Hybrid Dependencies Between Cyber and Physical Systems

Sandra König (Speaker), Stefan Rass, Benjamin Rainer, Stefan Schauer

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Situational awareness is often a matter of detailed local information and proportionally limited view on the bigger picture. Conversely, the big picture avoids complicating details, and as such displays the system components as atomic “black boxes”. This work proposes a combination of local and global views, accounting for a common practical division of physical and cyber domains, each of which have their own group of experts and management processes. We identify a small set of data items that is required about the physical and cyber parts of a system, along with a high-level description of how these parts interoperate. From these three ingredients, which we call physical, cyber and hybrid “awareness” (meaning just knowledge about what is there), we construct a simulation model to study cascading effects and indirect implications of distortions in a cyber-physical system. Our simulation model is composed from coupled Mealy automata, and we show an instance of it using a small cyber-physical infrastructure. This extends the awareness from “knowing what is” to “knowing what could happen next”, and as such addresses a core duty of effective risk management. Manifold extensions to this model are imaginable and discussed in the aftermath of the definition and example demonstration.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Intelligent Systems and Computing
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-22868-2
Publication statusPublished - 2019
EventComputing Conference 2019 -
Duration: 16 Jul 201917 Jul 2019


ConferenceComputing Conference 2019

Research Field

  • Dependable Systems Engineering


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