Key goals in developing high-tech embedded systems design are to achieve optimal system performance and system quality & reliability, and to ensure that it is adaptable to progressive upgrades and enhancements. As embedded systems are increasingly being integrated into larger functions and applications, systems must also be capable of dealing with a continuously changing user context.

Focus on 4 innovation programme lines

System performance

System quality & reliability

System performance

Design, specification and prediction of quantitative system properties related to perceived application performance (quality of outcome, responsiveness, timeliness) and resource utilisation (processing time, storage space, bandwidth, energy, etc.). Read more

system quality and reliability

Design, specification, validation and certification of a system’s correct functional and non-functional behaviour, including aspects of overall system dependability (safety, reliability, robustness, etc.)Read more

Future-proof systems

Systems in context

future-proof systems

Strategies and techniques that allow for the incorporation of new applications, user needs and/or technology upgrades during a system’s operating life. This includes, for example, design-time techniques to achieve design modularisation, standardisation of interfaces and re-use of design assets. Read more

systems in context

New abilities, architectures, and design methods for cyber-physical systems-of-systems, taking into account a dynamic and rapidly changing operational context, including situations that are not envisioned at design time. Our focus is on the information-centric architectures and adaptive operations for situational awareness, smart manufacturing, intelligent traffic, and smart buildings. Read more

Product/system qualities


System performance

  • responsiveness
  • throughput or productivity
  • resource utilisation
  • predictability 

System quality & reliability

  • safety
  • reliability
  • robustness
  • integrity
  • availability
  • testability

Future-proof systems

  • configurability
  • evolvability
  • upgradeability
  • extendibility
  • adaptive

Systems in context

  • awareness
  • adaptivity
  • dynamic re-configuration
  • systems-of-systems
  • interoperability
  • information-centric
  • (big) data
  • cyber-physical