Developments in Cyber-Physical Systems and Cyber-Physical-Human Systems

A special issue of Information (ISSN 2078-2489). This special issue belongs to the section "Artificial Intelligence".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2025 | Viewed by 305

Special Issue Editors

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School of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering, The University of Adelaide, Adelaide 5005, Australia
Interests: cybersecurity; cyber–physical systems; autonomous vehicles; intelligent unmanned systems

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College of Electrical Engineering and Control Science, Nanjing Tech University, Nanjing 211816, China
Interests: networked control systems; event-triggered control; multi-agent systems; decision making; deep learning (artificial intelligence)

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School of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering, the University of Adelaide, Adelaide 5005, Australia
Interests: fuzzy systems; robotic systems; cyber–physical–human systems; autonomous vehicles; artificial general intelligence

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Department of Control Science and Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150001, China
Interests: advanced system science and technology to improve industrial safety and human health; safety monitoring; fault detection; fault diagnosis; attack detection of industrial cyber-physical systems

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

With the development of technology applied in computers, control theory and communication networks, cyber–physical systems (CPS) have been broadly studied, becoming the backbone of "Industry 4.0". A commonly accepted definition of CPS is that CPS is a system where software and hardware components are seamlessly integrated toward performing well-defined tasks. Unlike conventional control systems, CPSs integrate the cyber layer with the physical layer tightly and have a wide range of applications, such as aerospace systems, healthcare devices, smart grids, smart cities, and intelligent transportation. While defining the scope of "Industry 5.0", researchers deem that rapid developments in information, communication and collaborative technologies allow humans to take on more critical roles in CPS and achieve human-on-the-loop rather than the conventional approach of only including human-in-the-loop for some fundamental operations.  This innovation requires huge, complex human–machine collaboration never before encountered. CPSs must learn and adapt to the changing complex environments and adjust intelligently to collaborate with humans. Such complex systems with distinguishing characteristics of connectivity, diversity, autonomy, and scalability need to be modelled as ground-breaking cyber–physical–human systems (CPH).

This Special Issue aims to cover a wide range of emerging research on the foundational theoretic analysis and design of CPS and CPH. Prospective authors are cordially invited to submit their original manuscripts on topics including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Analysis and design of cyber-attacks;
  • Attack detection and prevention in CPS;
  • Privacy concerns within CPS;
  • Secure estimation and control for CPS;
  • Security issues of industrial CPS and its applications;
  • Trustworthy and reliable communications;
  • Threat and vulnerability analysis for CPS;
  • AI techniques in CPS security;
  • Human-on-the-loop control systems;
  • Human–machine collaboration;
  • Cyber–physical–human systems;
  • Real-world applications of CPS.

Dr. Zhi Lian
Prof. Dr. Mouquan Shen
Dr. Xin Yuan
Dr. Yuchen Jiang
Guest Editors

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  • analysis and design of cyber-attacks
  • attack detection and prevention in CPS
  • privacy concerns within CPS
  • secure estimation and control for CPS
  • security issues of industrial CPS and its applications
  • trustworthy and reliable communications
  • threat and vulnerability analysis for CPS
  • AI techniques in CPS security

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