Self-healing Strategies for Electronic Systems

Next Generation Self-healing Strategies for Electronic Systems: Combining Novel Reprogrammable Hardware and Convergent Cellular Algorithms, York

The aim of this project is to further our understanding of how the multi-cellular nature of biological systems, in particular their ability to be robust, can be used to enhance the reliability of electronic systems, focusing especially on incorporating these ‘nature–like’ fault-tolerance mechanisms into engineering systems. The approach proposes emulating stem cell behaviour as it is currently understood.

The short research programme described in this proposal aims to pave the way for a biologically inspired unique design approach for electronic systems across a wide range of industrial applications. As such, the specific aim is to develop a self-repairing electronic arithmetic logic unit capable of sustaining functionality in the event of one or more faults. This work is of high importance to ultra-reliability (e.g. space, military), harsh environments (e.g., jet engines) and critical functionality in consumer devices (e.g., emergency call on a mobile telephone) and aligns with the self-maintenance theme of the Through-life Engineering Services Centre. This project also aligns with research interest in self-healing systems (e.g., self-healing material composites autonomic repair of conductive tracks for electronics).


Awarded to: Andy Tyrrell