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NWO grant for optimal design of complex and distributed cyber-physical systems

NWO awarded a grant for novel research on Complex and Distributed Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS). The grant will fund a four-year research project in which they hope to devise a method to explore and find optimal designs for CPS. Todor Stefanov, Associate Professor at the Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science, and Andy Pimentel, Associate Professor at University of Amsterdam (UvA), have been awarded a total of 570,000 euros for this project.

Optimal innovation

CPS, such as lithography scanners for the semiconductor industry, industrial printers, and interventional X-ray machines for medical surgery, are driven by innovation. High-tech companies that produce such complex industrial CPS face challenges regarding the optimal design of their next-generation CPS. Successful design of such systems requires a fast answer to design decisions and their consequences on system performance and cost.

Novel method

At this moment, a quick method to receive this kind of information for complex CPS is unavailable. Stefanov and Pimentel will, therefore, research and develop a new method in which those decisions and their consequences can be quickly mapped. They hope to create novel methods, techniques, and tools that are applicable to a wide range of complex CPS. The project will be performed in close collaboration with ASML and ESI-TNO and it will be monitored by Philips Medical Systems, Siemens Industry Software, and Lely Industries as potential users.

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