Exploring Cyber-Physical Systems in Smart Emergency Response

Pieter Mosterman - MathWorks

Sept. 19, 2014, 2:30 p.m. - None

MC 12

As computation has been steadily proliferating over the past decades, most all technical systems have demonstrated improved functionality by embedding software in their physical realization. Moreover, advances in network technology has enabled connectivity between technical and enterprise systems at various levels of scale. The increasingly ubiquitous presence of embedded computation along with network connectivity has given rise to systems operating in a physical world that rely on closely integrated embedded computation tightly coupled with network connectivity. Systems that combine cyberspace and the physical world have come to be known as cyber-physical systems and are at the foundation of a new paradigm of collaborating embedded software systems. This presentation explores the cyber-physical systems paradigm in humanitarian missions, in particular in emergency response to natural disasters such as earthquakes. A smart emergency response system is presented to illustrate opportunities and challenges in cyber-physical system applications. Pieter Johannes Mosterman is Senior Research Scientist at MathWorks in Natick, Massachusetts. He also holds an Adjunct Professorship at the School of Computer Science at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. His primary research interests are in Computer Automated Multiparadigm Modeling with principal applications in design automation, training systems, and fault detection, isolation, and reconfiguration.