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Cyber-Physical Systems Public Working Group Workshop


This workshop is the first face-to-face meeting of the new NIST Cyber-Physical Systems Public Working Group (CPS PWG). CPS are smart systems, in which essential properties and functionalities emerge from the networked interaction of cyber technologies—both hardware and software— co-engineered with physical systems. For example, CPS can 1) sense the current state of the system and the surrounding real world environment, and 2) respond to provide optimal performance. CPS will have a revolutionary and pervasive impact in multiple domains.

Consider these fast-paced trends:


  • Widespread deployment of cyber-physical systems in sector-specific applications, including (but not limited to) smart grid, disaster resilience, manufacturing, health care, transportation, and smart buildings.
  • Explosive growth of the Internet of Things without a broad foundation for interoperability.
  • Increasing need for systems-of-systems solutions that integrate CPS across domains and at multiple scales. 
Addressing the problems and opportunities of CPS requires broad collaboration to develop a consensus definition and taxonomy, reference architecture, and a shared understanding of the essential roles of timing and cybersecurity. To this end, NIST established the CPS PWG, which is open to all, to foster and capture inputs from those involved in CPS, both nationally and globally.


The NIST CPS PWG has been organized into four initial sub-groups that will hold regular virtual meetings over the coming months, as well as participate in face-to-face events, beginning with this workshop. The workshop agenda includes introductory presentations as well as professionally-facilitated breakout sessions, one for each subgroup, including:

  • Definitions, Taxonomy, & Reference Architecture
  • Use Cases
  • Cybersecurity & Privacy 
  • Timing & Synchronization
The objectives of the workshop are to develop plans for the CPS PWG, including scope, milestones, and schedules. Workshop participants will help characterize the PWG’s tasks and set the pace for their achievement. All are welcome to participate in the workshop and the PWG, and participation is free. Click here to view the workshop flyer and preliminary agenda >>.

Security Instructions:

If you are not registered, you will not be allowed on site. Registered attendees will receive security and campus instructions prior to the workshop.

*New Visitor Access Requirement: Effective July 21, 2014, Under the REAL ID Act of 2005, agencies, including NIST, can only accept a state-issued driver’s license or identification card for access to federal facilities if issued by states that are REAL ID compliant or have an extension. Driver’s licenses from nine states and territories are not compliant and will not be accepted as identification: Alaska, Arizona, Montana, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maine, and American Samoa. In addition, NIST will accept only enhanced driver’s licenses (identified by the American Flag on the face of the card) from three states: Minnesota, New York, and Washington State. Click here for a list of alternative identification and further details>>.

NON U.S. CITIZENS PLEASE NOTE: All foreign national visitors who do not have permanent resident status and who wish to register for the above meeting must supply additional information. Failure to provide this information prior to arrival will result, at a minimum, in significant delays (up to 24 hours) in entering the facility. Authority to gather this information is derived from United States Department of Commerce Department Administrative Order (DAO) number 207-12. When registration is open, the required NIST-1260 form will be available as well.


Start Date: Monday, August 11, 2014
End Date: Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Location: Green Auditorium, Administration Building (101), 100 Bureau Drive, Gaithersburg, MD
Audience: Industry, Government, Academia
Format: Workshop


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Registration is free but required for attendance. Registration deadline is COB August 4, 2014. If you are not registered, you will not be allowed on site. Registered attendees will receive security and campus instructions prior to the workshop.

NOTE: During online registration, participants will be asked to select the breakout sessions they are interested in participating in. If necessary, these selections can be modified on site. The request helps organizers to assign adequate rooms and properly plan the breakout sessions. To help the participants make their selection, brief sub-group descriptions are provided here>>.

Registration Contact:

Teresa Vicente, 301-975-3883


Holiday Inn Hotels
2 Montgomery Village Avenue
Gaithersburg, MD 20879
(301) 948-8900
Fax: (301) 258-1940
Ask for rate negotiated with NIST.

Gaithersburg Hilton
620 Perry Parkway
Gaithersburg, MD 20877
(301) 977-8900
Fax: (301) 869-8597
Ask for rate negotiated with NIST.

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