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Requirements Engineering for Cyber Physical Production Systems

  • Pericles Loucopoulos
  • Evangelia KavakliEmail author
  • Natalia Chechina
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 11483)

Abstract

Traditional manufacturing and production systems are in the throes of a digital transformation. By blending the real and virtual production worlds, it is now possible to connect all parts of the production process: devices, products, processes, systems and people, in an informational ecosystem. This paper examines the underpinning issues that characterise the challenges for transforming traditional manufacturing to a Cyber Physical Production System. Such a transformation constitutes a major endeavour for requirements engineers who need to identify, specify and analyse the effects that a multitude of assets need to be transformed towards a network of collaborating devices, information sources, and human actors. The paper reports on the e-CORE approach which is a systematic, analytical and traceable approach to Requirements Engineering and demonstrates its utility using an industrial-size application. It also considers the effect of Cyber Physical Production Systems on future approaches to requirements in dealing with the dynamic nature of such systems.

Keywords

Requirements Engineering Industry 4.0 Factories of the Future (FoF) Cyber Physical Production Systems (CPPS) Capability-Oriented modelling 

Notes

Acknowledgment

The notion of ‘capability’ in the context of digital enterprises was first investigated by the authors in the EU-FP7 funded project CaaS (# 611351). The e-CORE approach was developed as part of the Open Models Initiative and series of NEMO Summer Schools. It was extended and applied in the Qatar National Research Fund project i-Doha (# NPRP 7-662-2-247). Aspects of the FCA use case described in this paper were part of the work carried out by the authors for the EU H2020-FOF-11-2016 project DISRUPT (# 723541). The authors wish to express their gratitude to all their colleagues with whom they collaborated in the aforementioned projects.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Digital Innovation and ResearchDublin 9Ireland
  2. 2.University of the AegeanMytileneGreece
  3. 3.Department of Computing and InformaticsBournemouth UniversityPooleUK

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