CISTER QuickNews - 27 May 2013

CISTER Quicknews

27, May, 2013


 CISTER QuickNews

Welcome to the May 27, 2013 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. Positive results for CISTER in the European FP7 Call 10
2. CISTER Researcher Leads the Scientific Program of Top-Tier International Conference
3. CISTER on the Spotlights of a Television Science and Technology Dissemination Show
4. Collaboration between CISTER researcher and Canada experts in the spotlight in international workshop
5. CISTER Deeply Involved with 4 New European Artemis/FP7 Project Proposals
6. CISTER to Host a TACle Meeting end of May
7. CISTER Distinguished Seminar Series Hosts Dr. Orlando Moreira

Positive results for CISTER in the European FP7 Call 10

Within the scope of the on-going efforts by CISTER to participate in the European R&D calls, last January CISTER participated in several initiatives to tackle the FP7 Call 10 (with projects submitted last January 17).

In that call, CISTER addressed in particular Objective ICT-2013.3.4 (Advanced computing, embedded and control systems), which intends to "combine and expand Europe's industrial strengths within embedded and mobile computing and in control of networked embedded systems".

The results of that call have been recently known, and provide a very positive outcome for the research centre activities.

CISTER-led project proposal P-SOCRATES (Parallel Software Framework for Time-Critical many-core Systems), which targeted outcome c) "Exploiting synergies and strengths between computing segments", received very good marks, and has been ranked within the first group of proposals, entering now the final negotiation phase. P-SOCRATES focuses on exporting the newest high-performance software techniques for exploiting task parallelism to increase performance of real-time embedded systems.

This project proposal joins together CISTER with the Barcelona Supercomputing Centre (Spain), University of Modena (Italy), ETH Zurich (Switzerland), the SMEs Evidence (Italy) & Active Technologies (Italy) and the large IT company ATOS Origin (Spain). The proposal also has an Industrial Advisory Board which includes companies such as ST Microelectronics and IBM.

The project has a budget of 3.6 M€, and a foreseen EC contribution of 2.7 M€. CISTER has the largest share of this contribution, with around 550 K€ of European contribution.

Although not selected for funding, another proposal where CISTER participated, the CHORAL large Integrated Project, also received positive comments and received the same score as another proposal that was selected for negotiations. CHORAL addressed outcome b) "Control in embedded systems with mixed criticalities sharing computing Resources", and involved partners such as Universities of Trento and Pisa (Italy), KTH (Sweden), INRIA (France), NLR (Netherlands), Piaggio (Italy), ABB (Sweden) and Boeing (Spain).

This project focused on addressing mixed-criticality challenges in application domains such as factory automation and traffic management within airports. The positive comments received are being considered and the consortium is continuing to work on the proposal to tackle the forthcoming calls of Horizon 2020.

Further info is available at: http://cordis.europa.eu/fp7/ict/docs/ict-wp2013-10-7-2013-with-cover-issn.pdf

CISTER Researcher Leads the Scientific Program of Top-Tier International Conference

Eduardo Tovar was the Program Chair of the 19th IEEE Real Time and Embedded Technology and Applications Symposium (RTAS 2013), a top tier conference in the area. The conference was held during April in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, as part of the Cyber-Physical Systems Week (www.cpsweek.org).

The scope of RTAS is defined by its four tracks: Track 1 on Applications, Systems, RTOSs, and Tools; Track 2 on Applied Methodologies and Foundations, that is, on basic methodologies and algorithms that are applicable to real systems to solve specific problems; Track 3 on Wireless Sensor Networks; and Track 4 on Hardware-Software Co-design, including design methodologies and tools for hardware/software integration. Papers submitted to all tracks were required to clearly define motivating application examples and include a section reporting experimental results with a real implementation of the proposed system, or showing the applicability to an industrial case study or working system.

One of the highlights of this year’s RTAS was the Industrial Session, which included talks by various industrialists on case studies, design methodologies, tools, deployment experiences and industry challenges in various application domains. This session included speakers from Siemens, General Motors, Mathworks, Honeywell, Emerson, United Technologies and National Instruments.

Further information on RTAS 2013 is available at: http://www.cister.isep.ipp.pt/rtas2013/ 

CISTER on the Spotlights of a Television Science and Technology Dissemination Show

CISTER researcher Mário Alves participated in the official presentation "100 segundos de ciência" (100 seconds of science), a joint venture between RTP, FCT and the Portuguese Commission of UNESCO.

