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.