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December 2017

13, Dec, 2017

CISTER soon to welcome new research scholars

To maintain its pace and quality of research, CISTER regularly intakes high quality research students using competitive calls. During 2017, CISTER launched multiple calls for PhD student positions in the area of Real-Time & Embedded Computing (RTES). The CISTER selection committee, made up of its research members, received over hundred applications from twenty countries spread all over world. Out of these, with a rigorous multi-stage evaluation process, five highly motivated candidates were selected.

The selected candidates are from prestigious institutions in Chile, Iran, Nigeria, Pakistan and Russia. CISTER intends to announce further calls this year for motivated research candidates in RTES.

8, Dec, 2017

Achievements in Academia

CISTER Member plays key role in shaping IEEE program for young professionals

The IEEE Young Professionals program is run for members who are in an early stage of their career. It offers networking events with technical experts and industry leaders as well as a host of volunteering roles.

CISTER PhD candidate Shashank Gaur has been part of this leadership team for eight years. His role is to form partnerships across IEEE technical societies to find new opportunities for Young Professionals members. That includes helping develop micro volunteering roles for those who want to get involved with the organization but lack sufficient time. At CISTER, Gaur's PhD work focuses on context-aware computing in wireless sensor networks and the Internet of Things.

November 2017

30, Nov, 2017

Achievements in Academia

CISTER researcher is now an ACM distinguished speaker

ACM Speakers represent a broad range of companies, colleges and universities. They are thought leaders, speaking on important current topics in computing. CISTER researcher Anis Koubaa has now joined this list.

Along with his positions at CISTER and at Prince Sultan University, he also holds various advisory positions. He is the Editor in Chief of the Robotics Software Engineering topic of the International Journal of Advanced Robotics Systems, Associate Editor in the Cyber-Physical Journal (Taylor & Francis). He is the author of six books with Springer on robots, sensor networks and Robot Operating Systems (ROS). He is the author of more than 190 journal and conference publications, and one patent. He has also received several research grants as principal investigator.

His current research deals with providing solutions towards the integration of robots and drones into the Internet of Things (IoT) and clouds, in the context of cloud robotics. His research interests also include Robot Operating System (ROS), Robotic Software Engineering, Wireless communication for the IoT, real-time communication, safety and security for cloud robotics, intelligent algorithms’ design for mobile robots, and multi-robot task allocation.

28, Nov, 2017

Activities in the Centre

Conclusion of the 2017 Summer Internship

17, Nov, 2017

Activities in the Centre

European Association on Higher Education visits CISTER

17, Nov, 2017

Achievements in Academia

Another student graduates with highest honours

Humberto Carvalho, advised by CISTER researchers Geoffrey Nelissen and Eduardo Tovar, successfully defended his Master thesis with a perfect grade of 20 (on a scale of 20).

Humberto’s thesis was on the topic of "Scheduling High Criticality Real-Time Systems". Particularly, he focused on issues faced by the avionics industry. He proposed a new solution for a relevant problem in systems with stringent isolation requirements between applications, as is the case in aircrafts. The solution was to generate a cyclic executive schedule that optimizes the number of context switches between avionic partitions.

We wish the best to Humberto for his future career.

9, Nov, 2017

Achievements in Academia

Keynote given in Brazilian Symposium on Computing Systems Engineering

CISTER director Eduardo Tovar gave a keynote at the 7th Brazilian Symposium on Computing Systems Engineering (SBESC 2017), in Curitiba, Brazil. The Symposium is an initiative of the research community originally associated with three workshops on Operating Systems (WSO), Embedded Systems (WSE) and Real-Time Systems (WTR), acknowledging the strong synergy between these three areas. His talk “Information processing for extreme dense sensing - timeliness and scalability issues” was well received and ended with a lively Q&A.
He also presented the paper “Formal Verification of AADL Models Using UPPAAL”, authored by Fernando Gonçalves (UFSC - Florianópolis, SC, Brazil), CISTER researchers David Pereira and Eduardo Tovar, and Leandro Becker (UFSC - Florianópolis, SC, Brazil).

7, Nov, 2017

Activities in the Centre

CISTER Industry Seminar with João Rodrigues

October 2017

30, Oct, 2017

Progress in Projects

PT2020 project on Smartgrid moves ahead

CISTER met with EFACEC associates to discuss the status and future steps of the DSGrid project. DSGrid, part of the PT2020 program, aims to develop technical knowledge, engineering skills and products towards the establishment of third generation automation systems for substations, and similar smart-grid applications. It works on smarter transmission and distribution grids to deliver answer to the challenges of operational optimization of grid assets and systems.

