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The First International Workshop on Cyber-Physical-Human System Design and Implementation

CPHS21 Workshop - virtual

The First International Workshop on Cyber-Physical-Human System Design and Implementation

Full-day workshop on May 18th, 2021 at CPS-IOT Week. The CPS-IOT Week contains five top conferences, HSCC, ICCPS, IPSN, RTAS and IoTDI, multiple workshops and tutorials and exhibitions.


Cyber-physical-human systems (CPHS) are the foundation of many emerging applications such as home assistance, healthcare and wellbeing, smart infrastructure, smart manufacturing, and human-robot interactions. As an advanced subclass of CPS and IoT systems, CPHS emphasizes constructing human-friendly environments/devices and helping human to achieve their goals. Recent advance in AI has opened the possibility of scene and human behavior understanding to a new level. This human-centric view of CPHS significantly complicates system design and implementation, in terms of open behavior states, implicit human intent, dynamic device composition, as well as ethics, privacy, and security concerns.

This workshop intents to bring together academic, industrial, and government researchers to exchange CPHS design and implementation challenges and latest research results. We will solicit invited papers and open submissions. Both papers will be reviewed based on their research vision and academic contribution. We will also solicit posters for early work.

Topics of Interest

Tentative Program (Tuesday, May 18th, 2021)

Opening Remark

6:55PM EDT


7 - 8PM EDT

Daqing Zhang, Chair Professor at Peking University, China and Telecom SudParis, France. His research interests include ubiquitous computing, context-aware computing, big data analytics and Intelligent IoT. He has published more than 300 technical papers in leading conferences and journals, where his work on context model and WiFi-based sensing theory is widely accepted by pervasive computing, mobile computing and service computing communities. His research work got over 20,000 citations with an H-index of 71 (according to Google Scholar). He is the winner of the Ten Years CoMoRea Impact Paper Award at IEEE PerCom 2013 and Ten Years Most Influential Paper Award at IEEE UIC 2019, the Honorable Mention Award at ACM UbiComp 2015 and 2016, etc.. He served as the general or program chair for more than a dozen of international conferences, and in the editorial board of IEEE Pervasive Computing, ACM TIST and ACM IMWUT. He obtained his PhD from University of Rome “La Sapienza” and is a Fellow of IEEE.

-Title : Continuous Daily Status Monitoring of Elders with Commodity Wi-Fi Devices

With the ubiquitous deployment of Wi-Fi infrastructure in ordinary homes, WiFi-based contactless sensing has become an ideal way for elder care and health monitoring. While continuous daily activity monitoring has been found inaccurate and unstable using commodity Wi-Fi signals, due to well-known challenges in automatic activity segmentation and location/orientation independent activity recognition, hindering real applications of commodity WiFi-based solutions in home-based elder care. In this work, with the insight that an elder’s health status and living habits are closely related to one’s daily spatio-temporal activity patterns, we propose to build a continuous daily status monitoring system for elders using home-owned WiFi infrastructure. Specifically, we develop WiBorder – an accurate room-level localization algorithm to determine an elder’s location in real-time, and a continuous activity segmentation and identification system to report elder’s activity status, in such a way we could obtain an elder’s daily status log in the form of triple (time, location, activity) continuously and non-intrusively. By analyzing and visualizing an elder’s daily status log, we could inform an elder’s daily habits, health status, abnormal events and gradual behavior changes.

Session 1: Human Sensing

Session Chair: Prof. Feng Li

8 - 9PM EDT, 12 min + 3 min Q & A for each paper

Panel Discussion

9 - 10PM EDT

-Panel : Challenges and Opportunities in Designing and Developing Cyber-Physical-Human Systems

Yingying Chen, Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Rutgers University

Santosh Kumar, Professor, Director of NIH mHealth Center for Discovery, Optimization, and Translation of Temporally-Precise Interventions, The University of Memphis

Jie Liu, Professor, Director of AI Institute, HIT-SZ

Jorge Ortiz, Assistant Professor, Rutgers University

Moderator: Rong Zheng, Professor, McMaster University

Session 2: Sensing for Human

Session Chair: Prof. Siyao Cheng

10:10 - 10:30PM EDT, 12 min + 3 min Q & A for the paper, 5 min for the demo/poster

Session 3: Robotics and Assistive Technologies for Human

Session Chair: Prof. Siyao Cheng

10:30 - 11:00PM EDT, 12 min + 3 min Q & A for each paper

Closing Remark

11:00PM EDT

Technical Program Co-Chairs

Technical Program Committee (TBD)

Publication Chair

Digital Support Chair