In the future, we'll travel in driverless cars that communicate securely with each other on smart roads and in planes that coordinate to reduce delays. Drones will check infrastructure for damage and deliver Wi-Fi access to disaster zones. Homes and offices will be powered by a smart grid that is user-aware and will use sensors to analyze the environment and optimize lighting, heating and cooling.
Cyber-physical systems are poised to transform the delivery of health care enabling smart medical treatments and services. Sensors in the home will detect changing health conditions; new operating systems will make personalized medical devices interoperable; and robotic surgery and bionic limbs will help heal and restore movement to the injured and disabled and one day even augment human abilities.
Environment and sustainability
Cyber-physical systems are increasingly used to promote sustainability. Cyber-physical systems are helping firefighters detect and deter fires, improving agricultural practices and enabling scientists to mitigate underwater oil spills. Advances in cyber-physical systems will enable capability, adaptability, scalability, resiliency, safety, security and usability that will far exceed the simple embedded systems of today.
Cyber-Physical Systems at the National Science Foundation
The Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) Program Cyber-Physical Systems subcommittee
The CPS Virtual Organization (CPS-VO), a broad community of interest for CPS researchers, developers, and educators
The Smart America Challenge - a White House Presidential Innovation Fellow project with the goal to bring together research in Cyber-Physical Systems
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