The Embedded Systems Design Challenge

Thomas A. Henzinger and Joseph Sifakis

We summarize some current trends in embedded systems design and point out some of their characteristics, such as the chasm between analytical and computational models, and the gap between safety-critical and best-effort engineering practices. We call for a coherent scientific foundation for embedded systems design, and we discuss a few key demands on such a foundation: the need for encompassing several manifestations of heterogeneity, and the need for constructivity in design. We believe that the development of a satisfactory Embedded Systems Design Science provides a timely challenge and opportunity for reinvigorating computer science.

Proceedings of the 14th International Symposium on Formal Methods (FM), Lecture Notes in Computer Science 4085, Springer, 2006, pp. 1-15.

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