The project iPlat ("Innovative Platforms for Mixed Hardware/Software Systems") is carried out by the Department of Embedded Systems at the University of Applied Sciences Technikum Wien (Fachhochschule Technikum Wien). The goal of this project is to foster educational activities in the area of hardware/software co-design and verification at the university and to increase the visibility of microelectronic systems in general.
The specific goal of the iPlat project is to evaluate today's existing sophisticated platforms for embedded (hardware/software based) systems and to integrate them into the lectures and courses of the Department of Embedded Systems in order to offer students of the UAS Technikum Wien a modern curriculum and an education on an international level. Furthermore, it is the objective of the project to make newest state-of-the-art technology available for a diverse range of people with different background knowledge. This is done by, e.g., relying on tools with graphical user interfaces. Moreover, the development of add-on boards and IP cores based on the used platforms, quickstart guides, tutorials, hello-world examples and the like as well as their integration into a project Wiki are an essential part of the project.
An integral part of the project is the realization of an interactive, safety-related demonstrator. It will consist of a model train set with three tracks, two trains and a series of signals and switches. The demonstrator can operate in either autonomous or manual mode with the help of control software. It is planned to be presented to the broad public at events like the "Lange Nacht der Forschung" or the "Open Days" of the UAS Technikum Wien. Additionally, the demonstrator will present a starting point for further R&D projects at our department.
This project is funded by the City of Vienna, Department MA23, under grant number "MA23-Projekt 18-06".