DCPS - a network project of the DAAD-Program „Strategic Partnerships and Thematic Networks“ (2013-2016)
in the area of
Dependable Cyber Physical Systems
in cooperation with
DCPS coordinator pages at BTU:
Brandenburg University of Technology, Cottbus - Senftenberg, Germany (coordinator)
Poznan University of Technology, Poland
Silesian University of Technology, Poland
Technical University of Liberec, Czech Republic
Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia
Why Should Anybody Become a Specialist for Dependable Electronic Systems?
Europe has been strong in automotive technology and mechanical engineering, and this strength is the key source of income for countries like Germany, Poland, the Czech Republic, France, and even Austria and Switzerland. European technology companies cannot be extremely cheap for various reasons, and that means they have to be very good in terms of quality to stay competitive.
The strength of companies is based on the qualification and the know-how of their work force, notably their engineers. In some sense, computer scientists are a special sort of engineers, who do most of the software job and manage system complexity. European high-tech industry is doing well, is creating new jobs by the thousands, and has held a very good position in the world-wide competition, even against international competitors.
But now the lack of qualified manpower is becoming the real bottleneck for growth and the main reason of concern for European economic development. Even a country, which is as rich in agriculture and natural resources as the United States, apparently cannot have a prosperous economy, if the workforce is dominated by an abundance of finance managers, economists, business administrators and lawyers with engineers becoming an endangered species.
Embedded Controller for Automotive Applications (picture courtesy of Robert Bosch GmbH)
Application Specific Microprocessor
(designed by students of Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus and manufactured by Leibniz-Institute IHP of Frankfurt/Oder, Germany)
Education of First-Rate Experts
These universities are:
- Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus- Senftenberg, Germany,
- Technical University of Liberec, Czech Republic,
- Poznan University of Technology, Poland,
- Silesian University of Technology, Gliwice, Poland,
- Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia.
These partners have started to join their efforts in high-level technical education. This means that each university has its own educational program at the Master- and PhD level, but the comprehensive overview on design and test technology for dependable hardware / software systems is made available to students by a jointly organized program of tutorials, seminars and workshops. Associated partners that also participate actively are:
- Leibniz Institute for Innovative Microelectronics (IHP) of Frankfurt / Oder, Germany,
- Fraunhofer-Institute for Integrated Circuits (IIS), Department of Electronic Design Automation (EAS), Dresden, Germany.
Industrial partners that may offer industrial training for doctoral- and master students are:
- EADS-Astrium GmbH, Bremen, Germany
- Infineon Technologies AG, Munich, Germany,
- Intel Mobile Communications GmbH, Munich.
The tutorial program includes not only block-tutorials given by professors of the participating universities, but it also includes tutorials given by external international experts in the field. The main topics addressed in tutorials and workshops are:
- Test, verification and fault diagnosis,
- Built-in self test technologies,
- On-line-test, error detection and fault-tolerant computing,
- Design verification for hardware and software,
- Hardware re-configuration and self repair,
- Distributed systems and sensor networks,
- Computer networks and communication,
- Design models and design languages.
Doctoral students will collaborate within topic-oriented working groups guided by experienced professors:
- Test and design verification (Prof. Jaan Raik),
- FPGA-based system design (Prof. Zdenek Pliva),
- Analog and mixed signal systems design (Prof. Adam Dabrowski),
- Software and compiler technologies (Prof. Petra Hofstedt),
- On-line-test, fault tolerance and self repair (Prof. H. T. Vierhaus).
Organization of Collaborative Studies in the Area of Dependable HW/SW Systems
How to Join
- Electrical / electronic engineering,
- Computer science / computer engineering,
- Information technology.
The basic programs of study are organized by the participating universities. Contact persons are:
- Prof. Dr. Ondrej Novak or Prof. Dr. Zdenek Pliva for TU Liberec (Czech Republic),
- Prof. Dr. Raimund Ubar or Prof. Dr. Jaan Raik for Tallinn University of Technology (Estonia),
- Prof. Dr. Adam Dabrowski or Dr. Pawel Pawlowski for Poznań University of Technology (Poland) ,
- Prof. Dr. Edward Hrynkiewicz or Dr. Adam Pawlak, for Silesian University of Technology (Poland)
- Prof. Dr. H. T. Vierhaus or Prof. Dr. Petra Hofstedt for BTU, Cottbus (Germany),
Prospective students should have a look at the professors and their research areas at the potential host university, then make contact and identify possible areas of research. The program so far has no resources for paying grants to students. However, students, after identification of a PhD supervisor and the prospective research area, will have good chances to obtain grants from national organisations such as the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) (not for German applicants!). Brandenburg University of Technology started offering a specific program of studies towards a “PhD in Dependable Systems” from the fall of 2012. See BTU’s web pages at:
What Candidates Will Get