Cyber-physical systems (CPS) are engineered systems that are built from, and depend upon, the seamless integration of computational algorithms and physical components. Advances in CPS will enable capability, adaptability, scalability, resiliency, safety, security, and usability that will far exceed the simple embedded systems of today. CPS technology will transform the way people interact with engineered systems – just as the Internet has transformed the way people interact with information. New smart CPS will drive innovation and competition in sectors such as agriculture, energy, transportation, building design and automation, healthcare, and manufacturing.
With the ever increasing possibilities enabled by CPS, a high premium is placed on open interfaces, modularity, interoperability, and verification. It is against this backdrop of requirements that our present Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program advances a multidisciplinary roadmap which will effectively afford students the methods and tools required to tackle challenging problems ahead. Doctoral students often go on to make original contributions to the CPS field, and set the future agenda for research in academia, government and industry.
- MSc degree (or equivalent, giving access to doctoral studies) in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering or similar fields
- Excellent academic record, showing a strong theoretical/mathematical background
- Strong coding experience (e.g., C, Embedded C, C++, C#) in a Linux platform
- Experience in development of digital and analog interfaces for PC-based test systems, e.g., Labview, Matlab, Python, etc.
- Fluent in software fundamentals including software design and maintainability
- Experience in embedded development in robotics, or real-time controls
- Experience in modeling, analyzing, architecting complex/highly distributed real-time embedded systems a plus
- Experience developing embedded firmware for safety-critical applications in production environments a plus
- Experience with various microcontrollers
- Understanding of basic principles of system designs is highly preferred
- Significant research achievements, and be highly motivated
- Ability to collaborate and communicate (in English) complex technical concepts
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Ph.D students are typically awarded funding upon admission to cover tuition and fees, a stipend for living expenses and payment for student health insurance. All doctoral students receive financial assistance from a fellowship program backed by the University of Pennsylvania’s exceptional endowment and the research grants of PRECISE faculty.