CISTER QuickNews - 7 Oct 2013

CISTER Quicknews

7, Oct, 2013


 CISTER QuickNews


Welcome to the October 7, 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. CISTER/INESC-TEC Distinguished Seminar Series Hosts Professor Leandro Soares Indrusiak
2. CMU Portugal Working Session "Converting Technology into Products and Services"
3. Arrowhead General Assembly in Lulea
4. Thesis Proposal Defense of CISTER/INESC-TEC Student in the CMU Portugal Program
5. Two new Booklets authored by CISTER/INESC-TEC Researchers
6. Invited Talk at Spanish Real-Time Systems Symposium
7. CISTER/INESC-TEC joins ISEP in the 1st ISEP Alumni Gathering

CISTER/INESC-TEC Distinguished Seminar Series Hosts Professor Leandro Soares Indrusiak

CISTER had the honor of hosting a seminar by Professor Leandro Indrusiak focusing on strengthening the collaborative activities of CISTER in the areas of Many-core Architectures and Wireless Sensor Networks.

The seminar "Real-Time Low-Power Task Mapping in Networks-on-Chip" was presented on September 4th by Professor Indrusiak who holds binational doctoral degree which was jointly awarded by UFRGS, Brazil and TU Darmstadt, Germany, in 2003. From 2001 to 2008 he worked as a researcher at the Technische Universität Darmstadt, Darmstadt, Germany, where he finished his PhD and then lead a research group on System-on-Chip design. Since October 2008, he is a permanent faculty member of University of York's Computer Science department (Lecturer 2008, Senior Lecturer 2013), and a member of the Real-Time Systems (RTS) research group. His current research interests include: on-chip multiprocessor systems, distributed embedded systems, mapping and scheduling of applications over multiprocessor and distributed platforms, adaptive and reconfigurable computing. He currently supervises seven PhD students and one post-doc research assistant. He is the principal investigator of EPSRC-funded LowPowNoC and EU-funded DreamCloud projects, and a co-investigator in MCC and T-Crest projects.

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


CMU Portugal Working Session "Converting Technology into Products and Services"

On September 18th, CISTER hosted a working session of the CMU Portugal program on "Converting Technology into Products and Services". The session counted with Dr. Nikhil Balram (http://rii.ricoh.com/nikhil_balram), President and CEO of Ricoh Innovations Corporation (http://rii.ricoh.com). Dr. Balram has large experience in creating new ventures, by managing the integration of technology, user experience and business expertise. Dr. Balram is also adjunct professor of electrical engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, visiting professor of vision science at the University of California, Berkeley, and a guest professor at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Gandhinagar, India.

During the session, the PIs of Portugal CMU ongoing projects had the opportunity to present the main research outcomes of each project and discuss with Dr. Balram about the next steps in order to convert the developed technologies into commercial products and services.

Besides Dr. Nikhil Balram, the session also counted with João Claro (CMU-Portugal director), João Paulo Cunha, João Barros, Nuno Pereira, Vitor Grade Tavares, Sara Brandão, Alexandra Carvalho Vieira and Eduardo Tovar.


Arrowhead General Assembly in Lulea

CISTER Researcher Luis Lino Ferreira participated on the Arrowhead General Assembly and Multi-workpackage meeting, where the participants discussed the future Arrowhead common framework which will be used by all pilots. The meeting was held at Lulea University of Technology, Sweden, on the 16th of September.

Arrowhead belongs to the first group of very large Artemis AIPP projects. It has an overall budget of around 90 million Euros, involving most European countries. Besides ISEP (through CISTER), the Arrowhead project involves key European industrial players such as Acciona (SP), Airbus Operations (FR), FIAT (IT), Ford (UK), Honeywell (CZ), INDRA (SP), Infineon (AT), NXP (FR), Schneider Electric (FR), STMicroelectronics (IT), and Thales (FR).

