Ensuring the seamless integration of physical components and computer algorithms is the goal of the field of cyber-physical systems. Combining human or environmental interaction and computational technology, cyber-physical systems help build ‘smart’ networked systems engineered to sense and interact with the physical world.
If you’ve used your smartphone to discover the fastest route to a destination or connected with a speaker using Bluetooth technology, you’ve used cyber-physical systems. Blending physical and computational components, cyber-physical systems provide the foundation for critical infrastructure, improved healthcare, and ‘smart’ technologies that will shape the future. Expanding water sustainability, discovering more efficient traffic flow, and developing better security are just some of the fields that depend on cyber-physical systems to develop. The field has been called the next revolution in computing, and there’s no question cyber-physical systems are creating world-changing applications.