For the development of highly automated collaborative embedded systems a methodological framework is to be created, which will be scientifically founded and simultaneously field-proven. This includes:
The analysis of requirements to concepts, techniques and complementary tools,
afterwards the development of the methodological and tool-technical contributions,
the evaluation of the methodological results with regard to potential for improvement and a subsequent revision.
The developed methods will be applied to selected case studies:
Cooperative vehicle automation: Development of an environmental model using radar information, a digital map, car2car communication and various sensors for longitudinal and transverse guidance of a vehicle convoy.
Convertible factories: Development of methods and tools for the planning and configuration of flexible production facilities. The collaborative system consists of production units which are largely independent of one another. It is intended to ensure an individualized production with optimal production utilization.
Distributed power generation: Development of dynamic software and system architectures that ensure a highest amount of reliability of intelligent power supply along with minimal cost.
Cooperating transport robots: Development of a collaborating fleet management for highly automated transport robots. Each robot will be able to handle orders by intelligent cooperation, thus ensuring better utilization and higher reliability.
The software for the construction of the case study systems is designed model-based. It is the long-term goal of the project to develop modeling methods and tools which are able to generate the necessary systems automatically. Fraunhofer FOKUS accompanies several subprojects:
Development of methods for analyzing adaptive systems,
creation of requirements for modeling approaches and procedures for taking uncertainties into account,
creation of requirement for methods of verification and validation,
design of methods for run-time validation.
Furthermore, Fraunhofer FOKUS is responsible for module checking and monitoring. In cooperation with the Berlin-based company InSystems, FOKUS is coordinating the field study "Robotics" and, in addition, assumes the lead for the case studies as a subproject coordinator.