Bachelor of Science Cyber-Physical Systems Engineering

In the Cyber-Physical Systems Engineering (CPSE) program, students learn about engineering systems that integrate physical processes, computation, and control. Students will also learn how the networked, smart physical entities are used to manage electric grids and other critical infrastructures, home utilities and appliances, robots, autonomous vehicles, environmental sensor networks, traffic control, smart toys and Internet of Things (IoT) systems. In a time where everyday objects around us are becoming smart, future CPSE engineers have tremendous career prospects in a broad range of application domains.

Unlike traditional engineering programs that specializes in one engineering discipline, CDM’s CPSE program is interdisciplinary, combining the core components of Computer Science, Computer Engineering, and generalist engineering programs. This means that students in the program experience the complete lifecycle of developing a cyber-physical system and master mechanical design, fabrication, electronic circuits, software development, networking, and cyber-security.

For international students: this is a STEM-designated program.

Degree Requirements
  • Umer Huzaifa

    Dr. Huzaifa’s research interests include legged locomotion, social robotics, control systems, and dynamics.

  • Ljubomir Perkovic

    Dr. Perkovic’s research interests include computational geometry, graph theory and algorithms, distributed computing, computer science education, and computational thinking.

  • Filipo Sharevski

    Dr. Sharevski’s main areas of research include wireless and mobile networks, cybersecurity, cyber-forensics, cyber resilience, intrusion tolerance, moving target defense, cyber operations, and information assurance.

  • Sharief Oteafy

    Dr. Oteafy’s research interests lie in next generation networking systems, with a core focus on leveraging the Internet of Things (IoT) towards ubiquitous and synergistic service proliferation.

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Research: Smart, Secure IoT

Increasingly every electronic device is connected to the Internet, thus increasing the security risks. In addition, the reliance of one networking technology (e.g. Wi-Fi) for connectivity can lead to denial of service attacks. CDM faculty Filipo Sharevski and Sharief Oteafy are investigating how to integrate security and redundancy as integral elements of next generation smart entities and to eliminate such security vulnerabilities of smart, connected devices. This technology has the potential to significantly improve the security of future cyber-physical systems in diverse applications in defense and healthcare.

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Assisted Locomotion Laboratory

The goal of the Assisted Locomotion Laboratory is to develop robot devices to help people with limited mobility regain their freedom in movement. Lab members are currently studying locomotion in natural and artificial systems with legs to better understand the physical phenomenon involved in the coordinated movement of the joints transporting our bodies. The lab consists of a collegial group of students and professionals of different levels helping in embedded systems, mechanical design, and user testing of the robots. Students interested in joining the lab can email Umer Huzaifa.

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Secure Design Lab

The Secure Design Lab is managed by Dr. Sharevski and developed as part of a grant from the National Security Agency (NSA) for implementation of the Cybersecurity National Action Plan (CNAP). It is equipped with the state-of-the-art smart Internet of things (IoT) technologies to research on user-centered interaction design without compromising cybersecurity of smart devices while preventing the users of these homes to be security fatigued.

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Inaugural CPSE Course

The inaugural course of the CPSE program is CSE 316: Cyber-Physical System Security. In this course, students design for security of cyber-physical systems, security breaches and enforcement, standardization, best practices, security policies, security threat and protection-in-depth modeling, vulnerability and risk assessment for cyber-physical systems, CPS security incidents, and trends.

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Idea Realization Lab

The Idea Realization Lab (IRL) is a 4,500 square foot makerspace that includes a variety of state-of-the-art fabrication facilities like 3D printers, thermal formers and molding, and more. The IRL also supports several types of rapid prototyping technologies including Inventables X-Carve, laser cutters, vinyl cutters, sergers, and precision multi-axis CNC milling machines. Students have access to leading-edge engineering software tools to bring innovative ideas to life.

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Robotics Club

The DePaul Robotics Club strives to create an inclusive environment where robotics are enjoyed and discussed socially and academically. Students design, build, and program functioning robots in a friendly, supportive, and collaborative environment.

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