Technische Universiteit Eindhoven

The TUE, www.tue.nl, is the world’s best-performing research university in terms of research cooperation with industry (#1 since 2009) and a world-leading university for engineering science & technology. It specializes in three strategic application areas, Energy, Health and Smart Mobility and technology centers like EIRICT (ICT) and HTSC (High-tech systems). National and international research is executed by more than 50 TUE research groups. The departments Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Mathematics & Computer Science involved in oCPS have extensive experience with European projects.

Research involvements

Co-design of Control and Streaming Applications Considering Tradeoffs between Quality-of-Control (QoC) and Quality-of-Service (QoS)  (ESR 1)
Ph.D. candidate: Sajid Mohamed

Resource-aware control: An Approximate Dynamic Programming Approach (ESR2)
Ph.D. candidate: M. Hadi Balaghi I.

Model-based Engineering of Supervisory Control for Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) (ESR3)
Ph.D. candidate: Aida Rashidinejad

Low power vision architectures using approximate computing (ESR 4)
Ph.D. candidate: Sayandip De

Communication-aware analysis and design of control algorithms for platooning (ESR 6)
Ph.D candidate: Amr Ibrahim 

Training responsibilities 

Scientists-in-charge
Prof.dr.ir. Twan Basten
Dr. Dip Goswami
Prof.dr.ir. Maurice Heemels
Dr.ir. Michel Reniers

Role in project

  • Host of ESR1, ESR2, ESR3 and academic host of ESR4, ESR5, ESR6, involving 3 different research groups from 3 different departments (CS, EE, ME); secondments for ESR7, ESR9, ESR10, ESR11 and ESR15
  • Obligatory scientific training (embedded systems, communicating systems); obligatory professional training (PROOF); specialized training
    Coordinator oCPS Summer School in the middle months
  • Scientific coordination, program management; Research responsible
  • WP2, WP6 lead.
Philips Medical Systems Nederland

Royal Philips is a main industrial company focusing on healthcare and well-being. In healthcare, Philips’ innovation revolves around improving the quality and efficiency of healthcare through a focus on care cycles. Central to care cycle thinking is a patient-centric approach that optimizes healthcare delivery for all the major diseases. In the Philips Healthcare (PHC) sector, over 12% of systems sales are invested in R&D. Philips combines its expertise in medical technology with clinical know-how of its customers to produce innovative solutions that meet not just the needs of individual patients, but which also enable healthcare professionals to work faster, more easily and more cost-effectively.

While PHC has a large global organisation, in the Netherlands, more than 3000 people work at PHC, of which 1000 in R&D. At PHC in Best the Business Unit Interventional X-Ray is responsible for marketing, service, development and manufacturing of interventional X-ray systems used in the area of cardiac or vascular medical diagnosis and intervention (e.g. “dotter” treatment, orthopaedic surgery). Its customers are hospitals and university medical centers. Research and innovation of the BU focus on software, (digital) electronics and mechatronics. Sales of PHC’s total sector amounted to €10B in 2012. Philips is globally number one in medical diagnostic imaging and patient monitoring. More information on PH can be found at www.medical.philips.com.

Research involvements
Model-based Management of Evolvable Execution Architectures (ESR5)
Ph.D. candidate: n.a.

Scientists-in-charge
Dr. Peter van Stralen, Philips Medical Systems bv

Role in project 

  • Host ESR5; secondment for ESR13
  • Provide driver case from the system architecting, health care domain
  • Specialized course: Enhancing insights in industrial design
Technische Universität München

Technische Universität München, www.tum.de, is consistently ranked the top academic and research institution in Germany in several independent rankings in recent years. It provides an excellent environment (likely the best in Germany) by substantial funding from the Bavarian state government. Its Graduate School offers excellent possibilities for a structured PhD education. In this program, 3 Chairs from the Faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering (EI) and the Faculty of Informatics (IN) of TUM are involved with approximately 120 researchers carrying out research and education in cyber-physical systems covering the program-relevant topics of networked/distributed control in robotics & infrastructure systems (Chair for Information-oriented Control (ITR/EI), system-level design of real-time embedded systems (Chair for Real-Time Computer Systems (RCS/EI), multi-domain modelling and model-based engineering (Chair for Software & Systems Engineering (SSE/IN).

