High-tech embedded systems impact almost every aspect of our lives: how we work, live and communicate. They are at the heart of many innovative products and applications and represent one of the fastest growing global markets. New products and services based on embedded systems technology emerge every day, making state-of-the-art design and engineering competencies a key competitive discriminator. It is here that TNO-ESI comes in, partnering with industry and academia in the development and deployment of strategic knowledge and capabilities for design and engineering of complex high-tech systems.

Embedded Systems Innovation by TNO

Embedded Systems Innovation by TNO (TNO-ESI) collaborates in an open innovation structure with a wide range of industrial and academic partners, helping our partners staying ahead of the innovation curve and lead innovations in embedded systems technology.

Being part of TNO, and with more than ten years of cooperative effort, we provide a unique hub for cooperative research and innovation support.


The outcome of our research activities is a set of multi-disciplinary methods and supporting tools for high-tech embedded systems design and development. These methods and tools have a sound academic basis and proven industrial value. Read more

Innovation focus

At TNO-ESI we focus on 4 programme lines: system performance, system quality & reliability, future-proof systems and systems in context. These are supported by in-depth knowledge and expertise in our key areas of competence being system architecting, system design, system integration & test and model-based engineering. Read more


To address strategic research questions, TNO-ESI cooperates with a wide variety of innovative high-tech companies and leading academic research groups. By integrating academic insight with industrial application, breakthrough innovations in design and engineering of high-tech embedded systems and applications are created. Read more

Innovation support

TNO-ESI's innovation support activities incorporate a leading competence development programme and specialised innovation support services for companies. And to ensure know-how and expertise is shared among a wide audience, we also coordinate a variety of open-innovation network activities. Read more

TNO-ESI Calendar

Mar/31/2015 - Competence Development Programme

Our competence development programme focuses on multi-disciplinary design issues and system level architecting. We offer state-of-the-art training programmes that are well aligned to the specific innovation needs of a company. Read more

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TNO-ESI News highlights

Metis project best AI demo at BNAIC 2014

The TNO-ESI Metis project demonstrator was awarded best Artificial Intelligence demo at the 26th Benelux Conference on Artificial Intelligence, 6-7 November, Nijmegen, the Netherlands. Read more

PDEng degree for TNO-ESI scientist Fangyi Shi

Fangyi Shi received her PDEng degree on Wednesday 1 October 2014. Her assignment was entitled ‘Coherent Tool Support for Design Space Exploration’. Read more

Successful TNO-ESI Symposium 2014

We are looking back at a successful symposium. The interest in TNO-ESI was clearly shown by the high number of participants that actively participated in the different sessions and discussions. Read more


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