The CANVAS project

A road to virtual architecting and engineering of systems

The development of complex high-tech electromechanical systems, such as professional high-speed printers, proceeds through several different architecting, design, and engineering phases in which feasibility and applicability of the chosen technologies must be determined. In today’s practice these phases aim at delivering complete working systems via increasingly complex physical prototypes as intermediate stepping stones.


The Canvas (CAtalyziNg Virtual Architecting, design & engineering of Systems) objective is to bridge the gap between system architecting, design and virtual prototyping with a model-based methodology for platform development, from architecture to design exploration. The long-term goal for the Canvas programme is to establish, in collaboration with Océ Technologies, novel industrial practices of product development that decrease the necessity of building many costly intermediate physical prototypes. This also aims to increase platform thinking and to reduce the time to market. These methodologies will be streamlined through the use of integral models for virtual prototyping throughout all architecting and engineering phases.

Currently the focus is on research into, development of, and in-industry validation of a model-based system architecting and design methodology called DAARIUS. This methodology enables reasoning over architecting and design alternatives, to understand tensions and trade-offs, such that decisions can be taken. A follow-up research direction is to use this methodology to support platform reasoning strategies that target reuse and evolvability. The goal is to determine if the DAARIUS methodology can support in realizing a systematic way to providing structure and reusable reasoning lines, to determine whether component development is platform or project specific.

Bas Huijbrechts

+31 88 866 54 20 (secretariat)

“My drive is to scale up knowledge valorisation, balancing research objectives against the industrial expectations, for architecting and designing complex systems into the high-tech embedded industry for real industry valorisation. ”