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A Common Us Europe Curriculum: An Approach For Real Time Software Intensive Systems

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2008 Annual Conference & Exposition

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Publication Date

June 22, 2008

Start Date

June 22, 2008

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June 25, 2008

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2153-5965

Conference Session

Collaborative & New Efforts in Engineering Education

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International

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12

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13.18.1 - 13.18.12

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https://peer.asee.org/3815

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Andrew Kornecki ERAU

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MSEE, PhD, Professor; engaged in a variety of research projects sponsored by the FAA, NSF, Florida State, and the industry (~$700K as the PI, ~$2.5M as co-PI); author and co-author of over 80 refereed papers in journals and conference proceedings; construction of real-time and safety critical software, embedded systems, computer simulation and aviation software, control and computer engineering education; teaching in undergraduate and graduate engineering programs on three continents; established ERAU Real-Time Software Laboratory; consulting and providing training for industry and government in real-time safety critical software; served on committee of the National Academies of Science and Engineering; currently serving on the US/EU international RTCA SC205/WR71 committee on development of aviation systems software guidance material (http://faculty.erau.edu/korn/)

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Thomas Hilburn Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Prescott

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Ph.D., Professor, Department; Visiting Scientist at the Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University; worked on software engineering research projects with the FAA, the Mitre Corporation and the NSF; current interests include software processes, object-oriented design, formal specification techniques, and curriculum development, and he has authored/co-authored over 40 referred papers in these areas; an IEEE Certified Software Developer, SEI-Certified PSP Developer, and the editor for the ACM/IEEE-CS Computing Curriculum-SE project (http://faculty.erau.edu/hilburn/)

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Wojciech Grega AGH

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MSEE, PhD, DSc: control, optimization, modeling, industrial computers science; author and co-author of more than 100 papers and books. Coordinator or main researcher in 12 national and international projects; coordinator of Tempus Project S-JEP 11317-96, (1997-1999); Vice Dean of the Faculty (1994-96); Head of the Control Laboratory, Head of the Faculty Commission for Education; elected member of the EAEEIE (European Association for Education in Electrical and Information Engineering), EU Tempus Academic Expert (expert list EAC 73/02) (http://aq.ia.agh.edu.pl/Aquarium/EN/staff/wgr.html)

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Jean-Marc Thririet LAG

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Professor in Université Joseph Fourier† Laboratoire d'Automatique de Grenoble (LAG UMR 5528 CNRS-INPG-UJF) since September 2005; previously an Associate Professor in Université Henri Poincaré Nancy 1† Centre de Recherche en Automatique de Nancy (CRAN UMR 7039 CNRS-UHP-INPL); networked control systems, distributed systems, dependability; teaching activities deal mainly with communication networks and automatic control; the coordinator of the EIE-Surveyor Thematic Network (www.eie-surveyor.org ) from the European Commission (2005-2008); member of the THEIERE thematic network (2000-2005) and partner of the Tempus Project S-JEP 11317-96; elected member of the Council of the EAEEIE (treasurer from 1999 to 2005).
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Miroslav Sveda BUT

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A Common US-Europe Curriculum: An Approach for Real-Time Software Intensive Systems

Abstract

With the increasing importance and demand for efficient development of high quality Real-Time Software-Intensive Control systems (RSIC), the education of modern engineers it is critical. RSIC systems need to meet stringent safety and reliability requirements and often are developed by companies operating across national boundaries. This paper describes an approach and preliminary results of research leading to establishment of a framework for creation of multinational, engineering programs, which will produce graduates capable of working efficiently in multidisciplinary teams engaged in international collaboration on industrial RSIC projects. The emphasis is on projects which require conformance to specific national and international standards mandated by regulatory authorities. A key element of the framework is the identification of appropriate educational objectives and outcomes for the program based on industry surveys and the analysis of accreditation criteria. The proposed RSIC curriculum model is designed to be used by engineering schools, both in the USA and the EU. This model will address the nations’ needs for researchers and developers of real-time safety-critical systems who are capable of engaging in projects spanning the nations’ boundaries and promoting a student- centered, transatlantic dimension to higher education and training.

Introduction

Systems like aircraft avionics, air traffic control, space shuttle control, medical equipment, and nuclear power stations are heavily software-centric, implementing reactive and time-critical software, where safety is the issue and the margin for error is narrow. It is vital for future software developers to understand basic real-time application concepts: timing, concurrency, resource sharing, inter-process communication, interrupts and handling of external devices are of primary importance. The area of real-time safety-critical control systems is one of the most challenging fields of computing, relying on designs developed according to the latest advances in science and modern principles of engineering practice.

The study discussed in this paper is focused on the creation of an international curriculum framework centered on RSIC – an important aspect of the computer-system-control-software engineering education 1,2. The study explores the mechanism for involving students from multilingual, geographically separated institutions in a coordinated educational experience. The ultimate objective is the creation of a RSIC curriculum model, which can be used by engineering schools both in the USA and the EU. This model will address the nations’ needs for researchers and developers of real-time safety-critical systems who are capable of engaging in projects spanning the nations’ boundaries and promoting a student-centered, transatlantic dimension to higher education and training. RSIC is an increasingly important aspect of computer, system, control, and software engineering education. This study explores the mechanism for involving students from multilingual, geographically separated institutions in a coordinated educational experience. It will expose them to the problems, methods, solution techniques, infrastructure, technologies, regulatory issues, and tools in the domain of dependable real-time safety-critical software-intensive control systems.

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