Traditionally embedded systems are designed to perform a limited number of fixed tasks. However, in today’s world and especially in the coming future, huge numbers of sensors and actuators will be available for different large-scale applications. Large scale societal challenges require large scale monitoring and control solutions. Technological developments will make it possible to design and build these large systems. A major obstacle in realizing these systems is the lack of a versatile methodology to design and implement adaptive monitoring and control systems taking into account intrinsic properties of system of systems (decentralization, dynamic requirements, continuous evolution and changing components).

The goal of DEMANES (DEsign, Monitoring and Operation of Adaptive Networked Embedded Systems) is to provide component-based methods, framework and tools for development of runtime adaptive systems, making them capable of reacting to changes in themselves, in their environment (battery state, availability and throughput of the network connection, availability of external services, etc.) and in user needs (requirements):

  • to model the architecture and the operation of adaptive systems;
  • to support the design process of such systems by providing simulation and evaluation environments and test-beds;
  • to support the implementation of such system by providing services for self-organization, reconfiguration and self-optimization as parts of the execution environment;
  • to verify and test adaptive systems;
  • to monitor the internal and external operational conditions and manage adaptation at run time.

In order to go beyond the state of the art DEMANES combines recent advances from systems and control engineering. The concept, methodology and tools developed in DEMANES will be validated and demonstrated in three use cases: smart urban transport, smart airport and smart home. To reach the ambitious goals of DEMANES in the spirit of the ARTEMIS programme a large consortium is necessary to cover the range of disciplines necessary. The partners in the DEMANES consortium come from five countries in Europe (Italy, Spain, Finland, Netherlands, Czech Republic) and are complementary in terms of technical competencies and organizational, business and market experience.

Budget: 540k €

Funding: ARTEMIS Joint Undertaking

Duration: 2012-2015

Research Area: Internet of Things

Principal Investigator: Luigi Atzori, Virginia Pilloni

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