The National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) Program at UVA is the first of its kind in the U.S. and is leading the way in Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) education.
Join the Cyber-Physical Systems NRT Program - Fall 2021
UVA Engineering is actively recruiting Ph.D. and Master’s students who are interested in Cyber-Physical Systems – Smart Health, Smart Cities, Autonomous Systems, and Hardware for IoT. Students will have the opportunity to participate in a comprehensive and interdisciplinary education program including:
- Work in the Link Lab, a 17,000-square-foot interdisciplinary facility that is home to over 40 faculty and 200 students from six different engineering degree programs
- Take hands-on, testbed-driven cyber-physical systems courses, including:
- Embedded Systems
- Machine Learning, Signal Processing, and Control
- Dynamical Systems
- Formal Methods, Safety, and Security
- Conduct interdisciplinary research focused on smart cities, smart health, and/or autonomous systems
- Connect with an industry advisory board that includes Northrop Grumman, IBM, Leidos, National Instruments (NI), Perrone Robotics and Azbil
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- A highlight of some of our 2019 NRT cohort students are shared in an article entitled Forging Cyber Frontiers
The National Science Foundation awarded UVA a five-year National Research Traineeship (NRT) grant to create a Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) education program.The program launched in Fall 2019 with 27 graduate students.Though the CPS NRT Program, PhD and ME students will receive a degree in their respective degree program with a focus in CPS. Students in this exciting new education program will take core and in-depth CPS courses focused on a deep understanding of the interfaces between the cyber and physical worlds - driving discovery, innovation and education forward in the areas of Smart Health, Smart Cities and Autonomous Systems. The curriculum is based on integrated and testbed-driven CPS education as well as CPS research activities and professional development.
Future plans include may include a CPS certificate, Master’s degree, PhD and/or an undergraduate minor.
The CPS NRT Program includes students and faculty from six degree programs: Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and Systems Engineering. One of the advantages to our CPS NRT program is the ability to utilize the CPS expertise and participation from almost 40 Link Lab faculty. In addition, the following faculty members are actively participating in the NRT program:
The CPS NRT Program utilizes an Industry Advisory Board to help identify skills and knowledge needed in industry, provide feedback on curriculum, offer ideas, support and resources for testbeds, and identify possible internships or full time post-graduation employment for students. The CPS NRT Advisory Board includes: Northrop Grumman, IBM, Leidos, National Instruments, Perrone Robotics, and Azbil.
While each degree program has different requirements, students in the CPS NRT Program will take a minimum of 3 “Core CPS Courses” and 3 “In-Depth CPS Courses”. PhD and ME students will work with faculty advisors to create an individual plan for course selection (and research options for PhD students). CPS courses listed below are also available for non-CPS NRT Program participants.