The end, (beginning No. 3)
Vague hopes for education without entrepreneurship
E. Kazanavičius claims that a year ago, he used to order various components of embedded systems for his researches before 12 a.m. and received them the next day at 2 p.m. Today he is happy he receives the components in the period of three months, and for some components it takes even up to six month to be delivered. What does it mean? Warehouses are empty: under crisis conditions, electronics is developing even more rapidly in Europe. All this has to be taken into account.
In the modern world, major attention is paid to development of software for embedded systems, installation of software into embedded systems, and development of software for energy-efficient architectures. E. Kazanavičius named several areas which are acquiring a special pace of development in the world. First, it is works that help seeking effective usage of energy. The tendencies in European Commission’s research activity focus on the problems of smart transport and smart cities. These are complex areas of research and application that integrate program engineering, system development, modern electronics and many other areas of engineering as well as application opportunities for scientific research and innovations. These are works that are impossible without development and application of embedded systems.
What do the Lithuanian scientists do? In the Centre of Real Time Computer Systems of Kaunas University of Technology, there are many projects being carried out with embedded systems, for example a project of microsensorial wireless networks for various application tasks. E. Kazanavičius has been asked to cooperate with the Ministry of Transport one of the strategic objectives of which is design and installation of intelligent transport systems. This work includes the problems of transport information and control systems, parking, security and many other issues. Embedded systems are going to have a crucial role when reaching for these objectives. There works are going to involve Klaipėda Seaport constructions works, and development of a completely new infrastructure. This is a perfect space for specific application of embedded systems.
Today, knowledge is not enough. Beside knowledge, E. Kazanavičius also emphasize the importance of application of innovations, however, when talking with scientists and asking them what do they lack most, the most frequent answer is… money. The professor claims wuite the other way around: “Give me a good business plan, and I will give you the amount of money you need for it”. He is quite confident in saying that since he knows that this is something we are not tough to do, we are all amateurs. Professor has a significant cooperation experience he has acquired since 1997 working with Aalburg University in Denmark, and elsewhere. During his visit to one of Swedish Universities, he had a chance to meet a professor who was the richest among his colleagues and owned shares of 38 companies. He has been establishing the companies together with the students, the companies are successful and their products are on demand.
Apparently, when our professors from the areas of engineering, technology, and others become so clever and enterprising, all other issues will also progress from the current „death point“. Maybe this new project on embedded systems will promote these changes?
The main objective of the project in Lithuania is raising the competence of scientists working with embedded systems, or designing them or installing. This would be very beneficial in the akademic field, but what about business? Adaptability, and participation in trainings would help to establish communication between scientists and manufacturers. During trainings, the competence of people is revealed, and it is easier to make contacts with potential partners. It would be great that as a result of the trainings and the project itself new companies (let them be the small ones at the beginning) will be established. This is the objective of the trainings.