I UCRC: Consortium for Embedded Systems - Phase II

Project: Research project


PROJECT SUMMARY Overview: Page A The NSF I/UCRC Center for Embedded Systems (CES), was established in 2009 as a collaborative effort of Arizona State University (lead) and Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, to undertake industry relevant research to advance the burgeoning field of Embedded Systems (ES) hardware and software. It commenced its fifth year of operation of Phase I in Fall 2013. This is a proposal to extend NSFs designation of CES as a Phase II I/UCRC. During Phase I, CES organized its research program into six main research topics, addressing problems in each of the above categories. (1) Power, Energy and Thermal-Aware Design, (2) Electronic System-level (ESL) Design and Technologies, (3) Embedded Multicore Architectures and Programming, (4) Embedded Software Systems, (5) Cyber-Physical Systems, and (6) Integrated Circuit Technologies, Design, and Test. It has conducted fundamental, industry-relevant research, with 70 industry funded projects from 17 companies, involving average of 12.6 faculty, and 26.4 graduate students per year. Industry sponsored student internships have led 50 permanent, full time positions. In Phase II, CES will continue these efforts and cover new topics within these areas, and possibly re-balance its emphasis based on the existing and new industry partners, and additional faculty. Specifically, new projects are expected involving emerging nanotechnologies such as memristors and spintronic devices; a greater emphasis on energy harvesting techniques for ultra-low power systems; more projects addressing security and trustworthiness; design techniques and tools for guaranteeing provably correct behavior; and new computation paradigms that perform decision making in the presence of uncertainty. In Phase II it is expected that at least one new site (Northeastern University) will be added to CES and continued efforts will be made to expand CES industrial membership following a strong marketing plan that has been developed to achieve set targets. In addition, CES will explore the possibility of adding one or possibly two international sites: the University of Patras (UoP) in Greece, and the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, India. UoP officials are expected to attend the January 2014 meeting of CES, and IISc has expressed interest in exploring ways to become a I/UCRC site, through their recently established Robert Bosch Center for Cyberphysical Systems (\http://cps.iisc.ernet.in). Intellectual Merit : The work carried out at CES addresses many of the challenging problems posed by ES, the solutions to which can be applied to other design microelectronic system platforms. CES projects have produced fundamental new knowledge and practical solutions that members have taken back to their respective companies. Industry relevant research has caused academic researchers to confront difficult, non-ideal, real-world constraints and conditions in the pursuit of solutions to problems. This has strengthened their scientific knowledge and technical capabilities, and has made their work more valuable within the scientific community. Broader Impacts : The multi-disciplinary nature of the work, and the diversity of the faculty expertise and the industrial partners will result in an extraordinarily broader impact of CES research outcomes. For instance, CES work on improving the energy efficiency of ES hardware and software, improves and expands battery powered devices for medical applications and consumer electronics, and can also significantly improve the energy efficiency of high performance servers, thereby reducing the damage to the environment. Similarly, CES work in verification of hybrid systems is being used to ensure that controls systems in automobiles will operate correctly. The same technologies will be used in all sorts of safety critical systems, and societal benefits of this line of work cannot be overstated. CES work on sensors for monitoring bridges is yet another example of the far reaching societal benefits of its research program. CES maintains a popular internship program at ASU for both undergraduate and graduate students. CES graduate students have learned the necessity and importance of explaining and justifying their work to industry members in a public forum with limited time and to an audience with varied backgrounds. This has made them and their work enormously more marketable to industry. Finally, both ASU and SIUC have successfully inducted outstanding female faculty, and CES will continue this effort in Phase II.
Effective start/end date4/15/143/31/20


  • National Science Foundation (NSF): $501,871.00


Embedded systems
Computer hardware
Energy efficiency
Embedded software
Consumer electronics
Energy harvesting
Medical applications
Computer programming
Hybrid systems