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Embedded Systems Engineering


WP2013 : ICT WP2013 : Now Public. See in particular Obj. 3.4 "Advanced computing, embedded and control systems". More information in Calls ...

Study on " Design of Future Embedded Systems " : final report has been finalised.  Find more information (brochure & presentation) in Studies !

New strategic events/reports towards Horizon 2020

  • ARTEMIS is very pleased to announce that the ARTEMIS Spring 2012 takes place on 28-29 February and 1 March 2012 in the Nurnberg Messe in Nuremberg (Germany) . For more information and registration, please visit : ARTEMIS Spring event website .
  • The Joint Undertaking ARTEMIS has published its draft workprogramme for 2012 in two parts. While Part A focusses on the well known ARTEMIS Sub-Programmes (ASP's), Part B is on the new concept of the ARTEMIS Innovation Pilot Programmes (AIPP's).

  • The FP7 DANSE project organised recently an instructive Webinar about the state of the art in Systems of Sytems Engineering. Slides can be dowloaded here ( pdf - 10mb ).

Welcome to the Embedded Systems Engineering home page

Embedded systems are electronic products, equipment or more complex systems containing computing devices and special software that are not externally visible and generally inaccessible by the user. They bring intelligence to devices, objects and processes and make them smart. Hence they are a driver of innovation and growth in many key sectors of European industry including automotive, aerospace, consumer electronics, telecommunications and automation amongst others.

The FP7 activities in Embedded Systems Engineering support collaborative research with a mid to long-term horizon towards market entry (3-10 years). Under the ICT Challenge 3 "Components and Systems" the focus of work is on exploring new paradigms across application domains and industrial sectors. In this respect the ICT theme of the FP7 programme is complementary to the ARTEMIS Joint Technology Initiative which funds R&D projects with a more near term horizon towards market entry (2-5 years) and a more sector based approach. (see ) graphicg3-homepage.jpg


Over the past calls related to Embedded Systems Engineering, the topic was addressed from a variety of perspectives, and was broadly covered by a portfolio of about 100 collaborative research projects. Following aspects were tackled

Novel dependable and scalable architecture and reference models for energy efficient and heterogeneous embedded systems

New paradigms for design and development of Embedded Systems referring to methods and tools for increasing the productivity of system development while ensuring that systems are predictable, dependable and secure. Particular focus is on real-time aspects and model-based design of combined hardware and software systems.

New methods for advanced control and optimization of Embedded Systems addressing distributed hierarchical system of co-operating controllers and computing elements which are connected together. These systems often have complex and dynamic goals with a great deal of autonomy. They have to cope with failures and uncertainties with recovery through reconfiguration or self-restructuring.

Systems of Systems Engineering strives to manage the behaviour of very large scale or complex man-made systems. Those address societal needs e.g. in distributed energy systems and grids, multi-site industrial production or traffic control, but are very demanding to design and to develop. Research on the design, development and engineering of Systems of Systems is supported by this initative.

For the upcoming Work Programme 2013 activities on systems of systems case studies, research on mixed criticalities as well as on exploiting EU strengths in embedded computing and related domains are under consideration. Drivers and motivation for the research are

  • to master systems operating, or interacting within uncertain networked environments and with dynamics which are difficult to model. Further
  • to respond to the need to design and control complex systems with increased quality of service, energy and space constraints and reduced time-to-market and overall cost
  • to predict and to manage their behaviour in real life operations to minimise failures and upsets/blackouts while ensuring safety for the society and protecting the environment.
  • to respond to traditional and new societal needs in health, energy, transportation, etc. which will require more and more complex technologies