SAFE-OPERA (SAFEty and OPERAtional Autonomy of Cyber Physical Systems, 2021-2024) is a multi-disciplinary project focused on Safety and Autonomy of Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS). The project involves researchers from Control Theory / Signal Processing / Hybrid Simulation and Computer Science. The core aim is to lay the potential cross-domain concepts for designing model-based / data-driven systems able to create the needed safety capabilities on the way to operational autonomy of CPSs. The project will achieve this aim through the following main scientific objectives: Objective #1. To develop new methods and for designing low-level safety functionalities for semi-autonomous/autonomous CPSs. Objective #2. To develop new methods for holistic safety risk assessment of CPSs. Objective #3. To develop new methods for simulation, testing and V&V in CPSs. Objective #4. To demonstrate feasibility of the new methods.
Because of its potential transformational impact at global societal scale, the project is intended to contribute to a whole field of safety-critical CPS applications: safety management and autonomy in future civil aviation operations, autonomous car, energy grids, intelligent buildings or complex robotic systems.
About Cyber-Physical Systems — It seems Helen Gill of the US National Science Foundation coined the term Cyber-Physical System (CPS) in 2006 to refer to next-generation engineered systems with deep integration of computation, communication and networking, physical processes and control systems. Today, CPSs are transforming radically our traditional approach to systems and their functionalities, just as the Internet and digital revolution transformed the way we interact with information. Research in CPS is a very broad and cross-domain research area. For a recent overview, see for example: Allgöwer F. et al. (2019). Position paper on the challenges posed by modern applications to cyber-physical systems theory. Nonlinear Analysis: Hybrid Systems.