The project is owned by EFACEC with contributions by EDP Distribuição, ISEP (through CISTER) and the University of Minho (through HASLab). CISTER is central to the innovations related to embedded systems and to provide tools and analysis related to the systems’ temporal properties.

The meetings, attended by Rui Dias Jorge and Fernando Gomes from EFACEC along with CISTER researchers Eduardo Tovar, Raghuraman Rangarajan, David Pereira, and Pedro Santos, evaluated the current progress and discussed potential future work based on the issues arising from the prototyping by EFACEC. This includes analysis of network architectures for timing synchronization in digital substations, analysis of task separation in multicore processors and development of a toolchain.


20, Oct, 2017

Activities in the Centre

Portuguese Aeronautics, Space and Defence Cluster visits CISTER

19, Oct, 2017

Progress in Projects

CISTER holds General Assembly of Project on Security, Trust and Privacy of Industrial IoT

6, Oct, 2017

Activities in the Centre

CISTER welcomes DSR Corporation to Porto

In the month of October, DSR Corporation representatives Anatoly Pechkov and Roman Lavlinskiy visited CISTER premises.

DSR Corporation is a US-based company providing high-quality software product development, project management, quality assurance and application systems integration services to companies that range from start-ups to Fortune 500. DSR Corporation has been in business since 1998 and in several markets including USA, Europe, and Japan. DSR Corporation has engineering offices in USA and Russia, and has recently opened an office in Porto.

During the visit, CISTER researchers David Pereira and Ricardo Severino took the chance to explain the goals and mission of CISTER as a prominent research unit in real-time embedded computing working on fundamental research, industry-driven projects and with capability of performing technology transfer to the industry. Several topics were discussed that were relevant to both CISTER and DSR Corporation and that can lead to future collaborations.

6, Oct, 2017

Achievements in Academia

CISTER Researchers Gather Best Paper Award at Real-Time Conference

We are proud to announce that CISTER researchers José Carlos Fonseca, Geoffrey Nelissen, and Vincent Nélis, authors of the paper "Improved Response Time Analysis of Sporadic DAG Tasks for Global FP Scheduling", were granted the Best Paper Award at the 25th International Conference on Real-Time Networks and Systems (RTNS), in Grenoble, France. RTNS is a reputed conference with a great sense of community in the field of real-time systems and networks. The award recognizes the achievements and leading position of CISTER in this field.

5, Oct, 2017

Activities in the Centre

First CISTER Summer Internship in Progress

4, Oct, 2017

Progress in Projects

Results of successful FP7 project lead by CISTER presented to key academic and industrial European institutions at EMC2’s Safety Critical Systems Workshop

CISTER researcher Luis Miguel Pinho gave an invited talk in the Safety Critical Systems Workshop that took place in June in Granada, Spain. He presented the results of research done at CISTER on the challenge of timing analysis for high-performance parallel systems. The talk included an overview of the current and future challenges posed to critical applications due to the unpredictable interactions in parallel platforms, as well as the work performed by CISTER to address these challenges, done in the scope of the P-SOCRATES FP7 project.

The talk was organized by the EMC2 European Project, with representatives from around 100 European institutions, both academic and industry in audience. The workshop included a set of invited talks and more than 40 demonstrators of technological developments in safety-critical domains from institutions in Europe.


3, Oct, 2017

Progress in Projects

EMC2 – the successful story of one of the largest European ICT projects on Embedded Real-Time Computing Systems

EMC2 (Embedded multi-core systems for mixed criticality applications in dynamic and changeable real-time environments), an Artemis Innovation Pilot, has received its final review, noting the Excellent outcome of the project.
After three years of intensive work, EMC2 provided a breakthrough for system (and application) integration through an innovative and sustainable service-oriented architecture approach for mixed criticality applications in dynamic and changeable real-time environments such as automotive or avionics.

The field of embedded systems is undergoing a disruptive evolution, where different types of systems and components are interconnected, thus reducing the boundaries between application domains, and placing the focus on interoperability.
In addition, the increasing use of multi- and many-core processors brings additional challenges to the development of critical and real-time applications, and the process of developing new systems is inefficient and expensive. EMC2 directly tackled these challenges, helping the European Embedded Systems industry to maintain its leading edge position.The project was one of the largest ICT projects in Europe with around 100 partners and a total budget of 94 Million Euros.
Among others, the project included renowned companies such as Ericsson, BMW, Airbus, Volvo, Philips Healthcare, Siemens, Thales and Infineon Technologies, and reputed academic and research institutions such as KTH, Tue, CEA, LERO, DTU, LTU, TNO and Fraunhofer.

