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Open Cyber-Physical Systems and Simulation

In the not too distant future, many household appliances might well have to broaden their horizons. They may get an interface to the power grid that will allow them to receive instantaneous information about the immediate market for energy. A freezer with this capability could build up a "cold reserve" in advance when power is plentiful. Such appliances will become part of an intelligent power concept, contributing to balancing energy supply and demand.

This example is part of a future trend that can bring sustainable change to our everyday lives. More and more devices are being equipped with better performing sensors and given the ability to share their information with other devices. The result is that a growing proportion of physical-world devices are being networked in cyberspace. Experts call these cyber-physical systems and they are set to become one of the key technologies of the 21st century. TU Clausthal has established its research focus area in recognition of this trend.

A key requirement for cyber-physical systems is that they are open. They should be readily extensible and at the same time future proof, so that they can meet requirements that have not even been thought of yet. Researchers at TU Clausthal are looking to answer the question of how to meet this goal. Beyond this, they are also researching methods that allow the overall behaviour of these systems to be controlled. These methods include computer simulations that permit them to make predictions about the reaction of cyber-physical systems to certain sets of conditions.

Prof. Dr. Jörg P. Müller
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