Cyber-Physical Systems

European leadership in production and infrastructures

Cyber-physical systems (CPS) enable the physical world to merge with the virtual leading to an Internet of things, data and services. One example of CPS is an intelligent manufacturing line, where the machine can perform many work processes by communicating with the components.

Using sensors, the embedded systems monitor and collect data from physical processes, like steering of a vehicle, energy consumption or human health functions. The systems are networked making the data globally available. Cyber-physical systems make it possible for software applications to directly interact with events in the physical world, for example to measure peaks in energy consumption.

CPS opening new areas of innovation

Embedded hardware and software systems crucially expand the functionality and competitiveness of vehicles, aircraft, medical equipment, production plants and household appliances. Connecting these systems to a virtual environment of globally networked services and information systems opens completely new areas of innovation and novel business platforms.

Future cyber-physical systems will contribute to safety, efficiency, comfort and human health, and help solving key challenges of our society, such as the ageing population, limited resources, mobility, or the shift towards renewable energies.


There are currently 26 partners from 9 countries working together in the Cyber-Physical Systems Action Line, among them are: The Budapest University of Technology and Economics, DFKI, Ericsson, FBK, Fortiss, Royal Institute of Technology KTH, SICS, Siemens, Technical University of Berlin, Technical University of Munich, TNO, University of Bologna, University of Trento and VTT.

CPS for Production Systems

European manufacturers need improved production system efficiency and robustness through more flexible, automated production, cheaper maintenance, and more efficient logistics. EIT Digital core industrial partners are leaders in industrial automation (technology and market) and therefore well positioned to take advantage. EIT Digital can link technology providers (incl. SMEs, start-ups) with system integrators to realise most effective solutions.

  • cPAS - Cyber-physical Production Assistance System, to combine cross-enterprise eventing with digital product memory technology and smart object virtualisation to manage complex production and the supply chain (Lead: Thomas Runkler, Siemens)
  • CPS for smart factories, to implement multi-adaptive cyber-physical controllers for improved anomaly detection in various application domains: industrial robot arms, car manufacturing, steel industry, and assembly lines in general. (Lead: Daniel Sonntag, DFKI)
  • CPS integrated information engineering, to create business opportunities through information integration across CPS development and production. (Lead: Martin Törngren, KTH)

CPS for Critical Infrastructures

CPS should create business opportunities for (networks of) EIT Digital partners for 1) reliable operation and intelligent management of large-scale infrastructure systems and 2) improved service and resource efficiency for the maintenance of the critical and aging infrastructures of Europe. EIT Digital partners can use their demonstrated strength “at home” to create export opportunities.

  • Intelligent integrated critical infrastructures for smarter future cities, new solutions for intelligent (remote and federated) monitoring and control of natural and built environments (Lead: David Boyle, Imperial College London)
  • Reliable IP for time synchronized channel hopping network, to enable reliable IP based communication from Swarm to Cloud for critical infrastructures (Lead: Hugh Maaskant, NXP Semiconductors)
  • Reference Communication & Application Platform, a communication reference platform for connected and cooperative services for connect car and ITS markets (Lead: Gerardo Daalderop, NXP Semiconductors)

Technology Acceleration

Design and prototype a platform for matching entrepreneurial teams, startups, and SMEs with industrial technology leaders. (Lead: Petra Wolf, fortiss)

Summer School

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