Gill, Lu to promote safety of cars, planes and other cyber-physical systems


Christopher Gill, PhD, has received a four-year, $398,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to promote the improved safety of cyber-physical systems.

Working with Chenyang Lu, PhD, Gill will study a novel approach to reasoning about and managing feature interactions in cyber-physical systems such as automobiles, aircraft and medical devices. That includes interactions within software, through the physical dynamics of the system, and via shared computational resources. Both Gill and Lu are professors of computer science and engineering in the School of Engineering & Applied Science at Washington University in St. Louis.

The team will focus on a novel way of modeling the features of cyber-physical systems, new analysis techniques enabled by the modeling approach and new algorithms. They will introduce a new model for mixed-criticality cyber-physical components that will support modern development standards. They will collaborate with Oleg Sokolsky, PhD, a research associate professor at the University of Pennsylvania.

Ultimately, the research will impact the industry to promote improved safety of cyber-physical systems. Results of the research also will be incorporated into courses at WUSTL and the University of Pennsylvania.