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Cyber-Physical Systems or “smart” systems are co-engineered interacting networks of physical and computational components. These systems will provide the foundation of our critical infrastructure, form the basis of emerging and future smart services, and improve our quality of life in many areas.  Cyber-physical systems will bring advances in personalized health care, emergency response, traffic flow management, and electric power generation and delivery, as well as in many other areas now just being envisioned. Other phrases that you might hear when discussing these and related CPS technologies include:
   - Internet of Things (IoT)
   - Industrial Internet
   - Smart Cities
   - Smart Grid
   - "Smart" Anything (e.g., Cars, Buildings, Homes, Manufacturing, Hospitals, Appliances) 

The NIST Engineering Laboratory, through its Cyber-Physical Systems and Smart Grid Program Office, is leading a NIST-wide program to advance Cyber-Physical Systems. Our program is moving forward on three fronts:

  • The Cyber-Physical Systems Public Working Group (CPS PWG), formed by NIST in 2014, brings together experts to help define and shape key aspects of CPS to accelerate its development and implementation within multiple sectors of our economy. Through its five subgroups, the CPS PWG is preparing a CPS Framework.

  • The Global City Teams Challenge is a nine-month initiative to advance the deployment of Internet of Things (IoT) technologies within a smart city environment. More than 40 teams or “action clusters” are pursuing projects related to energy, transportation, public safety, and other key sectors.

  • CPS research and standards development are carried out in multiple NIST Laboratories, including programs in advanced manufacturing, cybersecurity, buildings and structures, disaster resilience, and smart grid. A key goal for 2015 is to design and begin development of a CPS testbed to characterize CPS equipment, systems, performance, and standards.

Chris Greer
Director, Smart Grid and Cyber-Physical Systems Program Office

David Wollman
Deputy Director, Smart Grid and Cyber-Physical Systems Program Office

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