CISTER was highly involved in several of the project activities, with more than 10 researchers involved (with a total effort of 120 person month). CISTER’s focus was in the research-oriented work packages, mainly in two of the “Living Labs”, leading a use case in the area of automotive (together with Critical Software), and involved in another use case in the area of avionics (led by the Airbus Group).

1, Oct, 2017

Activities in the Centre

CPSWeek comes to Porto in 2018!

Preparations for the Cyber-Physical Systems Week 2018, one of the leading events in the area, has begun. CPS Week 2018 will be held in Porto and the organisation put in place has started its roles. The General Chairs of the 2018 edition (its 11th edition) are Eduardo Tovar (CISTER’s Director) and Luis Almeida (Institute of Telecommunications (IT)/ Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto (FEUP)).
As a premier event, CPS Week brings together four top conferences - HSCC, ICCPS, IPSN, and RTAS - and multiple workshops, tutorials, summits, and various exhibitions from both industry and academia. Altogether the CPS Week program covers a multitude of complementary aspects of CPS, and reunites the leading researchers in this dynamic field.
The colocation of all these focused events in one single time-period makes CPS Week one of the most important venues for networking and research interchange when it comes to all Cyber-Physical Systems related topics.

September 2017

30, Sep, 2017

Activities in the Centre

Key European players will discuss Secure and Trustable Industrial IoT in CISTER

CISTER is proud to announce it will be the host of the first general meeting of the ECSEL project SCOTT (Secured COnnected Trustable Things) in October. SCOTT is one of the largest European research projects focusing on important aspects of trustability, dependability, security, privacy, and safety of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).

SCOTT has a consortium of large European industrial partners such as Volvo, INDRA, Ericsson, AVL, NXP, Nokia, and Phillips that together with a team of leading academic partners aim to leverage the IIoT and related technologies across European industries. Such technologies include: wireless sensor networks, RFID, machine to machine communications, cloud computing, Big data, software-defined networks, and 5G. The general meeting will also host the technical board and strategic board meeting, as well as the official general assembly and workshops of the different technology lines and building blocks of the project.

CISTER has a relevant role in the project as chair of the technical board, member of the core team and strategic board. CISTER is also the leading partner of the reference architecture design, one of the main partners in the aeronautical industrial domain, and a contributing partner in standardisation, certification and regulation.

27, Sep, 2017

Activities in the Centre

Celebrating Two Decades of Cyber Physical Systems in Portugal

1, Sep, 2017

Activities in the Centre

Discussing the Improvement of the Digitization of European Industry - CISTER Holds meeting of the largest European project to date

1, Sep, 2017

Achievements in Academia

Patent on vehicle platooning accepted

CISTER researcher Anis Koubaa and Eduardo Tovar, along with collaborators from other universities, have been granted an IP Australia patent. The patent is for their invention titled, “System and method for operating a follower vehicle in a vehicle platoon.” The patent deals with an innovative solution for vehicular platoon to control their motion in normal and degraded operational modes.

July 2017

5, Jul, 2017

Progress in Projects

CISTER participates in the Portuguese Agenda for Science and Innovation in Cyber-Physical Systems

1, Jul, 2017

Activities in the Centre

A new collaboration between CTU Prague and CISTER

Aasem Ahmad, a Ph.D. student from Czech Technical University in Prague, is doing an internship at CISTER.
He presented a seminar on “Scheduling algorithm for large scale ZigBee cluster-tree WSNs” providing an overview of his recent research work, which focuses on scheduling time-constrained data flows with opposite directions in ZigBee cluster-based networks. Given the common interest in this research line between the two research units, CISTER researchers Ricardo Severino and Eduardo Tovar have been collaborating with Aasem towards the application of his scheduling strategy to other protocols, in a more application oriented perspective.
Hopefully, this will trigger new research collaborations aiming at further developing the support wireless infrastructure for the Internet of Things (IoT) and Industry 4.0 paradigms.

June 2017

30, Jun, 2017

Achievements in Academia

Book on Robot Operating System tops Springer List

CISTER researcher Anis Koubâa's books on Robot Operating System (ROS) are quickly becoming a reference and a companion for ROS users and developers. The Volume 1 has been listed in the top 25% of the most downloaded eBooks in the relevant SpringerLink eBook Collection in 2016.
The book provides the reader with a comprehensive coverage of the Robot Operating Systems (ROS) and the latest related systems, which is currently considered as the main development framework for robotics applications.
Anis Koubâa, as an editor, has also released a second volume of the book.

