No idea too complex for Embedded Systems Innovation
Used to devices that do what we expect them to do at the touch of a button, embedded systems have become a natural part of society. But what is it we, as users, expect - both today and in the future? At TNO, Embedded Systems Innovation (TNO-ESI) identifies the desired functionality and ensures that a combination of hardware and software actually gets ideas and desires realised in practice.
The surgeon is used to monitoring on a screen everything he does during an operation and having all the equipment around the patient automatically take care of ‘the rest’. A car driver counts on his self-driving car to automatically take over his driving tasks and cooperate with the traffic. The clerk who sends a print request expects the printer to select the right paper tray and settings itself. Developing such embedded systems requires state-of-the-art knowledge of software methodologies, an understanding of the complex architecture which the device is part of and the capacity to be empathetic to the expectations of the user, irrespective of the sector.
The current speed of innovations is widening the gap between the technologies that are available and the professional expertise needed to translate them into embedded systems. Within TNO-ESI, which has been part of TNO since 2013, we use our knowledge of advanced methodologies to work with industry to find ways of bridging this gap. The expertise is generated by a public-private partnership among industrial partners (ASML, NXP, Océ, Philips, Thales), academic partners (TU Delft, TU Eindhoven and Radboud University Nijmegen, TNO) and the Ministry of Economic Affairs.
Managing complexity is where the strength of TNO-ESI lies. Although we focus on high-tech industry, the methodologies we develop are scalable and can also be applied within other sectors.