Views on Evolvability of Embedded Systems

  • Pierre Van de Laar
  • Teade Punter

Part of the Embedded Systems book series (EMSY)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Piërre van de Laar, Alexander U. Douglas, Pierre America
    Pages 1-20
  3. Pierre America, Piërre van de Laar, Gerrit Muller, Teade Punter, Nico van Rooijen, Joland Rutgers et al.
    Pages 21-36
  4. Pieter van der Spek, Steven Klusener, Piërre van de Laar
    Pages 37-51
  5. Adam Vanya, Steven Klusener, Rahul Premraj, Nico van Rooijen, Hans van Vliet
    Pages 53-68
  6. Piërre van de Laar
    Pages 69-88
  7. Gerrit Muller, Piërre van de Laar
    Pages 107-119
  8. P. Daniel Borches
    Pages 121-136
  9. Alexander U. Douglas
    Pages 137-151
  10. Thom van Beek, Tetsuo Tomiyama
    Pages 153-170
  11. R. J. M. Theunissen, R. R. H. Schiffelers, D. A. van Beek, J. E. Rooda
    Pages 171-191
  12. Gürcan Güleşir, Pierre America, Frank Benschop, Klaas van den Berg, Mehmet Akşit
    Pages 193-207
  13. Selim Ciraci, Pim van den Broek, Mehmet Akşit
    Pages 209-225
  14. Evgeniy N. Ivanov, Alexander Y. Pogromsky, Johan S. van den Brink, Jacobus E. Rooda
    Pages 227-243
  15. Ana Ivanović, Pierre America
    Pages 245-260
  16. Pieter van der Spek, Chris Verhoef
    Pages 261-278
  17. Teade Punter, Piërre van de Laar
    Pages 279-299
  18. Piërre van de Laar, Pierre America, Nico van Rooijen, Teade Punter, David Watts
    Pages 301-305
  19. Back Matter
    Pages 307-315

About this book


Evolvability, the ability to respond effectively to change, represents a major challenge to today's high-end embedded systems, such as those developed in the medical domain by Philips Healthcare. These systems are typically developed by multi-disciplinary teams, located around the world, and are in constant need of upgrading to provide new advanced features, to deal with obsolescence, and to exploit emerging enabling technologies. Despite the importance of evolvability for these types of systems, the field has received scant attention from the scientific and engineering communities.

Views on Evolvability of Embedded Systems focuses on the topic of evolvability of embedded systems from an applied scientific perspective. In particular, the book describes results from the Darwin project that researched evolvability in the context of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) systems. This project applied the Industry-as-Laboratory paradigm, in which industry and academia join forces to ensure continuous knowledge and technology transfer during the project’s lifetime. The Darwin project was a collaboration between the Embedded Systems Institute, the MRI business unit of Philips Healthcare, Philips Research, and five Dutch universities.

Evolvability was addressed from a system engineering perspective by a number of researchers from different disciplines such as software-, electrical- and mechanical engineering, with a clear focus on economic decision making. The research focused on four areas: data mining, reference architectures, mechanisms and patterns for evolvability, in particular visualization & modelling, and economic decision making. Views on Evolvability of Embedded Systems is targeted at both researchers and practitioners; they will not only find a state-of-the-art overview on evolvability research, but also guidelines to make systems more evolvable and new industrially-validated techniques to improve the evolvability of embedded systems.


Data Mining Embedded Systems Healthcare Applications System Architecture(s) System Performance

Editors and affiliations

  • Pierre Van de Laar
    • 1
  • Teade Punter
    • 2
  1. 1., Laplace Building 0.10Embedded Systems InstituteEindhovenNetherlands
  2. 2., Knowledge ManagerEmbedded Systems InstituteEindhovenNetherlands

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2011
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Engineering
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-9848-1
  • Online ISBN 978-90-481-9849-8
  • Series Print ISSN 2193-0155
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