The objectives of the INS research programme are the emergence of new paradigms, technologies, methods and tools to design digital systems consisting in integrated hardware and software in which security, dependability and energy efficiency are essential concerns. This affects the engineering of complex digital systems based on components, building blocks and applications.
Security stresses the design of high-confidence digital systems, their implementation and monitoring. The uncontrolled proliferation of connected digital systems also uses concepts such as protection assurance: "security by design". Key challenges are concerned by dependability of critical systems, fidelity (customers viewpoint on brand reputation for products and services), the problems of energy consumption, the economy of software and hardware, i.e., the rationalization of fabrication (costs, delays) without compromising the quality and by creating higher added value for products and services that differentiate from competitors.
The promotion of open source software as a total control factor of the built solutions; the importance of proprietary software as well, as a means for protecting intellectual property and for boosting economic differentiation, are major objectives.
This program covers all facets of engineering as a continuum: from design to systems under supervision and control when operating. The design both includes the study and development (specification, testing, verification, validation, certification…). Engineering also means the ability to develop predictive and corrective maintenance and, more innovatively, online maintenance without stopping systems in operation.
Availability, durability, resilience… are also key issues in digital engineering. Research and development concerns must then be thought and carried out from a highly integrated hardware / software perspective.
The thematic axes of this call are:
Deadline of the electronic submission of projects: 8 March 2012 at 1.00 p.m (Paris time) from the Web site (address indicated on this page).
Due to a possible high number of connections just before closing time, we strongly recommend to fill up the requested information without awaiting the deadline.
Deadline for submitting the administrative and financial document signed by all partners, scanned in PDF format is: 10 April at 1.00 p.m. (Paris time), on the submission website of the call for proposals.