Adventures and Opportunities in Cyber-Physical Systems Research
Through the convergence of recent advances in device and control systems, sensor networks, data analytics, and cloud computing, Cyber-physical systems (CPS) is on course to transform our society and disrupt the way humans engineer and interact with the world around them. CPS tightly integrates communications and computation into ordinary physical objects and amalgamates them as systems, enabling them to collect vast amounts of data about their environment, to extract inferences and predictions from the data, and to use this information to automate, enhance, actuate, control, and optimize operations and decision making at a variety of scales. In this talk, we discuss some of the key technological advances that are spurring CPS innovation, we detail our experiences employing CPS to optimize agricultural processes as part of the UCSB SmartFarm project, and we describe the opportunities and challenges that are emerging in CPS research.
Biography: Chandra Krintz is Professor of Computer Science at UC Santa Barbara and Chief Scientist and Co-founder of AppScale Systems Inc. Chandra holds M.S./Ph.D. degrees in CS from UC San Diego. Her research interests lie at the cross-section of cloud computing and programming systems and her contributions improve performance, reduce energy consumption, and simplify the use of heterogenous, distributed systems. Chandra has supervised and mentored over 60 students, published her work in a wide range of top venues, and participated in numerous outreach efforts to introduce computing to young people. Chandra's efforts have been recognized with a NSF CAREER award, the CRA-W Anita Borg Early Career Award, and the UCSB Academic Senate Distinguished Teaching Award. She was also named a Cloud Computing Pioneer by Information Week and a top M2M Woman