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Center for Embedded Systems (CES)

Arizona State University

Southern Illinois University at Carbondale

Last Reviewed: 08/01/2017

CES is a center of excellence in research and education in the design and use of embedded computing systems. CES’s research focuses on the technologies that enable sensing, communications, computing, and control in everyday things.

Center Mission and Rationale

At the heart of all personal technology, healthcare, homeland security, education, transportation and space applications is a computing system that performs the essential functions of sensing, computing, control and communication. Such computing systems that are immersed in their application domains are known as embedded systems.

Design technologies for embedded systems in the nanoscale era face both silicon and system complexities, and the cross-cutting issue of increased power consumption. Given the infusion of embedded systems into all types of safety-critical applications, another extraordinary set of challenges arises from verification and validation of hybrid systems.

Embedded system design in nanoscale technologies presents a significant challenge to industry and government, as it requires a cross-disciplinary approach to problem solving, which cuts across traditional areas of electrical engineering and computer science. We believe that cohesive industry/university teams with expertise in design of circuits, hardware architecture, system software and applications are ideal for undertaking innovative research projects.

The mission of CES encompasses fundamental, industry-relevant research, education, and training for undergraduate and graduate students. The Center accomplishes this by implementing research projects, industry-sponsored internships, and technology transfer made possible by shared intellectual property arrangements and student employment.

Research program

Cyber-Physical Systems

  • Modeling and simulation
  • Model based formal verification and semi-formal testing
  • Model based synthesis from high-level specifications

Electronic System-level (ESL) Design and Technologies

  • Modeling and simulation
  • Hardware/software co-design and optimization
  • Trusted, reliable, and secure design

Embedded Multicore Architectures and Programming

  • Network-on-Chip design and optimization
  • Compilation of stream applications on multicore processors
  • Highly power-efficient programmable accelerators
  • Soft error resilient system design
  • Design and programming of low power embedded systems
  • Embedded GPU computing
  • Temperature- and variations-aware architectures and programming

Embedded Software Systems

  • Real-time scheduling
  • Embedded systems fo smart grids
  • Middleware and VM for embedded systems
  • Embedded software instrumentation and tools

Integrated Circuit Technologies, Design, and Test

  • Semiconductors for hostile environments
  • Device physics and modeling
  • Microelectronic device and sensor design and manufacturing
  • Analog/RF/mixed signal circuit design and test
  • Testing and silicon debug of digital circuits

Power, Energy and Thermal-Aware Design

  • Low power circuit architectures and design tools
  • Dynamic performance, power, energy and thermal management for multicore embedded systems
  • Statistical variation aware design of digital systems
  • Energy efficient architectures and code optimization for embedded systems

Special Activities

CES provides research support for students and faculty, sponsors internship programs, and administers a relevant embedded systems curriculum.


Southern Illinois University at Carbondale

1230 Lincoln Drive
MC 6603

Carbondale, Illinois, 62901

United States

Arizona State University

699 S. Mill Ave
Brickyard Bldg, 5th Floor

Tempe, Arizona, 85281

United States