Annual report ICES 2013 ICES board The Board members during 2013 are listed in appendix A. The Work group leaders during 2013 are listed in appendix B.
Participants During the year ICES has increased its number of participants by 4 on silver level and 1 on bronze level. Three of the new silver level companies are also members of iPack. A generous support from the ICT platform enabled ICES to invite the iPack members to a one year participation and the companies that accepted were Sweden Water Purification, Imsys and Ambigua Medito. In addition Tobii joined on Bronze level and Electrolux on Silver level. ICES has also initiated discussions with the STH school of KTH, an active member of iPACK. The total number of ICES company members 2013-12-31 is now 24.
Goals On August 22nd ICES had a strategy conference with its Gold and Silver participants to review, discuss and update our goals in order to reach our vision: “A flourishing eco-system for industry and academia excelling in embedded systems research, education and innovation.” The strategy conference gathered about 15 persons and we had a very lively and useful discussion in which we scrutinized all present goals. The goal evaluation summary as of August 2013 is available as appendix C. The short term goals until 2014 have been updated and will be published on our website. One goal that should be revised is to strive to get the market leaders within different industry domains as participating companies rather than trying to have as many members as possible. In our future work we will place increased emphasis on supporting focus groups and we will investigate how ICES can support demonstrator projects. Another outcome of the strategy conference was to evaluate the performance if ICES. The present participating companies have been approached with a survey to get feedback on their satisfaction and how we can improve further. The result will be summarized in the beginning of 2014.
Students During 2013 the first group of students (some 20) finalized their studies in the Embedded Systems master program of KTH, a program that was initiated by ICES, and that is now implemented in collaboration by the ICT, ITM, EES and CSC schools of KTH. The second team of students successfully finalized their large project course in collaboration with Micronic, Interfleet and KTH transport labs. As a result of the program, KTH provides engineers directly skilled in embedded systems, and opportunities for internships, master thesis, and student projects in this area. ICES gave a general presentation to the first year Embedded Masters students August 29th at the first introduction meeting with the course responsible Johnny Öberg. ICES has participated all three years in order to meet all new students in Embedded Systems. ICES has arranged three company-student meetings primarily for Embedded System students: 13 September, Prevas. 14 October, MathWorks.
18 November, Stoneridge Electronics.
ICES researchers were involved in two international summer schools: Summer School on Cyber-Physical Systems in Grenoble, France. Speakers include ICES director Martin Törngren. KTH Summer school on Embedded systems: -Tera/Artist International Summer School on Embedded System Design, Aix-les-Bains, France. Speakers include prof Karl-Henrik Johansson, board member of ICES This year ICES companies joined in the general Exjobbsmässa in Kista October 10th.
Seminars, workshops, conference, courses ICES arranged the following meetings 5 March: Breakfast seminar with the theme Research within Embedded Systems at KTH. Representative research at the schools ICT, ITM, CSC and EES was presented. 14 June: ICES full day Safety Seminar - Safety Issues with Automation in Västerås 23 August: Complexity and Complex Systems & Safe Nuclear Power - a joint INCOSE/ICES Seminar 5-6 November: The 8th annual Embedded Conference Scandinavia 2013. ICES hosted its own session on Model based design. The room managing 80 person was overcrowded and the spectators were lining the walls. 2 December: IVA and ICES made a joint seminar at IVA with the title ”Dagens verkstadsföretag är i IT-branschen – nu tar de nästa steg!”. About 80 persons attended and the speakers included top management at Scania, Ericsson, Assa Abloy as well as representatives from consulting companies. ICES was represented by director Martin Törngren and board chairman Tor Ericson. The event was very successful. 3 December: “2nd European Conference on Interoperability for Embedded Systems Development Environments” with about 60 partitipants, was organized in collaboration among several large European research projects and with organizational support from ICES. This conference provided a forum for exchange of ideas among stakeholders representing end-users, tool and platform providers, and standardization bodies, across embedded systems and various IT system domains (ALM and PDM/PLM). The conference had the status as the ARTEMIS technology conference and was very successful.
Marketing ICES new homepage opened on May 13 and is located at our normal web address http://www.ices.kth.se. The new layout and maintenance functionality has proven to facilitate our work; for example, registration for events can be done directly on the web and web page editing is now much easier. During the year ICES has sent 5 Newsletters to its subscribers. We presently reach about 1300 subscribers across both academia and companies. ICES director Martin Törngren together with Prof Karl-Henrik Johansson of the ACCESScentre described the role of Cyber-physical systems and related KTH activities in an article in Elektroniktidningen.
