In order to serve and promote the development of industry and society, CERES is a centre for industrially motivated research on the future technologies for and application opportunities with embedded systems. CERES serves as a partner for industry's own research and development, as a recruitment base for those who seek staff with state-of-the-art knowledge, and as a competence resource for industry and society. CERES is an arena for research education and profiled master and bachelor studies.
A general principle in this research programme is that functionality and performance are achieved through the intelligent and massive co-operation between a large number of simple devices. "The Power of Cooperation" is thus a summarizing statement for the research. This is applicable on both the "micro" and "macro" levels.
For example, because of the downscaling following Moore's law, massive co-operation between processing elements can be utilized on the micro level. This makes it possible to implement extremely high-performance, yet programmable, systems on a chip or in a package. Programming of such systems requires new, parallel programming models. Reconfigurable architectures, and the configuration of these, are of particular interest.
Another effect of Moore's law is that devices, while still being powerful, are also getting smaller and cheaper and can be embedded everywhere (often referred to as "ubiquitous" or "pervasive" computing, or "ambient intelligence"). By communicating with each other they can enable entirely new applications. This requires integration by means of physical and logical infrastructures, such as low-power wireless technology, ad-hoc networking and middleware for interoperability.
Through coordinated architecture, communication and software research, CERES aims at finding new or improved solutions for such micro- and macro-level co-operation, as well as understanding how these technologies can be used in industrial applications.