CISTER QuickNews - 28 Fev 2011

CISTER Quicknews

28, Feb, 2011


 CISTER QuickNews


Welcome to the February 28, 2011 edition of CISTER QuickNews.  

CISTER QuickNews is a newsletter providing up-to-date information on the activities and results of the Research Centre in Real-Time Computing Systems, being disseminated every month to a selected audience.

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Quick look


   1. What if buildings could autonomously react to climatic changes?

   2. Roadmap on the emerging domain of cooperating objects

   3. European ecosystem of collaboration in embedded computing systems meets in Brussels

   4. CISTER builds partnerships for ITEA projects

   5. ICT PORTUGAL workshop: New Projects in Networks, Software, Energy and Security




What if buildings could autonomously react to climatic changes?


Excerpt from the EMMON Project Press Release.


Intelligent buildings reacting autonomously to temperature variations or precipitation forecasts, car traffic being diverted because ozone concentrations are reaching hazardous levels, or street lighting reacting to the passage of vehicles: these are some of the technological developments that will no longer depend on complex, expensive infrastructures. The EMMON project, led by Critical Software, is developing wireless sensor networks that will enable intelligent and proactive automated responses to data from a wide variety of cheap and reliable sensors.


Last December the EMMON Consortium unveiled the largest wireless sensor network in Europe, demonstrating a functional prototype with no less than 303 tiny sensors in a single room, gathering detailed, real time information on temperature, humidity and ambient light.


"This functional prototype demonstrates the integration of a number of core components, from embedded wireless sensors all the way through to the control station. The prototype, which is the largest single location wireless sensor network in Europe, was integrated and demonstrated at the Instituto Superior de Engenharia do Porto (ISEP), in the CISTER research unit, one of the main scientific partners of the project", said Délio Almeida, the Project Coordinator from Critical Software.


Read the full press release at http://www.criticalsoftware.com/media/press_releases/2011/2/emmon/.




Roadmap on the emerging domain of cooperating objects


The Network of Excellence on Cooperating Objects (CONET) has released the 2011 edition of its Roadmap titled "The Emerging Domain of Cooperating Objects", published by Springer Verlag. Cooperating Objects (COs) consist of embedded computing devices equipped with communication as well as sensing or actuation capabilities that are able to cooperate and organize themselves autonomously into networks to achieve a common task. The vision of COs is to tackle the emerging complexity by cooperation and modularity. Towards this vision, the ability to communicate and interact with other objects and/or the environment is a major prerequisite. While in many cases cooperation is application specific, cooperation among heterogeneous devices can be supported by shared abstractions.


The CONET roadmap aims at providing the most up to date information on the industrial and real-life use of cooperating objects (in domains such as Building and Industrial automation, energy, logistics, transportation, environmental monitoring and assisted living) as well as the latest research state of the art and future trends and gaps. CISTER researchers have been highly involved in the writing of this roadmap focusing in the research aspects (state of the art and trends & gaps) of non functional properties (e.g., scalability, reliability, heterogeneity), radio resource management and data processing.


The CONET Network of Excellence addresses the research and technological effort that will ultimately efficiently allow interlinking the real world physical objects and cyberspace, generally coined as “Cooperating-Objects” or “Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS)”. Applications of Cooperating Objects and Cyber-Physical Systems include, among others, critical infrastructure control (electric power, water resources, gas and fuel distribution, transportation, etc.), process control and manufacturing, high dependable medical devices and systems, traffic control and safety, advanced automotive systems, energy conservation and environmental control, etc.


CONET includes 16 core partners, 11 from academia and 5 from industry.  Academic partners include ISEP, TU Delft (NL), TU Berlin (D), ETHZ (CH), UCL (UK), SICS (S) and University of Pisa (I). Industrial partners are SAP (D), Schneider-Electric GmbH (D), SELEX Sensors and Airborne Systems Ltd. (UK), Boeing Research & Technology Europe (E) and Telecom Italia (I). Within CONET, CISTER is leader of Workpackage 5 (Spreading Excellence) and is leader of 2 of 7 research clusters.


