The ARTEMIS Annual conference was held this time in Berlin. It was, as we are becoming accustomed to, a very well attended event, with over 180 representatives from industry and academic research from all over Europe, and indeed beyond, as well as delegates from various EU Member States.
The first day was dedicated to the longer term strategy of ARTEMIS and Embedded Systems and the implementation as a JTI. ARTEMISIA president, Yrjö Neuvo, opened the conference, closely followed by a clear and encouraging speech by Rosalie Zobel, Director Components and Systems, of the European Commission, who confirmed the EC’s engagement to the project, concluding that the ARTEMIS JTI addresses the core of the Lisbon agenda, and is a landmark for European research. However, she reiterated that time is pressing, and the Commission looks forward to a swift legislative process so that the ARTEMIS JTI can be decided by the Council before end of 2007. To make it happen, she remarked that continuing close cooperation and strong commitment is needed from all JTI partners, but reminded us that there is more to ARTEMIS than the JTI alone (i.e. not to forget the other important results of the ARTEMIS platform, such as Centres of Excellence, etc…)!
Dr. Manfred Dietrich, Deputy Director General of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Information and Communication Technology, also restated their dedication to Embedded Systems research. Starting out from the very important contribution it makes to the Automotive industry, he also commented on the benefits diffuse out to much wider domains, bringing benefits for many. Further presentations by three leading experts from industry and research institutes, Joseph Sifakis, Research Director, CNRS, Klaus Grimm, Director Software Technology, DaimlerChrysler AG, and Fulvio Marcoz, Finmeccanica, gave their vision on the future of Embedded Systems applications and research needs.
The first day finished with a panel discussion: “The ARTEMIS JU: What it is and where it’s going”, chaired by Jan van den Biesen, Vice President Public R&D Programmes, Philips Research. The panel comprised Konstantinos Glinos, Head of the Embedded Systems and Control unit at the European Commission, Emmanuel Neuville, Head of Software Unit in the Ministry for Economy, Finance and Industry (France) and Wolfgang Tostmann, Policy Advisor, Innovation Department, Ministry of Economic Affairs (The Netherlands), who were able to provide answers to the questions and concerns of the delegates.
The second day was dedicated to more technical presentations, starting with the future evolution of the ARTEMIS SRA chaired by Laila Gide, SRA WG co-chairman. The newly added domain of MPSoC was introduced by Tiberiu Seceleanu, University of Turku, followed by a particularly interesting presentation by Sylvie Robert, R&T Coordinator at Airbus. The presentation “New Trends in Avionics Software (Open Source Strategy and Technologies)” really highlighted the difficulties that industry (and not only Aerospace) encounters because of the fragility of the development tools supplier market while facing the need to support embedded systems development over sometimes very long periods (as much as 78 years for an airliner)! Jean-Luc Voirin, of the Aerospace Corporate Technical Directorate at Thales, completed the session with some future challenges in Hard Real-Time and highly constrained systems.
Further presentations from industry, covering the preparation of the future, were given in an Innovation Session, chaired by Werner Damm, SafeTRANS manager. Josef Affenzeller, Director of Research Coordination, AVL List GmbH summarized the importance of standards in the ARTEMIS domain, while Clement Goossens, Director of the Point-One Office (a competitiveness cluster in the Netherlands), demonstrated how their approach is encouraging fruitful research partnerships in the “high-tech corridor” embracing Einhoven (NL), Aachen (D) and Leuven (B). The importance of ARTEMIS and SMEs was discussed and commented by Marta Carrera, responsible for International Collaboration at the SME organisation GAIA (Spain).
Prof. Hermann Kopetz of the Vienna Technical University outlined the preparatory work already being undertaken on the Reference Design and Architecture theme, specifically describing the “GENESYS” project, presently funded under the 7th Framework Programme that is laying the foundations for important future research in ARTEMIS. In her speech “AUTOSAR: an OEM point of view”, Dr. Vera Lauer, E/E Architecture and Standards Manager at DaimlerChrysler AG, showed how much progress the AUTOSAR initiative was able to achieve in standardisation, demonstrating just how much critical mass can achieve. Diederik Verkest of IMEC rounded off the session with “Prioritization of Design Methods and Tools Research“.
In the afternoon, to close the general assembly, Jean-Luc Dormoy, CEA-DRT, Programme Strategy Manager, presented three interpretations of the ARTEMIS Strategic Research Agenda in the ARTEMIS Community. After this overview of the activities of the community, the participants were invited to attend parallel sessions on the three areas and to discuss the way forward.
An informative and successful conference was enjoyed by the participants, especially the colourful interlude of the Orchestra demonstration.