European project TAMS4CPS

Strategic Research Agenda for Collaboration to foster Trans-Atlantic research in Modelling and Simulation for Cyber-Physical Systems

Smart systems, in which sophisticated software/hardware is embedded in physical systems, are part of everyday life. From simple products with embedded decision making software to massive systems in which hundreds of systems (each with hundreds or thousands of embedded processors) interoperate, the growth of Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) is likely to further accelerate. For Europe to benefit from this expansion, while avoiding the pitfalls that such complexity creates, there must be advances in the modelling and simulation (M&S) of CPS. Collaborative research with the US will be an opportunity to advance European M&S capabilities for CPS.

Thus, the overall aim of the EU co-funded TAMS4CPS-project was to lay the foundations for concrete EU-US collaboration in modelling and simulation for CPS. To achieve this, project partners from Loughborough and Newcastle Universities (UK, experts in the field of M&S for CPS) and Steinbeis-Europa-Zentrum (Germany, roadmapping expert) worked with leading researchers in the field at top US universities to create:

  • A Strategic Research Agenda for Collaboration (SRAC), based on a comprehensive roadmapping process and endorsed by researchers in the EU and US,
  • A set of openly available test cases for model developers to perform collaborative evaluation,
  • A state of the art web-based report on M&S for CPS to provide the context for the SRAC and to act as a baseline for future collaborative research activities.

Taking a consultative approach, the project partners engaged industry and academic researchers and M&S users in a series of workshops and web-based meetings to prioritise M&S research challenges and to create a constituency of future collaboration for pre-competitive research. All activities aimed for a comprehensive implementation of the SRAC in a trans-national context ultimately benefitting both US and EU competitiveness.

The project directly addressed European priorities in CPS as the focus is on the following themes, which were elaborated by ARTEMIS, the European Industry Association in Embedded & Cyber-Physical Systems:

  • Architectures principles and models for autonomous safe secure Cyber-Physical Systems,
  • Systems design, modelling and virtual engineering for Cyber-Physical Systems,
  • Real time modelling for autonomous adaptive and cooperative Cyber-Physical Systems,
  • MBSE applied to computing platforms and energy management for Cyber-Physical Systems,
  • To these is added the exploitation and enabling theme of: Integration of socio/legal/governance models within modelling frameworks.

Project duration: 02/2015 – 01/2017

Countries: Germany, Great Britain, USA

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