Summer School on Cyber-Physical Systems at Churchill College, Cambridge

The Churchill College of the University of Cambridge has hosted the second edition of the Summer School "Cyber-Physical Systems" from 29 August to 1 September, 2017.

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This series of summer schools, intended mainly for doctoral students, is an exemplary outcome of the impact of the program for hosting senior French researchers at Churchill College, which is supported for more than 40 years by the Department for Science and Technology (DST) of the Embassy of France in the United Kingdom, within the framework of an agreement with the College (see for example: « Deuxième réunion des French Government Fellows du Churchill College de Cambridge »). It is thanks to their close collaboration during the 8-month stay in 2014 in Cambridge of Prof. Daniela Dragomirescu (INSAT and LAAS-CNRS) with Prof. Florin Udrea (Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge) that both academics managed to develop this school project.

This edition of the Summer School was very successful in gathering 33 participants, most from the UK (10) and France (9), but also from other countries (Germany, Italy, Portugal, Luxembourg and Singapore).

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Photo : Sébastien Boria, Mohamed Kaâniche, Martin Hawes et Romain Bergé lors de CPS 2017 au Churchill College

Jean Arlat, Scientific Advisor, was pleased to open the Summer School, in highlighting the cross-fertilizing roles of science and diplomacy and referring to the DST-Churchill College agreement. He also stressed the role of cyber-physical systems (combining hardware and software developments) in the widespread penetration of digital technologies (information harvesting, processing and dissemination) in a growing number of applications: autonomous connected vehicles, e-health, smart homes, factory of the future, etc.

Sebastien Boria, Head of Mechatronics Technology at Airbus Group, Toulouse, FR, then launched the school’s program with a very comprehensive invited talk entitled “Computing at the edge: optimal trends for CPS in manufacturing systems”. This presentation expressed the expectations of a major industrial player concerning cyber-physical systems, as well as the main tracks pursued towards the development of the concept of "smart factory".

Another highlight was the session in the afternoon of the second day, devoted to the important issue of cybersecurity, including two presentations addressing respectively:

  • security and privacy in various critical systems applications (Mohamed Kaâniche, LAAS-CNRS, Toulouse, FR)
  • very specific security issues attached to the emulation of credit card payment via cell phones (Romain Bergé, Thales Communications & Security, Toulouse, FR and Martin Hawes, Thales e-Security, Aylesbury, GB).

To probe further: the detailed program of the Summer School.

Published on 01/09/2017

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