CISTER QuickNews - 21 Dec 2012

CISTER Quicknews

21, Dec, 2012


 CISTER QuickNews

Welcome to the December 21, 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 and Embedded Computing Systems, being disseminated monthly to a selected audience.

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Quick look

1. CISTER Researcher receives ACM SIGAda Award

2. CISTER researcher at the Program Chair Meeting of RTAS 2013

4. CISTER Makes a Splash at RTSS 2012

5. CISTER researchers organise the “International School on Cooperating Robots and Sensor Networks”

6. FCT Project PATTERN Recommended for Funding

7. CISTER Distinguished Seminar Series Hosts Prof. Dr.ir. Sander Stuijk and Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jens B. Schmitt


CISTER Researcher receives ACM SIGAda Award            


During the recent ACM SIGAda High Integrity Language Technology conference, which took place in Boston, USA, December 2-6, 2012, CISTER Researcher Luís Miguel Pinho received the “Outstanding Ada Community Contribution Award” of SIGAda, the Special Interest Group on Ada of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). This award recognizes individuals and organisations that have made outstanding contributions to the Ada community, and for broad and lasting contributions to Ada technology & usage.


The Ada programming language was created in the 80’s to manage the increasing complexity of building embedded real-time systems. It is named in honour of Ada Byron Lovelace, assistant to Charles Babbage and the first programmer in history. It is a general-purpose language whose main area of application is high-integrity, safety-critical systems. It is an ISO standard, being the first standardised language to include object oriented support (2005) and the first to introduce multiprocessor support in the semantics of the language, in its latest revision, coined Ada 2012 (approved by ISO this November).


Miguel has been working with Ada for a long time, contributing to the advance of its concurrency and real-time mechanisms. More recently Miguel started to address its support to programming parallel real-time systems on many-core embedded platforms. In parallel to these research activities, Miguel is a standing contributor to the IRTAW forum, the main group that is evolving the real-time features of the language, and occasionally participating in the HRG, which deals with its high-integrity support.


Miguel was General Chair of the Ada-Europe 2006 conference and Program Co-Chair of the Ada-Europe 2006 and 2012 conferences. He is, since 2007, member of the board of the Ada-Europe organisation , and Editor-in-Chief of the Ada User Journal. More recently he joined ISO/IEC JTC1/SC22/WG9, the body in charge of maintaining the Ada standard.


More information at: http://www.sigada.org/exec/awards/awards.html 



Program Committee Meeting of RTAS 2013


The  Program Committee Meeting of the 19th IEEE Real-Time and Embedded Technology and Applications Symposium (RTAS 2013), which is chaired by CISTER Researcher Eduardo Tovar, took place last December 8th, in San Juan, Porto Rico, in conjunction to the Real-Time Systems Symposium.


RTAS 2013, which will take place in Philadelphia, U.S.A., in April 2013, and will be held as part of the Cyber-Physical Systems Week (CPS Week). This event is a highly selective forum for the presentation and discussion of original research papers, covering all aspects of real-time and embedded computing theory and practice.


More information at: http://www.rtas.org/



CISTER Makes a Splash at RTSS 2012


The IEEE Real-Time Systems Symposium is one of the three flag-ship events in the real-time embedded systems area.  This year, CISTER attended with 5 researchers at this important conference.  Alongside papers in the main conference and the work-in-progress session, CISTER researchers also organised two co-located workshops.


The PETARS (Power, Energy and Temperature in Real-Time systems) workshop chaired by Stefan M. Petters covered the important topics of power, energy and temperature in real-time systems. This focused half day workshop featured a mix of submitted and invited paper presentations, as well as discussions.

Benny Åkesson co-chaired the 5th Workshop on Compositional Theory and Technology for Real-Time Embedded Systems (CRTS 2012). The program featured a keynote about resource and time management in smart vehicles, given by Ragunathan (Raj) Rajkumar, as well as two paper sessions on theory for compositionality and composability, and compositional and composable systems, respectively. The day was concluded by a panel with three panelists from top institutes in the area of real-time systems. In total, the workshop was well attended and from these attendees it received very positive feedback.


More information at: http://www.rtss.org, http://petars.cister-isep.info/ and http://crts2012.ele.tue.nl/



CISTER Researchers organise the “International School on Cooperating Robots and Sensor Networks”


Several CISTER researchers have been involved in the organisation  of “The International School on Cooperative Robots and Sensor Networks” (RoboSense2012), Hammamet, Tunisia, 18-22/DEC/2012 – Anis Koubâa as program co-chair and Nuno Pereira as publicity co-chair. Mário Alves gave a lecture entitled “Designing and engineering large-scale wireless sensor networks”, mainly reporting the lessons learned from the recently finished EMMON European project, funded by ARTEMIS and lead by Portuguese high-tech company Critical Software.


The school featured a blend of oral presentations and hands-on sessions by internationally reputed researchers and over 100 attendees.


More info at: http://www.robosense.org/



FCT Project PATTERN Recommended for Funding


The FCT (the Portuguese science funding agency) project PATTERN (Programming AbsTracTions for wireless sEnsoR Networks), previously under evaluation, was recommended for funding with a very positive review and a classification of "Outstanding". CISTER Researcher Nuno Pereira is the PI in the PATTERN project. Besides CISTER, the project involves the Portuguese SME ISA - Intelligent Sensing Anywhere, as an external consultant.


This is very good news in a time where FCT investment is scarce and extremely competitive. The recommended funding for PATTERN is around 150K Euros for the upcoming 2 years.



CISTER Distinguished Seminar Series Hosts Prof. Dr.ir. Sander Stuijk and Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jens B. Schmitt


After other very distinguished speakers in the past, CISTER had the honour of hosting yet two further distinguished seminars from Professors Stuijk and  Professor Schmitt.   The  main purpose of their visit was to participate in meetings aiming at further collaboration with CISTER, also taking the opportunity to give well participated talks on "Building Predictable Embedded Systems from Dynamic Applications and Platforms " and “Design Problems in Large-Scale, Time-Sensitive Wireless Sensor Networks”, respectively.


Dr.ir. Sander Stuijk received his M.Sc. degree (with honors) in Electrical Engineering in 2002 and his Ph.D. degree in 2007 from the Eindhoven University of Technology. He is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at the Eindhoven University of Technology. Sander Stuijk has been working as a visiting researcher at the Technical University of Dortmund in Germany (2009). His research interests include modeling methods and mapping techniques for the design, specification, analysis and synthesis of predictable hardware/software systems.


Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jens B. Schmitt is a Professor for Computer Science at the TU Kaiserslautern. Since 2003 he has been the head of the Distributed Computer Systems Lab (disco). His research interests are broadly in performance and security aspects of networked and distributed systems. Currently, his main interest in performance is in the development of the network calculus, both deterministic and stochastic. In security, his focus is on wireless networks and leveraging from physical characteristics of radio transmissions. He received his PhD from TU Darmstadt in 2000 on the topic "Heterogeneous Network Quality of Service Architectures".


More information at: http://www.cister.isep.ipp.pt/events/%2Btalks/  



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