The mission of the ESCHER Research Institute is to conduct activities that enable the transition of government-funded information technology research results to industry and to the research community. ESCHER was founded by a group of former government program managers who had responsibility for funding research in different aspects of information technology and who observed first-hand the difficulties that existed in transitioning government results from the laboratory to the marketplace and to other researchers. The purposes of the government research investments were being frustrated by the lack of the suitable institutions capable of providing an organizational home where the technology could be further matured until ready for corporate adoption.
ESCHER's initial focus is in the area of tools for Model-Based Computing and Distributed Real-time Embedded (DRE) systems. Model-Based Computing applies a set of models with solid mathematical foundations that allow for the systematic integration of diverse efforts in system specification, design, synthesis, analysis and validation, execution, and design evolution. Model-Based Design is supported by a set of reusable, interoperating software modules, distributed as open-source software. These modules are toolkits and frameworks that support the design of embedded systems, provide integration infrastructure for domain-specific tools, and provide model-based code generators. DREs are the hidden intelligence in many systems of critical economic importance to the country--from automobiles to jet airplanes and from integrated weapons systems to next-generation farm combines.