Cyber-Physical Systems Group

"Making the interconnected world work in a flexible and efficient, but safe and reliable manner to the benefit of society"

Cyber-physical Systems that combine the physical world with the virtual world are starting to play an ever more important role in our daily lives. In this research group, we're looking at the fundamental concepts and challenges to realize the vision of an interconnected world. In particular, we focus on industrial communication systems.

In contrast to human-to-human communication, communication between machines requires a fundamentally new approach. While humans are inherently able to cope with imperfections in communication, machines require predictability. This covers aspects of correctness, latency, and context sensitivity, but also new sensing paradigms.

In our group, we especially focus on (safety-)critical industrial applications (Industry 4.0), but also on enabling new simulation methodologies for complex networked systems. Solving the fundamental challenges in these areas therefore enables the Internet of Everything.

Hot Topics

  • In-network processing techniques for industrial control
    • Co-design approaches
    • Predictable system behavior
    • Theoretical and practical limits
  • Low-latency ultra-reliable wireless systems
    • Network design
    • Reliability-enhancing strategies
    • Theoretical and practical limits
  • Systems engineering and tool development
    • Replacement of Expected Values (mean), with hard guarantees
    • Guided design

Methodology and Tools

To convince stakeholders, new approaches need a solid base in theory, but – more importantly – also need validation and demonstration in practical prototypes. This leads to the following design circle.

  1. Requirements analysis
  2. Analytical studies using abstract models
  3. Simulations and/or verification
  4. Real-world experiments
  5. Start over

Projects

Current Projects

  • Internet of Production: Technical foundations enabling cross-domain collaboration in production
    (Interdisciplinary Cluster of Excellence)
  • REFLEXES: A Co-Designed Architecture for In-Network Control
    (DFG within Priority Program 1914 "Cyber-Physical Networking")

Selected Past Projects

  • CONSENT: Conformance-driven and Auto-configured Security for Home and Industrial Networks
    (within the NRW Postgraduate Training Programme)
  • FootPath: Infrastructure-less indoor navigation on smartphones
  • HODRIAN: Development of a frequency agile, decentralized, reliable wireless system
  • KoI: Development of a centralized, reliable, 1ms wireless system
  • MemoSim: Avoiding of Redundant Computations in Simulation Parameter Studies by Memoization
    (DFG project)
  • PREserv: Privacy Enhanced Sensing, Encoding, Relaying & Visualization
  • Psychologist in a Pocket: Mental health (depression) screening on smartphones
  • RatPack: Analysis of animal ecological and social networks with programmable sensor nodes
  • WARPsim: A code-transparent simulation environment for WARP devices

Available Theses

The Cyber-Physical Systems Group always has a range of thesis topics available for motivated and talented students. An excerpt of available theses can be seen from inside the RWTH University network.

Group publications

73.
22nd International Conference on Applied Cryptography and Network Security (ACNS '24), Abu Dhabi, UAE
March 2024
Accepted
72.
Jan Pennekamp, Roman Matzutt, Christopher Klinkmüller, Lennart Bader, Martin Serror, Eric Wagner, Sidra Malik, Maria Spiß, Jessica Rahn, Tan Gürpinar, Eduard Vlad, Sander J. J. Leemans, Salil S. Kanhere, Volker Stich, and Klaus Wehrle
ACM Computing Surveys, 56(2)
February 2024
ISSN: 0360-0300
71.
Tobias Heins, René Glebke, Mirko Stoffers, Sriram Gurumurthy, Jan Heesemann, Martina Josevski, Antonello Monti, and Klaus Wehrle
Proceedings of the 14th IEEE International Conference on Smart Grid Communications (SmartGridComm 2023)
Publisher: IEEE,
October 2023
70.
Proceedings of the 9th Workshop on the Security of Industrial Control Systems & of Cyber-Physical Systems (CyberICPS '23), co-located with the the 28th European Symposium on Research in Computer Security (ESORICS '23)
September 2023
Accepted
69.
Proceedings of the 61st IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (CDC 2022)
Publisher: IEEE,
December 2022
68.
Martin Serror, Lennart Bader, Martin Henze, Arne Schwarze, and Kai Nürnberger
Proceedings of the 2022 ACM SIGSAC Conference on Computer and Communications Security
Publisher: ACM,
November 2022
67.
Sven Zemanek, Immanuel Hacker, Konrad Wolsing, Eric Wagner, Martin Henze, and Martin Serror
Cyber Security Experimentation and Test Workshop (CSET 2022)
Virtual, August 8, 2022
Publisher: ACM, New York, NY, USA
August 2022
ISBN: 978-1-4503-9684-4/22/08
66.
Proceedings of the 15th ACM Conference on Security and Privacy in Wireless and Mobile Networks (WiSec '22), page 201-206.
Publisher: ACM,
May 2022
ISBN: 978-1-4503-9216-7/22/05
65.
46th IEEE Conference on Local Computer Networks (LCN)
Edmonton, Canada, October 4-7, 2021
Publisher: IEEE,
October 2021
64.
Proceedings of the 2021 IEEE International Conference on High Performance Switching and Routing: Workshop on Semantic Addressing and Routing for Future Networks (SARNET-21)
Publisher: IEEE,
June 2021
ISBN: 978-1-6654-4005-9
63.
Ike Kunze, Philipp Niemietz, Liam Tirpitz, René Glebke, Daniel Trauth, Thomas Bergs, and Klaus Wehrle
Proceedings of the 2021 IEEE 30th International Symposium on Industrial Electronics (ISIE)
Publisher: IEEE,
June 2021
ISBN: 978-1-7281-9023-5
62.
Ike Kunze, René Glebke, Jan Scheiper, Matthias Bodenbenner, Robert H. Schmitt, and Klaus Wehrle
Proceedings of the 4th IEEE International Conference on Industrial Cyber-Physical Systems (ICPS '21), page 334-340.
Publisher: IEEE,
May 2021
ISBN: 978-1-7281-6207-2
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