Department of Embedded Systems
ToRaDes - Toolbox for Rapid Design of Smart Homes and Assistive Technologies
Smart Homes and Assistive Technologies are tailored towards interoperable electronic products
operating in the immediate (living-) environment of people, to enhance their quality of life.
Utilization of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and Embedded Systems is a
key aspect of Smart Homes and modern assistive tools. In course of the ToRaDes project
(Toolbox for Rapid Design of Smart Homes and Assistive Technologies), resources and infrastructure
for easy application and adaptation of modern building automation solutions
and assistive technology for people with disabilities are developed and applied
in academic teaching at the UAS Technikum Wien.
The goal of the project iPlat ("Innovative Platforms for Mixed-Hardware/Software Systems")
is to foster educational activities in the area of hardware/software co-design and verification at the
University of Applied Sciences Technikum Wien and to increase the visibility of microelectronic systems in general.
The project OpenLab (an acronym for "Open Laboratory") deals with the development of dedicated lecture notes, demo examples, open source measurement equipment, scripts and other course materials as well as prototype and test environments, in order to provide students low-cost, powerful measurement equipment.
The project assistiVe domoTics for Autonomous living deals with the developement of technologies to support daily
live activities of elderly and disabled persons. Within the project assistive domitics with special focus on smart homes, e-health
as well as assistive robotics will be integrated into a safe and secure platform.
The aim of the endowed professorship DIScoVER is to provide teaching material, course concepts, as well as hardware and software demonstrators for an industry ready education
in the field of digital signal processing.
The aim of the project ULEA is build up of competence as well as the set-up of a laboratory for experimenting and training with e-mobility systems and assistive technologies. Furthermore a semi autonomous wheelchair demonstrator system is built by combining commercially of the shelf e-mobility components.
In the project Software Analysis Toolbox we adapt and develop tools to support teaching of Embedded Systems Software.
In the project we will use synergies with the Josef Ressel Center for Verification of Embedded Computing Systems to adapt test and verification tools and complement these with suitable tools for the development process. more
The Josef Ressel Center for Verification of Embedded Computing Systems makes
state-of-the-art verification technologies industrial applicable and investigates
new technologies, tools, and methods. In particular, we will develop a flexible
runtime unit that will facilitate testing and functional checks when the system is operational.
Along with the partners Bluetechnix GmbH, Infineon Technologies Austria AG, Kapsch TrafficCom AG, Loytec electronics GmbH, and Siemens AG Österreich we will focus on dedicated aspects of their verification process in order to improve the reliability of their products. more
Prosperity4All (P4A) aims at creating a Global Public Inclusive Infrastructure (GPII) for the development of universal,
auto-personalized accessible interfaces. That will allow a new ecosystem to develop where cross-platform techniques, crowdsourcing and
gamification enable new strategies for the delivery of accessibility services, enabling an entirely new approach to accessibility
solution development; P4A is a large scale Integrated Project (IP) funded by the European Comission in course of the 7th framework program (FP7).
Finished Public Funded R&D Projects
The "AsTeRICS Academy for Cross-Cultural Education and Research in
Assistive Technologies" (AsTeRICS-Academy) is devoted to the
international research cooperation in the field of Assistive
Technologies and to the strong reflection of these topics in the
curriculum of the University of Applied Sciences (UAS) Technikum Wien.
The various aspects of assistive technologies include autonomy and
comfort in the Smart Home (Ambient Assisted Living, AAL), the accessible
design of Web pages and user interfaces (Accessible Design,
Design-For-All) and the provision of assistance to people with physical
or mental disabilities by special devices. An essential task of the
AsTeRICS-Academy is to bring international developments in these areas
into the academic and educational portfolio of the UAS Technikum Wien.
More than 50 flats for the elderly will be equipped with modular and standard compliant AAL
technology whereby the services consider the whole social environment of the user. The
majority of the flats already exist and will be upgraded under consideration of highest
efficiency by using modern wireless technologies.
For the buildings to be newly erected the integration of AAL technologies will be already
considered in the early planning phase to be as non-obtrusive and cost effective as possible.
and the benefits and acceptance for the care giver and its staff.
The aim is to create a reference implementation in a region and the exploit the results and
experiences to the public as well as to develop an economic model for further use.
The project TWASIC (an acronym for "Technikum Wien ASIC") aims to provide standard-cell based ASIC
(Application-specific Integrated Circuit) technology to students of the University of Applied Sciences Technikum Wien.
By developing dedicated lecture notes, demo examples, EDA tool flows, scripts and other course materials as well as
prototype and test environments, students of our department will be able to design their own microchips.
The demographic trend in industrial nations towards an aged population and a decline in birth rates requires new strategies to cope with the upcoming social
and economic challenges. Ambient Assistive Technologies can provide support to elderly or disabled persons, foster their autonomy and quality
of life and lower the cost of medical care.
The founded professorship expands the expertise of the institute to the sectors of supportive tools and smart home technologies, to better convey these topics in course of the academic education. more
The availability of the first fully integrated MEMS gyroscopes in 2002 enabled the developement
of small and lightweight navigation sensors. In combination with other sensors they are used in
such different areas like avionics, mobile robotics, sports or medicine. The objectives of the
endowed professorship "Embedded Control and Navigation" are to improve the know-how in the upcoming
field of navigation technology, to develop educational materials and showcase navigation systems
and to assist our different degree programmes in the education of students in this technology.
