Date Added: Jan 2012
Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) roughly refer to the integration of computation (cyber) and physical processes. In CPS, embedded devices/computers and various sensors are interconnected to monitor and control the physical processes. The recent interests research into CPS highlighted some of the design challenges in building CPS and the need for broader research into middleware architectures. In this paper, the authors first present systematic literature survey of research outputs in CPS middleware designs to present the state-of-the-art and to bring out some research focus on the issue. Then, they propose their early conceptual middleware design named WebMed. The middleware is designed with a service-oriented view point to support CPS applications.