Sharing know-how and expertise in an open innovation structure is a cornerstone of the TNO-ESI way of working. This approach leads to faster and more efficient build-up of knowledge and capabilities, with benefits to all parties.

Sharing know-how

ESI Symposium

The ‘ESI symposium’ acts as a showcase for research results from ESI (TNO) projects and the Dutch embedded systems community. Taking place annually, it incorporates keynotes from leading academic and industrial minds, and an extensive demo-market. Highly appreciated for its networking function, the symposium attracts more than 300 people, equally divided between academia and industry.
Read more: symposium 2019, previous symposia.

Dedicated workshops and colloquia

Dedicated workshops and colloquia are held on a regular basis, and attract both national and international participants. They revolve around dedicated topics of the embedded systems domain, or on the basis of a key research project or knowledge item.

Special interest groups

Special interest groups (SIGs) are professional communities defined around specific professional topics. They are mainly populated by industrial engineers from a broad variety of companies, but also some academics participate. Currently we run SIGs on ‘model-based development’ and ‘integration and test’.

System architecture study group

The system architecture study group (SASG) is an active group of over 160 system architects. Members exchange their experiences during regular meetings on system/software architecture. The goal is to disseminate system/software architecture knowledge and best practices between the members, particularly for embedded systems and software or technology intensive systems, and to provide a platform for individual contacts between the members. Read more

System Architecture Forum

Platform focused on practical systems architecting and the application of architectural information and knowledge. Meetings twice a year on an invite-basis. Jointly organised by TNO-ESI, Buskerud University College and Stevens Institute of Technology.


In our research projects and related work of our research fellows several scientific publicationsreports and books are published. Results on System Architecting are also published on the Gaudi site. 

Domain-Specific Languages (DSLs) are a means to manage complexity using models for specific application domains. Specifications are expressed in terms of key concepts from the application domain, and afterwards transformed into documentation, analysis models, synthesis models and code in various general-purpose languages. TNO-ESI Manuals for Xtext.

Joris van den Aker

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“Passionate about competence development and innovative learning concepts in high-tech industry.”