Institute of Technical Informatics, Graz University of Technology, Austria.

Marcel Baunach, is a professor for “Embedded Automotive Systems” at the Institute for Technical Informatics at the Technical University of Graz, Austria since 2014. He received his doctorate in Computer Science with distinction from the University of Würzburg. He also established the research area “Wireless Sensor / Actuator Networks” with a focus on embedded operating systems, hardware platforms, wireless communication and indoor localization. In 2011, he joined the industry as a department manager for hardware development in the field of “Automotive Diagnostics”. In 2013, he returned to the academic world and moved to Graz University of Technology. Marcel Baunach is currently a member of the extended Management Board of the Operating Systems Division.

His field of research is the dynamic composition of hardware and software of embedded systems; In particular the co-design of adaptive multi-core architectures, flexible operating systems and self-organizing communication protocols for embedded real-time systems. Areas of application include, inter alia, The Internet of Things, autonomous driving, and future production systems.

He is always promoting young scientists and willing to support young academics and promote their outstanding work. One of his objectives is to strengthen awareness of the need for strong research and teaching on operating systems and processor architectures.

Dependable Computing Platforms for the Internet of Things

A central demand on the Internet of Things (IoT) as a global infrastructure is its ability to provide continuously changing services and functions dependably on an unprecedented number of heterogeneous devices. While today’s embedded devices are still statically designed for specific applications and suffer from severe security flaws, future software and hardware must be much more flexible and inherently protected. Highly adaptive computing platforms will be required to allow the dynamic composition of functions and even the modification of computational units at runtime (maintainability). At the same time, operations must still be completed within guaranteed response times (real-time), and the devices and network must remain protected against alteration due to environmental perturbation or deliberate attacks (security, safety). This talk addresses the related challenges, and presents novel approaches for co-designing highly flexible and secure middleware and MCU architectures for dependable embedded platforms in the IoT.