ESI is a leading Dutch research group for high-tech embedded systems design and engineering. ESI is a so-called TNO Joint Innovation Centre. It has a close cooperation with high-tech industry, as well as a strong association with fundamental research of academia, both national and international. ESI contributes to society and economy by driving advances in high-tech systems technology, with a strong shared research programme, dedicated innovation support, a focused competence development programme, and various knowledge- and experience-sharing activities.


Originally founded in 2002, the former Embedded Systems Institute was integrated in TNO in January 2013 as the research group Embedded Systems Innovation by TNO (TNO-ESI). Its (founding) partners are industry-leading companies ASML, NXP, Océ, Philips, Thales and TNO, along with Delft University of Technology, Radboud University and Eindhoven University of Technology. Since 2018 ESI is a so-called JIC - a Joint Innovation Centre - an initative of industry, academia and TNO.

The ESI programme represents the special interests of the national high-tech OEM- and SME industry, and addresses our society’s current and future needs in fields such as mobility, health, and safety & security.



The mission of ESI is to advance industrial innovation and academic excellence in embedded systems engineering. The key objective is to create innovations that support the competitive strength of high-tech industry and advance society.

Our team

Our highly committed team of experts has long-standing professional experience, either in industry or academia. By bringing together professionals from different backgrounds, we integrate competencies across disciplines and combine academic insight with industrial application. 

Our partners

ESI has strong partnerships with renowned (multi)national high-tech enterprises, SMEs, public organisations and leading academic research groups. Our network represents a unique platform for open innovation that facilitates research cooperation and knowledge exchange across stakeholders.

TNO works on innovations
within five societal themes

About TNO

TNO is an independent research organisation. TNO connects people and knowledge to create innovations that boost the competitive strength of industry and the well-being of society in a sustainable way. This drives the 3,000 professionals at TNO in their work every day. TNO works in collaboration with partners and focusses on five transitions that are identified together with its stakeholders.

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