SRP19 - Center for model-based system improvement - From Computer-Aided Engineering to Model-Aided Engineering


The vision of this SRP is to develop a Model-Aided Engineering (MAE) paradigm by expanding the Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE) techniques in a way that it unifies design, modelling, analysis, and measurements into a single paradigm. This MAE targets the support of the complete life cycle of the device: starting from the conceptual design phase (design and analysis using models), over the use of the device (measurement, modelling, calibration, and compensation), until the end of the device lifetime (fault detection).


The long-term strategic plan is to modify existing and develop new modelling techniques specifically for this aim, and to apply these methods in the design and life cycle of the system. This demands an interdisciplinary collaboration in various domains

  • State-of-the-art designs are essential to test the assumptions made and to prove the applicability of the concept.
  • MAE-specific modelling and analysis tools are developed and matched specifically to design-time and runtime needs. These are required to compensate for the design imperfections, to speed up the design of complex systems, to monitor the performance, and to integrate novel device structures into a larger design context.
  • Measurement techniques assess the performance of the system, both at design and run-time. They must be specifically tailored to provide useful design information to the designer rather than raw measurement data, and must enable both the compensation of non-ideal behavior and fault detection


Gerd Vandersteen
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