The Cyber-Physical Systems Innovation research group has been set up to study and exploit the opportunities offered by cyber-physical computing in the domain of novel consumer durables and product-service combinations. The specific objective of the research is to bring analogue hardware, digital hardware, control, middleware and application software, and various cyberware (such as multimedia, data structures, and knowledge ontologies) into synergy in human- and society-centred systems and application contexts.
Development of design principles and prototype implementations of cyber-physical solutions target specific applications in the fields of rehabilitation, travelling, assisted well-being, productivity, sports and safety. The portfolio of the research group has both foundational (supporting theories and methodology) and operative (prototyping and testing) character. Besides the theoretical problems of managing complexity, achieving synergy, and development and application methodologies, the research group is focusing on practical demands and opportunities that are rooted in daily life.
For instance, in the PhD research work, among others, research and development topics such as:
- system manifestation-based conceptualization and customization,
- engagement monitoring and enhancement for stroke patients,
- signal processing-based failure detection and avoidance,
- cyber-physical affordance recognition of smart materials,
- cyber-physical fire evacuation management,
- product networking-based lifecycle monitoring,
- context-sensitive adaptive interface for water traffic operators,
- and technological, social and cognitive enablers-based on-line learning solution are addressed.
Research and design projects of graduating students includes assignments such as:
- well-being enablers for impaired and elderly people,
- digital coaches for sports such as (table) tennis, golf, gymnastics,
- smart luggage solutions (including communicative, assistive, aware, utility suitcases),
- wearable and ad hoc computing solutions,(iv) self-adaptive assistive technology for rehabilitation of motor function,
- and context-specific reasoning mechanisms.
The research group benefits from its existing wide international network and utilizes its existing knowledge and research results by establishing spin-off companies (e.g. Adjuvo motion) and contacts with leading industrial partners. In addition, it organizes the TMCE Symposia (i.e. a bi-annual meeting of industrial and academic experts), nurtures a large number of PhD research projects, and contributes to educational programmes on undergraduate, graduate and PhD levels. The future intension of the research group is to contribute to the understanding and development enablers of self-organizing and self-adaptive smart cyber-physical systems.