Seminars & Meetings | Abstracts

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Levine 307, 1:45 pm - 2:45 pm

Brian Murray, Ph.D.
United Technologies Research Center (UTRC)

Complex Cyber-Physical System Design Challenges at UTRC


The artifacts of daily life are inexorably becoming more intelligent by means of embedded systems. While this brings many advantages in terms of new functions, complexity is limiting progress. Most UTRC activities in embedded and cyber-physical systems are focused on managing complexity in architectures and design processes in order to support emerging trends to increase functionality. We will present some of these emerging trends and recent UTRC initiatives to address them, including the DARPA META II project involving MIT, UC Berkeley and UC Santa Barbara and the Autonomous and Intelligent Systems initiative that will also be presented in more depth during a companion presentation. We will discuss existing and future career opportunities in the area of embedded and cyber-physical systems at UTRC.


Dr. Brian Murray is Group Leader of Embedded Systems and Networks at United Technologies Research Center. His research interests include architecture and computer-aided design of cyber-physical systems, particularly scalable and adaptable systems and highly-trusted systems with stringent safety and security requirements. Before coming to UTRC, he was Manager of System Safety and Manager of Advanced Vehicle Dynamics and Active Safety at Delphi Corporation.

Dr. Murray has researched and led projects in integrated circuit design and testing, with particular emphasis on schemes for testing systems-on-chips developed from IP Cores. He also has more than 20 years of experience in embedded systems, especially safety-critical systems. While at Delphi, he was responsible for the systems engineering of drive-by-wire systems, for advanced vehicle dynamics applications from integrated chassis systems, e.g., braking and steering and for active safety systems such as lane keeping assist. In the area of system safety, he was an early contributor to system safety processes in the automotive industry and served as technical expert on the US team for the ISO 26262 international system safety standard and testified before the Committee on Electronic Vehicle Controls and Unintended Acceleration in 2011.

More recently, in addition to responsibility for the UTRC Embedded Systems and Networks group, he has contributed on software architecture projects for UTC’s commercial businesses and was Principle Investigator for UTRC’s DARPA META II project and for UTRC’s ASDRE-funded Software Producibility project.

Dr. Murray has been active in the IEEE and SAE, has published more than 45 papers and holds 9 US patents. He received a Ph.D. in Computer Engineering from The University of Michigan, a Masters in Electrical Engineering from Duke University and a Bachelors of Arts in Physics and Mathematics from Albion College.