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.
Dr. Huzaifa’s research interests include legged locomotion, social robotics, control systems, and dynamics.
Dr. Perkovic’s research interests include computational geometry, graph theory and algorithms, distributed computing, computer science education, and computational thinking.
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.
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.
CDM is home to several specialized research labs, including the Robotic Assisted Locomotion (RAL) Lab. The goal of the RAL Lab 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.
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.
Cyber-Physical Systems Engineering faculty and PhD candidate Dimuthu Kodippili Arachchige and his colleagues created a robot that emulates the way pinnipeds – such as seals and sea lions – bounce and lunge on land, bobbing their heads and bodies to gain momentum while pushing along the ground with their flippers.
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