Launching Embedded Systems project

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At the end of July, the Institute of Lithuanian Scientific Society has launched the project “Encouraging local and international scientific cooperation, and development of professional expertise” aimed at gathering together the scientists working with the Embedded Systems in the country and partly the employees designing, manufacturing and managing the systems.

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Director of the Institute of Lithuanian Scientific Society Valentas Daniunas, the Project Manager for the new Embedded Systems Project Dr. Zenonas Jancys, and the Chairman of the Lithuanian Society of Scientists Dr. Vygintas Gontis
(Photos by Gediminas Zemlickas)

An embedded system is an electronic device embedded into other device, appliance, or other installation and operating under its own independent application processing the digital information supplied. Design and manufacturing of embedded systems corresponds to the strategic Lithuanian research and industrial development goals, and has an important role in the programmes of the European Union aimed at strengthening the cooperation between the science and industry. The major part of the funds to the launched project will be given by the European Social Fund, one of the EU structural funds, that is aimed at improving social cohesion and economic welfare in the EU countries.

Agreement on the name

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The relevant problems of design and application of embedded systems are being discussed: from right to left – Director of the Centre of Real Time Computer Systems of Kaunas University of Technology Professor Dr. Egidijus Kazanavicius, Project Researcher of the Centre Arunas Grubliauskas, and doc. dr. Andrius Ušinskas from Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, Department of Electronic Systems.

In media, and on the internet, as well as in the environment of scientists, and those designing and manufacturing the systems, one can often see the term “iterptines sistemos” (en. embedded systems) and sometimes other terms defining the same systems. Such inconsistence can cause certain confusion, therefore, the editorial office of “Mokslo Lietuvos” applied the State Commission of the Lithuanian Language for an explanation which translation of the English term Embedded system should be preferred. Below is the answer provided to our enquiry by the senior Specialist of the Commission’s Department of Loanwords Alvydas Umbrasas: “In the dictionaries published in the Term bank the Republic of Lithuania, the term embedded system corresponds to the Lithuanian term “idetoji sistema”, “istatytoji sistema”. By analogy of other terms containing the constituent embedded, a term “itaisytoji sistema” might be introduced. If a term with the verb “iterpti” is preferred then the terms will be “iterptoji sistema”.

We would appreciate any opinions from our readers, especially those working or even designing such systems. Our situation is a little bit more difficult as we have to publish a web-based publication devoted to this project. The project has been launched, and we are still having problems with the name of the publication as the new term has not been well-established.

***About the future release. It will be a monthly web-based publication discussing educational and general issues aimed at popularizing science and encouraging schoolchildren and students to link their future career with electronics and engineering. The publication will be used for reviewing project progress, and innovations in the area of embedded systems on the local as well as global level. We will seek our publications to be interesting not only to the specialists of this narrow area but also for a wider circle of readers. We will be glad to show the society how the area under discussion is important to our country, and give some ideas to the specialists in the area how they could direct their activity or new creative ideas. We will try to attract more authors that work with practical and theoretical issues in the area of embedded systems, and publishing will be carried out by the employees of the editorial office in cooperation with the project managers and executors.

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Edmundas Garla, lecturer of the Kaunas University of Applied Sciences, Department of Computer Technology and Telecommunications.

During the project implementation, launching of a general information portal (internet website) is planned, which is to become a part of other well-known science information portal www.mokslasplius.lt. The future portal and the web-based publication will be constituent parts of the project to be implemented.

Beside the articles in the web-based publication, and launching of the mentioned information portal, the trainings will be arranged in the areas of project development under the Structural Funds and Framework programmes and embedded systems. During the training sessions, the programmes shall be presented as well as practical trainings where the participants will be able to improve their skills in project development.

Project participants hold the first meeting

All of the above have been discussed on 24 July, during the first meeting of project participants and executors that was held at the headquarters of the Lithuanian Society of Scientists. During the meeting, the topics of the trainings, number of participants and other project-related issues were discussed.

The trainings will include “Development of entrepreneurship and professional skills”, “Commercialisation of science”, “Patenting”, and other specialized training introducing the innovations of embedded systems, and the relevant issues related to their design and application. The first three topics are probably well-known to our readers and requiring no extensive comments, therefore we will give more detailed information on the specialized trainings.

The planned specialized trainings will include the following topics: “Design of embedded equipment”, “Engineering of the embedded software”, Embedded operating systems”, and “ARM (Advanced RISC Machine) architecture”. Please note that these are pnly preliminary topics of the trainings to be adjusted during the course of project implementation depending on the needs of product participants. All the suggestions are welcome.

The trainings will be arranged for two groups of participants (15 participants in each). On request, the participants will be allowed to participate in the training on both days. It is planned to invite the best professionals of embedded systems in Lithuania and foreign countries as well as other specialists from the areas in question to give lectures during the training. The conditions for the project provide for the trainings to be first offered to the scientists and researchers working in academic institutions (universities, colleges, research centres and institutes), however, most probably, the scientists and researchers working in companies designing, engineering and applying the embedded systems will also express their willingness to participate in the trainings. To the extent possible, they will also be allowed to participate in the events and trainings arranged during the implementation of the project. The Institute of Lithuanian Scientific Society being an initiator of the project will try gathering the scientists working with embedded systems into one team, and create learning and communication system as well as an information system to publish information about the works carried out. In this system, the information on the scientists and their works will be published.

What do we expect from the project participants and generally from the Lithuanian scientists and corporate employees working with embedded systems? First, we expect productive collaboration, suggestions regarding relevant topics of the trainings and selection of visiting lecturers.