Charter for the Center for Hybrid Embedded Software Systems
"The term cyber-physical systems (CPS) was coined by Helen Gill at the
National Science Foundation in the U.S. to refer to the integration of
computation with physical processes. In CPS, embedded computers and
networks monitor and control the physical processes, usually with
feedback loops where physical processes affect computations and vice
versa. The design of such systems, therefore, requires understanding
the joint dynamics of computers, software, networks, and physical
processes. It is this study of joint dynamics that sets this
"When studying CPS, certain key problems emerge that
are rare in so-called general-purpose computing. For example, in
general-purpose software, the time it takes to perform a task is an
issue of performance, not correctness. It is not incorrect to take
longer to perform a task. It is merely less convenient and therefore
less valuable. In CPS, the time it takes to perform a task may be
critical to correct functioning of the system. In the physical world,
as opposed to the cyber world, the passage of time is inexorable."
- Edward A. Lee and Sanjit Seshia,
Introduction to Embedded Systems.
The mission of the Center for Hybrid and Embedded Software Systems (CHESS) is to provide an environment for graduate research in cyber-physical systems by developing model-based and tool-supported design methodologies for real-time, fault tolerant software on heterogeneous distributed platforms that interact with the physical world. CHESS provides industry with innovative software methods, design methodology and tools while helping industry solve real-world problems. CHESS is defining new areas of curricula in engineering and computer science which will result in solving societal issues surrounding aerospace, automotive, consumer electronics and medical devices.
See also the "Center for Hybrid and Embedded Software Systems (CHESS) Overview"
and the "Center for Hybrid and Embedded Software Systems (CHESS) Poster" presented at the
Berkeley EECS Annual Research Symposium
See also CHESS 2009 Prospectus
See also our Highlights page,
which includes links to the annual reports.