Evaluating the End-to-End Dependability of Distributed Wireless Systems

The recent trend in developing safety-critical cyber-physical systems (CPS) is to move from local standalone solutions to solutions based on a distributed architecture where, e.g., safety and mission-critical operations are distributed in the device-edge-cloud continuum. A critical factor in such systems is the communication between the different components. Wireless communication provides a high level of flexibility, however, its dependability (i.e., reliability, timeliness, and availability) is heavily depending on different environmental conditions: for example, interference and multipath effects can negatively impact the communication reliability. To guarantee proper and safe operation for such wirelessly connected safety-critical CPS, meeting given end-to-end (E2E) dependability requirements is highly important. Therefore, we want to evaluate different solutions that try to tackle the problem of ensuring E2E dependability in deviceedge- cloud based architectures.

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Student Target Groups:

  • Students of ICE/Telematics
  • Students of Computer Science
  • Students of Electrical Engineering

Thesis Type:

  • Master Project / Master Thesis

Goal and Tasks:

  • Implement and evaluate existing methods that focus on improving E2E dependability
  • Design and evaluation of a multi-radio platform
  • Evaluate the E2E performance of different protocols in this context (e.g., UDP, CoAP, etc.)

Recommended Prior Knowledge:

  • Knowledge of networked embedded systems
  • Excellent C programming skills
  • Experience with wireless technologies and embedded platforms is a plus


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