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.