Research involvements

Large-scale CPS with Resource Constraints (ESR8)
Ph.D. candidate: Precious Ugo Abara

Compositional Abstraction of Networks of Stochastic Hybrid Systems (ESR7)
Ph.D. candidate: Asad Ullah Awan

Model-based Synthesis of Adaptive and Trustworthy Control Software (ESR10) : Ph.D. candidate: n/a.

 Training responsibilities 

 Scientists-in-charge

Role in project 

  • Host of ESR7 and ESR8, involving 2 different research groups from 2 different departments (ITR, RCS); secondments for ESR2, ESR13 and ESR15
  • Obligatory scientific training (control systems, modelling and verification); specialized training: Coordinator oCPS Summer School in the middle months
  • Dissemination  and website responsible
  • WP5 lead.

 

INCHRON GmbH

INCHRON GmbH, www.inchron.com, is a provider of solutions for the development of real-time critical embedded systems and networks. The INCHRON tool-suite offers technologically unique design and test tools for the timing simulation and timing analysis of embedded real-time systems. As SME, INCHRON has developed outstanding tools based on own research and several patents with a strong background in both simulation and schedulability analysis. The tools are in use in several large companies in mainly the automotive and communication sectors.
INCHRON Professional Services also provides consultancy, training and development services. It methodically supports engineers, developers and designers in the development and in managing the real-time risks of their embedded systems.

Research involvements
Timing Analysis for CPS (ESR9) 

Ph.D candidate: Deepak Sudhakar

Training responsibilities 

Scientists-in-charge
Karsten Albers, INCHRON GmbH

Role in project 

  • Host ESR 9; secondments for ESR11ESR14
  • Webinar: From idea to start-up. The story of INCHRON
  • Course: Simulation and analysis of embedded real-time systems, for all ESRs
  • Provide driver case from the timing analysis and real-time systems domain
Fortiss

Fortiss (www.fortiss.org) is a non-profit research institute for software-intensive systems. It is closely associated with the Technische Universität München (TUM). fortiss was founded in 2009 with the sponsorship of the Bavarian Ministry for Economics as a co-location center where practitioners work together with academic researchers for advancing application-driven research and for facilitating an accelerated transfer of ICT research results into industrial practice. The academic director of Fortiss is Prof. Dr.Dr. Manfred Broy (TUM). fortiss currently employs 120 research staff members, and has more than 40 on-going research projects, 70% funded by Bavaria, Germany, and the EU, and 30% funded by industry. About 50 researchers at fortiss are working towards a PhD at TUM. fortiss is active member of industrial associations such as ARTEMISIA and BITKOM. fortiss is an affiliate partner of the EIT ICT Labs since 2010, and it played a major role in building up the smart energy systems and the cyber-physical systems action lines of the EIT ICT Labs. Since 2013 fortiss is a satellite co-location center of the EIT ICT Labs.

Research involvements
Model-based Synthesis of Adaptive and Trustworthy Control Software (ESR10)

Ph.D. candidate: n.a. 

Scientists-in-charge
Dr. rer. nat. Harald Rueß

Role in project 

  • Host ESR10; secondments for ESR5, ESR6
  • Responsible for maintaining a tooling overview
  • Specialized course: Model-based design for CPS, for all ESRs
Technische Universität Dortmund

TU Dortmund, www.tu-dortmund.de, (approx. 4000 staff) is a leading German technically oriented research university. The Process Dynamics and Operations Group is part of the Department of Biochemical and Chemical Engineering, one of the largest departments in Europe in this area. It is a highly interdisciplinary group comprising researchers from Chemical Engineering, Biochemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. The research of the group is in the area of development and application of new control and management techniques for industrial processes, tools for the engineering of complex management and automation solutions, and scheduling algorithms. Advanced control and optimization techniques have been applied to several pilot and real industrial plants. The leader of the group, Prof. Sebastian Engell is the Coordinator of the Support Action CPSoS – Cyber-physical Systems of Systems which will provide a European research agenda in this field. Sebastian Engell was awarded an ERC Advanced Investigator Grant in 2012.