Network KTH management has initiated strategic collaboration discussions with large industrial partners. The ICES network has been directly involved and supported networking in discussions with Scania and SAAB. The meetings addressed research and development priorities, educational needs, and ways of collaboration. The aim with the ICES focus groups is to gather those with deep interest in the selected theme, initiate a first brain-storming meeting to elicit problems/topics of mutual interest and how the group can deal with them. This could include follow-up meetings, initiation of follow-up seminars, defining case studying and benchmarking exercises, initiating joint projects, producing material such as problem formulations and white papers, etc. - The Security, Safety, Robustness and Diagnostics Focus Group headed by Fredrik Asplund is continuing its work with regular activity. The main event was the 14 June workshop mentioned under seminars. - The Focus groups with R&D managers from ICES companies was started 29 January at KTH with an initial meeting involving vicerektor Prof Margareta Norell Bergendahl. A second meeting focused on Innovation with a presentation by Prof Mats Magnusson of KTH May 22. The third meeting was held 13 November with a presentation by Dr. Annika Steiber regarding Innovative Organisations, among other things providing insights from Google. The following ICES focus groups are starting up, but have not reached a regular activity yet. Realtime Embedded Systems headed by Ingo Sander. Wireless headed by Carlo Fischione. Testing Embedded Systems headed by Karl Meinke. Architectures for Autonomous systems, headed by Sagar Behere.
Research ICES has been participating in the Vinnova call for strategic innovation and research programs (so called SIO-programs). There were many initiatives, and after some consideration, ICES decided to support the following two: - “Innovation enabled by Information and Communication Technologies”: This agenda was developed in cooperation with several companies, institutes and universities (led by Ericsson and SICS). The agenda was submitted to Vinnova on April 15 and was supplemented with a programme specification for Innovation Enablers by ICT detailing the suggested research programme. The suggested programme was rejected by Vinnova; while the area is of high strategic importance to Sweden, Vinnova would like to see more of renewal with regard to participants and efforts. - Swedish software innovation agenda, submitted to Vinnova in August 2013, and to the first step of a subsequent Innovation program, submitted in Nov. 2013. According to an agreement with KTH, ICES provides for KTH’s representation in the ARTEMIS Industrial Association. This year Stockholm hosted the ARTEMIS/ITEA2 cosummit Dec. 4-5. The 6th edition of the annual co-summit had almost 700 participants from industry, academia and public authorities from all over Europe. The Co-summit – organised by ARTEMIS Joint Undertaking on embedded systems and ITEA, the EUREKA Cluster on software-intensive systems and services – featured in particular a project exhibition with representatives from more than 80 European leading R&D&I projects, (several with KTH participation) – a useful time for embedded systems networking at the European level.
Economy Direct ICES turnover The direct turnover of ICES amounted to approximately 1,890 kSEK. (roughly the same as in 2012, 1940 kSEK). The main sources of income as as follows: - Member contributions: 702 500 SEK - KTH rektorskontrakt: 475 000 SEK (through ITM school) - KTH school support: 400 000 SEK (ICT, EES, CSC) - ICT platform project grant: 300 000 SEK The main costs are as follows: - Salary costs: 1 460 000 SEK o Martin Törngren, Director, 20%; o Michael Norén, administrator, 35%; o Anders Eklund, Co-director, 35% - ICES new web: 116 000 SEK - Conference/seminars: 90 000 SEK Indirect ICES turnover where the turnover is related to ICES role as a catalyst ICES has a role as a catalyst, in initiating new educational, research and innovation activities. While the resulting activities fall outside the budget of ICES, they constitute a clear indication of the impact of ICES. The total estimated indirect turnover for 2013 equals 10,8 MSEK. Estimated in-kind efforts by industrial and KTH participants in ICES activities1: - 1,4 MSEK (with a majority provided by industry) Budget of the KTH Embedded Systems masters program: 4,5 MSEK (~100 kSEK per year per student, about 45 students in year 1 and 2) Budget of currently running projects where ICES played a role as catalyst in initiating the projects and/or their Swedish participation2 - MBAT ARTEMIS project (ending Nov. 2014): 1,3 MSEK - iFEST ARTEMIS project: (ended June 2013): 1,6 MSEK - CREST Vinnova project (ends 2014): 2 MSEK - Total: ~4,9 MSEK
The estimation considers work by the ICES board chairman, board participants, work group leaders and participants, focus group leaders and participants, seminar and conference preparation, and seminar/conference contributions, amounting to in total 216 days of full work. 2 The actual figure is most likely higher. These are projects we are directly aware of.
