FORCES Pro is a web service for auto-coding highly efficient, "embeddable everywhere" numerical software for automated decision making. Use cases are e.g. optimal path planning in automotive, resource allocation in finance, or energy management in households. By leveraging proven mathematical algorithms and automatic C code generation, the FORCES API empowers engineers to develop complex decision making tools quickly and reliably from high level models in Python or Matlab.
ECOS is a free open-source solver used by thousands world-wide through modeling frameworks for optimization such as CVXPY, YALMIP or CVX. It is one of the fastest general purpose SOCP solvers available, with interfaces to virtually anything else (e.g. Matlab, Julia, Python, Java, Scala, Torch and MLlib). Embotech is one of the maintainers of the project, and offers professional support and commercial licenses for embedding ECOS into your products.
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We are excited about the recent start of the software development project together with the Future Launchers Preparatory Program (FLPP) of the European Space Agency (ESA). The project is titled "On-board real-time trajectory generation" and will bring European space flight one step closer to automated, flexible launch mission planning and reusability of launcher technology, e.g. by enabling the autonomous return of launcher stages to earth (think: SpaceX Falcon 9). You can find more details after the jump.
FORCES Pro is now a featured third-party product as part of the MathWorks Connections Program. Our sophisticated MATLAB® and Simulink® interfaces enable engineers to use the full power of embedded optimization algorithms generated by FORCES Pro as part of their usual design and simulation workflow. Please contact us if you want to know more.
The BKW-blog published an article (in German) today that describes how FORCES Pro shapes the future of energy generation, energy management, and building control. The article is also available in French.
venturelab today announced that we are part of the venture leaders in technology team that will go to New York City for a week in June to put their business development in the US market into overdrive. The newest member of our management team, Andreas Hempel, will represent embotech across the Atlantic and show how optimization technology can change how people design and implement autonomous systems that have to make intelligent decision independently and often in real-time.
FORCES Pro is now capable of handling complex nonlinear programs directly. The software comes with a new easy to use high-level interface for defining convex and non-convex programs in MATLAB.
embotech has been awarded an acceleration prize by UBS to develop fast portfolio allocation software that could enable more efficient wealth management applications and services. Read more.
Over 600 contestants entered the UBS Future of Finance Challenge, an innovation competition to change the way finance works and how banks meet their client’s needs. From these 15 were chosen to take part in the EMEA regional final in Zurich. embotech, Biowatch and Wayerz progressed to the global final.
Many practical problems involve discrete variables, for example when modeling a switch that can be either on or off. In our effort to increase the flexibility of our solvers, we have integrated support for problems with binary variables into FORCES Pro, which can now generate a highly customizable branch-and-bound solver that can be embedded in every device.
embotech's CTO discusses about embedded optimization technology and its potential as a key tool for real-time trajectory generation in space missions. You can download the slides here.
The Swiss Comission for Technology and Innovation has evaluated embotech's progress and decided to maintain coaching support for our company. We will now work with our coach Christoph Heidelberger towards the CTI label, a certificate for quality and readiness for sustainable company growth.
The new version of FORCES Pro comes with a new ADMM variant which efficiently handles general polytopic constraints. Also all ADMM variants allow now time-varying parameters. Further FORCES Pro can now import user-defined projection functions for use with first-order methods. Also the range of supported interfaces is extended to Python 3. Find new examples of FORCES Pro applications here. Read more.
A consortium consisting of leading researchers in the electrical distribution grid sector and the software company Adaptricity has successfully launched a CTI-supported project on decision support software for optimal sizing and planning of electricity grids, for which embotech will supply the large-scale optimization engine. Read more
Generate and simulate high performance controllers from Python scripts. FORCES Pro now has code customization for x86 platforms and can be fully integrated in the dSpace design flow.
Introducing a novel control interface for Simulink® for an intuitive integration into your control design flow. For the first time, FORCES comes with a first order method: ADMM, which can be extremely fast for many control problems. Test it for free.
With our new flexible licensing scheme, you pay only for what you really need. After a free 30 day trial, you can choose between a basic version for simulation and control design, a prototype version for code generation or the deployment version. Read More.
embotech has launched its new website with a new powerful Simulink block for predictive control. We continue to work to add more content and to improve the user experience. Read More.
embotech's co-founder Juan Jerez has been awarded with the Control and Automation Doctoral Dissertation Prize for his outstanding PhD thesis on code generation for embedded optimization on embedded hardware platforms. Read More.
Optimal operation and power dispatch
Increased product quality by tighter tolerances
Path planning in complex environments
Increased fuel efficiency by better engine control
Less harmonic distortion by improved switching
Increased storage efficiency by exploiting forecast
Optimal resource allocation in wireless networks
embotech, short for embedded optimization technologies, was founded in September 2013. We strive to lead the market for numerical optimization solutions that will be integral part of tomorrow's decision making systems. The company is a spin-off of the Automatic Control Laboratory from ETH Zurich.
We are located just five minutes away from the main building of ETH Zurich, in the ETL building of the Department of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering (D-ITET).