Smart systems, in which sophisticated software and hardware is embedded in physical systems, are part of everyday life. From simple products with embedded decision-making software to massive systems in which hundreds of individual systems (each with hundreds or thousands of embedded processors) interoperate, the growth of Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) is likely to further accelerate. For Europe to benefit from this expansion, while avoiding the pitfalls that such complexity creates, there must be advances in methods and tools to enable modelling and simulation (M&S) of CPS. Collaborative research with the US will be an opportunity to exchange knowledge and advance European M&S capabilities for CPS.
The TAMS4CPS project is a coordination and support action (CSA) funded by the European Commission under the grant agreement number 644821. The project runs from February 2015 to January 2017 and its overall aim is to lay the foundations for concrete EU-US collaboration in modelling and simulation for CPS.
To achieve this, the project partners work with five leading researchers in the field at top US universities to create:
- A Strategic Research Agenda for Collaboration (SRAC), based on a comprehensive roadmapping process and endorsed by researchers in the EU and US,
- A set of openly available test cases for model developers which can be used for collaborative evaluation,
- A web-based report on the state-of-the-art in M&S for CPS to provide the context for the SRAC and to act as a baseline for future collaborative research activities.
Taking a consultative approach, the project partners engage industry and academic researchers and M&S users in a series of workshops and web-based meetings to prioritise M&S research challenges and to create a constituency, which will provide a basis of future collaboration for pre-competitive research. All activities aim for a comprehensive implementation of the SRAC in a trans-national context ultimately benefitting both US and EU competitiveness.
The project directly addresses European priorities in CPS: the focus is on the following themes, which are derived from those elaborated by ARTEMIS, the European Industry Association in Embedded & Cyber-Physical Systems:
- Architectures principles and models for autonomous safe secure Cyber-Physical Systems,
- Systems design, modelling and virtual engineering for Cyber-Physical Systems,
- Real time modelling for autonomous adaptive and cooperative Cyber-Physical Systems,
- MBSE applied to computing platforms and energy management for Cyber-Physical Systems,
To these is added a fifth theme of:
- Integration of socio/legal/governance models within modelling frameworks.