CISTER QuickNews - 4 May 2010

CISTER Quicknews

4, May, 2010


 CISTER QuickNews


Welcome to the May 4, 2010 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 two weeks to a selected audience.

For more information, contact us at cister-info@isep.ipp.pt, or visit www.cister.isep.ipp.pt.

Quick look


   1. CISTER: At the Forefront of Research in Portugal since 2004

   2. We Take on New Goals and Bigger Challenges: upgrading to CISTER 3.0

   3. CISTER to Host Next General Meeting of the European Network of Excellence CONET




CISTER: At the Forefront of Research in Portugal since 2004


In the recently completed evaluation of Research Units by FCT, CISTER has again managed to claim the top spot in the "Electrical and Computer Engineering" area by receiving an "Excellent" rating.


CISTER is one of only two centres in the area of "Electrical and Computer Engineering" which have been awarded this grade and the only one having reached this rating in two consecutive evaluations. With this in mind, the Research Unit acts as ambassador for ISEP on the national and the international arenas. We want to thank all members of the research unit past and present, as well as ISEP and IPP who have all contributed to this success.


More info on the evaluation results is available at the FCT website.




We Take on New Goals and Bigger Challenges: upgrading to CISTER 3.0


Having again received the "Excellent" rating is no time to rest on the laurels, but rather to strategically prepare for the challenges of the coming years. We have analysed our weaknesses and the formal as well as the informal feedback given by the FCT evaluators, and have developed the following 5 point strategic plan to maintain our standing while growing CISTER:


1. We have introduced a management structure to cope with the increased size and reputation our Unit is facing. The Board of Directors forms the dynamic leadership body of the Unit. It is comprised of Prof. Eduardo Tovar (Director) and Prof. Luís Miguel Pinho and Prof. Stefan M. Petters (Vice Directors). The Executive Board is dividing the day-to-day administrative management of the group. This is complemented by the Steering Committee which is comprised of Research Line Leaders and is more concerned with the mid-term strategic planning activities of the CISTER research unit.


2. We have implemented a strong PhD student pipeline, and have associated and engaged ourselves with doctoral programs at reputed Universities in Portugal (e.g., University of Porto and Technical University of Lisbon) and abroad (Carnegie Mellon University, USA). This is instrumental to sustain an excellent rate of research production. Within the last 12 months, we have received over 250 applications, thus demonstrating the attractiveness of our Unit for potential PhD students. Our students hail from many different countries like Mexico, Iran, Cuba, India, Russia to name but a few. But also Portuguese students are catered for, rounding the picture.


3. The development of the student pipeline, international research projects and industry-driven projects is supported by an increased intake of international scholars from top notch universities, like Chalmers (S), University of Virginia and University of Pennsylvania (USA), University of York (UK) and TU Munich (D). We want to enlarge our team of top international scholars, and therefore a new call for senior academics is in preparation and will be launched in the coming days.


4. We have outgrown our current facilities and are currently working with ISEP and IPP management regarding a set of facilities which integrate all our researchers under one single roof, provide adequate research facilities, and allow us to project the world-class image commensurate with our national and international standing to our numerous visitors, thus projecting a positive image of ISEP and IPP to the world.


5. In order to increase the impact of our research results we are currently in talks with a number of associate labs to sound out potential collaboration or integration as an autonomous research unit. Such an association will provide us with more efficient means of technology transfer, thus providing additional national benefit, as well as providing attractive career opportunities for full-time researchers and recognition of ISEP and IPP as a hot spot for industrially relevant research.




CISTER to Host Next General Meeting of the European Network of Excellence CONET


Next general meeting of the FP7 European Network of Excellence in Cooperating Objects (CONET) will be held in ISEP next June 14-16. CONET includes 16 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-ISEP is leader of Workpackage 5 (Spreading Excellence) and is leader of 2 of 7 research projects (clusters). Around 40 CONET researchers will participate in the meeting.


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)”. The integration of physical processes and computing is not new. Embedded systems have been in place since a long time to denote systems that combine physical processes with computing. The revolution will come from extensively networking embedded computing devices, in a blend that involves sensing, actuation, computation, networking, pervasiveness and physical processes.


Wireless Sensor Networks have emerged as a means for instrumenting the physical world by embedding low power computing, sensing and communication capabilities within the physical world. Such systems pose considerable technical challenges, ranging from the (distributed) programming paradigms to networking protocols with timeliness as a structuring concern, including systems theory that combines “physical concerns” (control systems, signal processing, etc.) and “computational concerns” (complexity, schedulability, computability, scalability, etc.). 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.


More info on CONET is available at www.cooperating-objects.eu.



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