GMV will lead the practical case “Design and safety assessment of onboard software applications in space systems.”

Work on the European-wide open platform and community for assurance and certification of cyber-physical systems has begun

AMASS (Architecture-Driven, Multi-Concern and Seamless Assurance and Certification of Cyber-Physical Systems) is an H2020-ECSEL project that will create and consolidate the de-facto European-wide open tool platform, ecosystem, and self-sustainable community for assurance and certification of cyber-physical systems (CPS) in the largest industrial vertical markets. The project began on April 1 and the kick-off meeting took place in Bilbao on April 6 and 7. The meeting was hosted by TECNALIA Research & Innovation, specifically by the ICT-European Software Institute Division. Some 50 researchers and practitioners representing the 29 AMASS partners from eight countries attended the meeting and participated in discussions about the technical challenges of the project, how to address them, and the ways to maximize its impact.

Primary applications

The AMASS consortium is comprised of some of the primary stakeholders in CPS assurance and certification: original equipment manufacturers, system integrators, component suppliers, system assessors, certification authorities, tool vendors, research institutes, and universities. The primary fields of application on which AMASS will work are aerospace, automotive, industrial automation, space, and rail. The AMASS project coordinator is TECNALIA Research & Innovation, and the designated project manager is Dr. Huascar Espinoza from the ICT-European Software Institute Division. Dr. Barbara Gallina, from the Division of Integrated Systems at Mälardalen University is the project technical manager.

The ultimate goal of AMASS is to reduce CPS certification costs in the face of rapidly changing features and market needs. This will be achieved by establishing a novel holistic and reuse-oriented approach for architecture-driven assurance (fully compatible with standards such as AUTOSAR and IMA), enabling multi-concern assurance (for joint analysis and joint assurance of, for example, security and safety aspects) and seamless interoperability between assurance and engineering activities, along with third-party activities (e.g., external assessments and supplier assurance). Society will benefit from the use of CPS with greater confidence in its reliability, for a wide range of applications in transportation, manufacturing, healthcare, energy, defense, and telecommunications.

Previous experience

AMASS work will build on the results from previous successful EU projects such as OPENCOSS, SafeCer, CRYSTAL, CHESS, and SESAMO. Through the PolarSys initiative, the Eclipse Foundation will play a key role in the creation of the AMASS community.

Within the framework of AMASS, GMV will lead the space use case study “Design and safety assessment of onboard software applications in space systems”. Its goal is to implement some of the operational software of the Instrument Control Module of the Sentinel-3 mission responsible for global management of the elements of the Ocean and Land Color Observation Instrument (OLCI).

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