CISTER QuickNews - 9 May 2011

CISTER Quicknews

9, May, 2011

CISTER QuickNews



Welcome to the May 9, 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. ECRTS 2011: World-wide reputed researchers converge to ISEP in the first week of July

   2. “Excellence and Internationalization in Research” among “Novo Norte” award finalists

   3. The first RECOMP project week will take place at ISEP

   4. European Project ENCOURAGE will have the kick-off meeting at ISEP

   5. CISTER’s increasing visibility and strength leads to 7 new European Consortia

   6. EWSN/CONET MSc Thesis Award for CISTER’s collaborator

   7. CISTER hosts the 14th workshop of the Mobile Communication Thematic Network




ECRTS 2011: World-wide reputed researchers converge to ISEP in the first week of July


The 23rd Euromicro Conference on Real-Time Systems (ECRTS11) is steadily coming into shape, with its main program being made publicly available. ECRTS11 and its satellite workshops will take place on the facilities of ISEP and CISTER, being set to be the largest scientific event taking place at ISEP, with approximately 2 hundred researchers, from the most reputed European, American and Asian organizations, being expected to converge to Porto in the first week of July.


Preceding the main ECRTS conference, the 5th of July is devoted to 5 satellite workshops fostering exchange and collaborative work in several specialized topics. The program of the main conference starts on Wednesday 6th of July, and ends on Friday 8th of July. There will be 8 main sessions and 2 keynotes. The technical program of the main conference is opened by the keynote of Prof. Hermann Kopetz on his seminal work on the time triggered architecture. The keynote on the second day will be presented by Prof. David Atienza on thermal-aware design of multiprocessor system-on-a-chip architectures. The scientific program of the conference is already a major success, with a total of 25 papers being presented, from a total of 119 high-quality submissions, an acceptance rate of 21%.


In this event CISTER and ISEP will undoubtedly demonstrate their visibility and outstanding position in the real-time and embedded systems world-wide community.


More info at www.cister.isep.ipp.pt/ecrts11.  




“Excellence and Internationalization in Research” among “Novo Norte” award finalists


The proposal titled "E2I - Excelência e Internacionalização na Investigação (Excellence and Internationalization in Research)", that ISEP put forward to the "Novo Norte" award, and that is instantiated with the CISTER research unit at its core, was nominated as one of the finalists to the award, in the "North Innovator" category.


The "Novo Norte" awards is an initiative of the Regional Development and Coordinating Commission of the North (CCDR-N) and the Operational Programme of the North Region, in partnership with the Jornal de Notícias journal, to single out cases of success and good practices in the North Region of Portugal, on priority regional development themes.


The goal of the award is to give visibility to innovative regional development initiatives in the Northern Region, to promote and disseminate good practices in the region and to inspire other institutions and companies to work towards excellence and the exchange of experiences.


ISEP's proposal is based on the implementation of a policy of expansion and internationalization of resident research, in a way to contribute to the development of the Northern region, though excellence in education and research, and also in technology transfer.


The creation of the CISTER research unit in 2001, based on the IPP-HURRAY research group, established in 1997, and the support to CISTER’s strategy is put forward as the initiative for the proposal, and which allows evidencing the results of ISEP's strategic objectives of (i) achieving levels of Excellence recognized both nationally and internationally; and (ii) achieve the internationalization both of the research teams and of the results.


More information at http://www.ccdrn.pt/premios/nomeacoes2011.php.  




The first RECOMP project week will take place at ISEP


In the General Assembly of the European project RECOMP, which took place last May 5, in Helsinki, a decision was made to set up project technical weeks, each one integrating in the same week and location several technical meetings and workshops, of the different workpackages of the project.


A decision was also made to hold the first of these weeks at ISEP, in the week of August 29/September 2, joining at CISTER the more than 40 researchers working in the project, coming from important organizations such as Kone (FI), Space Systems Finland (FI), Infineon Technologies (UK), PSA Peugeot Citroën (FR), Thales (FR), EADS/Airbus (GE), Cassidian (GE), TUV (GE), Honeywell (CZ), Intel (IR), and several top European Universities and Research centres.


RECOMP is a 3-year project to establish methods, tools and platforms for cost-efficient certification and re-certification of safety-critical and mixed-criticality systems (such as in automobiles and aircrafts) in the context of multi-core platforms. CISTER is involved in several tasks of the project, focusing on aspects related to the timing guarantees in the system.


More information at www.recomp-project.eu.  




