embedded world Conference 2021 DIGITAL

Software & Systems Engineering as an Important Pillar

08. Februar 2021, 14:23 Uhr   |  Dr. Klaus Grimm

Software & Systems Engineering as an Important Pillar
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The embedded world Conference 2021 DIGITAL offer a broad portfolio of presentations about »Software & Systems Engineering«. Steering board member Dr. Klaus Grimm explains the trends that will dominate this year.

Many people involved in the world of Embedded Systems may ask themselves why the embedded world Conference 2021 still addresses the relatively mature and well-established subject of Engineering – in addition to those fascinating and challenging topics such as Artificial Intelligence, Autonomous Systems, Embedded Vision, and the Internet. The reason is quite obvious: Although many people have worked and carried out research work in this field for many years, new insights, approaches, and challenges arise continuously due to the rich practical experience and the strongly growing demands which have to be taken into account during the development of Embedded Systems. The most important trends and challenges are:

Embedded Systems are getting more and more complex and continuously penetrate new application areas

The requirements are increasing steadily, especially if the systems are used in safety or security-relevant areas such as medical technology or in areas where confidentiality and data protection play a decisive role. And of course, when new or adapted standards have to be met in the development and operation of the systems.

An outstanding example of a new application domain with new challenges is the field of Autonomous Systems, which are rapidly gaining importance in numerous industrial sectors such as the automotive industry and medical technology. The behaviour of such systems can often not be tested nearly completely due to the countless environmental conditions and input scenarios that are possible in practical use. Therefore, new methods to ensure reliability and safety are required, covering the entire development process from the specification of requirements to the verification and validation of the system. The whole process gets even more difficult and complicated by the use of Artificial Intelligence, which makes it almost impossible to predict a deterministic behaviour of the system.

And, of course, the Internet has inexorably entered the field of Embedded Systems. This brought undreamed of opportunities, but also challenges, both in terms of innovative products and their development.

Exploiting synergy effects

A major focus of the track on Software and Systems Engineering in the ewC 2021 is the cross-sectional nature of Embedded Systems. Most of the respective sessions and classes aim to identify and address as many commonalities and synergies as possible between different application areas in industry, business and society. This focus promotes the cross-sectional exchange of experience, and participants can learn about new, promising approaches and solutions that have been developed and tested in other areas of industry.

To give an example: The modelling of embedded systems plays a central role in the development process. Different concepts, languages and notations have been developed in the past. Through the successful use of widespread approaches, a cross-domain standardisation of, for example, the languages UML and SysML has been achieved, which facilitates the exchange of experience and targeted, demand-oriented further development.

Another exciting field are the similarities and differences between the development of Embedded Systems on the one hand and IT on the other. Increasingly, attempts are being made to transfer successful approaches and procedures from IT, such as Agile Development Processes and the Java programming language, to the development of embedded systems - and vice versa in some cases.

In the upcoming issue of the embedded world Conference we would also like to emphasize the system aspect in the design and development of embedded systems. Neither hardware nor software alone can perform the function of an embedded system, a trivial insight that must of course be anchored in the development process from the very beginning. This means that we do not only specify, model and test software and hardware, but must always have the entire system in mind. And this is where an intensive exchange of experience between software and hardware experts is particularly important.

At the embedded world Conference 2021, 14 sessions and 8 classes in the field of Software and Systems Engineering are planned over all five conference days with the aim of addressing all these aspects competently and comprehensively. The whole track will be spurred by a keynote speech of Prof. Peter Liggesmeyer focussing on the Engineering of Smart Ecosystems. In order to achieve a fruitful exchange of experiences, we count on your active participation.

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