Research involvements
Reliable design of cyber physical systems based on partial and heterogenous models (ESR11)

Ph.D. candidate: Marina Rantanen Modéer

Scientists-in-charge
Dr.-Ing. Sebastian Engell

Role in project 

  • Host ESR11; secondment for ESR6
  • Obligatory scientific training (control systems); specialized training
  • Recruitment/ESR responsible; WP1 lead
KTH Royal Institute of Technology

KTH, www.kth.se, is the largest university of technology in Sweden, responsible for one third of Sweden’s capacity for engineering studies and technical research at post-secondary level. In this project, two centres from KTH are involved: (1) ACCESS brings together 160 researchers to carry out research and PhD education on complex networked systems; and (2) ICES, the KTH embedded systems centre with 24 industrial partners, acts as a catalyst in bringing industrial and academic stakeholders together to grasp new opportunities in embedded and cyber-physical systems.

Research involvements
Distributed Control of CPS with Platooning Applications (ESR12)
Ph.D. candidate: 
Mladen Čičić 

Improving CPS design efficiency and performance through multi-view modelling (ESR13)
Ph.D. candidate: 
Pouya Mahdavipour

Training responsibilities 

Scientists-in-charge
Martin Törngren

Karl Henrik Johansson

Role in project 

  • Host ESR12ESR13; secondments for ESR3, ESR5
  • Obligatory scientific training (modelling and verification, communicating systems); specialized training
  • Training responsible; WP3 lead
Imsys AB

Imsys AB, www.imsystech.com, (founded in 1981) has a processor design that has been widely used in OEM products with high level language and special processing requirements, e.g. executing Java bytecode natively, doing image processing, and implementing PTP time synchronization. Present business is based on selling ICs and modules for networked device control. Recent development includes a 65nm prototype IC, a dual core cell with shared memory and a NoC router. Mission for the future is to utilize the architectural efficiency of Imsys’ microprogrammable machine for Cyber-Physical Systems and the Internet of Things. A new instruction set based on LLVM opens for modern optimizing compiler technology and easier implementation of domain-specific languages (DSL).

Research involvements
Software Synthesis for Power/Energy Constrained Applications (ESR14)
Ph.D. candidate: Dávid Juhász

Scientists-in-charge
Stefan Blixt, Imsys AB

Role in project 

  • Host ESR14; secondment for ESR9
  • Provide driver case from the processor design & compiler technology domain
  • Specialized course: System development with the Imsys family of processors, for all ESRs
ODYS S.r.l.

ODYS S.r.l., www.odys.it, is a SME specialized in providing consultancy services and software tools for the development of model predictive control (MPC) systems. Based on more than 20 years of scientific research, the company’s expertise covers advanced multivariable control design, efficient real-time optimization algorithms, and tools for their deployment in production. Originally founded in 2011 as a spin-off company of IMT Lucca, ODYS is a totally independent and privately held company, supported so far by 11 contracts from 5 industrial customers for consultancy and software development. ODYS’ main business is to support R&D and production engineers over the entire MPC design process: control problem setup, system identification, customization of advanced MPC features, and controller tuning in co-simulation. ODYS provides automatic code generation tools that enable seamless integration of MPC in different control platforms and fast deployment in embedded applications, and owns a state-of-the-art optimization library to pick the best solver for the problem at hand (explicit/implicit, small/large scale, etc.), enabling efficient and robust execution of embedded MPC systems in real time. ODYS consults and provides services in a variety of application domains, ranging from automotive (vehicle dynamics and powertrain) and aerospace (satellite attitude control, space rendezvous, and navigation of unmanned aircrafts) to smart grid management and advanced process control, with a special emphasis on problems that relate to resources efficiency and require feasible real-time implementation.

Research involvements
Industrial Embedded MPC (ESR15)
Ph.D. candidate: Nilay Saraf

Scientists-in-charge
Daniele Bernardini, ODYS S.r.l.

Role in project 

  • Host ESR15; secondment for ESR1
  • Provide driver case from the industrial automation domain
  • Specialized course: Applied model predictive control, for all ESRs