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Research explores the role of software in critical transportation systems

When the software on your desktop computer crashes, you get a headache. But when the software in question is controlling the tail flaps of a jet aircraft—or the steering system of a minivan—the results can be catastrophic. Mats Heimdahl, associate professor of computer science and engineering at the University of Minnesota, is exploring problems faced by software engineers in a world increasingly dependent on computers. Heimdahl’s Critical Systems Research Group (CriSys) has received funding from the National Science Foundation, the Defense Department, and NASA to explore issues in critical systems, and from the Minnesota Department of Transportation to investigate software issues in critical transportation systems.

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