30, Jun, 2017

Achievements in Academia

ECRTS conference sees strong CISTER presence in Dubrovnik

This year, CISTER has actively participated in the 29th Euromicro Conference on Real-Time Systems (ECRTS 2017), held in Dubrovnik, Croatia in June. ECRTS is known as the second most important conference in the area of real-time systems, in terms of quality of the publications and impact. Six senior researchers from CISTER attended the event: Eduardo Tovar, Patrick Meumeu Yomsi, Vincent Nelis, Muhammad Ali Awan, Konstantinos Bletsas and Geoffrey Nelissen.
Several works from CISTER were presented at the conference, one in the main track, presented by Ali Awan, and another at the Work in Progress session (WiP), presented by Konstantinos Bletsas. Two other works were also presented by Geoffrey Nelissen and Vincent Nelis in the satellite workshops, the 8th Real-Time Scheduling Open Problems Seminar (RTSOPS), and the 16th International Workshop on Worst-Case Execution Time Analysis Workshop (WCET), organized in parallel to the conference. During the Interactive Session of the conference, Geoffrey Nelissen presented a call for action to build an "Erratarium" for the Real-Time Systems community: a platform that would serve as a centralized repository for errata and discussion forum around errors discovered in published results on real-time systems.
Not only CISTER made an important contribution to the scientific advances of this year's edition of ECRTS, by presenting cutting-edge works in the main track, WiP, and the satellite workshops, but also CISTER was also involved in the organization of the event. CISTER researchers Vincent Nelis and Geoffrey Nelissen served as members of the Technical Program Committee, and Patrick Yomsi Meumeu and Vincent Nelis served as chairs of the Work-in-Progress session and the RTSOPS workshop, respectively.

26, Jun, 2017

Progress in Projects

CISTER is partner of the newly approved 48MEuros K2 Digital Mobility Project

24, Jun, 2017

Achievements in Academia

RTSS 2017 TPC Meeting in Paris

The IEEE Real-Time Systems Symposium (RTSS), is the premier conference in the area of real-time systems, providing a forum for the presentation of high-quality, original research covering all aspects of real-time systems theory, design, analysis, implementation, evaluation, and experiences. For its 2017 edition, the Technical Program Committee meeting was held in Paris, June 24. Together with other renowned researchers from all over the world, CISTER researchers Eduardo Tovar, Luís Miguel Pinho, Konstantinos Bletsas and Patrick Meumeu Yomsi participated in the selection of papers. RTSS 2017 will be held in Paris, France this December.

22, Jun, 2017

Progress in Projects

Portuguese industry boosts competiviveness with new collaborations in Paris Air Show

14, Jun, 2017

Porto with enhanced IoT/Embedded ecosystem

DSR (Doing Software Right) has announced the setting up of an European office in Porto. DSR is a software development and consulting company specializing in the areas of Cloud, Embedded, Mobile, and Enterprise. Considering the common competencies in embedded systems and IoT, Roman Lavlinskiy from DSR, responsible for business development, visited CISTER last June and discussed possible collaborations.

2, Jun, 2017

Achievements in Academia

Invited Talk at Safety Critical Systems Workshop

CISTER researcher Luis Miguel Pinho gave an invited talk in the Safety Critical Systems Workshop that took place in June in Granada, Spain. He presented the results of research done at CISTER on the challenge of timing analysis for high-performance parallel systems. The talk included an overview of the current and future challenges posed to critical applications due to the unpredictable interactions in parallel platforms, as well as the work performed by CISTER to address these challenges, done in the scope of the P-SOCRATES FP7 project.
The talk was organized by the EMC2 European Project, with representatives from around 100 European institutions, both academic and industry in audience. The workshop included a set of invited talks and more than 40 demonstrators of technological developments in safety-critical domains from institutions in Europe.

1, Jun, 2017

Achievements in Academia

WFCS program committee co-chaired by CISTER researcher

The IEEE International Workshop on Factory Communication Systems series has been around since the advent of Industrial Networking. The 13th edition (WFCS 2017) was hosted by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), in Trondheim, Norway, from May 31 to June 2. As an aside, CISTER held the 3rd edition as the very first conference organized by it in 2000. Seventeen years have passed since then, and CISTER has had the pleasure to host a panoply of other reputed conferences.
CISTER researcher Luis Lino Ferreira acted as Program Co-Chair along with Luca Durante from CNR – IEIIT, Italy. This year's edition had a strong focus on wireless communications, with four different sessions addressing it, from the physical layer to MAC scheduling algorithms. Other sessions addressed the most classical themes in WFCS, wired communication MAC protocols (like CAN), application layer protocols, architectures and scheduling in the light of the new emerging technologies and needs, such as Software Defined Networks. Although, transversal to all sessions, it is now possible to observe that security is of particular concern to all involved in Industrial networking systems (INS) research, and consequently a session addressing those specific topics took place in this year’s edition.
The conference also had two keynotes, respectively by Prof. Jerker Delsing, from the Luleå University of Technology, Sweden who discussed the main problems of integrating IoT application with industrial systems, and Trygve Harvei from ABB, Norway, who highlighted how industries are addressing the new breakthrough paradigms rapidly spreading out all over the INS environment.
The 14th edition of the WFCS conference will be held in Imperia, Italy, a beautiful, historical town overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.

