In 2003, the LEN is integrated in the MiS institute, forming the new Digital Systems group (MiS-DS). During this year, the professors Eduardo Sanchez and Andres Perez-Uribe join the group, bringing a new dynamic in the team. Their competences in the field of bio-inspired systems allow the group to expand and realize many projects.
In 2004, the MiS-DS group is disbanded and a new institute is created :
REDS, Reconfigurable & Embedded Digital Systems
The institute is formally created by the school's management in early 2005. This period coincide with the arrival of professor Daniel Rossier, who brings competences in embedded runtime environments. This allows the REDS institute to have a global knowledge in the development of intelligent embedded systems and the opportunity of realizing an increasing number of research and industrial projects. The interactions between these people with complementary skills results in the vision of the institute : the pervasive systems. Henceforth, the institute forms a coherent unity able to take up many challenges for the future of modern electronic systems.
Since 2005, the size of the team is constantly increasing, reaching the total of 6 professors, 3 senior engineers, 15 engineers and a technician in early 2009. The figure below illustrates this constant progression :
The first of September 2006, the first European project led by an HES school in Switzerland starts in the REDS institute. The coordinator is Eduardo Sanchez. The project has an overall budget of more than 2 millions euros for 3 years. The consortium is composed of many foreign partners, including: UPC (Spain), UNIL (Switzerland), UJF (France), CNRS-LIRMM (France), TUL (Poland), EPFL (Switzerland).
Since then, the REDS institute, always booming, is appointed to realize many projects, in particular two substantial projects (Qcrypt and IsyPeM) for the federal consortium Nano-Tera. These projects, spanning over 3 years, have a global fund of more than 4 million swiss francs.