TTÜ coordinates creation of an innovative European Training Network RESCUE to take on interdependent challenges of reliability, security and quality in nanoelectronic systems
Nanoelectronic systems containing both hardware and embedded software components are being combined today into Internet-of-things (IoT) and cyber-physical systems and, ultimately, represent the physical backbone of our increasingly digitised world.
They are deployed in life-critical application domains, such as healthcare, transportation, automotive and security, serving societal needs in Europe. Here, the impact and consequences of in-field failures, security attacks or hardware defects could be catastrophic. Reliability, quality and security cannot be treated anymore as standalone aspects and have inherent tradeoffs with a set of application constraints, cost-efficiency, energy consumption, performance of the system and its safety requirements. In order to underpin the next generation implementation technologies and rescue the steady growth of nanoelectronic systems’ functionality, new methodologies and tools for interdisciplinary and multi-scale design, modelling, and analysis are urgently needed.
Do not just give a fish but train fishing! Along with ambitious research outcomes, the Marie Skłodowska-Curie action H2020 RESCUE ITN ETN will provide an interdisciplinary training for future European engineers and researchers and will place strong emphasis on developing their innovative, creative and more importantly an entrepreneurial mentality. Essentially, the ETN addresses boosting Europe’s capabilities and leadership in nanoelectronics design and creation of qualified workforce and knowledge for industry. "Traditionally, the research and training in Europe for these highly interdependent challenges in nanoelectronic system design is fragmented and performed by scattered communities. RESCUE has an excellently balanced cross-sectoral consortium of reputable leading European research groups and companies competent to tackle these interdependent aspects in a holistic manner", says TTÜ senior research fellow Maksim Jenihhin, the RESCUE project coordinator.
The industry sector is represented by innovative and award-winning European SMEs from the areas of nanoelectronics reliability and security, i.e. IROC Technologies and Intrinsic-ID. The large companies on board are Cadence, the world leader in EDA tool development, and Robert Bosch, the European automotive electronics flagship, supporting the ETN as a partnering organisation. A cutting-edge research institution IHP serves as a bridge for knowledge transfer between the sectors. The academic sector is represented by four top tech universities Politecnico di Torino and Delft, Brandenburg, Tallinn Universities of Technology. RESCUE was just launched on April 1, 2017 and will last for 4 years with the total budget 3.76 MEUR, as a contribution by European Commission. As a first step, the project is recruiting 15 early-stage researchers to the RESCUE Team (see more details at http://rescue-etn.eu/).