Resilient Industrial Systems
Due to the widespread adoption of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) in Industry 4.0 and Cyber- Physical Systems (CPS), modern industrial production systems are connected to external and “open” networks, such as wireless links and the Internet, which increases their exposure to cyber-threats. In addition to being vulnerable to cyber-threats, many industrial applications including connected manufacturing systems are also safety-critical, i.e., some of their failure modes can cause physical harm to the system being controlled, to people, or to the environment. In this track, we address the issue of assuring the resilience of industrial production systems by considering the rapid technology development of smart factories and by tackling the emerging challenges of industrial cybersecurity, explainable/trustworthy AI and safe autonomy.
In order to achieve a higher resilience for the new smart manufacturing systems, innovative techniques and metrics need to be developed and integrated, with particular focus on condition-based monitoring and predictive maintenance, to guarantee production continuity with minimum or no impact in face of faults, performance degradation, uncertainties and persistent changes. It is important to highlight that the human element bear an essential role in CPS resilience. In order to address the research planned for this track, MDH can leverage on the fruitful cooperation between the IPR, ES and FEC to develop techniques for building smart but also safe, reliable and secure production systems.
The MDH team includes an extensive and diverse set of profiles with several researchers affiliated with companies. Besides a vast and heterogeneous skills set, IndTech will benefit from the MDH Software Testing Laboratory (STL), which focuses on model-based verification, metrics and assessment of techniques, and testing of complex software-intensive systems and it is run in cooperation with Ericsson, Westermo, InfoFlex, RISE, and actively cooperates with Bombardier and Volvo CE. The Festo cyber-physical factory recently installed at MITC (Mälardalen Industrial Technology Center) will also serve as a testbed for real-world experimentation of technologies for industrial cybersecurity, health monitoring, predictive maintenance and self-healing developed in this track.