Carnegie Mellon SEI's Peter Feiler Honored with Carnegie Science Award

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Carnegie Mellon SEI's Peter Feiler Honored with Carnegie Science Award


Pittsburgh, PA, January 29, 2009 – The Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute (SEI) is proud to announce that Peter Feiler was honored today at the Carnegie Science Center with its 2009 Information Technology Award. The Information Technology Award recognizes innovation in the development and commercialization of an information-technology-based solution resulting in significant business impact.

"The work that Peter has done has connected the SEI with and had an impact on organizations all over the world," Paul Nielsen, CEO and director of the SEI said. "We are all proud of Peter’s contributions and the role he has played in bringing this important technology to industry."

Feiler, a senior member of the technical staff at the SEI, has been instrumental in the development of the SAE International Architecture Analysis and Design Language (AADL), which focuses on building industrial-scale embedded systems to meet industry standards. The work started in 1999, and in 2004, the AADL specification was approved by 23 voting member organizations from the United States and Europe. The second revision of AADL became available from SAE in January 2009 at http://www.sae.org/technical/standards/AS5506A.

"The AADL standard draws on 15 years of research in architecture languages. It provides practical solutions thanks to the strong participation by industry with a real engineering need," says Feiler. "I have appreciated the participation of representatives from the avionics, aerospace, automotive, and medical-device industries over the past 10 years of this standards work."

Traditionally, embedded-systems engineering practice has been manual, paper-intensive, error-prone, and resistant to change. Consequently, system integration has become risky and system evolution expensive. AADL is an industry-established standard for modeling system software architectures. It provides a precise, non-ambiguous representation for modeling real-time embedded systems and gives engineers the ability to predict how systems will behave while reducing risk, rework, and recurring costs.

"AADL is improving industry practice in engineering embedded systems," said Linda Northrop, director of the SEI’s Research, Technology, and System Solutions Program. "Peter not only was the technical lead, author, and co-editor of the standard, but has worked closely with many organizations to help them implement it. These companies are seeing the predictive benefits of modeling their systems in AADL. They are integrating AADL with other technologies and are incorporating AADL into their processes."

Feiler joined the SEI in 1985 after a successful career at Siemens Corp., where he conducted research and led a group in software technology. While at the SEI, he has led research efforts in software development environments, configuration management, real-time systems, architecture languages for embedded systems, and predictable systems engineering. He is the author of more than 70 publications and has served on many program and review committees in the areas of software engineering. He was recently elected vice chair of SAE International Avionics Systems Division (ADS) Technical Committee AS-2.

About the Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute
The Software Engineering Institute (SEI) is a U.S. Department of Defense federally funded research and development center operated by Carnegie Mellon University. The SEI helps organizations make measured improvements in their software engineering capabilities by providing technical leadership to advance the practice of software engineering. For more information, visit the SEI Web site at http://www.sei.cmu.edu.

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