The International Conference on Reliable Software Technologies (Ada-Europe) conference has successfully established as an international forum in software technologies for critical embedded systems, with participants from both industry and academia. The 21st International Conference on Reliable Software Technologies, took place in Pisa, Italy, from June 13 to June 17, 2016. The conference was co-chaired by Marko Bertogna (Professor at University of Modena, Italy) and Luís Miguel Pinho (CISTER/INESC-TEC, ISEP).
Various topics of interest were present, under the general umbrella of reliable software systems, with a rich program of both scientific peer-reviewed papers (published by Springer LNCS 9695), industrial presentations, and tools demonstrations. Special focus was given to the topic of safe and predictable parallel software technologies. This is an important challenge for the design of smart cyber-physical systems,and is a topic being tackled by CISTER within the P-SOCRATES European project. A special session was dedicated to the integration of safe parallelism within the Ada language, a collaboration work being done by researchers and industrialists in USA, Canada and Portugal.
The conference also featured keynote talks, from Alan Burns, Professor at the University of York, UK, on programing languages for future cyber physical systems; Guido Ghisio, responsible for Automated Driving Technologies at Magneti Marelli, Italy, on challenges for the automotive platform of the future; and Marc Duranton, senior member of CEA, France, on the HiPEAC (European Network on High Performance and Embedded Architecture and Compilation) vision.