CISTER QuickNews - 20 Mar 2012

CISTER Quicknews

20, Mar, 2012


 CISTER QuickNews



Welcome to the March 20, 2012 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 monthly to a selected audience.

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Quick look


1. EMMON consortium plans WSN demonstrator and open day at SANJOTEC high tech park

2. CISTER networks with top European researchers in Cooperating Objects

3. ARTIST-Design Showcase and Final Review in Dresden

4. CISTER Distinguished Seminar Series Hosts Prof. Benny Åkesson

5. Two new PhD students enroll with CISTER


EMMON consortium plans WSN demonstrator and open day at SANJOTEC high tech park


Around 20 academic and industrial researchers from the EMMON consortium participated in a meeting at SANJOTEC facilities, on the 27/FEB/2012. The main objective of the meeting was to make a status update of the different WPs and to plan activities to drive EMMON to a successful completion. SANJOTEC (a Science and Technology Park located in São João da Madeira - http://www.sanjotec.com/) is the location of the second EMMON demonstrator (dubbed DEMMON2) - a real-world application of EMMON technologies. An open day (featuring live presentations and demonstrations to the academic and industrial community) is planned for the 29/MAY/2012.


DEMMON2 will enable to test and validate EMMON Wireless Sensor Network technologies in a real-world environment, allowing a fine-grained real-time monitoring of SANJOTEC environmental conditions. Over 400 wireless sensor nodes are being deployed across several floors/rooms in the main SANJOTEC building. Continuously measuring physical parameters such as temperature, light, humidity, CO/CO2 and Ozone through a high density sensor network enables to get a deep and real-time perception of the quality of the environment and also to take corrective actions such as controlling the buildings’ lighting and HVAC systems, improving its energy-efficiency and habitability. In this context, a building management system (from SAUTER) is being integrated with the EMMON WSN system.


More details on the EMMON project (funded by the ARTEMIS program) can be found at http://www.artemis-emmon.eu.



CISTER networks with top European researchers in Cooperating Objects


Three CISTER researchers (Mário Alves, Filipe Pacheco and Hossein Fotouhi) participated in the FP7 European Network of Excellence in Cooperating Objects (CONET) General Meeting in Trento, Italy, 14/FEB/2012.


This was a follow-up of the WP4 (research clusters) meeting CISTER recently organized and hosted in ISEP, on the 15-16/DEC/2011. The consortium made a status update of the different work packages, including WP5 lead by CISTER. There was also room for research clusters’ meetings, including the two coordinated by CISTER: COTS4QoS and SDP cluster. The meeting was co-located with the 9th edition of the prestigious European Conference on Wireless Sensor Networks (EWSN 2012), co-sponsored by CONET.


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)”. CONET includes 16 core members, 11 from academia and 5 from industry.  Academic members include ISEP, TU Delft (NL), TU Berlin (D), ETHZ (CH), UCL (UK), SICS (S) and University of Pisa (I). Industrial members 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 WP5 (Spreading of Excellence) and is leader of 2 out of 6 research projects (clusters COTS4QoS and SDP).


More information at http://www.cooperating-objects.eu.



ARTIST-Design Showcase and Final Review in Dresden


In the scope of CISTER’s long-standing international activity, CISTER’s researcher Stefan M. Petters participated in the annual general assembly, the showcase and the final 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".

In the Showcase at the DATE conference ArtistDesign provided an overview on the highlights of the last four years. The event was well attended and served as a platform for members to illustrate a wide range of results.
The NoE review on the next day 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. Additionally the working eco-system will continue in another form as an Special Interest Group in the EDAA consortium, allowing the fruitful collaboration to continue.

More information at the ArtistDesign pages.


CISTER Distinguished Seminar Series Hosts Prof. Benny Akesson


After other very distinguished speakers in the past, including Prof. Ian Bate (University of York, UK), Prof. Alan Burns (University of York, UK), Dr. Stamatis Karnouskos (SAP Research, Germany), Prof. Zdenek Hanzalek (Czech Technical University Prague, Czech Republic) or Prof. Tarek Abdelzaher (University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, USA), CISTER had the honor of hosting yet another distinguished speaker, Prof. Benny Akesson (Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands). Professor Akesson’s visit main purpose was to participate in a meeting aiming a further collaboration with CISTER, also taking the opportunity to give a very participated talk on "Composability and Predictability in the CoMPSoC Platform".


Professor Benny Akesson was born in Landskrona, Sweden in 1977. He earned a M.Sc. degree in Computer Science and Engineering at Lund Institute of Technology, Sweden in 2005. In 2010, He received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering at Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands, on the topic of "Predictable and Composable SoC Memory Controllers". This research was conducted in collaboration with NXP Semiconductors. Dr. Åkesson is currently working as an assistant professor at the Eindhoven University of Technology, where he is leading the memory research team in the Electronic Systems group at the faculty of Electrical Engineering. His research interests include memory controller architectures, real-time resource scheduling, performance modeling, and virtualization. He is the author of a book about memory controllers for real-time embedded systems.


More information at CISTER’s Seminar pages and Prof. Akesson’s page.



Two new PhD students enroll with CISTER


The CISTER research unit is further implementing its strategic development plan with the addition of two more PhD students. They have been selected from a group of many candidates who spontaneously applied last year.


João Loureiro obtained a degree in Mechatronics Engineering from Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Minas Gerais, Brazil, in 2009. Since then he has worked on embedded computing systems both within academy and industry. He enrolled the FEUP’s PDEEC program, and his research interests are on Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs) and Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS). João is involved in the SENODs and SmartSkin projects.


André Pedro was born in Covilhã, Portugal, in 1987. In 2009 he received his degree in Computer science engineering at Universidade da Beira Interior, Covilhã. In 2011 he has concluded the Master's degree in Computer Science Engineering at Universidade do Minho, Braga with thesis "Learning and testing Stochastic discrete event systems". Now, he began his Phd studies for which hehas enrolled in the MAPi Doctoral Programme in Computer Science, a joint program of the Universities of Minho, Aveiro and Porto, in which the curricular part is taught entirely in one of three institutions, rotating every year.



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