Institute of Computing and Cybersystems (ICC)

Center for Cyber-Physical Systems

The Center for Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) addresses the close interactions and feedback loop between the embedded cyber components for computing and control and the dynamic physical components that involve mechanical components, human activities and surrounding environments. Example CPS systems include automotive and transportation systems, smart homes, buildings and communities, smart battery and energy systems, surveillance systems, cyber-physical biochips, and wearable devices. The recent advances of manufacturing technologies, system integrations and software platforms bring enormous challenges and opportunities for CPS design and implementation.

The purpose of the CPS research center is to bring together researchers spanning different departments at Michigan Tech to stimulate the discussion and collaboration in publications and proposals related to the CPS research.

Center Director

Ye Sun

  • Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering—Engineering Mechanics
  • Affiliated Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering
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Center Members

Bo Chen

  • Dave House Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering

Areas of Expertise

  • Mechatronics and embedded systems
  • Agent Technology
  • Monitoring and control networks
  • Hybrid electric vehicles
  • Smart grid

Research Interests

  • Modeling and control of hybrid electric vehicles
  • EV-smart grid integration
  • Distributed monitoring and control
  • Battery control for HEV and energy storage systems
  • IC engine management systems
  • Sensor information fusion

Zhen Liu, PE

  • Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Affiliated Associate Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences

Teaching Interests

  • Soil mechanics and labs
  • Foundation engineering
  • Numerical simulations (FEM, FDM)
  • Multiphysics in Porous Materials

Research Interests

  • Multiphysical phenomena: soil freezing, cement hydration, gas hydrate dissociation, energy geotechnics, electrokinetics, electromagnetics in soils, and soil-structure-fluid interaction
  • Advanced soil mechanics: stress formulation, soil wetting, adsorption, non-isothermal soil mechanics, phase change, and soil behavior under extreme conditions
  • Geo-sensing with innovative sensor techniques (acoustic, electromagnetic) and geo-intelligence with machine learning (intelligent geo-systems, data-driven geotechnics)
  • Numerical simulation techniques: multiphysics, molecular dynamics, multiscale-driven multiphysics, XFEM, SPH

Elena Semouchkina

  • Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Affiliated Professor, Physics

Job Opening

There is an open PhD position in the field of photonic crystals & metamaterials. Contact

Areas of Interest

  • Computational electromagnetic analysis
  • Computer-aided design and development of microwave and photonic devices
  • Dielectric metamaterials and photonic crystals
  • Electromagnetic cloaking
  • High-contrast materials integration
  • Materials and device characterization at microwaves

Jinshan Tang

  • Professor, Applied Computing
  • Affiliated Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Affiliated Professor, Computational Science & Engineering, and Data Science

Research Interests

  • Image processing and pattern recognition
  • Biomedical imaging and medical image analysis
  • Medical informatics and intelligent medical diagnosis system

Teaching Interests

  • Computer networking
  • Advanced programming
  • Medical information system
  • Medical image analysis

Chee-Wooi Ten

  • Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Teaching Interests

  • Circuit/graph theory
  • Power grid modeling and analysis
  • Distribution emergency 
  • Cybersecurity planning for power grid
  • System dynamics and stability
  • Energy control center applications

Areas of Research Interest

Discipline: Power systems engineering

  • Security protection for power substations
  • Cyber-physical system of critical infrastructure systems
  • Anomaly detection of synchrophasor patterns
  • Future control center framework
  • Distribution management and automation
  • Smart home technologies
  • Geographic information system

Zhaohui Wang

  • Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Links of Interest

Areas of Interest

  • Communications
  • Signal processing
  • Communication networks
  • Network security
  • Emphasis on underwater acoustic applications

Lan (Emily) Zhang

  • Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Links of Interest


  • EE/CS 5821 Computational Intelligence

Areas of Interest

  • Wireless Communications (e.g., RIS, mmWave, CPS, industrial-IoT )
  • Big Data (e.g., machine learning, smart transportation, eHealth)
  • Cybersecurity and Privacy (e.g., IoT/CPS, learning pipeline, blockchain)

Kuilin Zhang

  • Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Affiliated Associate Professor, Computer Science

Links of Interest

Teaching Interests

  • Transportation Network Analysis
  • Traffic Flow Theory
  • Travel Demand Analysis
  • Transportation Systems Operations and Control
  • Transportation Planning
  • Traffic Engineering
  • Optimization Methods

Research Interests

  • Data-driven optimization and control models for connected and automated vehicles (CAVs)
  • Big traffic data analytics using machine learning
  • Mobile and crowd sensing of dynamic traffic systems
  • Dynamic network equilibrium and optimization
  • Modeling and simulation of large-scale complex systems
  • Freight logistics and supply chain systems
  • Impact of plug-in electric vehicles to smart grid and transportation network systems
  • Interdependency and resiliency of large-scale networked infrastructure systems
  • Vehicular Ad-hoc Networks (VANETs)
  • Smart Cities
  • Cyber-Physical Systems