The Arrowhead project addresses cooperative automation and is enabled by the technology developed around the Internet of Things and Service Oriented Architectures. The project will provide a technical framework adapted to such systems. Implementation and evaluation will be through through real deployments in various applicative domains: electro-mobility; smart buildings; infrastructures and smart cities; industrial production; energy production and energy virtual market.

Luis Lino Ferreira presented the work being done on task 7.1 (led by CISTER) whose goal is to define the pattern templates of Arrowhead compliant interfaces and the Arrowhead architecture.

More information at: http://www.arrowhead.eu/


Thesis Proposal Defense of CISTER/INESC-TEC Student in the CMU Portugal Program

CISTER PhD student researcher, Vikram Gupta, visited Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), Pittsburgh, from Aug 16th to Sep 20th to continue the joint research with Prof. Raj Rajkumar.

Vikram Gupta successfully presented his Thesis Proposal entitled "On the Optimization of Multiple Applications for Sensor Networks". The thesis proposal presentation was attended and evaluated by Prof. Eduardo Tovar, along with Prof. Raj Rajkumar, Prof. Peter Steenkiste and Prof. Anthony Rowe (faculty members from CMU).

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


Two new Booklets authored by CISTER/INESC-TEC Researchers

Two new booklets in the Springer Briefs in Electrical and Computer Engineering have been published with strong participation of CISTER researchers. These books are a corollary of the work that has been performed in the last few years in the area of wireless sensor networks, resulting particularly from the collaborative efforts in the EMMON, CONET, SENODS and MASQOTS projects.

The first booklet, titled “IEEE 802.15.4 and ZigBee as enabling technologies for low-power wireless systems with quality-of-service constraints” unveils the most important characteristics of IEEE 802.15.4 and ZigBee and how they can be used for engineering Cooperation Objects systems and was authored by Stefano Tennina, Anis Koubâa, Roberta Daidone, Mário Alves, Petr Jurcik, Ricardo Severino, Marco Tiloca, Jan-Hinrich Hauer, Nuno Pereira, Gianluca Dini, Mélanie Bouroche and Eduardo Tovar.

The second booklet titled “Radio link quality estimation in low-power wireless networks” provides a comprehensive survey on related work for radio link quality estimation of Cooperation Objects and was authored by Nouha Baccour, Anis Koubâa, Claro Noda, Hossein Fotouhi, Mário Alves, Habib Youssef, Marco Antonio Zuniga, Carlo Alberto Boano, Kay Roemer, Daniele Puccinelli, Thiemo Voigt, and Luca Mottola.

More information at: http://www.springer.com/series/10208


Invited Talk at Spanish Real-Time Systems Symposium

CISTER Researcher Luis Miguel Pinho gave an invited talk in the Spanish Real-Time Systems Symposium, which took place September 18-19, in Madrid. This symposium was one of the parallel tracks of the Spanish Congress on Informatics, an event with around 700 attendees.

The talk, titled "Real-Time Parallel Models" presented some of the challenges of parallel real-time models, focusing in particular in work being carried out at CISTER in the integration into the real-time domain of techniques from the high-performance area, such as work-stealing scheduling and parallel programming models.

This was also an opportunity for networking with other researchers in the areas of real-time and embedded systems, and in particular with institutions that CISTER regularly collaborates with, such as Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Universidad de Cantabria and Universidad Politécnica de Valencia.

More information at: http://www.congresocedi.es/


CISTER/INESC-TEC joins ISEP in the 1st ISEP Alumni Gathering

On the 21st of September, ISEP has promoted a reception for all its alumni. This event joined together more than 100 alumni in a joyfully and friendly environment.

After lunch all alumni had the possibility of visiting ISEP's labs, departments and research centers. CISTER also joined ISEP's efforts by opening our doors to some of them, mostly from Informatics and Electrotechnical engineering. Several of our members lead them on a visit to our facilities showing our new (for them) installations and our progress over the last years. The visit was organized around a set of posters related to most of our current and past projects. At the end of the visit there was a cheerful discussion on ISEP's progress during the last few years.


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