Architectures Principles and models for Autonomous Safe and secure Cyber-Physical Systems
This theme covers all aspects of systems architecting, but particularly focuses on the development of modular and composable architectures that take account of non-functional aspects, such as safety and security. Eventually, such models must include the human element in a disciplined fashion and may be used to support assurance and even certification requirements. The area of developing and agreeing standards is particularly important for this theme.
System Design, modelling and virtual engineering for Cyber-Physical Systems
This theme is especially concerned with increasingly complex modelling of ever more complex systems. Autonomous systems interacting with humans will require new developments in modelling and simulation (M&S) that should be extended to facilitate reliable verification and validation. A feature of this aspect of modelling will be dynamic models that capture accurately self-organising systems containing embedded software. Virtual engineering as a means to explore more extensive solution spaces will also be a feature of this theme.
Real time modelling for Autonomous adaptive and cooperative Cyber-Physical Systems
This theme is concerned with models that can be used to control dynamic systems, such that they are more efficient in the use of resources and adapt appropriately over the life-cycle to ensure sustainability. This theme will also include aspects of machine learning and distributed decision-making by CPS. Human machine interfaces will also be a significant consideration in this theme.
Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) applied to Computing Platforms and energy management
This is concerned with energy efficient computing and includes the improved management of large distributed networks of devices. The emphasis of this theme will be on the use of MBSE to describe, and hence manage large networks that dynamically reconfigure. Environmental modelling will also be important in this theme.
Integration of socio/legal/governance models within modelling framework
Models of technical systems must necessarily make assumptions about the operational environment and rules of operation. However, to better understand the complexities of ever-growing cyber-physical systems (CPS) in the everyday world, models must be developed that include social, legal, and governance aspects of the overall system. This is an area of growing importance both for safe operation and for understanding better how the full power of CPS can be exploited. This theme will focus on the integration of heterogeneous models that afford an integration of embedded software with models of the real work in which they operate.