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Embedded Systems Laboratory (ESLAB)

The Embedded Systems Laboratory does research on the practice and theory of embedded and automation systems. A central vision of the laboratory is to contribute to development of solutions for improving energy-efficiency and reliability of systems, both traditional ICT systems (mobile, Green-ICT), as well as automation systems for energy production.

The laboratory has strong research cooperation with the Distributed Systems Lab, the Embedded Computer and Electronic Systems Lab, and the Software Engineering Lab, through joint research projects.

The laboratory is hosting 2 International Masters programmes in cooperation with ECES, Embedded Computing, and EIT ICTLabs Master School Embedded Computing Specialisation on Energy-Efficient Compting, and a double-degree with ESIGELEC in Rouen, France.

The laboratory consists of 4 research groups:

Systems and Control Engineering (Lead: Hannu Toivonen): The group is involved in both applied and theoretical research. The latter is partly done within the OSE (Optimization and Systems Engineering) group at Åbo Akademi. In theoretical research, the current focus is on system modeling and identification methods, and control methods for periodically time-varying systems. In applied research, the group currently focuses on issues in intelligent automation and control of combustion engines and power plants.

Embedded Systems (Lead: Johan Lilius): The current focus of research on the development of new methods and tools for energy-efficient system implementation, including dataflow-languages, many-core operating systems and the use of mobile technologies in data-centers.

Communication and Signal Processing (Lead: Jerker Björqkvist): The communcations and signal processing group currently focuses on development and implemention issues for wireless broadbad communication systems. This includes Software Defined Radio (SDR) implementation of relevant communication kernels, such as forward error correction and symbol demapping, implemented on various computing architectures.

Resilient Systems Engineering (Lead: Elena Troubitsyna): The group has a strong track record in developing formal design theories for highly dependable systems. We focus on modelling safety, fault tolerance and resilience of systems from a broad range of domains -- from traditional control systems to self-adaptive multi-agent applications and big data in cloud. Our core expertise is in high-assurance systems engineering that includes proof-based verification, model-checking, safety analysis and advanced system adaptation technologies.

Research Unit Web Page: https://research.it.abo.fi/research/embedded-systems-laboratory

Leader of the unit

Johan Lilius

Senior Researchers

Jerker Björkqvist Linas Laibinis Hannu Toivonen Elena Troubitsyna


Tom Fredman Sébastien Lafond Kristian Nybom Leonidas Tsiopoulos

External Docents

João Miguel Fernandes Lionel Morel



Agent Based Management of Embedded Data Reserves, Academy of Finland, 2012-2014


Autonomic software-intensive systems – foundations of safety and resilience, Academy of Finland, 2009-2013


Cloud Software Programme, TIVIT SHOK Research Programme, 2010-2013


Dataflow Oriented Automated Design Toolchain, Academy of Finland, 2011-2015


Enabling Next GeneratIon NEtworks for broadcast Services, CELTIC, 2010-2012


Future Combustion Engine Power Plant programme, CLEEN SHOP Research Programme, 2011-2014


Parallel Acceleration Project, TEKES, 2013


Reduced Certification Costs for Trusted Multi-core Platforms, ARTEMIS, 2010-2013


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