A Safety-critical Embedded Systems Primer

Speaker:  Sebastian Fischmeister – Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
Topic(s):  Architecture, Embedded Systems and Electronics, Robotics


Embedded systems integrate physical and logical processes as they execute algorithms and interact with the environment through actuators and sensors.  Embedded systems are omnipresent, from everyday consumer products such as microwaves, to large systems for factory automation, avionics, and automotive applications. Technical progress in this area allows companies every day to introduce new devices and systems that make life more pleasant (i.e., advanced automotive applications), more acceptable (i.e., implanted insulin infusion pumps), or even possible at all (i.e., an implanted pacemaker or defibrillator).

Many embedded systems are safety critical, meaning that if they cause a hazardous situation, then human lives, capital infrastructure, or the environment will be at risk. The lecture provides an introduction and overview of embedded and safety-critical systems, including how to identify them, their unique properties, and current approaches to ensuring safety. Furthermore, the talk teaches by example of systems that experienced catastrophic failures that the intuitive solution might not always be the best one.

About this Lecture

Number of Slides:  60
Duration:  50 minutes
Languages Available:  English, German
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