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Cyber-Physical Systems Design & Analysis

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  • Georgia Institute of Technology

About this course

Cyber-physical systems, such as automobiles, cars, and medical devices, comprise both a physical part and a software part, whereby the physical part of the system sends information about itself to the software part, and the software sends information, usually in the form of commands, to the physical part.

Physical systems have "a life of their own," and they can often harm operators and/or cost a fortune to repair, the development of programs that control these systems cannot rely on "trial and error," and they must consider in-depth the role of the human operator.

This course introduces the principles, tools, models, and processes essential to cyber-physical system development, such as model-based development methods, basics of feedback for task scheduling, modern verification, and validation techniques, and their integration in today's industrial development processes.

What you will learn

  1. CPS design
    • Models
    • Low-level control
    • Mid- and High-level automation
  2. CPS environment
    • Humans and CPS
    • Hardware-software co-design
    • Sensors, actuators, and processors
  3. CPS engineering
    • General principles
    • Architecture and Design Language
    • Formal methods for Verification and Validation

Prerequisites and requirements

An undergraduate education in Engineering or Computer Science, with programming experience.

See the Technology Requirements for using Udacity.

Why take this course?

As sensors, actuators, and embedded computing become less expensive, Cyber-Physical Systems (systems that combine closely linked software and physical components) are becoming increasingly part of our daily lives. Automotive, medical, and aeronautical applications are only a small part of an ongoing revolution whereby automated and intelligent machines will interact closely with humans. This course introduces not only the enormous design space offered by Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) but also the trade-off that must be struck with indispensable safety requirements. Powerful CPS design frameworks are introduced to perform this trade-off, ranging from hardware to software engineering and from system design to validation.

Learn with the best.

  • Eric Feron
    Eric Feron


  • Pablo Afman
    Pablo Afman


  • Jerome Hughes
    Jerome Hughes


  • Bruce Lewis
    Bruce Lewis