Methods

In the field of future-proof systemsNew 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. we have developed the following set of methods:

Reference architectures for product families

Reference architectures for product families

Processes for developing architectural concepts and designs

Uncontrolled growth of system complexity is a key challenge facing the high-tech industry today. It may lead to slower innovation, reduced system reliability, as well as unacceptable growth in development resources or time-to-market.Read more

Quantitative architecture investment analysis

Quantitative architecture investment analysis

Aligning architectural choices with business strategy

System architectures are among an enterprise’s most important assets. Extending and improving these architectures is often considered a strategic need. However, it is very hard to predict the impact of changes on business objectives. Read more

A3 system overview

A3 system overview

Concise documenting of key system characteristics

Most high-tech systems are specified using a large number of documents that vary widely in content and form. It’s an approach that involves many risks: documentation becomes out-of-date, incomplete, inconsistent and increasingly difficult to access. Read more

Decision support for early design choices

Decision support for early design choices

Context analysis methods for model-based design

Model-based design has proven to provide significant advantages when designing complex high-tech systems. However, applying these methods must not become a goal by itself. Read more

System control by autonomous agents

System control by autonomous agents

Decentralised control for complex systems-of-systems

More and more systems are integrated in systems-of-systems. In these configurations, the lack of hierarchical ownership and increasing system complexity make traditional centralised controllers less suitable.Read more

Performance roadmap decision trees

Performance roadmap decision trees

Charting cumulative gains and efforts for decision support

A roadmap matches short-term and long-term goals to specific technology solutions. Exploring roadmaps for complex high-tech embedded systems often results in identifying interdependent system changes and mutually exclusive options. Read more

A product development framework

A product development framework

Comprehensive support for mixed-team cooperation

Product development for complex high-tech systems often involves various design teams and multiple discipline teams, covering aspects such as software, electronics and mechatronics. Models are developed in each of these disciplines. Read more

System configuration through drag-and-drop

System configuration through drag-and-drop

Model-driven development using domain specific languages

Ambiguous communication, interpretation problems, lack of information – it all happens in today’s product innovation. They can be caused by using different descriptive languages. Read more

Product-in-context analysis

Product-in-context analysis

Challenging and sharing business and technical viewpoints

Successful organisations pay close attention to the development of shared goals and objectives, to facilitate communication and coordination between disciplines. The result is a product that fits better in the market (make the right product) and a more efficient organisation (do it right).Read more