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2015-12-17

New research collaboration with India

Our digital lifestyle places great demands on a fast and smart technology development. Swedish and Indian researchers embark on a unique joint research project in embedded systems, financed with 5.8 million SEK by Vinnova.

– This research project will lead Halmstad University into a new international arena, both in collaboration with industry and with academia. We have internationally strong industrial partners in this research project, such as Texas Instruments, who will participate in our regular project meetings, says Dr. Zain-ul-Abdin Assistant Professor at Halmstad University and national coordinator for the research project that started in December 2015.

India's IT hub

Vinnova has recently decided to fund the Swedish part of the project with 5.8 million SEK. The funding makes it possible for both Halmstad University in Sweden and Amrita University in India to hire doctoral students. Amrita University is located in Bangalore, a city that is considered to be India's hub for IT development.

– Together with our research colleagues in India, we will develop, experiment with and evaluate advanced embedded computing platforms. Our focus is to develop flexible hardware architectures and simplified programming, says Dr. Zain-ul-Abdin.

Embedded systems in everything

Nowadays the use of embedded systems is a necessity in our daily lives. Mobile phones, consumer electronics, industrial robots and modern cars are all examples of embedded systems. The requirements for these systems increase at the same pace as our digital needs, and the new research project aims to meet these requirements.

– Our key challenge is to develop a heterogeneous hardware platform that can be tailored for specific applications, as well as the design methodologies to ease the development. That, in turn, will lead to more energy efficient embedded systems with higher performance, says Dr. Zain-ul-Abdin.

Expanding the educational exchange

Hopefully the new collaboration with India will also lead to more student exchanges and recruitments, both at undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate level.

– Our University already has a number of students from Bangalore studying at graduate level here in Halmstad. The ambition is to expand educational cooperation with universities in Bangalore, both for exchange and recruitment, says Stig Perttu, Education Officer at Halmstad University.

Next generation embedded systems

The diversity of applications and contrasting performance constraints in next-generation embedded systems will necessitate the use of emerging technologies such as reconfigurable architectures and manycore processors. The research project will, using parallelism and reconfigurability, result in:

  • Increasing the performance of real-time, embedded applications for a smarter society with better connectivity and design automation
  • Providing the industry with tools and methodologies to meet diverse application demands, such as high-performance, low power, and low cost.
  • Reducing the cost of development to provide a shorter time-to-market for embedded applications that align with the digital lifestyle.

The research will be conducted in collaboration between Halmstad University and Amrita University in Bangalore, India. The project's industrial partners are Texas Instruments, Maxim Integrated and Adarate Systems. The Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI) is also a partner in the project.

Text: LOUISE WANDEL

Mobile phones, consumer electronics, industrial robots and modern cars are all examples of embedded systems. Photo credit: Flickr japanexperterna.se

Dr. Madhura Purnaprajna at the Amrita School of Engineering, Amrita University in Bangalore is the research leader of the Indian part of the project.

Dr. Zain-ul-Abdin, Assistant Professor at the School of Information Technology at Halmstad University. Dr. Zain-ul-Abdin has for some time been in contact with Dr. Madhura Purnaprajna at Amrita University, and is very glad that they can finally start this research collaboration. Dr. Zain-ul-Abdin’s expertise is in the development of programming methodologies and tool-flow that eases the design of complex embedded systems.

Updated 2015-12-17