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The First Australasian Workshop on Computation in Cyber-Physical Systems


15-16 July 2010

Sydney, Australia


A cyber-physical system (CPS) is a system coherently combining computational and physical elements. The combination is expected to produce not only a pre-defined and pre-optimised coupling, but also a high degree of coordination within the system. An example is symbiotic sensor/actuator networks which include agents recognising and forming relationships of mutual benefit across various types: e.g., stationary sensor nodes may assist navigation of robots, while being powered by the robots.

The CPS build up on knowledge and practical experiences of embedded systems, sensor networks, multi-robot teams, modular/swarm robotics, amorphous computing, programmable materials, evolvable/adaptive hardware, etc., and yet promise to form a unique field. The success will mostly depend on the ability to formulate a structured scientific foundation supporting the CPS technologies. One principled direction is the investigation of distributed computation in CPS - the computation processes that integrate multiple data streams, compress and structure high-dimensional information, synchronise the distributed dynamics, adapt to topological changes within networks, optimise multiple sensorimotor loops, etc.

Workshop Focus

The "Cyber" part of the CPS name indicates a connection to Cybernetics: the interdisciplinary study of self-regulatory systems that execute actions affecting the environment, perceive the resulting changes, transform the perceptions into information, and adapt to new conditions. In a CPS, this self-regulation spans a multiplicity of components across diverse types, and our main goal is the study of the computation behind such distributed self-regulation. It is important to note that a CPS intrinsically processes information during its operation. For example, during cascading failures, the power network is in fact computing its new stable state (attractor), so understanding this computation can help control the dynamics.

Essentially, we hope to identify foundational principles enabling systematic analysis, design and operation of CPS from the view-point of computation.

The following topics are of special interest: self-organisation in spatiotemporal systems, complex networks and their evolution, synchronisation in complex networks, self-organised criticality, sensor layout optimisation, compressive sensing, intelligent control, information dynamics, machine learning, evolutionary computation, modular/swarm robotics, programmable materials,  etc.


Anyone interested in participating in the workshop is encouraged to submit a two-page extended abstract by May 16, 2010. Notifications will be sent by June 11, 2010 to all those who will be invited to the workshop. All accepted submissions will be allocated an oral presentation slot. The workshop will include regular presentations based on the accepted abstracts, as well as invited presentations from:

  • Assoc. Prof. Chun Tung Chou (UNSW, Sydney)
  • Dr. Jason Held (Saber Astronautics, Denver, Colorado)
  • Prof. David Hill (ANU, Canberra)
  • Prof. N. Michael Mayer (National Chung Cheng University, Taiwan)

The  program includes 2 days, each day with two keynote talks (one in the morning and one in the afternoon), and regular presentations (30 minutes each).  Submitted abstracts are available on-line and authors were advised not to include any confidential information that they do not like to be disseminated to the public.


    15 July 2010, Thursday    16 July 2010, Friday
 Registration and Introduction 
 Registration and Introduction 
 Keynote:  Prof. David Hill (ANU, Canberra), Massive networked decision systems  10:00-11:15
 Keynote: Prof. N. Michael Mayer (National Chung Cheng University, Taiwan), Using reservoir computing for sensor analysis in adaptive agents
 11:15-11:30  Break  11:15-11:30  Break
 Improving reliability of power grids with adaptive minigrids (J.T. Lizier, M. Chadwick, D. Cornforth, S. Lindsay, M. Prokopenko)  11:30-12:00
 Network structures from optimization principles (M. Brede)
 12:00-12:30  Multiple radio simulation support for Cyber Physical Systems (T. Rohmer, B. Kusy, R. Jurdak)  12:00-12:30  Distributed machine learning for Cyber-Physical Systems (O. Obst)
 Lunch break  12:30-14:30
 Lunch break
  Keynote: Dr. Jason Held (Saber Astronautics, Denver, Colorado), Abstract  14:30-15:45
 Keynote: Assoc. Prof. Chun Tung Chou (UNSW, Sydney), Application of compressive sensing in Cyber-Physical Systems
 15:45-16:15  Intelligent sensing systems for monitoring impact damage in spacecraft (D.C. Price, D.A. Scott, N. Hoschke, C.J. Lewis)  15:45-16:15  Contrasting Fisher and Shannon Information in Random Boolean Networks (X.R. Wang, J.T. Lizier, M. Prokopenko)
 16:15-16:45  An intelligent sensing system for corrosion diagnosis and prognosis (I.S. Cole, P. Corrigan, W. Ganther, C.J. Lewis, T. Muster, D.C. Price, D.A. Scott)  16:15-16:45  Assortativity in Cyber-Physical networks (M. Piraveenan, M. Prokopenko, and A.Y. Zomaya)
     16:45-17:30  Neurobiologically realistic determinants of self-organized critical neural network dynamics  (M. Rubinov, O. Sporns, J.-P. Thivierge, M. Breakspear)
 Dinner  17:30-18:15  Panel discussion

The workshop is registration-free and is open to researchers in Cyber-Physical Systems, though for practical considerations the total number of participants is limited to 50. If you are interested in attending, please send an email. Following the Workshop, a formal call for papers will be issued for a special journal issue.

Venue:  CSIRO ICT Centre, Marsfield Lecture Theatre, Corner Vimiera and Pembroke Roads, Marsfield, NSW 2122.

Important Dates

Paper submission: May 16, 2010
Paper notification: June 11, 2010
Workshop: July 15-16, 2010


Dr. Mikhail Prokopenko (CSIRO, Sydney)

Program Committee

Dr. Nihat Ay (Max Planck Institute, Leipzig, Germany)
Dr. Markus Brede (CSIRO, Canberra, Australia)
Assoc. Prof. Chun Tung Chou (UNSW, Sydney, Australia)
Prof. Ralf Der (Max Planck Institute, Leipzig, Germany)
Prof. Albert Diaz-Guilera (Universitat de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain)
Dr. Jason Held (Saber Astronautics, Denver, Colorado, USA)
Prof. David Hill (ANU, Canberra, Australia)
Dr. Simon Lucey (CSIRO, Sydney, Australia)
Dr. Oliver Obst (CSIRO, Sydney, Australia)
Dr. Daniel Polani (University of Hertfordshire, UK)
Assoc. Prof. Ivan Tanev (Doshisha University, Japan)
Dr. X. Rosalind Wang (CSIRO, Sydney, Australia)
Prof. Larry Yaeger (Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, USA)

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