The Institute for Cyber Physical Infrastructure and Energy (I-CPIE) at Lehigh
- Creates a broad and interdisciplinary research community
- Engages with industry, government, and academic partners
- Catalyzes, grows, and supports successful interdisciplinary research teams
- Attracts outstanding faculty and students
Resulting in new knowledge and solutions to critical challenges related to CPIE systems.
I-CPIE faculty have demonstrated capability to form successful interdisciplinary teams that combine cyber systems modeling and design with physical systems modeling and design. These teams leverage recognized interdisciplinary strengths in: Large Structural Systems, Smart Grids, Cybersecurity, Resilient Infrastructure Systems, Data and Computation, Optimization and Decision Making, Mobile Sensing and Sensor Networking, Energy Efficiency, Natural Hazards Mitigation, Renewable Energy Systems, Fossil Fuel Energy Systems, Energy Efficient Materials and Devices, Water and Energy, and Environmental Science, Technology, and Policy.
Cyber Physical Infrastructure and Energy (CPIE) systems underpin all aspects of modern society. These interdependent and adaptive systems provide communities with shelter, water, food, medicine, communications and internet, electric power, and fuel. A CPIE system is a physical infrastructure system with cyber components that take measurements, gather information, and allow for automated decisions and changes in the physical system. CPIE systems interact with the local community and its citizens who utilize the system.
Societal questions that I-CPIE will answer:
Example Solutions: A power grid that can detect and eliminate cyber attacks before customers ever lose power or equipment gets damaged; smart energy systems that support massive electrification of transportation systems; smart manufacturing facilities that make economical use of locally available energy resources; future automated public and private transportation systems; alternate renewable or high-efficiency energy resources for the power grid.
Example Solutions: Exploiting crowd-sourced data to monitor bridges and other transportation infrastructure; using sensors and drones to better monitor, operate, and upgrade power grid assets and resources; real-time merging of data from a variety of sources (sensor measurements, video feeds, meteorological data, social media feeds, etc) to optimize public mass transportation systems; in-water drones for surveillance applications.
Example Solutions: IoT solutions to support smart buildings, smart manufacturing facilities, and smart logistics facilities; extending IoT to support CPIE systems with massive mobility as in smart transportation systems; exploiting blockchain and IoT technology.
Example Solutions: Ensuring community transportation, power, and telecommunication systems survive catastrophic disruptions; designing transportation systems to survive earthquakes; interacting with communities about natural hazard risk perception and disaster mitigation.
Example Solutions: Collaboration with industrial partners and municipal and government agencies; tech transfer; community-university-industry partnerships.