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Professor Kerstin Eder

Professor Kerstin Eder

Professor Kerstin Eder
MSc, Ph.D.(Bristol)

Professor of Computer Science

Area of research

Design Automation and Verification, Energy Efficient Computing, Verification and Validation for Safety in Robots

Office 3.25 MVB
Merchant Venturers Building,
Woodland Road, Clifton BS8 1UB
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+44 (0) 117 954 5146

Summary

My research activities are focused on specification, verification and analysis techniques which allow engineers to design a system and to verify/explore its behaviour in terms of functional correctness, safety, performance, power consumption and energy efficiency. My work includes both formal methods and traditional simulation-based approaches. I have a strong background in computational logic, especially formal verification, declarative programming languages and their implementation, abstract machines, compilation techniques and meta programming.

Now that I am fully back after parental leave, I have re-started my research with three new funded research projects.

I am engaged in new research that explores Energy Transparency from hardware to software over the entire system stack. The ENTRA (Whole Systems Energy Transparency) project is funded by the EC under the recent FP7 FET call on Minimizing Energy Consumption of Computing to the Limit (MINECC).

I am also active at the Bristol Robotics Lab advancing the state of the art in verification of autonomous assistive robots, including robotis directly involved in interactions with humans. The EPSRC is funding two new projects in this area.

An area of ongoing research interest of mine is the application of machine learning techniques in order to automate the parts within the verification process that consume large amounts of engineering time, such as test generation and debug.

Teaching

I teach leading edge Design Verification techniques and methods using industrial strength tools including both state-of-the-art coverage-driven simulation/test-based verification and formal verification. You may want to watch an interview I gave at DAC 2012 in San Francisco on the content of the Design Verification unit.
Since 2007 Bristol has been selected as lead university to head the Cadence Academic Network in the area of Advanced Verification Methodology. (local CAN info)

In collaboration with a consortium of local microelectronic design companies I have initiated the introduction of the MSc in Advanced Microelectronic Systems Engineering in 2006. I have been the Director of this MSc programme until 2010. The programme is now one of our established Advanced MSc programmes; it attracts excellent students and provides qualified graduates for the local and international microelectronics design industry.

Expertise

I have established Design Automation and Verification as a research and teaching area of international recognition here at Bristol. I set up and now chair the Energy-Aware COmputing workshop series and research initiative. I also lead the "Verification and Validation for Safety in Robots" research theme at the Bristol Robotics Laboratory. My research activities are focused on the development of system modelling, verification and analysis techniques which allow designers to define a system and to verify or explore its behaviour, e.g. in terms of functional correctness, performance, power dissipation and energy efficiency. My work includes both formal methods and state-of-the-art test-based approaches.

  • verification; valida tion and test
  • design automation and verification
  • formal verification and specification
  • energy aware computing
  • energy efficient computing
  • robotics
  • autonomous systems safety and trust

Keywords

  • verification
  • simulation
  • test
  • formal methods
  • modelling
  • certification
  • robot safety

Biography

Kerstin is a Professor of Computer Science at the Department of Computer Science of the University of Bristol. She set up the Energy Aware COmputing (EACO) initiative (http://www.bris.ac.uk/engineering/research/trustworthy-systems-laboratory/research/eaco/) and leads the Verification and Validation for Safety in Robots research theme at the Bristol Robotics Laboratory (http://www.brl.ac.uk/vv).

Her research is focused on specification, verification and analysis techniques which allow engineers to design a system and to verify/explore its behaviour in terms of functional correctness, performance and energy efficiency. Kerstin has gained extensive expertise in verifying complex microelectronic designs at leading semiconductor design and EDA companies. In her research she seeks novel combinations of formal methods with state-of-the-art simulation/test-based approaches to achieve solutions that make a difference in practice. 

Her most recent work includes Coverage-Driven Verification for robots that directly interact with humans and also for autonomous driving, using assertion checks and theorem proving to verify control system designs, energy modelling of software and static analysis to predict the energy consumption of programs. She is particularly interested in safety assurance for learning machines.

Kerstin has co-authored over 60 internationally refereed publications, was awarded a Royal Academy of Engineering "Excellence in Engineering" prize and manages a portfolio of research grants valued in excess of £2.3M. She is currently Principal Investigator on the UK EPSRC project "Robust Integrated Verification of Autonomous Systems", leads the Bristol contribution towards the H2020 TeamPlay project (https://teamplay-h2020.eu/), where we are developing novel eneryg modelling and resource-aware compilation techniques to enable more energy efficient computing for a variety of challenging application areas. In addition, Kerstin is the Bristol PI on two Innovate UK CAV projects, CAPRI (https://caprimobility.com/) and ROBOPILOT, where the Bristol researchers, in collaboration with BRL, investigate the use of AI for test generation to achieve a higher degree of automation in simulation-based verification for autonomous driving. She was the Bristol PI for the UK EPSRC project "Trustworthy Robotic Assistants" (http://robosafe.csc.liv.ac.uk/) and also led the Bristol team working on the EC-funded Future and Emerging Technologies MINECC (Minimizing Energy Consumption of Computing to the Limit) research project ENTRA (Whole Systems Energy Transparency), developing techniques to promote energy efficiency to a first class software design goal.

Kerstin holds a PhD in Computational Logic, an MSc in Artificial Intelligence and an MEng in Informatics.

 

 

 

 

 

Teaching

I teach leading edge Design Verification techniques and methods using industrial strength tools including both state-of-the-art coverage-driven simulation/test-based verification and formal verification. You may want to watch an interview I gave at DAC 2012 in San Francisco on the content of the Design Verification unit.
Since 2007 Bristol has been selected as lead university to head the Cadence Academic Network in the area of Advanced Verification Methodology. (local CAN info)

In collaboration with a consortium of local microelectronic design companies I have initiated the introduction of the MSc in Advanced Microelectronic Systems Engineering in 2006. I have been the Director of this MSc programme until 2010. The programme is now one of our established Advanced MSc programmes; it attracts excellent students and provides qualified graduates for the local and international microelectronics design industry.

Keywords

  • verification
  • simulation
  • test
  • formal methods
  • modelling
  • certification
  • robot safety

Recent publications

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Courses

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