Design Automation for Tackling Key Challenges in Cyber-Physical Systems: Timing, Security, and Heterogeneity


Jacobs School of Engineering, 9500 Gilman Dr, La Jolla, San Diego, California 92093

Sponsored By:
Stefanie Battaglia

Dr. Qi Zhu
Dr. Qi Zhu


Cyber-physical systems such as autonomous and semi-autonomous vehicles, smart buildings and grid, industrial robots, and healthcare systems, are poised to bring immense economic and societal benefits. However, the design and operation of these systems faces tremendous challenges from the rapid increase of system scale and complexity, the close interaction with dynamic environment and human activities, the employment of multicore and distributed architectural platforms, and the stringent and often conflicting requirements on various system metrics. Many of these challenges center around three key factors – timing, security, and heterogeneity.

In this talk, I will discuss the unique timing, security and heterogeneity challenges of cyber-physical systems, and introduce our work in tackling them with design automation techniques. These include 1) a timing-driven software synthesis framework that automatically explores the large software design space and addresses timing-related metrics such as schedulability, security, performance and fault tolerance; 2) cross-layer co-design and co-management methods that bridge different system layers (control, software, hardware), integrate heterogeneous components, and trade off multiple metrics; and 3) applications of our approaches in creating efficient, reliable and secure automotive, transportation, and building automation systems. I will also discuss some of our future directions, such as addressing timing attacks in CPS and conducting extensibility-driven CPS design.

Speaker Bio:
Dr. Qi Zhu is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in University of California, Riverside. Prior to joining UCR, he was a Research Scientist at the Strategic CAD Labs in Intel from 2008 to 2011. Dr. Zhu received a Ph.D. in EECS from University of California, Berkeley in 2008, and a B.E. in CS from Tsinghua University in 2003. His research interests include model-based design and software synthesis for cyber-physical systems, CPS security, embedded and real-time systems, energy-efficient buildings and infrastructures, and system-on-chip design. He received best paper awards at the Design Automation Conference (DAC) 2006, DAC 2007, International Conference on Cyber-Physical Systems (ICCPS) 2013, and ACM Transactions on Design Automation of Electronic Systems (TODAES) 2016. He received the National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER award in 2016. Dr. Zhu has served on the technical program committees and as session organizer and chair for a number of international conferences, including DAC, ICCAD, DATE, ASP-DAC, CODES+ISSS, RTSS, RTAS, SAC, SIES, MEMOCODE, etc. He is the education committee chair of the IEEE Technical Committee on Cyber-Physical Systems. He received the ACM SIGDA Service Award in 2015.

Stefanie Battaglia
Executive Assistant to the Department Chair | Ph: (858) 534-7013