Mastering Complexity (MasCot)

Partnership NWO Domain AES-ESI

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.

ESI MasCot

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.


Call for proposals

NWO domain AES and the ESI (TNO) invite academic researchers to submit pre-proposals for research projects that may give answers to the scientific and technological challenges described in this call.
The call for proposals will open on 8 January 2019. From then onwards, applicants can submit their research proposal via email. More information about the application can be found on the Funding page. In the Partnership Mastering Complexity (MasCot), NWO domain Applied and Engineering Sciences finances together with ESI (the Embedded Systems Innovation Centre of TNO) insightful and innovative research in the next generation of engineering methodologies, that help managing the increasing system complexity in high-tech systems.

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Purpose

The goal of this programme 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. The focus is on new MBE methodologies with four main research themes, that are directly related to four of ESI’ s research expertise areas:

  • Model Inference
  • Run-time Scheduling of Diverse and Dynamic Systems
  • Model-based Restructuring of Legacy Systems
  • Verification and Validation of Diverse and Evolving Non-deterministic Systems.


It is essential to the success of the programme that the results can be utilised by ESI and its industrial partners to address the complexity challenge and bridge the gap in terms of TRL between academic research (TRL 1-3) and industrial practice (TRL 7-9).  

Who can apply


Scientists employed by Dutch (Technical) Universities and institutes eligible for funding by NWO Domain AES (see ‘Guide for applicants’ published separately) can submit a (pre-)proposal to this Partnership call.
What to apply for

A maximum of € 750.000,- NWO-contribution can be requested per project. This budget can be utilised for:

  • Staff
  • Materials and foreign travel costs
  • Investments

Within this Partnership call, no in-cash and no in-kind co-finance is required.

Matchmaking event

Parties interested to submit a pre-proposal are requested to discuss their project ideas with representatives of ESI (TNO) to assess the fit of the project ideas in the context of the programme plan. This sounding board will organise a matchmaking event on 24 January 2019 to provide an opportunity to discuss project ideas with ESI.

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When to apply


The deadline for pre-proposal submission is Tuesday 26 February 2019, 14:00:00 CET. (Note: submission of pre-proposals should be made via the email address ESI-AES-PPP@nwo.nl)

Contact NWO
Dr.ir. H. (Herma) van Kranenburg
Senior Program Officer
T +31 30 60 01 308
E h.vankranenburg@nwo.nl

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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.”