Appendix A, Members of ICES board 2013 Member Tor Ericson [Chairman] Martin Törngren [Föreståndare] Anders Eklund [Centrumchef] Stefan Svensson Joakim Gustafsson Diarmuid Corcoran Mats Magnusson Mads Dam Axel Jantsch Karl-Henrik Johansson Peter Sandberg Jonas Mann Tony Sandberg Urban Herslöf Barbro Claesson
Company/school ÅF KTH, ITM skolan, Maskinteknik ICES ABB Atlas Copco Tools Ericsson KTH, Industriell Teknik och Management KTH, Datavetenskap och Kommunikation KTH, Informations- och komm.teknik KTH, Elektro- och systemteknik MathWorks Prevas Scania Stoneridge XDIN
Appendix B, ICES work groups 2013 Work group Education Student co-operation Continued education Focus groups Conference Seminars Project Marketing Internal processes
Leader Johnny Öberg Johnny Öberg Joakim Gustafsson Anders Eklund Tor Ericson Anders Eklund Vacant Jonas Mann Anders Eklund
Company/school KTH, Informations- och komm.teknik KTH, Informations- och komm.teknik Atlas Copco Tools ICES ÅF ICES Prevas ICES
Appendix C, ICES Goal evaluation August 2013 Intermediate goals for Education, Networking and Research have been formulated as steps towards reaching the vision. Since its inauguration in 2008, the goals were evaluated in 2011 and then updated as seen below: Goals Mid term: -2014 Performance indicators Achieved August 2013 (6 years) Students
Successful and attractive Embedded Systems program running.
Grade of >XX to enter education. >30 participants with successful completion. At least 90% recommend the program.
Started H2012, 22 students Started H2013, 23 students H2011, 3 exams, 1 applying, 13 exjobs, 2 paused, 2 dropouts, 1?
>200 KTH students starting at ICES member companies yearly.
Applications, employments, number of ICES contacts with students.
No status yet
Post-graduate and continued education
Graduate school including regular courses adapted to suit industrial participation.
Totally at least 20 industrial Gold and Silver members.
Both open and adapted courses. Number of courses, no. of participants in total, per discipline and from industry. Quality metrics to be added. Number of membership applications. Total number of members incl Bronze
Widespread participation at ICES events among employees at member companies. At least 10 persons at each of 10 industry partners participating in seminars. Reach >5000 persons by Newsletter >20 seminars/workshops yearly
Seminar attendance Conference attendance
3 courses existing at KTH Education Safety –critical systems with KTH education for Atlas Copco et al. 2012, 2010 Ph.D course on Systems Thinking 2012 9 Gold 8 Silver 4 Bronze 2008-2010: 21 events, 580 participants 2011: 10 events with 270 participants 2012: 17 events with 445 participants 2013: 4 events with 75 participants Newsletter reaches about 1200 persons New webpage May 13, 2013 Elektronik i Norden 8/2011 Elektroniktidningen 4/2013
Greatly enhanced support for student, industry and faculty interactions, well established channels for mentoring, work groups, exchange and practical work periods. Active focus groups
Cross-domain seminar participation, spin-off activities with at least two domains/ disciplines. Work task contributions, publications. Mobilities. Establishment of one adjunct professor
ICES attractiveness and visibility Networking
Articles in embedded magazines, popular press events, Establishment of best practices New web page.
Focus groups: 1 pending, 2 active, 3 starting up Mattias Nyberg adjunct professor
Coop. with other initiatives.
Extend inventory to international entities. Establish formalized coop. with selected centers; joint projects, mobility etc.
Three additional projects between KTH and industry. External funding outside member companies. Trend report
2 flagship projects running in different branches of industry.
At least 2 international research conferences hosted by ICES, e.g. ARTEMIS. No. of joint meetings and workshops/seminars ; jointly initiated projects. No. joint applications for funding and started projects.
ICES participates in GCDC 2013. Flagship projects visible in media.
Three joint seminars with INCOSE Collaboration disucssions with Swedsoft IVA-ICES joint seminar 2013-12-02 iFest, CESAR, MBAT, CREST ICT-Scania Vinnova research agenda funding Agile and Innovation World-wide Trends & Challenges in Embedded Systems 2012-08-30 GCDC 2011, 2012