The CONET Roadmap is available at Springer Link.




European ecosystem of collaboration in embedded computing systems meets in Brussels


In the scope of CISTER’s long-standing international activity, CISTER’s Director Eduardo Tovar and Vice-Director Stefan M. Petters participated in the annual general assembly and review of the European Network of Excellence (NoE) on Embedded System Design (ArtistDesign), which took place in Brussels from February 23rd to 24th, 2011.


The ArtistDesign NoE is a long standing virtual Center of Excellence (started in the Artist FP5 Network of Excellence in 2001), which implements a Joint Programme of Activities in the area of embedded computing systems, bringing together researcher teams of 31 top European core partners, facilitating interaction and planning for the future in embedded computing systems research in Europe. These teams have already established a long-term vision for embedded computing systems in Europe, which advances the emergence of Embedded Computing Systems as a mature discipline.


CISTER's activities within the NoE are focused on the "Operating Systems and Networks" cluster, where it is one of the 8 core partners, in the activities of “Scheduling and resource management”, “Resource-aware operating systems” and “Real-time networks”, as well as in the inter cluster activity of "Design for adaptivity".


The NoE review was very successful and showcased a working ecosystem of collaboration among the best institutions in Europe, which was commended by the reviewers. In particular, there was the general feeling that this collaboration ecosystem was already consolidated, and that it had allowed Europe to set-up a strategic research plan in Embedded Computing Systems, instantiated in the ARTEMIS Program.


More information at http://www.artist-embedded.org/.




CISTER builds partnerships for ITEA projects


In the framework of the preparation of new projects in 2011, CISTER’s Vice-Director Luís Miguel Pinho was involved in the ITEA2 Project Outline Preparation Days (PO Days), which took place in Paris, February 15-16, 2010. ITEA 2 is the follow-up to the ITEA programme, one of the main EUREKA clusters, and is a strategic pan-European programme for advanced pre-competitive R&D in Software-intensive Systems and Services (SiSS). SiSS are a vital growth engine for Europe’s economy and a key driver of innovation in Europe’s most competitive industries – such as automotive, aerospace, communications, healthcare and consumer electronics.


ITEA is recognized as having obtained consistent and effective research results that have led to fast, effective and long-term commercial exploitation. It is in this context, that the aim of the PO Days event was to foster the creation of consortia and generate preliminary outlines for projects by bringing together more than 300 representatives of large companies, SMEs, research institutes and universities with innovative ideas for projects.


During the event, Luís Miguel Pinho discussed several future partnerships with other European Research Centers and Industries, being now leading a national consortium to tackle a European-wide project for innovative software platforms for automotive content systems.


More information on http://www.itea2.org/.




ICT PORTUGAL workshop: New Projects in Networks, Software, Energy and Security


The Carnegie Mellon Portugal program is organizing a public session to present the research projects selected for competitive funding by FCT under the second Call for proposals. The goal of this event is to get together all the research teams and the Carnegie Mellon Portugal community, creating the opportunity to promote the ongoing work, to find out more about other projects, and to set the stage for new collaborations.


The research projects funded under that second call converge on the strategic areas of the Program, including Software Engineering for Large Scale Systems, Cyber-physical Systems for Environmental Intelligence, New Generation Networks and Resilient Operations in a Network Environment, and other areas related to Information and Communication Technologies (ICT).


In this event, CISTER’s Director and PI of the Project, Eduardo Tovar, will present an overview of the SENODs project (Cyber-Physical Systems Technologies for Energy-Optimized Data Centers), which has as one of the main objectives the use of ultimate information and communication technologies to provide fine-grained monitoring of power consumption, cooling and data center environmental variables to identify, model, analyze and optimize energy costs. In the event, Paulo Martins, Director for Data Centres at Portugal Telecom (PT), and responsible for PT’s participation in the project, will be present to stress the importance of this project to PT’s strategy.


More information on http://www.cmuportugal.org/tiercontent.aspx?id=3420.




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