20th IEEE International Conference on
Emerging Technologies and
Factory Automation

September 8-11, 2015, Luxembourg


SS04 Approaches and Challenges in Design and Implementation of Cyber-physical Production Systems

Special Session Organizers:

Lukasz Wisniewski, Institute Industrial IT, HS OWL, Germany
Uwe Mönks, Institute Industrial IT, HS OWL, Germany
Jürgen Jasperneite, Fraunhofer IOSB-INA, Germany
Volker Lohweg, Institute Industrial IT, HS OWL, Germany
Henning Trsek, rt-solutions.de, Germany

Aim: Cyber-physical Systems (CPSs) consist of coupled intelligent objects that can cooperate, self-organize themselves, and make autonomous decisions. Incorporating them into future automation systems will significantly improve these systems’ adaptability, user-friendliness, and efficiency. In order to achieve these capabilities, CPSs are equipped with sensor, actors and information processing units. These are necessary to acquire knowledge about the system itself, its environment, and neighbouring devices such that the systems can adapt to unforeseen situations. Data and information processing concepts such as sensor and information fusion approaches ensure such robust behaviour.

One of the most important features of CPSs is the ability to communicate within a group of CPSs as well as between CPSs and human beings. This has to be achieved despite the variety of existing communication technologies and protocols. In this context, security issues are of major importance and must be considered along the whole lifecycle in order to protect the CPSs against external threats from the cyber space. A CPS will supplement the physical object such as a production module with a virtual representation in form of sematic models and ontologies. This representation should be precise and unambiguous in order to guarantee proper interpretation of the stored information for taking appropriate actions.

There are several technologies currently available that can be used in order to realise CPSs. However, there are still many challenges and open issues related to implementing them, especially in existing automation systems. It is true for the communication system as well as the information modelling and virtual representation of the physical entities. The reliable design of an information processing system for condition monitoring of highly distributed CPS applications is not solved, yet. Additionally, although the information processing capabilities of the resource-limited CPSs in terms of performance, resolution, and capacity are increasing, processing algorithms must be designed appropriately to ensure feasibility and process real-time behaviour.

Topics: This special session will be focusing on (but not limited to) the following topics:

  • Intelligent network systems
  • Communication Pattern and interoperability
  • Digital representation of entities
  • Semantics for auto-configuration and seamless integration
  • Resource-limited embedded systems
  • Retrofitting strategies
  • Information acquisition and processing
  • Self-X properties
  • Holistic Security concepts for the CPS lifecycle
  • Machine Learning

The program of the special session can be found here.

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