Cyber-Physical Co-Design of Wireless Monitoring and Control for Civil Infrastructure

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Supported by NSF through the Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) Program

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What's New


The objective of this research is to develop wireless distributed monitoring and control systems to enhance the resiliency of our civil infrastructure. We employ a cyber-physical co-design approach that integrates wireless sensor-actuator networks and structural monitoring and control algorithms. The unified cyber-physical system architecture and abstractions employ reusable middleware services to develop hierarchical structural monitoring and control systems.

The intellectual merit of this multi-disciplinary research includes:

  • A unified middleware architecture and abstractions for hierarchical sensing and control;
  • A reusable middleware service library for hierarchical structural monitoring and control;
  • Customizable time synchronization and synchronized sensing routines;
  • A holistic energy management scheme that maps structural monitoring and control onto a distributed wireless sensor-actuator architecture;
  • Dynamic sensor and actuator activation strategies to optimize for the requirements of monitoring, computing, and control;
  • Deployment and empirical validation of structural health monitoring and control systems on representative lab structures and in-service multi-span bridges.

While the system constitutes a case study, it will enable the development of general principles that would be applicable to a broad range of engineering cyber-physical systems.

This research will result in a reduction in the lifecycle costs and risks related to our civil infrastructure. The multi-disciplinary team is disseminating results throughout the international research community through open-source software and sensor board hardware as well as international summer schools and workshops.




Ongoing Efforts

Wireless Cyber-Physical Simulator (WCPS)

  • A cyber-physical simulation framework combining state-of-the-art structural models and wireless networking simulation;
  • Open source software released at [1];
  • Enables realistic design and testing of wireless control systems;
  • Case studies on wireless structural control for a building and a bridge;
  • Representative paper: Realistic Case Studies of Wireless Structural Control, ACM/IEEE International Conference on Cyber-Physical Systems (ICCPS'13), April 2013.


Full Scale Truss Experiment on Distributed Damage Localization

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Jindo Bridge Monitoring

  • Field validation of wireless sensor-based monitoring of a cable-stayed bridge in Korea;
  • Long-term autonomous monitoring using 113 wireless smart sensors;
  • Establishment of an international testbed.


Monitoring Services Toolsuite

  • Modular, service-oriented software library for assembling scalable monitoring applications;
  • Core services: universal sensing, time synchronization, reliable communication, multi-hop routing, power management, numerical library;
  • Used by 75 groups in 15 countries.



WCPS: Wireless Cyber-Physical Simulator

  • See the WCPS page for the software release, tutorial and existing case studies.

Decentralized Damage Localization based on the DLAC Method

Illinois SHM Services Toolsuite



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