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ACM Transactions on Cyber-Physical Systems, Volume 1 Issue 2, February 2017

Minimizing Transmission Loss in Smart Microgrids by Sharing Renewable Energy
Zhichuan Huang, Ting Zhu, David Irwin, Aditya Mishra, Daniel Menasche, Prashant Shenoy
Article No.: 5
DOI: 10.1145/2823355

Renewable energy (e.g., solar energy) is an attractive option to provide green energy to homes. Unfortunately, the intermittent nature of renewable energy results in a mismatch between when these sources generate energy and when homes demand it....

Last-Mile Transit Service with Urban Infrastructure Data
Desheng Zhang, Juanjuan Zhao, Fan Zhang, Ruobing Jiang, Tian He, Nikos Papanikolopoulos
Article No.: 6
DOI: 10.1145/2823326

In this article, we propose a transit service Feeder to tackle the last-mile problem, that is, passengers’ destinations lay beyond a walking distance from a public transit station. Feeder utilizes ridesharing-based vehicles (e.g., minibus)...

Security, Privacy, and Safety Aspects of Civilian Drones: A Survey
Riham Altawy, Amr M. Youssef
Article No.: 7
DOI: 10.1145/3001836

The market for civilian unmanned aerial vehicles, also known as drones, is expanding rapidly as new applications are emerging to incorporate the use of civilian drones in our daily lives. On one hand, the convenience of offering certain services...

Adaptive Real-Time Communication for Wireless Cyber-Physical Systems
Marco Zimmerling, Luca Mottola, Pratyush Kumar, Federico Ferrari, Lothar Thiele
Article No.: 8
DOI: 10.1145/3012005

Low-power wireless technology promises greater flexibility and lower costs in cyber-physical systems. To reap these benefits, communication protocols must deliver packets reliably within real-time deadlines across...

Event-Based Mobility Modeling and Analysis
Jian-Min Jiang, Huibiao Zhu, Qin Li, Yongxin Zhao, Lin Zhao, Shi Zhang, Ping Gong, Zhong Hong, Donghuo Chen
Article No.: 9
DOI: 10.1145/2823353

Mobility is a critical issue that must be considered during the modeling and analyzing of a mobile system. At a high abstract level, event-based models can directly specify a mobile system without the introduction of additional mechanisms. In this...

Enabling Distributed Energy Storage by Incentivizing Small Load Shifts
David Irwin, Srinivasan Iyengar, Stephen Lee, Aditya Mishra, Prashant Shenoy, Ye Xu
Article No.: 10
DOI: 10.1145/3015663

Reducing peak demands and achieving a high penetration of renewable energy sources are important goals in achieving a smarter grid. To reduce peak demand, utilities are introducing variable rate electricity prices to incentivize consumers to...

A Case Study on Improving Capacity Delivery of Battery Packs via Reconfiguration
Liang He, Eugene Kim, Kang G. Shin
Article No.: 11
DOI: 10.1145/3035539

Cell imbalance in large battery packs degrades their capacity delivery, especially for cells connected in series where the weakest cell dominates their overall capacity. In this article, we present a case study of exploiting system...

Collaborative Load Management with Safety Assurance in Smart Grids
Rui Tan, Hoang Hai Nguyen, David K. Y. Yau
Article No.: 12
DOI: 10.1145/2823351

Load shedding can combat the overload of a power grid that may jeopardize the grid’s safety. However, disconnected customers may be excessively inconvenienced or even endangered. With the emergence of demand-response based on cyber-enabled...