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for their helpful and insightful comments. We are eternally grateful to Patty Zielinski for her expert technological, editorial assistance as well as her perseverance and patience. We also graciously thank the Ford Foundation for its support. 1 There is a rapidly growing legal literature on the ramifications of recent intellectual property legislation and(More)
—Robotics systems usually comprise sophisticated sensor and actuator systems with no less complex control applications. These systems are subject to frequent modifications and extensions and have to adapt to their environment. While automation systems are tailored to particular production processes , autonomous vehicles must adaptively switch their sensors(More)
Although the manual creation of time-triggered schedules for multi-core real-time systems can be a daunting task, state-of-the-art scheduling algorithms are far from being widely used. This suggests that the availability of sound algorithms is only one side of the story: real-time systems have to be groomed substantially before they can serve as input to(More)
In neoclassical economic theory, rational actors are very simple entities: they know everything, they value more better than less, and given a decision situation with certain physical constraints they are able to calculate the optimal outcome and to behave accordingly (cf. Kiser/Ostrom). Any form of social interaction enters the decision situation as an(More)
—We believe that the Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) is a commonly ignored but very important property of a real-time operating system (RTOS). It should not only be complete i. e., offer all mechanisms needed to implement common real-time systems, but also be easy to use in order to prevent programming errors and make real-time systems more(More)
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