CISTER QuickNews - 10 May 2014

CISTER Quicknews

10, May, 2014


 CISTER QuickNews

Welcome to the May 10, 2014 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 hosts two General Assembly Meetings of European Projects
2. New highly skilled PhD researcher joins CISTER
3. General Chair of the 20th IEEE Real-Time Applications Symposium
4. The largest ICT Artemis project, EMC2, has just started

CISTER hosts two General Assembly Meetings of European Projects

Beginning of April CISTER/INESC-TEC hosted two project General Assembly meetings, for projects ENCOURAGE and CarCode.

The ENCOURAGE General Assembly meeting has been held at CISTER/INESC-TEC on the 1st and 2nd of April. The meeting accounted the presence of 17 persons, from 9 different ENCOURAGE partners. The main objective of the meeting was mainly to deal with open issues in some work packages and to prepare for final review of the project, which will be hosted by ENEL (Italy) in November 2014.

On April 3rd and 4th, CISTER/INESC-TEC hosted the General Assembly of the CarCoDe project. The goal of the meeting was a deep analysis the current status of the project and the definition of a timeline for the near future efforts.

The ENCOURAGE project, of the FP7/ARTEMIS Embedded Computing Systems Initiative, aims to develop embedded intelligence and integration technologies that will directly optimize energy usage in buildings with renewable energy and enable active participation in the future smart grid environment.

In the ENCOURAGE project, CISTER/INESC-TEC is leader of the WP8 Work package (exploitation, dissemination and standardization) and of the T2.3 task, responsible for defining the ENCOURAGE architecture and for the specification and development of the ENCOURAGE middleware (and in particular of its messaging system).

The CarCoDe project aims at creating a middleware for vehicular applications to let vehicles and infrastructure communicate in a seamless and efficient way, and demonstrators of the developed technology. The research methodology involves the simulations of protocols to disseminate and collect data from vehicles via both vehicle-to-vehicle (e.g.: WAVE) and infrastructure (LTE) communication, and implementation of the middleware on On Board Units (OBUs), which are embedded systems hosted on the vehicles. The early prototypes of OBUs will communicate using the most promising options for the communication technology (wi-fi and LTE).

The consortium working on CarCoDe is built of a diverse mix of 21 partners from France, Spain, Portugal and Turkey, belonging to industry and academy alike. In particular, Airbus Defense and Space, Thales, Turkcell are leading some of the main tasks of the project.

In the context of CarCoDe, CISTER/INESC-TEC is currently finalizing the architecture for both middleware and demonstrators, and in the close future it will design a system that integrates existing OBUs in LTE infrastructure. The Portuguese partners of the consortium will implement two demonstrators, one realizing online monitoring of the status of the car, and the second to facilitate the search for an available parking spot. Moreover, CISTER/INESC-TEC is developing a simulator based on ns-3 and using WAVE and LTE modules to test the communication paradigms of vehicle-to-vehicle and infrastructure communication.

More information at: http://www.encourage-project.eu/ and https://itea3.org/project/carcode.html




New highly skilled PhD researcher joins CISTER

Sana Ullah is the most recent PhD member to join CISTER/INESC-TEC. Sana Ullah received his Ph.D. degree in Information and Communication Engineering from Inha University (South Korea) in 2011. He worked as an Assistant Professor in the College of Computer and Information Science, King Saud University, Riyadh from December 2011 to March 2014. He currently serves as an editor for Springer Journal of Medical Systems, KSII Transaction of Internet and Information Systems (TIIS), Wiley Security and Communication Network (SCN), Journal of Internet Technology and International Journal of Autonomous and Adaptive Communications Systems (IJAACS). He served as a guest editor for many top journals including Elsevier Journal of Information Science (INS), Springer Journal of Medical System (JOMS), and Springer Journal of Telecommunication Systems (TS). He also served as a co-chair/TPC member for a number of international conferences including BodyNets, IEEE PIMRC, IEEE Healthcom, IEEE Globecom, and IEEE WCNC.

Sana will be developing R&D on Wireless Sensor Networks and Body Area Networks for exploitable applications and systems.

More information at: http://www.cister.isep.ipp.pt/people/sana_ullah/ and http://www.informatik.uni-trier.de/~ley/pers/hd/u/Ullah:Sana





General Chair of the 20th IEEE Real-Time Applications Symposium

 Eduardo Tovar served as the General chair of the 20th IEEE Real-time and Embedded Technology and Applications Symposium (RTAS 2014) which was held in Berlin, Germany, April 15-17 as part of Cyber-Physical Systems Week.

Since 2008, CPS Week is the premier event on Cyber-Physical Systems joining five top conferences in one single location, covering complementary aspects of CPS and bringing together internationally leading researchers in this dynamic field with over 600 participants in this year edition. The 20% acceptance rate of RTAS is a strong indicator of its quality and continuous interest as a premier venue for real-time topics.

RTAS is the oldest of these events and this year it is celebrating its 20th anniversary. Besides the regular paper sessions on topics such as architectures, scheduling, mixed criticalities and memory management, there was also an Industrial session with 5 invitees from Daimler, ETAS, Kalray, Airbus Group (former EADS) and AbsInt which presented real-life case studies of practical application of real-time and embedded systems in industry.

More information at: http://2014.rtas.org/?page_id=58 and https://www.cpsweek2014.org


The largest ICT Artemis project, EMC2, has just started

The Artemis Innovation Pilot Project EMC2 (Embedded multi-core systems for mixed criticality applications in dynamic and changeable real-time environments) has just started this April 2014. During the kick-off meeting, held in Munich, Germany, on 7th and 8th of April, CISTER/INESC-TEC was represented by Eduardo Tovar.

EMC2 is the largest ICT project in Europe with nearly 100 partners and a total budget of 94 Million Euros. Infineon’s CEO, Mr. Reinhard Ploss and the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Media, Energy and Technology, State Secretary, Mr. Franz Josef Pschierer were in charge of the formal opening of the project’s kick-off meeting. The agenda also included talks by the Acting Executive director of ARTEMIS and the Head of BMW Research.

EMC2 starts from the observation that the field of embedded systems is undergoing a disruptive evolution, where different types of systems and components are interconnected, thus reducing the boundaries between application domains, and placing the focus on interoperability. In addition, the increasing use of multi- and many-core processors brings additional challenges to the development of critical and real-time applications, and the process of developing new systems is inefficient and expensive.

CISTER/INESC-TEC’s team involved in the EMC2 project, led by Eduardo Tovar, will participate in several of the research activities, particularly in the work packages titled “Executable Application Models and Design Tools for Mixed-Critical, Multi-Core Embedded Systems”, “Dynamic Runtime Environments and Services” and “Multi-core Hardware Architectures and Concepts”, and also in two of the “Living Labs”.

CISTER/INESC-TEC and Critical Software are also leading a use case in the area of automotive, and involved in the use case in the area of avionics, led by the Airbus Group. The project also includes other industrial and academic partners from renowned companies such as Ericsson, BMW, Airbus, Volvo, Philips Healthcare, Siemens, Thales and Infineon Technologies.

EMC2 is a direct result of the effort developed by CISTER/INESC-TEC in the last open call for research projects in the strategic ARTEMIS initiative alongside with the project DEWI (Dependable Embedded Wireless Infrastructure) which started in March 2014. Both projects focus on applicability and industry and it is expected that it will encourage potential technology transfer activities in the future.

More information at: http://www.cister.isep.ipp.pt/projects/emc2/ and http://www.artemis-ju.eu/project/index/view?project=56



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