Embedded and cyber-physical systems have transformed the modern world. Embedded computing systems have been integrated with various engineering artifacts including the power grid, health care devices, automotive and transportation systems, industrial control and manufacturing systems, etc. Modern engineering problems are typically multi-disciplinary and require hard problem-solving skills. The research expertise of the director of the AICPS lab, Professor Al Faruque is mostly rooted in a long history of embedded systems design, including multi-core processor design, reliable system design, and hardware/software co-design. Since 2009, Prof. Al Faruque started looking onto the co-design problems of hardware/software and physics (aka, cyber-physical systems) including modeling, simulation, design automation, etc. In terms of CPS applications, over the last decade, his lab has worked on multiple research challenges of various CPS applications, including smart grid, electric vehicle, automotive, transportation systems, manufacturing and industrial control system, and mobile health.

Currently, the AICPS lab is focusing on solving the following research challenges:

How to secure cross-layer and cross-domain security issues of the embedded and cyber-physical systems (including IoT systems)?

How to develop hardware/software/physics co-design methods for the edge AI systems (ML on the edge)?

How to develop graph-based ML algorithms for various cyber-physical systems?

In summary, our work involves machine learning algorithms, hardware/software security, embedded hardware/software design, and optimization of multi-objective design criteria for numerous cyber-physical systems considering their underlying physics.

Since 2012, the AICPS lab has been funded from various federal and state agencies including NSF, NIH, DOE, DoD, DARPA, DOT, DoEd, ONR, UCOP, and Caltrans. Moreover, the lab has received generous funding support from various industries. We thank all sponsors for their continuous support. Prof. Al Faruque has been the PI/Co-PI of approx. $7.85M funding ($4.2M to his lab). The lab has graduated with 4 Ph.D. students and many students with M.Sc. degrees. The lab regularly involves undergraduate student researchers.

Prospective Graduate Students: If you are a prospective graduate student, directly contact Professor Al Faruque (alfaruqu@uci.edu). We are regularly recruiting Ph.D. students.