Human-Centered Cyber-Physical Systems

The term "Cyber-Physical Systems" (CPS) stands for the fusion of information technology with the real world and thus lies at the intersection of the disciplines of mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, construction sciences and computer science as well as medicine. CPS form the basis for many modern technical systems, because machines must be given an understanding of the real world in order to be able to exert a targeted influence on it by means of actuators. This results in a control loop that will decisively determine how our digitized environment will behave in the future.

"Human-Centered Cyber-Physical Systems” (HCPS) involve humans in this control loop. This means that the system acts on the human being and vice versa the human being acts on the system. In addition to the engineering perspective, psychological methods are also used to investigate how humans behave in such an environment.

On the basis of empirical findings and models based on them, statements are to be made about how complex HCPS behave. Research on HCPS creates the basis for innovative applications. For example, new approaches in sensor technology are being investigated.

In the field of radio technologies with highest transmission rates for the fifth generation mobile phone network or for networking the "Internet of Things", cooperative projects with international visibility already exist in the faculty.

In the faculty research profile HCPS, image analysis and vehicle sensor technology are being researched as well as technologies for intelligent buildings. The information about the real world obtained in this way is processed by information technology. It is investigated how this data can be processed in consideration of security, privacy, quality and availability. In the field of actuators, research is being conducted into how this knowledge of the real world can be used to intervene in the real world in a controlling manner. This includes topics such as autonomous driving and robotics, but also psychological and sensory issues related to the human-machine interface.

Due to its interdisciplinary composition, the faculty is ideally suited to work on the topic of HCPS. This is because issues of control engineering, communication, adaptronics, sensor technology, actuators, environmental technology, psychology and computer science all play a role here.