Research at the Electronic Systems Group
The ES group is world-renowned for its design automation and embedded
systems research. It is our ambition to provide a scientific basis for
design trajectories of digital electronic circuits and embedded
systems. Current highlights include:
- Computational modelling and model-driven design flows
This includes dataflow analysis, scenario-aware dataflow, Pareto
algebra, design-space exploration, multiprocessor mapping, schedule
synthesis, software synthesis, high-level and logic synthesis.
More information on some of these topics can be found on the following pages:
- Parallel and multiprocessor architectures
This includes application-specific multiprocessors, SIMD and VLIW
architectures, GPUs, real-time systems including networks on chip,
memory controllers, and systems on chip (SOCs).
More information on the GPU research can be found on the
Parallel Architecture Research Eindhoven
(PARsE) pages. The outcomes of this research are also used in the
Embedded Computer Architecture, Advanced Computer Architecture, and
Processor Design courses.
More information on the real-timeCompSOC platform, which is also used in
the Embedded Systems Lab.
- Dependable networked embedded systems and sensor networks
This topic includes system-level performance analysis, QoS and
resource management, and optimized protocol stacks. More information
can be found here.
- System-level design solutions
We research cross-cutting ("non-functional") topics such as real-time
systems, virtualization, mixed-criticality applications, adaptivity
for energy, power, variability, and thermal constraints, system
scenarios by themselves, but always apply them in the application
domains given above.
- Deep-submicron integration
Next to prototyping our systems on FPGAs, we also design real hardware
to be able to take advantage of the silicon for (ultra) low-power
design, performance optimization, and manufacturability.
- Multimedia and imaging solutions
Although we research multiple application domains, we have a strong
heritage in multimedia and imaging, including on
application-architecture co-design, video processing, feature
extraction, imaging for health and intelligent traffic solutions. We
teach several related courses.
Tools and platforms
Our research results in tools and platforms such as
- SDF3 dataflow analysis tooling
- Octopus toolset for Model-Driven Design-Space Exploration
- POOSL parallel object-oriented specification language
- MAMPS real-time multiprocessor platform
- CompSOC real-time partitioned/composable multiprocessor platform
- DRAMPower for power estimation of DRAMs
- Pareto Calculator for compositional computation of sets of Pareto points
Some of these tools are in widespread and/or industrial use.
The ES group has been very successful in attracting funding for its
research through national and international projects and
collaborations. Ongoing projects are:
- ASAM on automatic architecture synthesis and application mapping for heterogeneous multi-processor embedded systems.
- BENEFIC on real-time middleware for scalable applications and
adaptive multicore architecture
- CARM on architecture design and design-space exploration for high-performance, nano-precision mechatronic systems
- Cobra on scenario-aware dataflow for homogeneous multicore architectures
- DEWI on dependable wireless infrastructure in the automotive domain.
- EMC2 on embedded multi-core systems for mixed-criticality applications in dynamic real-time environments.
- Flextiles on dynamically
reconfigurable multiprocessors with virtualised hardware, including embedded FPGAs
- EVA on a generic Embedded Vision Architecture for embedded in electromechanical equipment for industrial inspection and production.
- MORPHEUS on motion analysis with contactless camera sensing for professional polysomnography and baby sleep-watching at home
- NEST on multicore streaming applications
- OpenES on open Electronics Systems (ESL) technologies for embedded systems, in particular their non-functional properties
- T-CREST on real-time multiprocessor systems, in particular virtualisation and real-time DRAM memory controller
- RECAP on remote health monitoring of patients and elderly people
- Robust Cyber-Physical Systems (RCPS), a multi-project research program on uniting the embedded systems and control disciplines. ES is involved in four projects:
- Integrated scheduling and control for cyber-physical systems.
- High-performance control for nano-precision systems.
- Energy efficient computer-brain interaction.
- Control based on data-intensive sensing.
- SenSafety on heterogeneous hierarchical sensor networks for safety and security in public places