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Research on collaborative embedded system networks completed    

News from Mar. 23, 2020

Up until recently traditional embedded systems, e.g. control units in cars, could exclusively be used in familiar and stable environments. However, in the future by the means of collaborative system networks approach, they shall also be used in a highly automated manner, i.e. autonomously, in much more variable areas of application with open contexts. The BMBF-project “Collaborative Embedded Systems” (CrESt) worked on the development of embedded systems towards model-based collaborative solutions with increased flexibility. The project involved 11 industrial and 12 academic partners and ended after three years of operation on January 31, 2020.

In the CrESt project, new architectural concepts for flexible, dynamically coupled and adaptive systems could be developed. Flexible systems can be used in several applications, while adaptive systems dynamically adapt to variant rich contexts. These architectural concepts were tested in the use cases of convoy driving of vehicles, flexible manufacturing, distributed power generation and collaborating transport robots.

The first results of the CrESt project were presented to visitors of the 2018 CeBIT through the exhibit of a transport robot. Additionaly the results were presented several scientific publications. A book with all the results of the project will also be presented in the course of the year.

CrESt was a follow-up project of the SPES 2020 and SPES_XT projects, which were also concerned with embedded systems. Work from CrESt is being continued in the new XIVT project.