Trans-Atlantic Modelling
and Simulation for
Cyber-Physical Systems

TAMS4CPS Theme 2 US Workshop

TAMS4CPS held its second US workshop on October 12th -14th at Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. The workshop provided an opportunity for around 12 US-based contributors and a number of EU-based facilitators to discuss latest developments and future research needs in CPS.
The workshop will be the second in a series that aims to identify collaboration opportunities between the US and EU. Each workshop focuses on a theme in the area of modelling and simulation for CPS, and will consist of activities to:
• introduce EU and US perspectives on the state of the art, strengths and opportunities, and vision;
• identify and prioritize trends and drivers, markets, technologies and enablers in the field;
• elicit “test cases” (instances of CPSs and CPS design challenges) that can be used to benchmark modelling and simulation products (methods, tools, etc.) against the state of the art and against each other;
• identify research collaboration priorities and implementation plans.

This workshop focused on Theme 2 of TAMS4CPS “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


What is a test case?
Within the workshop, we aim to identify and work up one or more “test cases”. Test cases act like exemplars that will serve as demonstrators for stretching the capabilities of CPS modelling tools and techniques. The role of test cases is to provide M&S developers with a means to evaluate their product against the state of the art and other products. The format of a test case may vary depending on the M&S research area: some may require an accompanying data set, whereas others may just be a description of the use case. The minimal requirement for a test case is a detailed enough description to provide an unambiguous specification of a cyber-physical system. Ideally a test case should contain specifications for three different competency levels to provide a form of benchmark for an M&S product.

The workshop consistes of 5 half-day sessions as follows:

Theme 2 US Workshop

Preparational materials are available under resources.