SAVE-IT is an industrial graduate school with a research focus upon
real-time- and safety-critical systems, and with a special focus upon
component-based development of such systems (see research below). SAVE-IT is funded by the KK-foundation (KKS) and participating
companies, and will be active between 2004 and 2010. SAVE-IT is open
for PhD students at Swedish universities and has its organizational
location at Mälardalen Real-Time
research Center (MRTC) at Mälardalen
University in Västerås, Sweden.
PhD students accepted to SAVE-IT are offered financial support, and
are allowed to freely participate in a collection of tailor-made graduate courses and network activities. Currently 21 PhD students
are accepted to SAVE-IT and two more students are associated to SAVE-IT.
For more details about SAVE-IT, please see SAVE-IT presentation (pdf).
Please do not hesitate to contact SAVE-IT
for more details concerning SAVE-IT.
SAVE-IT has a research focus upon real-time- and safety-critical
systems, and with a special focus upon component-based software
development of such systems.
Real-time systems are computer systems that must react within precise
time constraints to events in their environment. The correct behaviour
of a real-time system is not only dependant on the result of a
computation but also on the time at which the result is
Safety critical systems are computer systems where the cost, both in
money and in human lifes, can be significant if something goes
wrong. Examples including such systems are cars, airplanes and nuclear
power plants. Due to the stringent demands for safety, the software in
safety-critical systems is often very complex and costly to
develop. Many safety-critical systems are also real-time systems.
The basic idea of component-based software development is to build
software from general software components. Component-based development
is a strong trend within the software technology area and is motivated
by the need to increase reusability and quality, and to decrease
SAVE-IT was initially a closely connected to the SSF-supported SAVE research program
which focussed upon methods for "Component based design of safety
critical vehicular systems".
The main activity of SAVE-IT is to organize research studies for PhD
students employed at participating companies. The students achieve
expert competence in component-based software development for
real-time and safety-critical systems with a strong industrial
focus. The school also works for an increased cooperation and exchange
between participating companies and universities.
The school activities organized by SAVE-IT are divided into three
The school activities prepare the industrial PhD students for
their future profession as a technical expert, researcher and/or
developer of advanced technical systems. The activities also
enable an increased cooperation and exchange between the participating
companies and universities.
Research activities - performed as projects and in close
cooperation with participating companies and universities. For more
information, see below.
Network activities - including company visits, workshops,
international visits, and regular meetings between the industry and
academia. For more information see the activities page.
Graduate research courses - a tailor-made
collection of both methodological and technical courses with a strong
industrial focus. For more information see the courses page.
Company participation and funding details
SAVE-IT is funded by KKS and the participating companies. A
SAVE-IT PhD student must be employed at a company. The company
participates in SAVE-IT by providing salary to the PhD student and by
letting other personnel, such as industrial
supervisors and mentors, actively participate in SAVE-IT. A part of the
funding from KKS is strictly allocated for SAVE-IT school activities
and the graduate education of the PhD student (network activities,
courses, international visits, research conferences).
A part of the funding from KKS can be used more freely within the
research project, e.g., as direct support for company salary or increased
supervisor capacity. The total support per full year PhD student from
KKS is 400 kkr/year. Participating companies are expected to
contribute with funding that equals or exceeds the KKS
funding. The company funding is normally spent on the salary
for the industrial PhD student.
The following are recommended financial
figures on the KKS funding:
Active company participation is of vital importance for the success of
SAVE-IT. The company participation is made in terms of supervision,
planning discussions and regular project meetings. The actual
participation is regulated by contracts
between the company, the participating university and the SAVE-IT
organizational site. See SAVE-IT PhD
student information for details on company supervision and
- Direct support for covering costs at the company:
100 kkr/year per full year PhD student.
Support for academic supervision:
150 kkr/year per full year PhD student.
Support for mobility:
50 kkr/year per full year PhD student.
Support for courses and network activities:
30 kkr/year per full year PhD student.
Other support, overhead and taxes:
70 kkr/year per full year PhD student.
A SAVE-IT PhD student must formally be registered as a PhD student at
a department of a university. Thereby the PhD studies follow the rules
specified by Högskoleförordningen and the local rules of the
university. For more details on graduate education rules see the student info web page.
The SAVE-IT graduate education consists of research (performed in a
project), network activities and courses. A SAVE-IT student is expected to
within 2.5 years produce a Lic thesis and within 5 years produce a PhD
thesis. This indirectly means that the PhD student, during this period,
might have a limited engagement in the company activities.
The research work should have a clear connection to the the research
focus of SAVE-IT and of the activities of the participating
company. The company is expected to actively participate in the
project formulation and in the realization of the project (see
The PhD thesis work can be performed both at the participating company
and at the university. The PhD thesis subject should have a clear
connection to the research focus of SAVE-IT.
An associated student is allowed to participate in the SAVE-IT
courses and network activities but gets no direct funding.