questions, however, remain open: Safety and security issues as well as design methodologies, new hardware platforms, functional distribution on heterogeneous networks and control strategies. As a consequence new answers are needed since cyber physical systems are distributed, open and by nature largely interconnected. In a nutshell Cyber physical systems constitute an interdisciplinary research field.
Therefore, in the KCIST TOPIC "Cyber-Physical Systems" 22 scientists from different fields of research at KIT combine their competence to deal with the key questions of cyber physical systems: Design methodologies, security concepts, control, system architectures, smart sensors and distributed estimation. Application fields range from smart factories and future automation to future energy grids and interconnected mobility.