James Weimer
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Dr. Weimer
  • Office: 3401 Walnut, Rm 477B
  • Phone: 215-573-0309
  • Fax: 215-898-8543
  • Email: weimerj@seas.upenn.edu
  • Postal: 3330 Walnut Street
  •   Levine Hall Room 315
  •   Philadelphia, PA 19104

  • Curriculum Vitae

    Research Interests

    My research develops foundations for the control of cyber-physical systems (CPS) -- and applies them to healthcare. CPS represent a new era of safety-critical embedded systems that feature tight coupling between communication and computation used to control complex, uncertain, and potentially adverse physical plants. In critical infrastructures (e.g. healthcare, energy, transportation, manufacturing) existing robust engineering paradigms do not address the combination of challenges imposed by closed-loop CPS: strict safety and performance requirements, constrained sensing and actuation capabilities, unreliable communication and computation platforms, and potentially malicious feedback information. In medical CPS, these challenges also include unidentifiable non-linear time-varying physiological processes that result in significant model uncertainty -- an unfavorable environment for closed-loop control.
    My research focuses on control systems engineering for CPS, encompassing control system design, analysis, and implementation. The long-term goal enables high-assurance control of CPS through new algorithm designs, which consider implementation constraints, such that the resulting real-world system facilitates analysis. Achieving this goal -- especially in healthcare -- requires control system designs that conform to the platform resources while also providing predictable performance in spite of complex cyber-physical interactions. Quantifying the trade-offs between performance, safety, reliability, and security in the control designs requires new analysis tools and techniques. Validating control system design assumptions requires real-world implementations that provide evidentiary support and enable identifying unforeseen challenges and future research.

    Awards and News
    • Best paper award at CPSNA 2016
    • 1st place finish in the F1/10 competition at ES week 2016
    • Best paper finalist award at ICCPS 2015
    • Best paper award at ICCPS 2014