Mobile Cyber Physical Systems: Current Challenges and Future Networking Applications

Yanxiang Guo, Xiping Hu, Bin Hu, Jun Cheng, Mengchu Zhou, Ricky Y.K. Kwok

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Mobile cyber-physical systems (CPS) that take the advantages and extend the application domains of CPS have become increasingly popular in recent years. For example, mobile CPS could be a kind of foundational techniques to support the development of vehicular networking systems, thereby improving security and privacy of users in the dynamic environments of vehicular networks. In this paper, we first distinguish mobile CPS from traditional CPS. Then, we introduce their three emerging application areas, i.e., vehicular networking systems, healthcare systems, and mobile education. After that, we discuss four main research challenges of mobile CPS regarding security, energy consumption, mobile dynamic environment, and system stability. Also, we consider the corresponding techniques, which may address these challenges, and analyze the inter-relations among them. Finally, we outline the possible research directions and applications of mobile CPS in the future.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)12360-12368
Number of pages9
JournalIEEE Access
StatePublished - Dec 12 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Computer Science
  • General Materials Science
  • General Engineering


  • Mobile cyber-physical systems
  • dynamic
  • privacy
  • security
  • vehicular networks


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