Embedded Systems Innovation (ESI)

Embedded systems are programmable, electronic (often in combination with mechanical) systems that control and determine the functioning of devices (machines, appliances, instruments, constructions). Embedded systems are multidisciplinary by nature. Their design involves the disciplines software engineering, electronic engineering, and control theory, and -- depending on the application domain -- other disciplines as well.

The functionality of embedded systems is usually expressed by means of complex software structures that run on distributed hardware platforms. Embedded systems have to operate under hard constraints that pertain to real-time behavior, low-cost, low-energy, short time-to-market, high reliability, ease-of-use, etc. Designing systems that meet such constraints requires a global system approach that involves application domain expertise.

The ESI focuses on industrial embedded systems, systems that occupy volumes of cubic decimeters to cubic meters. This is the application/market domain of wafer steppers, printing systems, medical imaging equipment, televisions, automobiles, electronic microscopes, manufacturing machines, etc.

More information on the website of ESI.

Institute URL:
http://www.esi.nl/