July 4, 2011

"EAT and DREAM" Funded by Australian Research Council

A collaborative research project entitled "EAT and DREAM: Effective Automatic Testing and Debugging for REAl‑life eMbedded wireless communications software" has been awarded a grant of AU$352,500 (about HK$2,897,200), which comprises a linkage grant of AU$240,000 (about HK$1,972,560) from the Australian Research Council and a matching fund of AU$112,500 (about HK$924,640) from the industrial partner Partech Systems Pty. Ltd. It is a joint project by Prof. Willy Susilo and Dr Zhi Quan Zhou of University of Wollongong, Prof. T.Y. Chen and Dr Fei‑Ching Kuo of Swinburne University of Technology, and Prof. T.H. Tse of The University of Hong Kong.

Embedded software is a key enabling technology for the manufacturing
industries, including strategically important sectors such as the automotive industry. Embedded wireless communication technologies are playing an increasingly significant role with a wide range of critical applications ranging from natural disaster early warning to personal health monitoring. Embedded wireless communications software, however, is difficult to test and debug owing to the complexity of the operational environment and complications arising from the interplay between software and hardware. This project will develop an effective and automatic technology to alleviate these difficulties and achieve higher quality software.