Review Report

Overall reviewer’s conclusions

The rich web of industrial connections, the attention industry pays to ArtistDesign activities is a testimony that ArtistDesign is an excellent investment: it is an engine of innovation in a strategic field.

The “superstructure” ArtistDesign created over a number of EU research projects is valuable: the coordination is working, the clusters were active, communities interact and a shared vision has been formulated. ArtistDesign hold a major promise that new insights will emerge from the vertical, cross-cutting activities that could not have emerged otherwise.

ArtistDesign gave a unique identity to research in EU in embedded systems. The scope of activities, the level of involvement of the researchers, the volume of produced results is impressive. The ArtistDesign portal is a shared intellectual asset used now worldwide and there is a promise that some content of this portal will be taking over in another context.

This all is shown by the research output, the website, the summer schools, the joint publications as well as by the generated projects both at European level (FP7, Artemis) and at national level.

At the review meeting, presentations were at the right level of detail, well presented and the timing was good.

The main points are summarised below:

- The NoE has matured and provided the required conceptual integration for large and diverse technology area.
- There is evidence of significant interaction across researchers, research groups and even research areas. This interaction has created a strong convergence on the field and improves effectiveness in addressing rapidly emerging new challenges
- The produced research output of the teams participating in the NoE is extremely impressive.
- There is ample evidence that Impact on industry is strong. Connection to industry is demonstrated, with significant variance among the various industrial domains.
- Noteworthy to mention various start-ups in the domain such as Symtavision (Uni Braunschweig), Wispes (Uni Bochum), BiomiCore (DTU), UP4all (CISS) et al. which
were founded through the indirect support of ARTISTDESIGN partners.
- Outreach activities are remarkably strong and well represent EU research excellence in the area of embedded systems world-wide.
- ArtistDesign may be considered as a crown jewel of the EU ICT, well worth the investment.
- The NoE has extended its internal connections and especially in the integration domain, where new fields have been initiated. New fields of application which were mentioned as targets during last review were actually addressed.
The permeability among the collaborating partners is demonstrated and is based on actual sound research objectives, where joint competences are used to try and bridge gaps, to deliver solutions to identified lacks in embedded systems development areas.
- Special attention was paid on mixed-criticality as an emerging research topic. Most presentations dealt with this issue.

- ARTISDESIGN has clearly met and well exceeded its goals. This should be wrapped up and consolidated in a vision document citing Players and stakeholders (like Offis/Thales, etc..) and grand challenges (like crisis, energy, mobility and health)
- There are bright perspectives ahead:
— Impressive visibility in events at DATE in Dresden March 2012
— SIG within EDAA
— Think BIG
- The NoE has developed a realistic scheme to sustain the key activities of ARTISTDESIGN

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