Cyber-Physical Systems Forums 

Cyber-physical Systems (CPS) and the Internet-of-Things (IoT) play an increasing role in our daily lives and critical infrastructures. At the same time, CPS and IoT escalate cybersecurity risks and attack surfaces. The consequences of malicious attacks on CPS could result in a severe impact on the economy, human lives and the environment. 

The main goals of organizing the CPS Forums are to: (1) increase awareness of the underlying challenges and opportunities of CPS and security; (2) bring together experts from academia, industry and government agencies (and federal research labs) working on various aspects of CPS and security in different domains. The Forum consists of a seminar series, and quarterly workshops, centered around security and resilience of next generation CPS.

Key Organizers:
  • University of Georgia
  • Robin Air Force Base
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Pennsylvania State University


October 8, 2021 1-3 PM Eastern Time
   Workshop on Cyber-Physical Security

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  • Introduction (Feraidoon Zahiri, U.S. Air Force)
  • Mehrdad Pakmehr, Cofounder and CEO at ControlX Inc
  • WenZhan Song, Georgia Power Mickey A. Brown Professor, University of Georgia
  • Jan Shi, Carolyn J. Stewart Chair and Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Peng Liu, Raymond G. Tronzo, MD Professor, Pennsylvania State University

October 1st 9-10AM Eastern Time
   Monthly CPS Security Seminar Series

Title: IPFS-FAN: A Function-Addressable Computation Network

Speaker: Alfonso de la Rocha, Protocol Lab

Abstract: Permissionless computation is one of the missing pieces in the web3 stack in order to have all the tools needed to “decentralise Internet services”. There are already proposals to embed computation in decentralised networks like smart contracts, or blockchain networks for computational offloading. Although technically sound, their computational model is too restrictive to be used for general purpose computation. In this paper, we propose a general architecture of a decentralised network for general-purpose and permissionless computation based on content-addressing. We present a proof-of-concept prototype and describe in detail its building blocks.

Bio: Alfonso is a Research Engineer at Protocol Labs. Before joining Protocol Labs, Alfonso worked as a blockchain expert at Telefónica R&D, where he was responsible for the design and development of core technology based on blockchains, distributed systems, and advanced cryptography. Alfonso’s involvement in research and development began at Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, where he worked on topics related to energy efficiency in data centers. His broad R&D experience also includes research into the compression efficiency of video coding standards at Ericsson Research and projects related to securing interdomain routing protocols at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.

September 17, 2021 11 AM – 12 PM Eastern Time
   Monthly CPS Security Seminar Series

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Title: Cyber Physical Systems: Smart Health and Smart Cities

Speaker: Prof. John A. Stankovic, BP America Professor and Director of Link Lab, University of Virginia

Abstract: Cyber Physical Systems (CPS) research is at the center of many application domains. Sometimes there is a confusion as to what is and what is not a CPS. This talk briefly defines CPS and articulates a few key open research questions. It then illustrates directions for addressing these challenges in both Smart Health and Smart Cities. For smart health, we argue that wearables, in-situ sensors, signal processing, machine learning, natural language processing, and the Internet are providing the technological backbone to achieve a true revolution in healthcare. Many challenges remain due to numerous factors including the complexities of human health and the realisms of deployment of the technology especially for the elderly. This talk describes our progress towards establishing an ambient intelligence for healthcare via wearable based cognitive assistants. Smart cities are exemplars of complex new systems of systems domains. Here, we discuss solutions for detecting and resolving conflicts among city services that includes integrating formal methods and machine learning applied to monitoring, modeling, and prediction of city states.

Bio: Prof. John A. Stankovic is the BP America Professor in the Computer Science Department at the University of Virginia and Director of the Link Lab. He is a Fellow of both the IEEE and the ACM. He has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of York, U.K., for his work on real-time systems. He won the IEEE Real-Time Systems Technical Committee’s Award for Outstanding Technical Contributions and Leadership. He also received the IEEE Technical Committee on Distributed Processing’s Distinguished Achievement Award (inaugural winner). He has a Test of Time paper award, 8 Best Paper awards. Stankovic has an h-index of 121 and over 68,000 citations. In 2015, he was awarded the Univ. of Virginia Distinguished Scientist Award, in 2010 the School of Engineering’s Distinguished Faculty Award, and in 2020 the UVA Faculty Mentor Award. He also received a Distinguished Faculty Award from the University of Massachusetts. He has given more than 40 Keynote talks at conferences and many Distinguished Lectures at major Universities. His research interests are in real-time systems, wireless sensor networks, smart and connected health, smart cities, cyber physical systems, and the Internet of Things. Prof. Stankovic received his PhD from Brown University.

July 8, 2021 2-4 PM Eastern Time
   Workshop on Opportunities and Challenges of Remote Continuous Monitoring in Hospitals

Meeting Agenda:

  • General introduction about remote patient monitoring, such as what are the available technologies being used now, what are the potential benefits and challenges
  • Discuss the challenges in the hospital, especially the shortage of healthcare staff, and how hospitals can benefit from the IT technology
  • Discuss the capabilities and related innovative research/solutions of UGA


  • Georgia Regional Hospital Atlanta
  • University of Georgia

April 9, 2021 3-5PM Eastern Time
   Workshop on Cyber-Physical Security
Meeting Agenda:

  • 3:00-3:20PM Introduction (WenZhan Song, UGA; Feraidoon Zahiri, U.S. Air Force)
  • 3:20-3:40PM Data Fusion & Resource Management (DF&RM) Dual Node Network (DNN) Technical Architecture Summary (Christopher Bowman, President, Data Fusion & Neural Networks)
  • 3:40-4:00PM Causal reasoning using functional failure-effect models for health monitoring of cyber-physical systems (Sudipto Ghoshal, Vice President, Qualtech Systems)
  • 4:00-4:20PM Real-Time Safety-Assured Autonomous Aircraft (Jeffrey Chambers, Associate Technical Fellow, Aurora – Boeing)
  • 4:20-4:40PM Zero Trust – The Big Picture (Rajiv Sivaraman, Vice President, Siemens)
  • 4:40-5:00PM Resilience, Reliability and Safety of Cyber Physical Systems – The Next Frontier (George Vachtsevanos, Professor Emeritus, Georgia Tech)