Real and accurate figures of the traffic patterns of individuals provide the basis for decision making and planning in public areas. The actual uses range from optimizing means of transportation over directing the flow of people (e.g. for commercial purposes) up to assess safety measures of events (e.g., festivals). FlexiCount investigates means to obtain such figures in an automated way using sensor-mats.
These days, the majority of embedded systems engineers still designing, programming, and verifying embedded software on
single-core embedded microcontrollers. As new technology trends emerge, more and more embedded chip vendors altering towards
multi-core technology, in terms of trying to provide sustainable performance enhancement by simultaneously lowering
chip power consumption.
Therefore, an embedded software designer, who is responsible for programming such new multi-core chips, are now facing new design challenges due to the inherent parallelism of two or more cores running simultaneously.
AsTeRICS stands for "Assistive Technology Rapid Integration and Construction Set". In course of this international
Collaborative Project funded by the European Commission, flexible and affordable setups for user driven Assistive Technologies
dedicated to people with severely reduced motor skills will be developed and explored.
The objective of Competence Team Embedded Platforms is to extend the expertise of embedded
platforms and their application. This includes hardware, software, operating systems,
middleware, communication, networks, and distributed systems. Development tools like
Integrated Development Environments (IDEs), compilers, and debuggers are another major
The funded project AC-Centrope II pursues the development of a curriculum, lab infrastructure, and courses for E-Mobility.
The ERDF funded project is organized as a joint effort of Wirtschaftsagentur Wien,
the István Széchenyi University in Györ, Hungary, and
the University of Applied Sciences Technikum Wien.
In the course of the research project COORDES a new, patented solution which enables coordinated test, debugging and diagnosis in distributed embedded systems is
realized using FPGA-based as well as MPW-based ASIC prototyping.
The competence team for test and verification of dependable systems investigates concepts and methods that will
enable testing and debugging of tightly coupled distributed embedded systems. Based on tight distributed clock synchronization
a first demonstrator shall enable, for example, investigation of distributed algorithms.
Relevant topics addressed by the DECS project are (i) formal specification and verification of embedded control system architectures and,
(ii) elaborate test and diagnosis tools for distributed embedded systems with a focus on automotive communication systems.
The goal of the project is to develop strategies for debugging of real-time systems, which are used in today's networked
automotive systems using CAN, LIN or FlexRay. In addition, the project aims to transfer the findings and results to the department's undergraduate and graduate courses.
LIN, CAN, Byteflight, FlexRay, MOST are communication subsystems that are in use in modern cars.
These interconnect different electronic control units and enable thus the combination of various information that can be used to realize new features.
The research project Automotive Gateways investigates the complex network infrastructure in today's cars and tries to find proper solutions on how to interconnect the various sub-systems. more
Consortia like AUTOSAR push the standarization of the software in the automotive industry ahead.
The research project COMPASS investigates a component based approach, metrics,
and benchmarks to assess cost, performance and dependability aspects of such solutions.
The vision of the STEACS project is to handle the automotive electronics complexity towards "Self-testing Cars".
To that end, this project will implement diagnosis and test tools based on requirements derived from the project partners.
Development of an Audio-Recorder Prototype for Smartphones
In this project we developed a high-fidelity stereo audio-recorder prototype for smartphones. The respective prototype was developed as an acessory for Android and iOS devices. The contractor is Thomas Buchstätter an entrepreneur and employee of play.fm. The project received funding by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency FFG.
In this project we develop a wirless module that interconnects various production machines (CNC, lathes, etc.) in order to collect status
information and the number of pieces every machine produces.
In this project we ported a SiTOS implementation to the Modbus bus protocol for a dynamic route information panel.
Furthermore, we enhanced the functionality of the software to accomodate displaying of multiple independet texts in different language locales.
In this contract the department develops a coordinated firmware update solution based on IEEE 1149.1 JTAG.
The software makes use of Standard Vector Format files and distributed test and debug services.
In the context of this contract the department offers design, implementation and test services for
FPGA and ASIC designs relying on Ethernet and IEEE 1588 clock synchronization.
- Programmable Logic Devices (PLD, FPGA Technologies)
- Synchronous Design Methodologies
- VHDL for Combinational & Sequential Logic
- VHDL Signals, Variables and Datatypes
- Theory and Application of Finite State Machines
Design and Verification Support for a Distributed Real-time System
Engineering support for the design and verification of the distributed hardware/software for the
measurement products DIS and VIS. In particular, hardware and software review as well as courses
to transfer know-how to improve the concepts of the respective products.
In this project a gateway for a traffic management system was developed that allows to display route-information via suitable information panels.
The solution is based on a PC/104 platform running the SiTOS protocol.
In this cooperation with the company Oregano Systems the Department of Embedded Systems provides engineering support for hardware/software co-design.
The aim of this project is to define and implement test and diagnosis scenarios for bit error rate observations at the interface
level which connects a FlexRay communication controller to the transceiver circuitry.
In the context of this project the Department of Embedded Systems is developing a satellite modem aka. data collection platform (DCP) for the company Logotronic GmbH.
With the help of a data logger observations and measurements of the physical, chemical or biological properties of oceans, rivers,
lakes, solid earth and the atmosphere are obtained. The DCP interfaces to this data logger and relays the collected data via METEOSAT or GOES satellites to
dedicated ground stations.