Design of Embedded Controllers for Safety Critical Systems

Project IST-2001-38314


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The Consortium we put together is unique in its conception and composition. It is the first time that in the European scene, a balanced collaboration between U.S. and European institutions for research on hybrid and embedded system design has been proposed.


The participants are seven: two from the US and five from Europe.


University of Patras (UPatras), boasts one of the largest control groups in Europe, with extensive experience in hybrid systems, discrete event systems and Petri Nets.


University of Cambridge (UCAM) is one of the oldest and most famous Universities in Europe. The interest of the control group in stochastic control of hybrid systems adds a new dimension to the work on the design of embedded controllers.


University of L’Aquila (AQUI) and more specifically the Center of Excellence DEWS with its associates collects some of the best talents in hybrid system control, embedded system design and its application to the automotive domain.


INRIA is a French government research laboratory, for research in computer science and applied mathematics. The INRIA team that participates in COLUMBUS (located at the Irisa laboratory in Rennes) focuses on models, algorithms, and methods, for the deployment of distributed reactive systems, methods for multi-level system design. The team supports the Signal synchronous language and has a long standing cooperation with TNI (now TNI-Valiosys), and SME developing and marketing Sildex, a tool for embedded system modeling and design based on the Signal language.


University of California at Berkeley (UCB) is a worldwide leader in the area of hybrid systems and embedded system design. The team put in place for this proposal is unparalleled in strengths and depth. Its expertise in hybrid systems, embedded systems, platform-based design and embedded software is unique.


ISIS team from Vanderbilt University (VU) and in particular its leader, have been at the forefront of research on embedded software. Janos Stzipanovits has also led the DARPA effort on embedded computing giving him a unique vista on the US research landscape.


The final project participant, the Project for Advanced Reasearch of Architecture and Design of Electronic Systems (PARADES), is a subcontractor to the University of Camrbidge. PARADES is a collaborative effort between Cadence Design Systems, Magneti-Marelli, SGS-THOMSON and the Italian research foundation, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR).