Teaching, Education and Training for Dependable Embedded and Cyberphysical Systems and Systems-of-Systems Engineering (TET-DEC)


Embedded systems are everywhere – may they be visible or integrated into every day devices. Comfort, health, services, safety and security of people depend increasingly on them. In combination and close interaction with the (somehow unpredictable) real-world environment and humans, they become so-called “Cyber-physical Systems”, acting independently, co-operative or as “systems-of-systems” (including legacy systems). The impact on society as a whole is tremendous - thus dependability (safety, reliability, availability, security, maintainability etc.) resilience and sustainability in a holistic manner become an important issue, despite unwanted emergent behaviors and interdependencies.

Demanding challenges have to be met by research, engineering and education. Smart (embedded) systems are regarded as the most important business driver for European industry. They are a targeted research area for European Research Programmes in Horizon 2020 and in the ECSEL Joint Technology Initiative. Their application is not only in aerospace, railways, automotive, or process industry and manufacturing, but also in robotics, services of all kind, home appliances and health care.

There is tremendous investment in research and innovation – but is this complemented comparably in education and training as well? Particular issues of safety, security, dependability, risk, hazard and vulnerability analysis and the corresponding requirements for system design, development, operations and maintenance have to be properly trained and be part of basic university education and of “life- long learning” of professionals. Obviously there are gaps. Therefore, we have to ask:

“How should we teach, educate and train our current and future engineers and researchers?"

This special session workshop allows reports on on-going work aiming at hopefully fruitful discussions and exchange of ideas, to present best practices, examples and experience reports, and analysis of the challenges with recommendations for a sustainable future of teaching, learning and training.

The International Programme Committee is composed of selected EUROMICRO / ERCIM /EWICS members, led by the workshop organizers.

Session Organizers

Erwin Schoitsch AIT Austrian Institute of Technology
Amund Skavhaug The Norwegian Univ. of Science and Technology


- Erwin Schoitsch AIT Austrian Institute of Technology (AT)
- Amund Skavhaug NTNU Trondheim (NO)
- Bettina Buth HAW Hamburg (DE)
- Peter Daniel EWICS TC7 (UK)
- Francesco Flammini Univ. of Naples (IT)
- Janusz Gorski Techn. Univ. of Gansk (PL)
- Denis Hatebur Univ. Düsseldorf (DE)
- Floor Koornneef TU Delft (NL)
- Willi Krenn AIT Austrian Institute of Technology (AT)
- Peter Bernard Ladkin Univ. of Bielefeld (DE)
- Dejan Nickovic AIT Austrian Institute of Technology (AT)
- Frank Ortmeier Otto-von-Guericke Univ. Magdeburg (DE)
- Thomas Pfeiffenberger Salzburg Research (AT)
- Matthieu Roy LAAS-CNRS (FR)
- Francesca Saglietti Univ. Erlangen-Nuremberg (DE)
- Christoph Schmitz Zühlke Engineering (CH)
- Rolf Schumacher Honeywell, Bombardier (DE)
- Mark-Alexander Sujan Univ. of Warwick (UK)
- Meine van der Meulen DNV (NO)



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