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Master of Engineering Degree Program in Cyber-Physical Systems

Vanderbilt University is a global leader in CPS research and education and is in a unique position to offer a well-recognized interdisciplinary graduate program in this area.

  • Vanderbilt is a national and international leader in CPS research receiving substantial research funding in CPS and making significant impact in academic and industrial research.

Examples of high-profile recent projects include: (1) NSF CPS Large: Science of Integration for Cyber-Physical Systems, (2) NSF CPS Frontier: Foundations of Resilient Cyber-Physical Systems (FORCES), (3) DARPA Adaptive Vehicle Make (AVM), (4) DoD: Science of SecUre and Resilient Cyber-Physical Systems (SURE), (5) NSF: Self-Sustaining CPS for Structural Monitoring, (6) NSF: Robust Distributed Wind Power Engineering CPS, (7) NSF CPS: Synergy: Integrated Modeling, Analysis and Synthesis of Miniature Medical Devices, (8) NSF CAREER: Lifesaving Capsule Robots, (9) NIH: A magnetic capsule endoscope for colonoscopy in patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease, (10) NIST: Uncertainty Quantification in Smart Manufacturing Systems, (11) NIST: CPS Simulation Framework.

  • The Vanderbilt University and School of Engineering strategic plans provide synergistic and complementary opportunities to an interdisciplinary graduate program in CPS.
  • CPS related research at Vanderbilt has been truly interdisciplinary integrating efforts across multiple departments and institutes and includes foundational research on the Science of CPS as well as multiple application domains (defense, transportation, energy, and healthcare).
  • Vanderbilt researchers significantly contributed to the formation of the CPS research agenda, are leaders in the CPS community including leadership positions in steering committees, editorial boards, professional organizations, and conferences, and have a large influence in the future direction of the field.
  • Vanderbilt hosts the CPS Virtual Organization (CPS-VO) – the national hub and portal for CPS research.  Among the various hosted activities, the CPS-VO manages undergraduate student competitions in various CPS areas. Currently, the site has over 10,000 users from academia, government, and industry.

Cyber-physical systems is one of nine intellectual neighborhoods in the School of Engineering where cross-disciplinary faculty are encouraged to collaborate around this core strength. Such collaboration leads to expanded research and teaching opportunities for faculty and graduate students both on and off campus.

More about Cyber-Physical Systems.

What is unique about this degree over other programs?

The science and engineering of CPS are interdisciplinary in nature, requiring expertise in computer science, engineering, mathematics, statistics, and the full spectrum of physical sciences. Currently, there is a lack of interdisciplinary CPS education at the graduate level, as efforts have focused on the cyber domain (computer science and engineering) or individual engineering domains (electrical, mechanical, civil, biomedical). The purpose of the this program is to provide students with an interdisciplinary education on CPS that cannot be accomplished via other programs that concentrate on individual engineering domains. The 12-month, 30-hour interdisciplinary program aims to put graduates on a fast career path in companies of all sizes and in a variety of industries that are critical to U.S. innovation and competitiveness.

Demand for CPS talent and skills is already considerable and increasing rapidly. Currently, companies need more CPS engineers than are available to hire. These new skills are especially important in new applications such as smart grid, connected vehicles, and medical devices. More information related to the need and demand of CPS engineering educational programs can be found in a recent report by the National Academies.


November 15 for entry into Spring 2018

June 15 for entry info Fall 2018

For inquiries and more information, please contact:
Michele Cedzich, Graduate Recruiting Manager

Program Director:
Xenofon Koutsoukos, Ph.D.
Professor of Computer Science, Computer Engineering, and Electrical Engineering