MasCot: four projects selected

Four insightful and innovative research projects will start in the Partnership Mastering Complexity (MasCot). NWO Domain Applied and Engineering Sciences together with ESI (TNO) fund research in the next generation of engineering methodologies, that help managing the increasing complexity of high-tech systems. Three million euros will be available for research on software restructurings, testing, scheduling and CPS design.

Overview of the selected projects:

MasCot

Cyber-physical systems are all around us and the complexity is getting out of hand. This ever increasing complexity cannot be dealt with by current state-of-practice engineering methodologies, which are often informal and mono-disciplinary and therefore ineffective in addressing the increasing size, diversity and dynamism of high-tech systems. This calls for alternative system engineering methodologies, especially those addressing the multi-disciplinary aspects of system design.

The complexity of cyber-physical systems is driven by a number of trends. Firstly, the number of dependent hardware and software components in systems is increasing to realize a wider range of functionality. Secondly, systems are getting increasingly diverse and dynamic, both in terms of hardware and software configuration and the resulting functional and non-functional behaviour. Combined, these trends make it increasingly hard to guarantee that functional and non-functional requirements are always satisfied.

This ever increasing complexity cannot be dealt with by current state-of-practice engineering methodologies, which are often informal and mono-disciplinary and therefore ineffective. The consequences are visible in daily practice in which industry experiences major setbacks in their attempts to efficiently and effectively develop well-performing cyber-physical systems. Over time, increasing complexity results in reduced quality and increased development and maintenance costs, making it harder for Dutch industry to compete in the world market. Therefore, alternative system engineering methodologies are needed.

Objective of the programme

The goal of this program is to investigate and deliver the next generation of engineering methodologies, integrating a number of formalisms, techniques, methods, and tools, that help managing the increasing system complexity. Achieving this goal helps improve quality and reduce development costs for future generations of cyber-physical systems, thereby providing the Dutch industry a competitive advantage.

Wouter Leibbrandt

Director Science and Operations
+31 88 866 55 60
wouter.leibbrandt@tno.nl

“Continuous innovation in methodologies, system architecture thinking and cross-disciplinary ways of working to master the ever increasing complexity are crucial to maintain and extend Europe’s and Dutch competitiveness in this strategic domain.”