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Keynote session on Sensor Networks and New Distributed Cyber-Physical Systems
Professor Zoran Salcic
University of Auckland,
New Zealand

Abstract

Rapid growth in the area of sensor networks creates opportunities to build new classes of cyber-physical systems (CPS). Ability of sensor and actuator nodes to interact with their immediate physical environment, observe the changes and actuate, as well as to communicate each with the other via wired and wireless means, brings huge opportunities, but also faces significant challenges. Connecting sensor nodes with other computation resources, including the Cloud, requires integral approach to software systems design to create new classes of CPS that will be deployed in applications such as environmental monitoring, structural health monitoring, smart environments, health and elderly care etc. Some of these systems, or their parts, will be critical in terms of safety and need to satisfy real-time constraints. In the talk we will address the major challenges and research questions in distributed CPS and some solutions and answers developed at the University of Auckland.

Biography

Zoran Salcic is a professor of computer systems engineering at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. He leads research in the domains of embedded systems and industrial informatics and currently serves as the Head of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He has the BE (1972), ME (1974), and PhD (1976) degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Sarajevo. He did most of his PhD research at the City College New York (CCNY). His main research interests include complex digital systems design, custom-computing machines, reconfigurable computing, processor and computer systems architectures, embedded systems and their implementation, design automation tools for embedded systems, hardware-software co-design, new computing architectures and models of computation and languages for heterogeneous systems, and wireless sensor and actuator networks. He has published near 300 peer-reviewed journal and conference papers, books and book chapters and numerous technical reports. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society (Academy of Science) New Zealand and recipient of Alexander von Humboldt Research Award in 2010.