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Education and Innovation in Embedded Systems Design

USI Università della Svizzera italiana, USI Faculty of Informatics, Advanced Learning and Research Institute USI Università della Svizzera italiana USI Faculty of Informatics USI Advanced Learning and Research Institute

Introduction to Cyber-Physical Systems

Professor Malek Miroslaw
Course program MSc
Year 1
Semester Fall
Category Fundamental
Academic year 2016/2017

Overview of the course

Cyber-physical and embedded systems increasingly pervade all walks of our lives where applications range from agriculture and healthcare to energy, manufacturing and social networks. The course will provide a course overview of the Master program on cyber-physical and embedded systems.

Basic concepts and forms of computing in CPS and embedded systems will be discussed and properties such as real time, dependability, cyber-intelligence, safety and security will be covered. Basic scheduling techniques will be introduced as well as overview of key protocols for wireless communication will be presented. Then main operating systems and processor architectures used in the CPS and embedded systems will be reviewed followed by applications case studies and trends.


  • Introduction

  • World of cyber-physical and embedded systems

  • Sensors, actuators and networks

  • Real-time systems

  • Scheduling and worst-case execution time (WCET)

  • Dependability and safety

  • Security

  • Wireless communication (WLAN, Bluetooth, ZigBee, GSM)

  • Real-time communication

  • Group communication and consensus

  • Clock synchronisation

  • Operating systems basics

  • Operating systems: RealTime Linux, Windows CE, OSEK and PURE OS

  • Processor architectures and FPGA’s for CPS and embedded systems

  • Low Power – basic techniques

  • Radio Frequency Identification (RFID)

  • Case studies and trends

The course includes lab experience. The students will be introduced to Arduino boards and develop applications in the assigned projects.


Rajeev Alur, Principles of Cyber-Physical Systems, MIT Press, 2015
Peter Marwedel, Embedded Systems Design, Springer, 2006