Keynote Speaker

Speaker Name Prof. Dr.-Ing. Axel Sikora
Title of Talk Are Cyber Physical Systems (CPS) ready for the reality?


Dr.-Ing. Axel Sikora holds a diploma of Electrical Engineering (M.Eng.) and a diploma of Business Administration (M.B.A.), both from Aachen Technical University. He has done a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering at the Fraunhofer Institute of Micro-electronics Circuits and Systems, Duisburg, with a thesis on high-temperature SOI-based ASIC design. After various positions in the telecommunications and semiconductor industry, he joined at the Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University Loerrach in 1999 as Professor. Since 2011, he holds the professorship of Embedded Systems and Communication Electronics Offenburg University of Applied Sciences.

His major interest is in the system development of efficient, energy-aware, autonomous, secure, and value-added algorithms and protocols for wired and wireless embedded communication. He is founder and head of Steinbeis Transfer Center Embedded Design and Networking (stzedn). Dr. Sikora is author, co-author, editor and co-editor of several textbooks and numerous papers in the field of embedded design and wireless and wired networking. Amongst many other duties, he serves as member of the Steering Board of Embedded World Conference.

Talk description

Cyber Physical Systems (CPS) are around for several years now. Market forecasts predict their broad utilization in the Internet of Things (IoT), as they promise cost reduction or an added value through the increase of services and quality and the availability of information. But, are CPS already well prepared for large-scale implementation in real life?

Mission critical points are scalability, energy-efficiency, safety and security. However, also cost issues in the development, the commissioning and the operation phases play an important role. This talk gives an overview on the state of the art in CPS and shows some selected examples from the extensive list of R&D projects in the author’s team in the last 15 years. It will also give hints for further R&D opportunities.