P5: DAMC – Dependable Autonomous Mobile Computing

Project leader: Boudewijn Haverkort (UT)

Dependable Autonomous Mobile Computing equipment (DAMC) for mobile monitoring, sensor processing and communication requires maintenance free and very robust, compact systems. An illustrative example is a battalion of soldiers that are several days on a mission, without direct connection to a power source (mains). Such mobile equipment as illustrated on the right (helmet mounted camera and microphones, jacket with integrated equipment), with multiple embedded processors, has to run for a long period of time within a strict power budget. Currently, such equipment needs frequent maintenance, e.g., for replacement of batteries and replacement of vulnerable components, e.g., damaged by thermal stress. The main challenge for such dependable energy-efficient autonomous mobile systems is to achieve a maximum useful lifetime, while always having sufficient monitoring, communication and computation performance for critical tasks.