A virtual training program of the MS@CPS project was concluded after three days, 3rd, 4th, and 5th of November 2020, of holding it. The training was organized by the KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden, and it was given via the Zoom meeting. It was held with the participation of all partners of the project. The purpose of the training is to enhance the capacities of partner universities in Cyber-Physical Systems education with a focus on entrepreneurship, industry-university collaboration, thesis evaluation, and sustainability. Mr. Mohammad Saleh from the KTH moderated the training. On the first day, Dr. Cali Nuur and Dr. Victor Kordas presented presentations entitled “Industrial change including entrepreneurship ” and “Infrastructure for support of research activities at KTH ” respectively. On the second day, Dr. Henrik Hansson, Dr. Björn Berggren, and Dr. Victor Kordas presented presentations entitled “Quality assurance Thesis Management System”, “New Venture Creation” and “Innovative Approaches to University-Industry Collaboration ” respectively. On the third day, Dr. Urban Westergren, Dr. Cali Nuur, and Dr. Donnie Sc Lygonis presented presentations entitled “Thesis and Evaluation process “, “The transformation towards sustainability” and “Innovation Strategist & Business Coach” respectively.
A virtual training program of the MS@CPS project was concluded after two days, 14th and 15 of September 2020, of holding it. The training is organized by the University of Hertfordshire and was given via Microsoft Teams meeting and it was held with the participation of all partners of the project. The purpose of the training is to enhance the capacities of partner universities in Cyber-Physical Systems education. Dr. Raimund Kirner and Dr. Martina Doolan from the University of Hertfordshire moderated the training.
On the first day, Dr. Martina and Dr. Mick Walters presented about “Blended Learning Teaching Methodologies Through Using Technology to Enhance Collaborative Learning” and “Lecture on Robotics” respectively. On the second day, Dr. Mike Pickup and Dr. Raimund Kirner presented about “Contemporary Issues Professional Ethical and Legal” and “Decision Making & Planning for Cyber-Physical Systems” respectively. The training closed with answering of questions the attendees by Dr. Martina Doolan and Dr. Raimund Kirner.
On Wednesday, 26.08.2020, the MS@CPS project partners held an online open info day about the master program. The event was moderated by Palestine Technical College – Deir El-Balah with the presence of all partners. Dr. Ezzaldeen Edwan welcomed all keynote speakers and attendees. The NEO Director, Dr. Nedal Jayousi, the guest speaker, launched the event and explained that the NEO office supports the Palestinian partners of CBHE projects in Palestine and he praised the excellent share they won this year. Dr. Jayousi encouraged the project’s partners to sustain their work on the project during COVID-19 pandemic, as well as to work on getting accreditation as it lies within the priorities of the Palestinian Higher Education Strategic Plan. He encouraged the consortium to proceed with equipment purchase. The event included three consecutive sessions: the first session is “CPS in Academia” and it started with a talk given by Prof. Dr. Roman Obermaisser about Dependable Embedded Real-Time Systems based on Time-Triggered Control. The second keynote speaker Prof. Raimund Kirner talked about Using SIL Arithmetic to Design Safe and Secure Cyber-physical Systems. The second session “CPS in Industry”, started by Dr. Iyad AbuHadrous about turning an IoT idea into a proof of concept. Dr. Marwan Radi talked about the Industrial application of robotics and automation. In the last session, all consortium partners presented details about the master’s program at partner universities including a timeline of admission, admission criteria, features for study, teaching staff, study plan, and available scholarship and student support chances. During the event, the attendees raised a set of questions that were answered by the presenters.
Join us on Zoom on 26th of August at 9:00 AM CET (10:00 AM Palestine and 8:00 AM Tunisia Time)
Keynote Speaker I: Prof. Dr. Roman Obermaisser
Title: Dependable Embedded Real-Time Systems based on Time-Triggered Control
Abstract: Many safety-critical application subsystems demand hard real-time requirements, where the achievement of stability and safety depends on the completion of activities (e.g., reading of sensor values, performing computations, message transmission) in the defined time. In such hard real-time systems, missed deadlines represent system failures with the potential of consequences as serious as in the case of providing incorrect results. The static resource allocation in time-triggered systems offers significant benefits for the safety arguments of dependable systems. However, adaptation is a key factor for energy efficiency and fault recovery in Cyber-Physical System (CPS). This presentation describes research in the area of adaptive time-triggered systems for CPS in order to support adaptation using multi-schedule graphs while preserving the key properties of time-triggered systems including implicit synchronization, temporal predictability, and avoidance of resource conflicts. In addition, we highlight upcoming challenges such as integration with knowledge-based systems and artificial intelligence. The presentation also discusses implications for required competencies and teaching in the area of CPS.
Keynote Speaker II: Prof. Raimund Kirner
Title: Using SIL Arithmetic to Design Safe and Secure Cyber-physical Systems
Abstract: In a safety-critical cyber-physical system each service has a specific level of safety criticality. Safety standards use classifications like Safety Integrity Levels (SIL), to describe the design requirements for the individual services of a system. Techniques like redundancy can be used to achieve higher overall dependability than the used individual components provide. Using the notion of SIL, this can be called SIL arithmetic. Using the concept of SIL arithmetic we point out how different safety standards provide hints for their support of using SIL arithmetic. We highlight the principal benefits of SIL arithmetic and provide simple examples. But the use of SIL arithmetic in a concrete system design can also have its pitfalls. We specifically discuss these issues in the context of scheduling techniques for mixed-criticality systems, where resource shortages are to be handled by the task scheduler.
In the context of the recent measures taken by national competent authorities at MS@CPS project participating countries to contain the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19), the consortium faces mobility restrictions. Moreover, in the light of confirming the first positive Covid-19 case on the campus of the University of Hertfordshire at Hatfield, the University canceled holding all planned meetings at its campus. Therefore, the MS@CPS consortium is forced to cancel its scheduled physical meeting from 16-20 March 2020 at Hatfield and it is replaced it by an electronic meeting on Tuesday, 17.3.2020. The consortium is committed to the announced measures to ensure the safety of its participating members.
On Tuesday, 17.3.2020, the MS@CPS consortium held an online meeting instead of the scheduled face to face meeting because of imposed travel restrictions to limit Coronavirus (Covid-19) spread. The meeting discussed status, progress and planned activities in the project work packages. The meeting agenda lasted all full day and included presentations from the leaders of project Work Packages. All measures will be taken by the consortium partner universities to ensure a successful implementation of its tasks
The team of MS@CPS at Palestine Technical College – Deir El-Balah (PTC) held a briefing day to present the cyber-physical systems (CPS) in an event that took place at the main meetings hall on the 27th of February 2020. The event is devoted to informing fifth-year students at the computer systems engineering department at PTC about the applications of CPS in different fields. At the end of the event, the panel was opened for questions from the audience about the intended master program.
On the17th of January 2020, the national Erasmus+ office of Tunisia represented by its coordinator Prof. Adel Alimi accompanied with the coordinator deputy Dr. Nesrine Baklouti conducted the first monitoring visit to the University of Sfax (USF) to evaluate the progress of the MS@CPS project. Prof. Faiez Gargouri the local coordinator of the MS@CPS project at USF and the project’s team presented the project status in preparation activities, curricula development and quality plan. Representatives from Carthage University were present as well. The discussions were very fruitful and Prof. Alimi praised the progress conducted so far. Representatives of the project leader, the University of Siegen in Germany, presented the management status of the project. Other consortium partners participated in this meeting as well via video conference and presented their work progress. The dissemination activities and sustainability plan were presented by the representative of Palestine Technical College – Deir El-Balah, Palestine.