Cyber-Physical Systems

EEL 6935: Cyber-Physical Systems (Spring 2015)




Dr. Xiaolin (Andy) Li
Office: 433 NEB
Office Hours: MWF 4pm-5pm
Email: li-at-ufl or andyli-at-ece

Class Meeting Time and Place:

Time: MWF 3pm-3:50pm
Place: LAR 239

Course Objective and Description:

To understand the fundamental and practical issues in designing and analyzing cyber-physical systems. To investigate system design, middleware design, monitoring, scheduling, management and control issues in the full lifecycle of CPS design and implementation. Emerging applications of CPS will be studied, including mobile computing, mobile social networks, smart grid, transportation, and cloud of things. Course projects on design and simulation for CPS systems consolidate students’ understanding, and further strengthen their practical problem-solving and programming skills.

Prerequisite: Proficient programming experiences and willing to learn several new programming languages.


  • None

Other References:

  • Many recent papers in leading conferences/journals will be discussed.
  • Many online documents and resources will be discussed.
  • Edward A. Lee and Sanjit A. Seshia, Introduction to Embedded Systems, A Cyber-Physical Systems Approach, ISBN 978-0-557-70857-4, 2011.
  • NIST Framework & Roadmap for Smart Grid Interoperability Standards, 2011.
  • T. D. Lewis, Network Science: Theory and Applications, Wiley, 2009.
  • Paul Deitel, Harvey Deitel, Abbey Deitel, Android How to Program, Pearson, 2013.
  • Zigurd Mednieks, Laird Dornin, G. Blake Meike, Masumi Nakamura, Programming Android: Java Programming for the New Generation of Mobile Devices, O’Reilly Media, July 2011
  • Matthew A. Russell, Mining the Social Web: Analyzing Data from Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Other Social Media, O’Reilly Media, 1st Edition, February 8, 2011.
  • Joe Conway and Aaron Hillegass, iOS Programming: The Big Nerd Ranch Guide (2nd Edition), Addison-Wesley Professional, July 2, 2011.
  • Dan Sanderson, Programming Google App Engine: Build and Run Scalable Web Apps on Google’s Infrastructure, OReilly, 2nd Edition, 2012.
  • Programming in Scala: A Comprehensive Step-by-Step Guide, Martin Odersky, Lex Spoon, and Bill Venners, 2nd Edition, 2011.
  • The Way To Go: A Thorough Introduction To The Go Programming Language, Ivo Balbaert, iUniverse, 2012.

Course Homepage:

Course Outline (tentative):

  1. Introduction
  2. System Design and Management
    • Mobile Platforms (iOS and Android)
    • Clouds
  3. Sensing and Fusion
  4. Localization and LBS
  5. Mobile Social Networks
  6. Mobile Clouds
  7. Cloud of Robots/CPS
  8. Big Data Tools
  9. Future Internet
  10. Case Studies: Healthcare, Smart Grid, Transportation

Grading Policies:

  • Class Participation and Contribution: 10%
  • Homework assignments, reading summary, and paper presentation: 40%
    • Reading Summaries (20%)
    • Paper Presentation (20%)
  • Course Project: 50%
    • Proposal (5%)
    • Midterm Presentation and Report (10%)
    • Final Presentation and Demo (15%)
    • Final Report (20%)

Note: Homework and programming assignments are due by 11:55pm of the due date (unless announced in class otherwise). Late homework will NOT be accepted. Late program penalty is 10% per day, according to the timestamp of your online submission. Only when verifiable extenuating circumstances can be demonstrated will make-up exams or extended assignment due dates be considered. Verifiable extenuating circumstances must be reasons beyond control of the students, such as illness or accidental injury. Poor performance in class is not an extenuating circumstance. Advise your instructor of the verifiable extenuating circumstances in advance or as soon as possible. In such situations, the date and nature of the make-up exams and the extended due dates for the assignments will be decided by the instructor.

Attendance Policy:

Attendance is required and will be monitored. Students are responsible for any material covered in class. Lots of the materials covered in class will not be in the textbook. Announcements about homework, projects, programming assignments, etc. will be made in class or by emails. Students are encouraged to check the course webpage regularly.

Collaboration Policy: 

Discussion of techniques and ideas covered in class is encouraged. However, every line of all assignments must be your own. A statement required by the university: “Care must be taken that exam answers are not seen by others, that term papers or projects are not plagiarized by others or otherwise misused by others, etc. Even passive cooperation in a dishonest enterprise is unacceptable.” In programming assignments, discussion of techniques in a natural language (such as English) is allowed, but a discussion in a computer or algorithmic language is not allowed. (Computer language discussions and questions are to be limited to the language and should not concern the assignment.) Stealing, giving or receiving any code, drawings, diagrams, texts or designs (from others or Internet) is not allowed. Project reports should be written in your own words; apparent copy (ONE sentence) is assumed as plagiarism, if not quoted. In examinations, no discussion of any kind (except with the instructor) is allowed. No access to any type of written material is allowed. Students who do not comply with the above described collaboration policy will receive a grade of F in the course. Furthermore, the case will be reported to the University Officials.

Honesty Policy

All students admitted to the University of Florida have signed a statement of academic honesty committing themselves to be honest in all academic work and understanding that failure to comply with this commitment will result in disciplinary action. This statement is a reminder to uphold your obligation as a UF student and to be honest in all work submitted and exams taken in this course and all others.

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities

Students Requesting classroom accommodation must first register with the Dean of Students Office.  That office will provide the student with documentation that he/she must provide to the course instructor when requesting accommodation.

UF Counseling Services

Resources are available on-campus for students having personal problems or lacking clear career and academic goals.  The resources include:

* University Counseling Center, 301 Peabody Hall, 392-1575, Personal and Career Counseling.
* SHCC mental Health, Student Health Care Center, 392-1171, Personal and Counseling.
* Center for Sexual Assault/Abuse Recovery and Education (CARE), Student Health Care Center, 392-1161, sexual assault counseling.
* Career Resource Center, Reitz Union, 392-1601, career development assistance and counseling.

Software Use

All faculty, staff and student of the University are required and expected to obey the laws and legal agreements governing software use.  Failure to do so can lead to monetary damages and/or criminal penalties for the individual violator.  Because such violations are also against University policies and rules, disciplinary action will be taken as appropriate.  We, the members of the University of Florida community, pledge to uphold ourselves and our peers to the highest standards of honesty and integrity.