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The Center of Excellence for Cyber-Physical Systems (WVCECPS) at West Virginia University Institute of Technology will host the first annual Cyber-Physical Systems Symposium on Thursday, May 2.

The event will feature six of the leading Cyber-Physical Systems, or CPS, researchers. Topics include the applications of CPS in smart grids, landslide detection, underground coal mines, emergency response and environmental monitoring.

Cyber-Physical Systems are engineered systems whose operations are monitored, coordinated, controlled and integrated by a computing and communication core embedded in all types of objects and structures in the physical environment.

"Emerging CPS will be coordinated, distributed and connected, and must be robust and responsive. The CPS of tomorrow will need to far exceed the systems of today in capability, adaptability, resiliency, safety, security and usability," said Houbing Song, center founding director and visiting assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at WVU Tech.

"CPS will transform the way people interact with engineered systems, just as the Internet transformed the way people interact with information," Song said.

The event will include the following five presentations:

  • "Cyber-Physical Systems and Internet of Things" with Houbing Song, WVU Tech;
  • "Cyber-Physical Systems: A Smart Grid Perspective" with Joseph Januszewski, WDT;
  • "Automated Analysis of Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar Images for Monitoring the Transportation Infrastructure" and "An Enhanced Grid-Based Bayesian Approach to Target Tracking" with Andrea Vaccari and Qian Sang, University of Virginia;
  • "Protecting Underground Coal Mine Workers and First Responders with Breadcrumb Sensor Networks" with Hengchang Liu, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; and
  • "Cyberinfrastructure, Virtual Environments and Getting Physical" with Jack Smith, West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission.

A total of five West Virginia state Professional Development Hours may be obtained at this conference.

"This symposium is the first step to create a collaborative academy-industry-government program centered around CPS to foster economic development, academic development and scientific innovation in West Virginia," said Zeljko "Z" Torbica, dean of the WVU Tech College of Engineering and Sciences.

"The establishment of WVCECPS opens the door to opportunities and will increase the role of WVU Tech in technology-based economic development."

Registration for the event will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Conference fees are as follows: IEEE/ACM members, $80; non-members, $100; government agency employees, $60; and students, $30. Walk-ins will be accepted as space permits at a rate of $120.

For more information: http://wvute.ch/wvcecps.