European Project ENCOURAGE will have the kick-off meeting at ISEP


Officially starting this May, the new European Project ENCOURAGE (Embedded iNtelligent COntrols for bUildings with Renewable generAtion and storaGE), in the scope of the FP7/ARTEMIS Embedded Computing Systems Initiative, will have its kick-off meeting at ISEP, 6/7 of July.  


The ENCOURAGE project aims to develop embedded intelligence and integration technologies that will directly optimize energy use in buildings with renewable energy and enable active participation in the future smart grid environment, topics of increasing strategic importance in Portugal. CISTER participation will be in the sensing technologies and the event-based middleware, being CISTER also leader of the exploitation and dissemination workpackage and of the system architecture design task.


The ENCOURAGE consortium is led by the University of Alborg (DK), and has as partners CISTER/ISEP (PT), ISA - Intelligent Sensing Anywhere (PT), ENEL (IT), EnergiNord (DK), Seluxit (DK), GNERA Energia y Tecnologia (SP), ESVALL (SP), Atos Research (SP) and eZmonitoring (IR).


More information coming soon at www.cister.isep.ipp.pt.  




CISTER’s increasing visibility and strength leads to 7 new European Consortia


In the scope of the European ARTEMIS initiative, CISTER participated in 5 consortia submitting proposals to the March 2011 call. This increased participation in ARTEMIS is complemented by the participation in 2 consortia submitting proposals to the ITEA 2 EUREKA cluster. Both ARTEMIS and ITEA calls have a two phase call procedure, which means that the project outlines submitted will receive a preliminary review in May/June, and Full Proposals will have to be then prepared for September. These efforts are targeted to complement ongoing research activities as well as continuing the trend in diversifying funding from national as well as international instruments.


The project proposals span the areas of adaptive large scale monitoring systems, multicore embedded systems, tele-health, and vehicle communications. In these consortia applying for 2011 calls, CISTER teams with important European players such as Thales, Infineon, ST Microelectronics, Philips, OFFIS, Barco, ElsagDatamat, BULL, ENEA, Indra spacio, Space Systems Finland, TNO, ATOS, among others.


Some background information: the ARTEMIS Joint Technology Initiative, which is one of the premier programs of the European Commission in the area of Embedded Computing, aims to tackle the research and structural challenges faced by European industry by defining and implementing a coherent Research Agenda for Embedded Computing Systems. ITEA 2 is a strategic pan-European programme for advanced pre-competitive R&D in Software-intensive Systems and Services. 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.


More information on http://www.artemis-ju.eu/ and http://www.itea2.org/.




EWSN/CONET MSc Thesis Award for CISTER’s collaborator


The EWSN/CONET MSc Thesis Award 2011 was given to the Thesis entitled "An Experimental Study for the Performance Evaluation and Optimization of Link Quality Estimators in Wireless Sensor Networks" by Maissa Ben Jamâa (ReDCAD research Unit, University of Sfax, Tunisia), supervised by CISTER researcher Anis Koubâa and by CISTER’s collaborator Nouha Baccour (ReDCAD research unit, University of Sfax, Tunisia).


This award is one of the corollaries of the RadiaLE collaborative framework (http://www.open-lqe.net), involving CISTER, the ReDCAD Research Unit (Sfax, Tunisia), and the Federal University of Santa Catarina (Florianopolis, Brazil). RadiaLE is an open source benchmarking toolset for link quality estimation in wireless sensor networks, whose experimental test-bed was set up in ISEP. Maissa’s MSc Thesis performed a comparative study of link quality estimators on a real WSNs platform in order to provide rigorous conclusions, and to further optimize one approach for better performance.


The CONET Master and PhD Thesis Awards were handed over at EWSN 2011, Bonn, Germany. Theses in the area of Cooperating Objects that were completed during 2010 and resulting from international collaboration were assessed by an international jury with respect to scientific originality, scientific significance to the field of Cooperating Objects, quality of the presentation and potential for practical application.


More information at the EWSN 2011 Awards page.




CISTER hosts the 14th workshop of the Mobile Communication Thematic Network


On July 1st, the most representative Portuguese research teams in the areas of mobile and wireless communications will get together at ISEP for the 14th edition of the RTCM (Rede Temática de Comunicações Móveis) workshop. CISTER researcher Mário Alves is organizing this edition, in collaboration with researchers Manuel Ricardo (INESC Porto) and Jorge Sá Silva (University of Coimbra) in the scientific committee.


RTCM is a national network of excellence composed of both academic and industrial members, aiming at fostering R&D around the areas of mobile and wireless communications. The RTCM workshops are usually held twice per year and represent a great opportunity for the research community to present and share ideas and latest achievements. Participation in these workshops is open, and graduate and undergraduate students are motivated to attend.


More information coming soon at RTCM site.