A graduate curriculum in cyber physical systems

Cyber Physical Systems (CPS) is an emerging field. Existing CPS Education Programs typically have just a couple classes, and they often consist of previously offered classes. Along with others in the UVA Link Lab, we are creating a stand-alone graduate curriculum for CPS that consists of teaching core classes, in-depth classes, and professional development skills. New classes focus on the intersection of the physical and cyber and explicitly relate the technical material in the classes to CPS applications. (This work came out of the CPS National Research Traineeship at UVA, directed by Jack Stankovic).

Authors: Jack Stankovic, Homa Alemzadeh, Brad Campbell, John Lach, Lu Feng, Cody Fleming, Jon Goodall, Tolu Odumosu, Daniel Quinn, Yuan Tian, & Kelley Tobler

Abstract: Cyber Physical Systems (CPS) is an emerging field in its own right. Education for CPS is beginning to emerge, but is often only taught via one or two classes, or by collecting currently offered classes. This paper describes a complete graduate curriculum for CPS that consists of teaching core classes, in- depth classes, and professional development skills. New classes focus on the intersection of the physical and cyber and explicitly relate the technical material in the classes to CPS applications. The curriculum is designed to directly react to a National Academy of Engineering report on the need for and content of a CPS education. Several lessons learned are also presented.

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