Challenges for Requirements Engineering of Cyber-Physical Systems in Distributed Environments

  • Stefan WiesnerEmail author
  • Jannicke Baalsrud Hauge
  • Klaus-Dieter Thoben
Conference paper
Part of the IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology book series (IFIPAICT, volume 460)


Engineering of systems is highly influenced by rapid technological changes, such as the emergence of Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS). These are interconnected embedded systems enabled by human-machine interaction. Realisation of CPS require a collaboration between mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, and computer science since different components are delivered and developed by different disciplines. Consequently, the Requirements Engineering (RE) process needs to consider multi-disciplinary perspectives. The objective of this paper is to elaborate the specific challenges of RE for CPS in a distributed environment and to identify knowledge sources and targets in CPS engineering. It describes the relevant types of knowledge and defines appropriate exchange mechanisms and standards.


Requirements engineering Cyber-physical systems Collaborative network 



This work has been partly funded by the European Commission through the FoF-RIA Project PSYMBIOSYS: Product-Service sYMBIOtic SYStems (No. 636804). The authors wish to acknowledge the Commission and all the PSYMBIOSYS project partners for their contribution.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stefan Wiesner
    • 1
    Email author
  • Jannicke Baalsrud Hauge
    • 1
    • 2
  • Klaus-Dieter Thoben
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Bremer Institut für Produktion und Logistik GmbH at the University of BremenBremenGermany
  2. 2.Faculty of Production EngineeringUniversity of BremenBremenGermany

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