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Views on Evolvability of Embedded Systems

  • Pierre Van de Laar
  • Teade Punter


  • Presents a comprehensive overview of evolvability within embedded systems Presents up-to-date research as a result of ESI’s Darwin project (applied research project which was conducted from 2006 - 2010 at Philips Healthcare)

  • Contributions from academia and industry


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

About the editors

Piërre van de Laar studied at the Catholic University of Nijmegen and was awarded his master degree (cum laude) in both theoretical and computational physics in 1994 and his PhD on 'Selection in Neural Information Processing' in 1999. He was a senior researcher at Philips Research in Eindhoven. Since 2006, he is a Research Fellow of the Embedded Systems Institute. After performing a study for DaimlerChrysler, he joined the Darwin project.

Teade Punter received a M.Sc (Ir.) from University of Twente in 1991 and a Ph.D. from Eindhoven University of Technology in 2001. He worked at the Open University of the Netherlands, Kema Nederland B.V., Fraunhofer IESE and Eindhoven University of Technology. He has dealt with a variety of topics in software and systems engineering, e.g., software measurement and assessment. Teade is a Knowledge Manager at ESI for multiple projects, including the Darwin project. Teade’s interests are in model driven engineering, integration & test and technology transfer.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Views on Evolvability of Embedded Systems
  • Editors Pierre Van de Laar
    Teade Punter
  • Series Title Embedded Systems
  • Series Abbreviated Title Embedded Systems
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2011
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Engineering Engineering (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-90-481-9848-1
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-007-3390-9
  • eBook ISBN 978-90-481-9849-8
  • Series ISSN 2193-0155
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XII, 316
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Circuits and Systems
    Special Purpose and Application-Based Systems
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'We were shown the benefits of modeling and visualization and how these could be actively used to move us towards a “right-by-design” way of working' Fons Gijselhart (Vice President Philips Healthcare MRI Systems)