The operation of cyber-physical systems typically involves the capture of data and information sensors and/or users, its collection, routing and processing as part of a control system or application, and then the generation of instructions, information or control signals to deliver the required functionality. This module addresses the concepts, techniques and architectures used to model data and information follows within engineering systems. It addresses the provenance issues and the need to capture and store appropriate metadata.
Information Management is primarily concerned with the capture, digitisation, representation, organisation, transformation, and presentation of information; algorithms for efficient and effective access and updating of stored information; data modelling and abstraction; and physical file storage techniques. Cyber security has to be embedded within information management to ensure the integrity, authenticy and utility of the data and information handled by the system, and to provide a sound basis for any forensic analysis of system failures or security breaches.