May 2017

31, May, 2017

Activities in the Centre

CISTER Celebrates 20 Years

24, May, 2017

Activities in the Centre

Innovation for Safe and Secure Highly Automated and Autonomous Systems

23, May, 2017

Achievements in Academia

Congratulations Hazem Ali for your PhD!!!

23, May, 2017

Activities in the Centre

Distinguished Seminars by Scientist from TNO and Max Planck Institute

Benny Åkesson from Embedded Systems Innovation by TNO, Netherlands, gave a distinguished seminar titled "PROGNOSIS - Reducing Design Time and Promoting Evolvability through Virtual Prototyping". In the talk, and the follow-up discussion, he introduced the research project PROGNOSIS -- a 3-year joint effort between TNO and Thales -- and presented a general vision on improving the development process of complex fire control systems by using model-based design (MBD).
Benny Åkesson received his PhD degree in Electrical Engineering at Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands, on the topic of real-time memory controllers. During the following five years, Benny extended this work as a Researcher at the Eindhoven University of Technology, Czech Technical University in Prague, and at CISTER. Since 2016, he is employed as a Research Fellow at Embedded Systems Innovation by TNO (TNO-ESI) in Eindhoven, where he is doing applied science in an industrial setting. His research interests include platform architectures, real-time resource scheduling, performance virtualization, and virtual prototyping. He is the author of more than 50 peer-reviewed international publications and two books about memory controllers for real-time embedded systems.

Mitra Nasri from Max Planck Institute for Software Systems, Germany, gave a distinguished seminar titled "Offline Equivalence: A Non-Preemptive Scheduling Technique for Resource-Constrained Embedded Real-Time Systems". She presented an online policy that is equivalent to a given offline table to combine some of the advantages of both online and offline scheduling.

Mitra Nasri is a post-doc at Max Planck Institute for Software Systems (MPI-SWS) and holder of a fellowship from Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. She works on real-time scheduling and schedulability analysis, non-preemptive and limited preemptive scheduling, algorithm design, real-time control systems, and parameter assignment and optimization problems. Before being a part of MPI-SWS, she was a post-doc at the Chair of Real-Time Systems in Technische Universität Kaiserslautern. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Tehran (Iran). During her Ph.D., she was also a visiting researcher in Technische Universität Kaiserslautern.


19, May, 2017

Progress in Projects

Digitalization of the European Industry: the start of the EU Project Productive 4.0

The kick off meeting of Productive 4.0 project was held in Infineon facilities in Dresden. The main objective of Productive 4.0 is to achieve significant improvement in digitalising the European industry by means of electronics and Information and Communication Technology (ICT). Productive 4.0 is the largest European project to date, with 104 partners from 19 countries, with an overall budget of 114M euros.

Due to its characteristics, this project has been chosen by the European Commission as a Lighthouse Initiative, since it builds on well identified market‐pull demands, structured upon visionary solutions, with a very strong pan-European dimension and a robust business plan.

CISTER is involved in this project and will continue its previous work on the highly successful Arrowhead framework developed during the Arrowhead project. This Service Oriented framework will be the cornerstone for all communications among industrial devices on the Productive 4.0 future manufacturing environment. CISTER leads the work on providing solutions for Quality of Service (QoS) for Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) environments.

This project, which is being led by Infineon, combines a very strong group of European companies like Volvo, Ericsson, Thales, Philips, STMicroelectronics, SAP, Bosch, NXP Semiconductors, ABB, etc.


18, May, 2017

Progress in Projects

Start of European Project SCOTT: Building Trust in the Internet of Things

Creating trust in wireless solutions and increasing their social acceptance are major challenges to achieve the full potential of the Internet of Things (IoT).

SCOTT aims to extend the IoT for wirelessly connected smart sensor and actuators to be used in mobility, building & home / smart infrastructure, and health domains. It will not just deal with “things that are connected”, but with “trustable things that securely communicate”. SCOTT will therefore enable efficient, trustworthy connectivity and facilitate ubiquity of intelligent embedded systems and systems of systems.

