Master of Science in Embedded Computing SystemsJointly offered by
Why Embedded Systems?
Over 98% of the computers existing in the world are embedded, that is, integrated into a larger system with the purpose of managing its resources and monitoring/controlling its functions using special hardware devices.
In the last thirty years, embedded computing systems grew exponentially in areas like industrial automation, avionics, automotive, telecommunications, consumer electronics, and robotics. The number of application domains is rapidly expanding in other fields, like sport and medicine (portable monitoring devices), agriculture, game and toy industry, civil protection, and intelligent transportation systems.
How embedded systems differ from other computing systems?
General purpose computers (like PCs or tablets) are developed to provide high average performance to user applications,
without paying attention to worst-case delays, which in certain rare and unpredictable circumstances could be very large.
In other words, general purpose computers trade performance with predictability. While sporadic long delays are normally
tolerated by humans, they could cause a critical failure in a computer controlled system, like a robot or an aircraft.
To avoid such a problem, embedded computing systems must be designed to guarantee bounded worst-case response times, rather than good average performance. Unfortunately, providing such a timing guarantee is not trivial and requires several mechanisms, techniques, methodologies and tools that are subject to a continuous evolution, due to the progress of computing platforms.
Objectives of the Master in Embedded Computing Systems
Designing and developing software for embedded computing systems requires an interdisciplinary knowledge in different technical areas like:
Strong international contacts
Professors teaching in the Master have strong international collaborations with the top research teams in the world and have established contacts with the major industries in the filed. Examples are listed below.
|University of California at Berkeley||Berkeley, California, USA||Hardware/Software Co-design|
|University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign||Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, USA||Embedded systems architectures|
|University of Virginia||Charlottesville, Virginia, USA||Real-time sensor networks|
|University of Pennsylvania||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA||Robotics and real-time control|
|University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill||Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA||Real-time scheduling theory|
|University of Lund||Lund, Sweden||Real-time control|
|Uppsala University||Uppsala, Sweden||Formal methods for software verification|
|Malardalen University||Vasteras, Sweden||Real-time systems|
|Royal Institute of Technology (KTH)||Stockholm, Sweden||Real-time control|
|University of York||York, UK||Real-time systems and multi-core platforms|
|University of Porto||Porto, Portugal||Real-Time Networks|
|Polytechnic Institute of Porto||Porto, Portugal||Distributed Embedded Systems|
|Technical University of Vienna||Vienna, Austria||Timing analysis|
|Technical University of Kaiserslautern||Kaiserslautern, Germany||Real-Time systems|
|University of Lille||Lille, France||Real-time systems|
|University Carols III of Madrid||Madrid, Spain||Multimedia systems|
|Polytechnic University of Madrid||Madrid, Spain||Multimedia systems and QoS management|
|University of Catalonia||Barcelona, Spain||Real-time control|
|University of Cantabria||Santander, Spain||Real-time distributed systems|
|Ericsson||Lund, Sweden||Mobile communication systems|
|Philips||Eindhoven, The Netherlands||Multimedia systems|
|Airbus||France||Safety-critical software for avionics|
|Bosch||Germany||Engine control for automotive systems|
|Magneti Marelli||Italy||Engine control for automotive systems|
|Wind Rivers||Torino, Italy||Real-time operating systems|
|Tecnalia||Bilbao, Spain||Automotive systems|
|Gambro||Modena, Italy||Dialysis Machines|
|Evidence||Pisa, Italy||Real-time operating systems and software|
|ALES||Roma, Italy||Embedded system design|
|Absint||Germany||Timing analysis tools|
|Rapita Software||York, UK||Timing analysis tools|
|Timing-Architects||Regensburg, Germany||Simulation tools for automotive systems|
|TimeSys||Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA||Real-time kernels and tools|
|Seabear Diving Technology||Graz, Austria||Diving systems|