UTCS Distinguished Lecture Series: Jeannette Wing/Nat. Science Foundation CISE: "Cyber-Physical Systems Research Challenges" ACES 2.302, Thursday, March 26, 2009 11:00 a.m.

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Mar 26, 2009 11:00am

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 Type of Tal

k:  UTCS Distinguished Lecture

Speaker/Affiliation:  Jean

nette Wing/National Science Foundation CISE

Date/Time:  Thursda

y, March 26, 2009  11:00 a.m.

Location:  ACES 2.302

Host:  J Strother Moore

Talk Title: "Cyber-Physical Sy

stems Research Challenges"

Talk Abstract:

Autonomous cars

.  Robots at work, at play, at home.  Intelligent, energy-ef

ficient, earthquake-proof buildings.  Physical infrastructure monito

red and controlled by sensor nets.  Embedded medical devices. 

Unobtrusive assistive technology.  What is common to these systems?&n

bsp; They have a computational core that interacts with the physical world

.  These cyber-physical systems are engineered systems that require t

ight conjoining of and coordination between the computational (discrete) an

the physical (continuous).   Cyber-physical systems are

rapidly penetrating every aspect of our lives, with potential impact on se

ctors critical to U.S. security and competitiveness, including aerospace,
automotive, chemical production, civil infrastructure, energy, finance

, healthcare, manufacturing, materials, and transportation. What new sc

ience is needed to model and understand cyber-physical systems? What are te

chnical challenges to ensuring they behave safely and adapt to unpredictabl

e events in their environment?  Expediting progress to meet these kin

ds of questions will require new kinds of collaborations: among people from
different disciplines; and between academics with common solutions to see

mingly different problems and industry with the domain expertise. In my tal

k I will outline some of the research opportunities and challenges in cyber

-physical systems, as driven by societal expectations, technology innovat

ion, and scientific needs.

Speaker Bio:
Dr. Jeannette M. W

ing is the President''s Professor of Computer Science in the Computer Scien

ce Department at Carnegie Mellon University.  She received her S.B. a

nd S.M.  degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in 19

79 and her Ph.D. degree in Computer Science in 1983, all from the Massachu

setts Institute of Technology.  From 2004-2007, she was Head of the

Computer Science Department at Carnegie Mellon.  Currently on leave f

rom CMU, she is the Assistant Director of
the Computer and Informatio

n Science and Engineering Directorate at the National Science Foundation.
Professor Wing''s general research interests are in the areas of

specification and verification, concurrent and distributed systems, progr

amming languages, and software engineering.  Her current focus is on
the foundations of trustworthy computing.

Professor Wing was or
is on the editorial board of eleven journals. She has been a member of man

y advisory boards, including: the Networking and Information Technology (N

ITRD) Technical Advisory Group to the President''s Council of Advisors on S

cience and Technology (PCAST), the National Academies of Sciences''s Compu

ter Science and
Telecommunications Board, ACM Council, the DARPA Inf

ormation Science and Technology (ISAT) Board, NSF''s CISE Advisory Committ

ee, Microsoft''s Trustworthy Computing Academic Advisory Board, and the I

ntel Research Pittsburgh''s Advisory Board.  She is a member of the S

loan Research Fellowships Program Committee. She is a member of AAAS,
ACM, IEEE, Sigma Xi, Phi Beta Kappa, Tau Beta Pi, & Eta Kappa Nu

. Professor Wing is an AAAS Fellow, ACM Fellow, and IEEE Fellow.