Modular Interoperability framework for Healthcare Cyber-physical systems

Modular Interoperability framework for Healthcare Cyber-physical systems

This project is funded by Academy of Finland from 1st Jan. 2016. (

Cyber-physical systems are promising approaches for human beings to reach out to the physical world through digital components. It enables the transformation of our lives in many aspects. One of the benefits is in healthcare domain; various sensors connected to a patient read vital physiological signs, communicate and allow physicians to remotely monitor patients. However, there are challenges to realize this vision of a collaborative Cyber-physical system. Interoperability is one of the obstacles faced by Cyber-physical systems. Due to variations in platforms, protocols and data formats, the heterogeneous components of a Cyber-physical system cannot work together. Moreover, the majority of the devices are resource constrained. This restricts the possibility of using already existing interoperability frameworks.

The aim of this project is to build a modular framework that bridges the heterogeneity of components at different layers of interoperability; technical, syntactic and semantic interoperability. Our initial implementation of a lightweight interoperability framework, LISA, which is inspired by Network on Terminal Architecture (NoTA) serves as the base for InterSys framework. InterSys will be tailored to healthcare requirements and with additional modules to support multiple combination of platforms/protocols.

Research Partners:

Department of Information Technology, University of Turku, Finland
Department of Information Technology, Åbo Akademi University, Finland
iPack VINN Excellence Center, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden
School of Information Science and Technology at Fudan University, China
VTT Technical Research Centre, Finland
University of Bologna, Italy