Platform for evaluation and education of embedded and safety-critical system software
(Third Party Funds Single)
Start date: 1. October 2007
End date: 31. July 2014
Funding source: Siemens AG
The project originally started in the context of the CoSa project, where it is intended to be deployed as a creditable demonstrator for safety-critical mission scenarios. During the development of the I4Copter prototype, it turned out to be more of a challenge than initially expected, both in terms of complexity and applicability. The software required for flight control, navigation and communication is a comprehensive and demanding application for the underlying system software. That is why it has emerged as a demonstrative showcase, addressing various aspects of system software research. This way, other research projects, such as CiAO, also benefit from this platform. Beyond the domain of computer science, the development of a quadrotor helicopter also includes challenges in the areas of engineering, manufacturing and automatic control. That is why I4Copter is now an interdisciplinary project with partners in other sciences. It is therefore an ideal platform for students, especially those of combined study programs (e.g. Mechatronics or Computational Engineering), showing the need for cross-domain education.