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In the framework of the European Space Agency's Networking/Partnering Initiative (NPI) a PhD research project was organized by ESA and the Embedded Systems Unit of FBK on the topic of model-based tools to support formal design of fault management architectures. The work was performed by the PhD student Benjamin Bittner, under supervision of Alessandro Cimatti and Marco Bozzano on FBK side and Marcel Verhoef on ESA side.

Formal Comparative Analysis for the Automated Air Traffic Control Design

In the next 20 years the airspace traffic will increase by 4 times, and current technology cannot guarantee an acceptable level of safety, reliability, and security. NASA is evaluating different options to design a more advanced and capable Air Traffic Control System. Such a huge project requires a wide range of different analysis, including political and environmental impact, cost analysis, usability, safety and reliability analysis, and so on.

The objective of the project is to produce a new release of the COMPASS toolset, to be referred to as COMPASS 3.0, which integrates, harmonizes and updates selected features from previous projects (COMPASS, AUTOGEF, FAME and HASDEL), with the aim to resolve the compatibility problem.

Modeling, verification and safety analysis of critical, highly integrated systems.

AMASS (Architecture-driven, Multi-concern and Seamless Assurance and Certification of Cyber-Physical Systems) will create and consolidate the de-facto European-wide open tool platform, ecosystem, and self-sustainable community for assurance and certification of Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) in the largest industrial vertical markets including automotive, railway, aerospace, space, energy.

CITADEL will build on the MILS technology accomplishments of D-MILS and Euro-MILS, and perform the research and development necessary to create adaptive MILS systems.
We propose to use adaptive MILS in new and evolving adaptive systems contexts having strategic focus within the EU, such as Critical Infrastructures and the Internet of Things, where adaptability is a crucial ingredient for the safety and security of future systems, and where the rigorous construction and verification made possible by MILS holds particular promise.

Modern critical systems bear great responsibilities and face escalating challenges. Distributed systems for critical applications are costly and time-consuming to develop and to certify. Since there is little automated support for early assurance that a system faithfully implements its architectural design and satisfies its requirements, qualification testing and certification processes often reveal deficiencies that require costly late changes.

The need for high level of confidence and operational integrity in critical space (software) systems is well recognized in the Space industry and has been addressed so far through rigorous System and Software Development Processes and stringent Verification and Validation regimes.

SafeCer is targeting increased efficiency and reduced time-to-market by composable safety certification of safety-relevant embedded systems. The industrial domains targeted are within automotive and construction equipment, avionics, and rail. SafeCer will also develop certification guidelines and a training example for other domains, thus considerably increasing its market impact.

The Innovative Rover Operations Concepts – Autonomous Planning (IRONCAP) is an ESA study project to explore and define the concepts and interactions needed to control and plan the activities of an interplanetary rover. Its aim is to develop a prototype system to support the science and engineering planning of an interplanetary rover using stateof-the-art methods and techniques in planning and scheduling combined with existing and/or developing ground segment systems and technologies.