Ken Butts, Ph.D.
"As a Toyota employee, I have collaborated with the University of Pennsylvania on embedded systems design since 2005.
The automotive industry is moving away from the traditional idea of isolation between vehicles. Researchers are studying vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure collaboration, thereby introducing system elements that we neither design, nor control. This broader system-to-system view may help us achieve our goals of improving sustainability and safety. We envision a roadway infrastructure that can broadcast traffic scenarios, allowing vehicles to react accordingly. Our CPS capabilities need to be increased in order to produce the embedded systems we envision.
Finding students trained across CPS disciplines is an ongoing challenge. The skills that PRECISE is providing are essential for the automotive industry’s delivery of advanced systems to our customers and to society. The PRECISE center recognizes the needs of our society and is providing the corresponding educational requirements that CPS requires."
"The Air Force Research Laboratory's first direct interaction with PRECISE faculty was in 2005 on the Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) grant called Run-Time Validation and Verification for Safety-Critical Flight Control Systems. In 2005, the PRECISE center research level tools aided in the guaranteed safety of adaptive (non-deterministic) software. Since that time, researchers and students alike have been instrumental in providing relevant fault tolerant applications for advanced safety critical certification. More recently, the PRECISE center has contributed to a cross discipline team to understand and enable the next generation autonomous unmanned aerial vehicles. These needs have been highlighted in the 2010 science and technology report from the Air Force Chief Scientist. Much like the fictional Asimov three laws of Robotics, the PRECISE center is aiding in the creation of autonomous robots that 'do no harm.'
PRECISE excels at linking control, communication, and software disciplines for autonomous systems defining the next generation Cyber-Physical System."