The SCOTT consortium includes European industrial leaders such as NOKIA, SIEMENS, Bosch, Ericsson, NXP, Embraer, Philips, AVL, GMVSkysoft, ACCIONA and INDRA and a number of leading academic institutions in Europe.

CISTER researchers Eduardo Tovar and Ramiro Robles participated in the kick-off meeting of SCOTT project, held in Graz, Austria, in May. CISTER is a member of the core team members of SCOTT. CISTER has a number of core roles including: project leader for the reference architecture for the development of the guidelines of the infrastructure design; co-leader (together with Embraer) of the effort on aeronautics and member of the SCOTT Strategic Board, along with the project leader (Virtual-Vehicle) and all the 17 Large Enterprises (LEs).


12, May, 2017

Achievements in Academia

New Book on Operating Systems for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

CISTER researcher Anis Koubâa, in an editorial role, has released a new Springer book on Robot operating systems. The book titled, “Robot Operating System (ROS) – The Complete Reference (Volume 2)” focuses on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) with ROS.

April 2017

28, Apr, 2017

Progress in Projects

CISTER Leads Dependable Wireless Technologies for Aeronautics

28, Apr, 2017

Progress in Projects

The Arrowhead Project on IoT Automation Concludes in Style

The results of the last review meeting of the Arrowhead project are now available and couldn’t have been better. Arrowhead has been classified as excellent, signifying that “it has fully achieved its objectives and technical goals and has even exceeded expectations”.

The Arrowhead main objective was to provide a Service Oriented Approach (SOA) to Embedded Systems by both streamlining the design of services, and providing a framework to support service development.

The exploitation results were considered impressive, with the reviewers acknowledging the quality of the industrial pilots, which demonstrated an in-depth approach of the Arrowhead framework applicability. Supported by the results achieved in Arrowhead, partners already have more than 10 products in the market, and four startup companies were also initiated. Dissemination results were also of high standards with the publication of the “IoT Automation: Arrowhead Framework” book by CRC Press and several high quality publications. Additionally, the project supported the establishment of business cooperation among some of the participating companies, which goes beyond the traditional expected cooperation of industry-academia.

During these four years, the project counted with the participation of several CISTER researchers, namely Luis Lino Ferreira (project leader), Michele Albano, Paulo Barbosa, Renato Ayres, José Silva, Filipe Pacheco, César Teixeira, Ricardo Garibay-Martinez among others.

21, Apr, 2017

Activities in the Centre

CPSWeek comes to Porto in 2018!

ISEP and CISTER will proudly organise the next CPSWeek 2018. The 11th edition of the week long multiple conference event will have more than 700 participants. In Europe, CPSWeek has been conducted before in three major technological hubs in the area of CPS: Stockholm (2010), Berlin (2014) and Vienna (2016). Porto, ISEP and CISTER will be at the centre of the World in Cyber-Physical Systems, with the whole set of opportunities and challenges this will bring to us, to the city and the country. The CPSWeek 2018 will probably be one of the largest and most important IT-related events to ever take place in Porto.

20, Apr, 2017

Activities in the Centre


ENABLE-S3 is industry-driven and aspires to substitute today’s cost-intensive verification & validation efforts by more advanced and efficient methods to pave the way for the commercialization of highly automated cyber physical systems (ACPS).
ENABLE-S3 will add important missing verification & validation technology bricks which are required to ensure the dependability (safety and security) of ACPS at affordable costs and will set the basis for future standards in this field. Thus ENABLE-S3 results shall help to enable the market introduction of this new and for Europe’s industry very important technology of automated systems. ENABLE-S3 will, in this way, help the European industry to retain leadership in the strategic field of automated systems due to faster development and test of new products, fewer call-backs and faster follow-up of call-backs with higher quality, which allows to step into and to create new markets. ENABLE-S3 is led by AVL List GmbH, has an overall budget of €64.8 M, and the consortium is formed by 71 partners ranging over 16 different countries.

The second General Assembly meeting of the ENABLE-S3 European project will be hosted by CISTER, in the ISEP premises, and will take place on the upcoming 23rd and 24th of May 2017. The meeting will count with the presence of around 100 participants, including academics and industrialists from key European players, including AVL, Thales, Airbus, Philips, Renault, among many others, as well as researchers from well-known European academic institutions. During the General Assembly meeting, the results of the first year of the project will be analyzed, and the first prototype demonstrations of the various use-cases addressed by the project will also take place.

