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The PROGRESS Centre for Predictable Embedded Software Systems at Mälardalen University in Västerås was funded 2006-2011 by the Foundation for Strategic Research (SSF) and Mälardalen University (MDH) with a total amount of 73 MSEK (49 from SSF and 24 from MDH). PROGRESS is both an integrated part of the larger research environment Mälardalen Real-Time Research Centre (MRTC) and a separately organized initiative.

PROGRESS is dedicated to find methods for cost-efficient handling of the increasing complexity of embedded software used in computer-based products. Focus is on automation, ground vehicles and telecom; domains of great strategic importance for Swedish economy, and for which the majority of innovation and added value stem from software. These are also domains where the cost of software is rampaging, and where the necessary quality of software is becoming increasingly difficult to achieve.

Adopting a software-component approach to engineering and re-engineering of embedded software systems, PROGRESS provides theories, methods, and tools that increase quality and reduce life-cycle costs. PROGRESS is focusing its research on development, adaptation and extension of Component Based Development (CBD) into a mature engineering discipline for cost-efficient development of embedded software. This includes addressing the specific concerns and requirements of embedded systems, such as real-time requirements, resource consumption, dependability, and life-cycle properties, as well as supporting implementation mechanisms and reuse of legacy software.

Based on a common vision and concept, the PROGRESS research is organized into a set of interrelated disciplinary research directions, interlinked via cross-cutting and integrating tool environment and demonstrator projects, as illustrated in Figure 1. The cross-cutting projects are important vehicles for integration of disciplinary research results and provide means for evaluation and verification of the developed technology.

Figure 1

PROGRESS has allowed a substantial build up and strengthening of research in terms of

  • several important scientific results, such as the ProCom component model, a deployment model for reuse, the REMES resource model, error modelling and analysis, parametric and composable execution time analysis, a predictable run-time platform for component-based systems, and system specific source code analysis and model extraction, as well as a number of tools and an integrated tool environment.
  • strategic recruitments (including 4 full professors, and 4 adjunct professors), as well as funding of 9 post doctoral research fellows and 15 PhD students.
  • a massive amount of peer-reviewed scientific publications, including 40 journal articles and 285 conference publications,
  • external cooperation. e.g., manifested by 21 European projects, 36 project in direct industrial cooperation, 116 peer-reviewed scientific publications co-authored with int’l academia, and 90 peer-reviewed scientific publications co-authored with nat’l and int’l industry.
  • providing an important basis for continued research, which from SSF alone already now has resulted in 2 related framework programmes and 1 future research leader grant, as well as several other projects, including industrial cooperation in 12 European projects.

Strategically important are also the many PhDs and Researchers involved in PROGRESS that now have key positions in Swedish Industry, including roles as Coordinator of Research, Head of Product Management, Manager for Software Architecture, Software Architect, and Researcher.

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