Magdy Bayoumi

From RFID to Cyber-Physical Systems: Reality, Dreams, and Fantasy

Magdy Bayoumi
Z.L. Loflin Eminent Scholar Endowed Chair
Professor at The Center for Advanced Computer Studies (CACS)
University of Louisiana at Lafayette (UL Lafayette)
Lafayette, Louisiana, USA


The integration of physical systems with networked sensing, computation networks, and embedded control with actuation has led to the emergence of a new generation of engineered systems, the Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS). Such systems emphasize the link between cyber space and physical environment (i.e., time, space, and energy). CPS represents the next generation of complex engineering systems. They are large scale dynamic systems that offer significant processing power while interacting across communication networks.

RFID was one of the early technology that facilitated interfacing the physical world with the cyber space. RFID was mainly developed to monitor and track objects in real time. The RFID applications in CPS systems are more sophisticated and appealing. As a matter of fact the emergence of CPS has given RFID a new life.

CPS will help to solve the grand challenges of our society, such as, aging population, limited resources, sustainability, environment, mobility, security, health care, etc. Applications of CPS cover a wide band of economic, medical, and entertainment sectors. It includes; Transportation: automobiles, avionics, unmanned vehicles and smart roads; Large Scale Critical Infrastructure: bridges, mega buildings, power grid, defense systems; Health Care: medical devices, health management networks, telemedicine; Consumer Electronics: video games, audio/video processing, and mobile communication.

Building Cyber-Physical Systems is not a trivial task. The difficulty arises from the existing gap in modeling and computing of the physical and cyber environments. The design process require new theories, models, and algorithms that unify both environments in one framework. None of the current state-of-the art methods are able to overcome the challenges of developing the unified CPS design paradigm.

Several of these issues will be discussed in this talk. Case studies of real world CPSs will be illustrated.


Dr. Magdy A. Bayoumi is the Z.L. Loflin Eminent Scholar Endowed Chair, Professor at The Center for Advanced Computer Studies (CACS), University of Louisiana at Lafayette (UL Lafayette). He was the Director of CACS, 1997 – 2013 and Department Head of the Computer Science Department, 2000-2011. Dr. Bayoumi has been a faculty member in CACS since 1985. He received B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Cairo University, Egypt; M.Sc. degree in Computer Engineering from Washington University, St. Louis; and Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Windsor, Canada.

Dr. Bayoumi has graduated about 70 Ph.D. and 150 Master’s students. He has published over 500 papers in related journals and conferences. He edited, co-edited and co-authored 10 books in his research interests. He has been Guest Editor (or Co-Guest Editor) of nine Special Issues in VLSI Signal Processing, Learning on Silicon, Multimedia Architecture, Digital and Computational Video, and Perception-on-a-Chip. The latest Special Issues has been on “System-on-a-Chip,” IEEE Proceedings, 2006. He has given numerous invited lectures and talks nationally and internationally, and has consulted in industry. He is an IEEE fellow.

Dr. Bayoumi has served in many editorial, administrative, and leadership capacities in IEEE Signal Processing Society, IEEE Computer Society, and IEEE Circuits and Systems (CAS) Society. He has been involved in many conferences, serving in different capacities. Some examples are:

  • General Chair, IEEE ICASSP 2017, March 2017, New Orleans, USA
  • General Chair, ICECS 2015, Dec. 2015, Cairo, Egypt
  • General Chair, ICECS 2013, Dec. 2013, Abu Dhabi, UAE
  • Co-General Chair, IEEE Workshop on Signal Processing Systems (SiPS 2011), October 4-7, 2011, Beirut, Lebanon;
  • General Chair, 2009 IEEE International Conference on Image Processing (ICIP 2009), Cairo, Egypt
  • General Chair, IEEE International SymposiSymposium on Circuits and Systems (ISCAS 2007), New Orleans, LA;
  • General Chair, SiPS 2000, Lafayette, LA
  • Co-General Chair, IEEE Workshop on Computer Architectures for Machine Perception and Sensing (CAMPS 2006), Montreal, Canada
  • General Chair, IEEE Computer Society Symposium on VLSI (ISVLSI 2004), Lafayette, LA;
  • Co-General Chair, IEEE International Midwest Symposium on Circuits and Systems (MWSCAS 2003), Cairo
  • General Chair, International Workshop of Digital and Computational Video (DCV 2002), Clearwater Beach, FL;
  • General Chair, Great Lakes Symposium on VLSI (GLS 1998), Lafayette, LA.
  • General Chair MWSCAS 1994, Lafayette, LA; he is on the Steering Committee of this conference
  • Co-General Chair CAMPS 1993, New Orleans, LA; he is on the Steering Committee of this conference;