"100 segundos de ciência" is a series of short programs with each program addressing cutting edge scientific research that is "Made in Portugal". It has started with 10 different episodes which were shown on RTP2 (Portuguese television) from the 22nd April. The idea is to disseminate science in a straightforward way, giving special emphasis to the practical results, applications and usefulness for the general public, aiming to close the gap between the scientific community and general society. One of the 10 programs included reports on the work done at CISTER on wireless sensors networks and applications, particularly the work driven from the EMMON project (which was led by Critical Software) and also included some reports on the ongoing work under the SENODS project (with Portugal Telecom). The programs have been broadcast on RTP2 and will soon be repeated on RTP1, RTP International (with subtitles) and RTP Africa.

They are now available on-line at http://media.rtp.pt/blogs/cienciaeambiente/

The Minister of Science and Education, the President of FCT and the President of the National Commission of UNESCO were also present at this event, among other invited participants.

Collaboration between CISTER researcher and Canada experts in the spotlight in international workshop

The International Real-Time Ada Workshop (IRTAW) is an invitation-based forum for exploring issues with real-time system support in the Ada programming language and for exploring possible approaches and solutions. The IRTAW meetings are the principal forum that contributes to the evolution of the Ada standard in issues concerning real-time, concurrency and high-integrity, being based on discussions and working sessions, instead of paper presentations. CISTER hosted the 12th edition of the workshop during 2003.

The 16th edition of the workshop (IRTAW 2013) took place in York, UK, April 16-19, with one of the main topics the current proposal to extend the Ada language with parallel programming constructs. The central discussion was based on a joint proposal between CISTER researcher Miguel Pinho and industrial experts from Canada.

Due to the importance which was given to the topic, a full day of workshop discussion was around this topic. This two-part "Parallel and Muticore Models" session was also chaired by Miguel Pinho.

Further info is available at: http://www-users.cs.york.ac.uk/~andy/IRTAW2013/

CISTER Deeply Involved with 4 New European Artemis/FP7 Project Proposals

CISTER Researchers Nuno Pereira, Eduardo Tovar and Luis Miguel Pinho participated on the 23rd and 24th of April in Brussels and Leuven in various meetings related to four new very relevant Artemis/FP7 project proposals, including two AIPP (Artemis Innovation Pilot Project) to be submitted early June in the Artemis Call 2013. CISTER has been actively involved in this call since the end of 2012 and has already participated in dozens of working meetings, both remote and physical meetings, in relation to these projects. One of the key efforts CISTER has placed has been towards helping to foster the involvement of Portuguese industrial players with the ambition of further contributing to the creation of impact by Portuguese teams involving industry and academia.

Further info is available at: http://www.artemis-ju.eu/call2013

CISTER to Host a TACle Meeting end of May

At the end of March, CISTER Researcher Stefan M. Petters attended the first regular project meeting of the TACLe COST Action In Barcelona, Spain. COST Actions are designed to create networks of researchers in Europe around a particular topic. In this particular case, it concerns code-level timing analysis and brings together researchers from key research organisations in Europe, like the Mälardalen University, Sweden, University of York, UK, or University of Saarbrücken, Germany.

Stefan is serving TACLe as work package leader and management committee member and is organising a focused meeting "Programming Models for highly Parallel Architectures" on the CISTER premises which will take place at the end of May.

Further info is available at: http://tacle.knossosnet.gr/

CISTER Distinguished Seminar Series Hosts Dr. Orlando Moreira

Once again, CISTER had the honor of hosting a seminar within the Distinguished Seminar Series offered by Dr. Orlando Moreira on “Making data flow work for real-time wireless communications". With the aim of reinforcing the collaboration with CISTER, the researcher also attended research meetings related to on-going research at CISTER, in the area of real-time dataflow computing.

Dr. Orlando Moreira is a Principal DSP Systems Engineer at ST-Ericsson, at the High Tech Campus site, in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. He graduated in Electronics Engineering from the University of Aveiro. In 2012, he received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the Eindhoven University of Technology. Before joining ST- Ericsson, he worked for Philips Research and NXP Semiconductors. In 2007-2008, he led a joint Nokia, NXP and ST-Ericsson team in developing a hard-real-time software architecture for radios. He has published papers on reconfigurable computing, real-time multiprocessor scheduling, resource management, data flow analysis and modeling. He was awarded patents in computer architecture and compilation methods.

More info at: http://www.cister.isep.ipp.pt/events/+distinguished+seminar+series/

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