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Project Objectives

  • To organize training courses about system specification methodology and concepts and system validation methods for complex electronic systems. The results from design methodology research need to be efficiently transferred from academia to industry.

  • To organize training courses around new or prototype EDA tools entering the market.

  • To organize or create training courses around newly emerging standard methods (languages, notations) used in the specification of complex systems.

  • To provide the mechanisms of customizing education and training services in order to satisfy the dynamically changing requirements of the system industry. The customization will address both the technical content and the delivery mechanisms to provide training services just-in-time for a specific set of industry requirements.

  • To establish an efficient mechanism of promotion of the newly developed training

  • To create the ECSI Institute for the long term exploitation of project results; the Institute will continuously enlarge the course portfolio to provide highly advanced expertise in the domain of system design to the whole European industry.

Project Description
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WP Description

WP1: Assessment of Industry Needs
The training needs of the industrial partners will be identified in terms of course content and scope, application domain, practical examples.

WP2: Training Content and Material Preparation
From the results of WP1, a set of courses will be defined covering the requirements identified by industry. The material to be prepared for each course will be decided which will include the technical contents, practical exercises and an evaluation mechanisms. The potential for on-line accessibility of the material will be explored.
A set of courses and the corresponding detailed syllabus, training methods and material will be developed.

WP3: Training Material Customisation
The material being prepared in WP3 will be tailored to the different application areas identified in WP2 from the industrial partners needs (specific contents, domain specific examples, tool selection, and learning methodology e.g. the level of interactivity, learning aids, training support, mentorship etc.).
From the results of the analysis of the services already offered done in WP4, the courses customisation will be improved following the evolution of the needs detected.

WP4: Promotion, exploitation and analysis
WP4 will ensure the promotion of the educational services developed in the project to all potential industrial end users. An analysis of the different courses will be performed using primarily feedback form the industry group. Criteria for improvement will be defined and implemented. A Marketing & Promotion Committee will be charged with the execution of the particular tasks in this WP. Exploitation will be ensured by the ECSI Institute and by all project partners.

WP5: Delivery demonstrators
The goal of WP4 will be to identify and develop as required novel and unique new solutions for remote and web based delivery of all the training courses, as well as improvement to, and standardization of more traditional methods across a disparate group of training providers.

A stepwise approach will be adopted to include:

  • Face to face courses and hands-on labs of up to 5 days duration (dedicated courses in a particular application area)

  • Web hosted on-line delivery, with a varying degree of the tutor assistance

WP6. Management
This WP will perform an efficient coordination of the organizational and technical actions of the project.


There will be 2 sets of milestones:
The first milestone will be the detailed course portfolio, made in consultation with industry. This portfolio will give a set of course kernels, each with it's own set of flavors for the different application domains and specific needs of industrial partners. The other milestone will be associated to the course quality assessments provided by both the teacher-lecturer and the course participants. This assessment will be used to adapt and improve the course content and delivery mechanism.


Training Services Providers
IMEC (Course Provider)
ISLI (Course Provider)
University of Linköping (Course Provider)
TU München (Course Provider)

EDA Training Services Providers
Cadence (Course/Labs Provider)
Mentor Graphics (Course/Labs Provider)

Training Users
ARM (User)
Motorola (User)
MBDF (User)

Management, Promotion & Exploitation
ECSI (Coordinator)

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