In addition, he has been organizing many special sessions, tutorials, forums, and panels.

He was Associate Editor of the Transaction on Image Processing, and he is an associate editor of the Journal of VLSI Signal Processing Systems. He was an associate editor of Circuits and Devices Magazine, Transaction on VLSI Systems, Transaction on Neural Networks and Transaction on Circuits and Systems II. Dr. Bayoumi is an Associate Editor of INTEGRATION, the VLSI Journal. He was Associate Editor of the Journal of Circuits, Systems, and Computers. He was Regional Editor for the VLSI Design Journal and on the Advisory Board of the Journal on Microelectronics Systems Integration.

Dr. Bayoumi served on the Distinguished Visitors Program for IEEE Computer Society, 1991-1994. He, also,  served on Circuits and Systems Distinguished Speakers Program, 2011-2013 and 1999-2001. Dr. Bayoumi was Chair of the SPS Technical Committee on Signal Processing Systems Design and Implementation. He was the Chair and Founder of “Circuits and Systems for Communication” Technical Committee. He was one of the founders, and was Chair of VLSI Systems and Applications (VSA) Technical Committee (TC). He is a member of the Multimedia and Neural Network Technical Committees. He was on the IEEE National Committee on Engineering R&D policy, IEEE National Committee on Communication and Information Policy, and IEEE National Committee on Energy Policy.

He is on the IEEE Fellow Committee and he was on the IEEE CS Fellow Committee. He is Faculty Advisor for the IEEE Computer Student Chapter at UL Lafayette, the winner of the 2002 and 2007 Outstanding Chapter Award (worldwide). He won UL Lafayette 1988 Researcher of the Year award, and 1993 Distinguished Professor award at UL Lafayette. Dr. Bayoumi was an ABET Commissioner and Team Chair and has been ABET evaluator.

Dr. Bayoumi is the recipient of the 2009 IEEE Circuits and Systems Meritorious Service Award. He is also the recipient of the 2003 IEEE Circuits and Systems Society Education Award. He was the Vice President for Conferences, Vice President for Technical Activities, and a member of the Board of Governors and Executive Committee of CAS Society. He is the vice president of Technical Activities of the newly formed IEEE Council on RFID.

Dr. Bayoumi served on the technology panel and advisory board of the U.S. Department of Education project, “Special Education Beyond Year 2010,” 1990-1993. He was the chair of an international delegation to China, sponsored by People-to-People Ambassador, 2000. He received the French Government Fellowship, University of Paris Orsay, 2003-2005 and 2009. He received the United Nation Fellowship, Egypt, 2002-2003. He was a Visiting Professor at King Saud University.

He was on the advisory board, Lafayette Economic Development Authority (LEDA); serves as a Board Member of the International Trade Development Group, Le Centre International de Lafayette, 2001- 2012; former Vice-President of Acadiana Technology Council; and was on the organizing committee for Acadiana’s 3rd Internet Workshop, 1999. He gave the keynote speech in “Acadiana Y2K Workshop,” 1999, Lafayette. He is a member of Lafayette Chamber of Commerce where he was a member of the Economic Development, Education, and Tourism Committees.

He was a member of the Lafayette Leadership Institute Board. He was on the Governor’s commission for developing a comprehensive energy policy for the State of Louisiana, 2002-2003 (confirmed by the State Senate). Dr. Bayoumi was a technology columnist and writer for Lafayette newspaper, “The Daily Advertiser.”

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