Cyber-Physical Systems and Smart Infrastructures


These lecture series are dedicated in communicating the fundamentals of Cyber-Physical Systems and Smart Infrastructures, with emphasis on their agricultural exploitation. The areas being covered include but are not limited to: Cyber-physical system basics. Methods for selecting the participating components. Automatic control fundamentals. Techniques for intercepting and respond to triggers from the natural and human-made physical world, like handling asynchronous events, parallel processes, scheduling and threads. Inter process communication. Incorporating machine learning functionality. Performance evaluation. Security issues. Experimentation with actual cyber-physical systems for agricultural purposes. 
1STDefining the role of cyber-physical systems
2NDSelecting sensors, actuators, microcontrollers and network entities
3RDAutomatic control fundamentals
4THIntercepting and respond to signals from the natural and human-made physical world
5THHandling time, synchronous and asynchronous events of diverse priority
6THParallel processing and threads
7THModelling states and context switching
8THInterconnecting and communicating with different modules and systems
9THIncorporating intelligent functions for autonomous operation
10TH Evaluating the performance of the cyber-physical system
11THAddressing security and ergonomics issues
12THCustom agricultural robots as facilitators for the cyber-physical systems understanding
13THExperimentation with emphasis on agricultural applications

Exams, marking and student assessment

A combination of written exams and project assignments during the semester