In ENABLE-S3, CISTER is involved in three of ENABLE-S3’s use cases, namely: Use Case 4 – Traffic Jam Pilot, led by the Portuguese partner GMV Skysoft; Use Case 7 – Touch and Go Assistant, lead by Airbus; and Use Case 13 – Farming, led by TTControl. In these use cases, CISTER researchers bring to the table knowledge and experience on several topics that strongly relate and contribute to the safety and security aspects being tackled by the project, namely, static and dynamic formal verification, vehicle platooning, and real-time scheduling analysis.

20, Apr, 2017

Achievements in Academia

CISTER involved in upcoming CPS week

CPS Week, the top event on Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS), is being held this year in Pittsburgh, PA, USA in April. It brings together five leading conferences - the 20th ACM International Conference on Hybrid Systems (HSCC’17), the 8th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Cyber-Physical Systems (ICCPS’17), the 2nd ACM/IEEE International Conference on Internet-of-Things Design and Implementation (IoTDI’17), the 16th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Information Processing in Sensor Networks (IPSN’17), and the 23rd IEEE Real-Time and Embedded Technology and Applications Symposium (RTAS’17) - multiple workshops, tutorials, summits, and various exhibitions from both industry and academia.
CISTER director Eduardo Tovar is involved as the general co-chair of the 8th ACM/IEEE ICCPS, a premier single-track conference for reporting advances in all aspects of cyber-physical systems, including theory, tools, applications, systems, test-beds and field deployments.
Similar to the 22nd IEEE RTAS, CISTER researchers Vincent Nelis and Geoffrey Nelissen once again serve as members of the technical program committee of the top-impact real-time conference, and CISTER researcher Raghuraman Rangarajan serve as a member of the technical program committee of the 8th ACM/IEEE ICCPS.
CISTER researchers Matthias Becker, Borislav Nikolic, Benny Akesson and Vincent Nelis, along with Dakshina Dasari, Moris Behnam and Thomas Nolte, will also present a paper titled “Partitioning and Analysis of the Network-on-Chip on a COTS Many-Core Platform” at RTAS 17.

4, Apr, 2017

Activities in the Centre

Another Distinguished Seminar hosted at CISTER

March 2017

31, Mar, 2017

Activities in the Centre

AED Portugal Buildup

AED Portugal represents the Aeronautical, Space, Security and Defence industries in Portugal with the objective to provide a single platform for promoting and supporting the competitive development of the sector.

This supercluster brings together the constituting members – the industrial federation of Aeronautic (PEMAS), Space (PROESPAÇO) and Defence (DANOTEC).

AED Portugal is the National Federation of the three sectorial associations for Aeronautics (PEMAS), Space(PROESPAÇO) and Defense (DANOTEC). AED Portugal is a major hub and unique platform for the growth and competitive development of its members. AED Portugal gathers the main stakeholders from three paramount sectors trans-sectorial synergies and high added value, constituting a national super–cluster. To achieve its objectives AED Portugal builds on the historic record, capacities and international connections of the three sectorial associations exploring the complementarities and the synergies behind.

AED Portugal not just represents and defends the interest of its members next to national and EU policy makers, but also disseminates information on funding programs and fosters cooperation and networking at international level. AED Portugal ensures both the cross fertilization between industry and Scientific and Technological players and the visibility of its members facilitating the access to international markets.

As a member, CISTER director Eduardo Tovar participated in the general assembly of AED (and PEMAS) in March. CISTER will also be organizing in September, a one-day workshop to expose and foster the national competences related to avionics. This event at CISTER premises will be articulated with PEMAS and AED.


31, Mar, 2017

Progress in Projects

CISTER presents the Upscale SDK in the two largest European events on Embedded Systems

The UpScale Software Development Kit (SDK) is a toolchain for the development of real-time high-performance applications in many-core platforms, one of the main results of the European P-SOCRATES project. The SDK targets systems that demand more and more computational performance to process large amounts of data from multiple data sources, whilst requiring guarantees on processing response times. It includes a source to source compiler, which is able to analyze source code OpenMP parallelism annotations, a lightweight OpenMP tasking runtime, an embedded many-core kernel, and an integrated toolset for the timing and schedulability analysis of real-time parallel applications (designed and implemented at CISTER). UpScale is openly available and released under commercially-friendly open source licenses.

In the scope of the dissemination of the P-SOCRATES project results, the UpScale SDK was presented at Embedded World, the international gathering for the embedded system technology sector with around 1800 participants, which took place in Nuremberg, Germany, March 14-16, and at the Design, Automation and Test in Europe conference (DATE 2017), which gathered around 1500 participants in Lausanne, Switzerland, March 27-31. At Embedded World, UpScale was also demonstrated in the exhibition space, at the booth of the Kalray company, a member of the project advisory board.


