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Successful Lift-off for the Summer School on Cyber-Physical Systems

The first Halmstad Summer School on Cyber-Physical Systems (HSSCPS) was held July 17–21 at Halmstad University. The summer school is intended for professionals from the industry and the academics – including doctoral students. During the HSSCPS 2017, participants from all over the world gathered to learn about key topics from prominent leaders in the field.

– We have been fortunate to have several excellent speakers and participants at this first edition, says Walid Taha, Professor in Computer Science and organiser of the summer school.

Henric Andersson was one of the speakers during HSSCPS 2017 and is an Aeronautical Engineer at SAAB Aeronautics. His lecture was about modeling and simulation of large scale integrated modular CPS.

– One example of a large scale cyber-physical system is the aircraft Gripen. Before you can fly, you need to simulate the flights. And since the technology is developing fast, the simulations become more and more necessary, but also more complex.

– The summer school had a good mix of topics and lectures. We also got a lot of time for networking, especially during the social events, which has been very good. I definitely recommend the HSSCPS for PhD students and industrialists in the field, says Henric Andersson.

Meeting possible future colleagues

Stefan Liu is a PhD student at Technische Universität (TU) in Munich. His doctoral thesis is about safety in human-robot interaction with a focus on cyber-physical systems methods. Stefan Liu was recommended by his supervisor at TU Munich to attend the summer school.

– It is not only the topic that is interesting and the high-quality speakers, but the people I met at HSSCPS. We could very well become colleagues in the future. The summer school has given me the opportunity to get to know people in the same field. We have had some really good discussion and I even got some ideas on the direction of my own research.

Stefan Liu has not been in Sweden before, but will actually return later this summer for a vacation with his girlfriend since he is enjoying Halmstad so much.

Learning the mindset of experts in the field

Jian Yang, an undergraduate student from Zhejiang University, has come to Halmstad University to work with Professor Walid Taha on a two-month internship. The summer school was the start of his stay in Halmstad.

– The school has been a very good way for me to learn more about cyber-physical systems, especially since the speakers’ present different aspects on the field. Besides the knowledge, I have also learnt the mindset of experts in the field.

– The overall response from both participants and speakers has been quite positive, and I expect that we will begin planning for a second edition shortly after the summer, says Walid Taha.

Speakers and Topics at HSSCPS 2017

  • Henric Andersson, SAAB Group: Modeling & Simulation of Large Scale Integrated Modular CPS.
  • Stanley Bak, Air Force Rome Labs: Formal Verification of CPS Using Flow-Pipe Construction of Hybrid Automata.
  • Manfred Broy, TU München: Modeling Cyber Physical Systems: Interaction, Modularity, Distribution, Probability.
  • Luc Jaulin, ENSTA Bretagne: Interval Analysis for the Conception of Autonomous and Reliable Cyber-Physical Systems.
  • Ueda Kazunori, Waseda University: High-Level Programming Languages and Systems for Cyber-Physical Systems.
  • Andre Platzer, CMU: Logical Foundations of Cyber-Physical Systems.
  • Jeff Shamma, KAUST: Game Theory for Cyber-Physical Systems.
  • Martin Törngren, KTH: Cyber-Physical Systems - Perspectives, Innovation Opportunities and Key Cross-Domain Challenges.

Note: A video with all the lectures from HSSCPS 2017 will be published soon.


Photo: LOUISE WANDEL (if nothing else is specified)

HSSCPS 2017, speaker Manfred Broy

Professor Manfred Broy from Technical University of Munich held a lecture about Modeling Cyber Physical Systems.

Henric Andersson, one of the speakers during HSSCPS 2017, is an Aeronautical Engineer at SAAB Aeronautics. He has recently started his own consultant company focusing on innovation in sustainable development. He believes that cyber-physical systems is one potential solution for developing energy efficient and sustainable products.

Jian Yang is an undergraduate student majoring in Computer Science at Zhejiang University in China.

Go kart

One of the social activities during the summer school was go-kart racing. Photo: HENRIC ANDERSSON

Updated 2017-08-17