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Center for Embedded Systems, an National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Center.

Center for Embedded Systems

An NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Center

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Who We Are. The Center for Embedded Systems (CES) was established in 2001 as an industry/university partnership to develop a globally-recognized center for embedded computing system technologies. In March 2009, CES achieved the designation of National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Center, one of more than 50 centers, each covering different areas of technology.

Our Mission. The Center’s purpose is to advance the field of embedded systems in algorithms, applications, and architectures to new levels through cooperative research agreements between industry, academia, and government.

Why? Every electronic device - from cell phone to tablet computer to jet plane - uses advanced computer technology “embedded” within it. The Center brings together great companies and great minds to solve real-world computing problems, starting with research in the areas of: power, energy and thermal-aware design; robust IC and system design; software design for embedded systems; advanced embedded processor architectures; networked and distributed embedded systems; and testing, fault tolerance and dependability. 

Year 6 Research Projects Kick-off Phase II

This spring, the NSF awarded the Center for Embedded Systems “Phase II” status, supporting the Center’s designation as an NSF Industry-University Cooperative Research Center for another five years, through March 2019.

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CES’s next Industry Advisory Board (IAB) meeting, February 3-4, 2015

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CES Featured

CES Research Projects Featured in “Embedded Computing Design” Magazine:


Academic Sites

Arizona State University Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Cooperative Research

National Science Foundation

The Center for Embedded Systems is a National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Center.


Industry Members

Inception to Present

Ford Motor Company
Johnson Controls
Marvel Technology Group, Inc.
Rockwell Collins
UTC Aerospace Systems
General Dynamics
Alpha Core
Naval Sea Systems Command