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Center Overview

The Center for Embedded Systems (CES) researches the technologies that enable sensing, communications, and computing in everyday things. Its purpose is to advance the field of embedded systems (hardware, software, and architectures), share advancements, and commercialize applications.

CES conducts fundamental research that leads to improvements in personalized health care technologies, consumer electronics, aerospace and avionics, industrial automation, automotive and transportation, and security. CES connects industry with leading faculty members and student researchers on industry-led projects involving embedded systems in algorithms, applications, and architectures to develop products to meet market needs.

An embedded system is an application-specific computing system found inside products such as home appliances, mobile handheld personal systems (e.g., cellphones, health monitors, assistive devices, cameras, electronic games), instrumentation, automobiles, aircraft, missiles, satellites, and nuclear power plants. Embedded systems are distinguished from general-purpose computing systems by their well-defined functionalities and stringent design constraints. Embedded systems encompass all of the four fundamental operational capabilities required to interface with the world at large - sensing, computing, control, and communication - which can now be integrated with single-chip multiprocessors. The ability to combine operational capabilities in this way has opened up new possibilities for application-specific computing.


  • Southern Illinois University, Carbondale
  • Arizona State University
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Center Personnel

Spyros Tragoudas
Site Director, SIUC
+1 618 453 7027

Sarma Vrudhula
Center Director
+1 480 727 4152

Research Focus

Cyber-physical systems

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

Embedded multicore architectures and programming

  • Compilers and architectures for multicore embedded systems.
  • Design and programming of low-power embedded systems.
  • Embedded GPU computing for mobile systems.
  • Power-efficient programmable accelerators.
  • Soft error resilient system design.

Embedded software systems

  • Embedded software instrumentation and tools.
  • Embedded systems for smart grids.
  • Real-time scheduling.
  • Scheduling and middleware for multicore-based embedded systems.

Integrated circuit technologies, design, and test

  • Analog, radio frequency, and mixed-signal circuit design and test.
  • Emerging semiconductor technologies.
  • Semiconductors for hostile environments.
  • Sensor design and manufacturing.
  • Testing and silicon debug of digital circuits.

Power, energy and thermal-aware design

  • Energy efficient architectures.
  • Low-power circuit architectures and design tools.
  • Performance, power, energy and thermal management for multicore.