18, Mar, 2017

Achievements in Academia

Participation in ECRTS meeting

CISTER researchers Geoffrey Nelissen and Vincent Nelis participated in the PC meeting of the 29th Euromicro Conference on Real-Time Systems (ECRTS 2017). The technical program committee meeting was organized in Venice, Italy, on the 18th of March. The conference will be held in Dubrovnik, Croatia, from the 27th to the 30th of June 2017.
ECRTS is the premier European venue for presenting research into the broad area of real-time and embedded systems. Along with RTSS and RTAS, ECRTS ranks as one of the three top international conferences on real-time systems. ECRTS has been in the forefront of the real-time community in introducing innovations such as artefact evaluation; open-access proceedings, etc., into the larger real-time computing community.

16, Mar, 2017

Progress in Projects

CISTER participates on ISO/IEC JTC1/WG7 meeting in Graz

The 15th meeting of the ISO/IEC JTC1/WG7 working group was hosted by ViF (Virtual Infrastructure), in Graz, Austria in March 2017. CISTER researcher Ramiro Robles took part as a liaison with the project DEWI. The objective of this liaison is to align efforts with ISO and provide the DEWI HLA (high level architecture) with an international framework for interoperability and visibility.
ISO meeting also dealt with several administrative and technical issues. Significant part of the meeting was devoted to the discussion of the submitted drafts of international standards by South Korea for underwater acoustic sensor networks and its applicability for other countries, particularly in the European Union. Underwater acoustic sensor networks face several challenges such as propagation delay, multipath and noise. Considering that 70 percent of earth's surface is water, an international standard for underwater communication poses a great relevance in many fields such as oil platform exploration and naval submarines. Other aspects discussed were the creation of a study group for the use of internet of things for financial asset tracking and control. The ISO/IEC JTC1/WG7 will be merged to other working groups under the umbrella of the Internet of Things later this year. CISTER has presented the intention to submit 5 technical reports reflecting different use cases of the DEWI project before the end of April 2017.


February 2017

16, Feb, 2017

Progress in Projects

Sucessful final review of the P-SOCRATES European project

The CISTER-led P-SOCRATES had its final review meeting in Brussels, Belgium in February. CISTER researchers Luis Miguel Pinho (project coordinator) and Vincent Nelis (work package leader), and the principal researchers of the other project partners were involved in this meeting.
The review was successful, with the work being highly valued by the project’s reviewers, both considering the technical results of the project as well as the joint exploitation path and plans for post-project activities.
The project consortium presented the newly developed techniques for exploiting the massively parallel computation capabilities of next-generation many-core embedded platforms in a predictable way. This work led to the release of the UpScale SDK, a Software Development Kit for the development of applications with strict timing and high-performance requirements, including a complete set of compilation and analysis tools, as well as the underlying execution environments. The SDK is provided under commercial-friendly open source licenses and will be supported by an open community.
The success of the project was also reflected in the more than 50 scientific and technical papers published in international conferences, as well as the 10 invited talks and presentations in international industrial events, such as the Embedded World exhibition and conference (with both a presentation and a demonstration scheduled for March 2017) and the Design Automation and Test Europe conference.
P-SOCRATES (Parallel Software Framework for Time-Critical Many-core Systems) started in October 2013 and was funded by the European Commission FP7 R&D Program with a budget of 3.5 M€. The project work was performed by a team of around 20 researchers from 7 partners in 4 different countries. Besides CISTER, the research partners included the Barcelona Supercomputing Centre (Spain), the University of Modena (Italy) and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (Switzerland). The industrial partners of the project included ATOS (Spain) and the SMEs Evidence (Italy) and Active Technologies (Italy). The project partners were supported by an industrial advisory board, which included, among others, well-known multi-national companies including Airbus, Bosch, Honeywell, or Saab.

16, Feb, 2017

Progress in Projects

EnerGAware project meeting

CISTER researcher António Barros participated in the EnerGAware project meeting, held in Troyes, France, February 14-16, hosted by partner FremenCorp. With the project entering in its final year, the first day of meeting focused on the project exploitation plan, in collaboration with an external consultant. Exploitation drive is on the project serious game, but plans are also being made for individual components of the overall architecture.
The following days were used to analyze the deployment of the game EnergyCat - The House of Tomorrow (beta version), in the pilot being performed in Plymouth, UK, a work package led by ISEP. The partners discussed the current status of integration between the game and the energy monitoring infrastructure that will provide the means to assess the real contribution of the game to modify domestic energy consumption habits.