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2003-2004 Work Programme

2.3.2.5 Embedded systems

Objective

To develop the next generation of technologies and tools for modelling, design, implementation and operation of hardware/software systems embedded in intelligent devices. An end-to-end systems vision should allow to build cost-efficient systems with optimal performance, high confidence, reduced time to market and faster deployment.

Focus is on

  • Middleware and platforms for building Networked Embedded Systems that aim to hide the complexity of underlying computing, communications, sensing and control while, at the same time, providing efficient and effective distribution of resources at low cost. Emphasis will be on middleware for small wireless devices, e.g. mobile phones or PDAs, that makes design, programming, verification and maintenance of systems including such devices easier. It will also be on scalable and self-organising platforms that offer services for ad-hoc networking of very small devices and for mastering complexity through perception techniques for object and event recognition and advanced computing and control.
  • Concepts, methods and tools for system design , development of warrantable software components and implementation of systems, with emphasis on correct handling of complex Real-Time constraints. Work includes unification of computational models and composition methods, holistic design addressing event and time constraints, interface technologies in hard- and software addressing real-world and legacy issues, techniques and integrated validation tools to ensure ultra-stable, dependable embedded systems.
  • Advanced Controls for Real-Time systems with emphasis on hybrid systems theories including non-linear processes with both constraints and switching modes. Advanced controls for Networked Embedded Systems with emphasis on networked autonomous and fault adaptive control and management, as well as on reasoning, behaviour, global performance and robustness.

It is expected that work on Networked Embedded Systems and on system design would crystallise around Integrated Projects which would also address the relevant parts of work on Advanced Controls. These Integrated Projects are expected to create critical mass by covering: basic and foundational research (e.g. methods, models, languages), component-based research (e.g. new generation of tools) and systems integration. Projects must stimulate innovation in business and industrial systems by incorporating leading-edge users with visionary application problems and also users with mid-term issues and SMEs to ensure a wider take-up. An incremental approach starting with a group of core partners is recommended.

Networks of Excellence are expected to complement the Integrated Projects, in particular for Advanced Controls where activities with a longer term horizon are needed for further structuring the ERA in this field. Specific Targeted Research Projects and Specific Support Actions are encouraged to explore emerging technologies or alternative approaches so as to pave the way for additional new technological advances in the field.

Work should, where appropriate, strengthen and complement research implemented under EUREKA and in national initiatives. Work could also build on established international RTD activities involving the United States, Korea and Japan, and may evolve to include other countries.


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