CISTER QuickNews - 6 Sep 2010

CISTER Quicknews

6, Sep, 2010


 CISTER QuickNews


Welcome to the September 6, 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.

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Quick look


   1. Beyond Networked Sensors: CISTER Researcher speaks at International Summer School

   2. CISTER Researcher gives Keynote Talk at the 16th IEEE RTCSA

   3. CISTER to host DEMMON project lab and integrating demonstrator

   4. CISTER Distinguished Seminar Series hosts Prof. Tarek Abdelzaher




Beyond Networked Sensors: CISTER Researcher speaks at International Summer School


CISTER’s researcher Eduardo Tovar gave a lecture on “Densely Instrumented Physical Infrastructures” within the 2010 CONET Network of Excellence Summer School, which took place in Dagstuhl, Germany, August 15-21, 2010.


The goal of the summer school was to survey fundamental and applied aspects of distributed actuation, control, and mobility in the context of networked embedded systems, as well as to identify novel opportunities and research directions in these areas through a series of lectures by international experts. The 2010 theme (ActControlMove: Beyond Networked Sensors) addresses how distributed sensors and sensor networks can we make effective use of the huge amount of data generated by sensor devices and how can it can be used to control real-world processes in a timely manner. Future networked embedded systems will have a sensing part, but they also act on the real-world, they may be mobile, and they may consist of cooperating heterogeneous devices with vastly different capabilities. Designing and realizing such systems which will empower a new generation of real-world applications with significant impact on industry and research is a true challenge.


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.


More info at http://www.cooperating-objects.eu/school/2010/home/.




CISTER Researcher gives Keynote Talk at the 16th IEEE RTCSA


CISTER’s researcher Luís Miguel Pinho presented an invited Keynote Talk, on the theme of “Real-Time Systems Programming Paradigms and Languages”, at the 16th IEEE International Conference on Embedded and Real-Time Computing Systems and Applications (RTCSA 2010), which took place in Macau, August 23-25, 2010.


The talk discussed the current difficulties in the research of real-time programming paradigms and languages arising from the advances that are occurring at multiple levels, from the internet of things to embedded multicore and multiprocessor platforms. Real-time and embedded systems mainly use the same programming paradigms and languages of 10 to 20 years ago, which are not appropriate for current and future challenges. The talk presented the issues with current paradigms and languages and provided some insights on potential new (and old) working areas.


RTCSA is a well established IEEE conference series, which started in 1994 as the International Workshop on Real-Time Computing Systems and Applications. As embedded systems become one of the most vital areas of research and development in computer science and engineering, RTCSA changed to the International Conference on Real-Time and Embedded Computing Systems and Applications in 2003. In addition to embedded systems, RTCSA expanded its scope to cover topics on pervasive and ubiquitous computing, home computing, and sensor networks, being currently one of the most respected venues on real-time and embedded systems.


More info at http://conference.cs.cityu.edu.hk/rtcsa2010/.




CISTER to host DEMMON project lab and integrating demonstrator


In the scope of CISTER's participation in the EMMON European Project, ISEP was selected to host the project's communication test lab, and the integrated Demonstrator of the EMMON architecture (coined "DEMMON"). This demonstrator will be used to validate the project's achievements, in the forthcoming EC review which will be held in ISEP, November 2010.


EMMON is a European project funded by the ARTEMIS program that aims at large-scale and dense embedded monitoring using wireless sensor networks. The EMMON architecture will enable to monitor different physical properties (e.g. temperature, humidity, pressure) of specific geographical areas at unprecedented scale and density, through the use of tiny low-cost low-power sensor nodes.


In order to address scenarios such as real-time pollution/noise maps of a city, or critical infrastructures monitoring (such as bridges, tunnels or the power grid), EMMON adopts a hierarchical network architecture based on several cutting-edge and worldwide used technologies and methods developed at CISTER. This guarantees that scalability and quality-of-service requirements are met.


CISTER's solid background on wireless sensor networks technologies has been a major factor for holding DEMMON at ISEP. Over 300 WSN nodes (usually called 'motes') and other devices will be intercommunicating and cooperating to achieve a common objective: changing our perception of physical phenomena by leveraging the measurement scale and density.


More details on the EMMON project can be found at http://www.artemis-emmon.eu.




CISTER Distinguished Seminar Series hosts Prof. Tarek Abdelzaher


CISTER will proceed with the Distinguished Seminar Series. After other very distinguished speakers in the recent past, including Prof. Alan Burns (University of York, UK) and Dr. Stamatis Karnouskos (SAP Research, Germany) CISTER is pleased to announce the next distinguished seminar to be given by Prof. Tarek Abdelzaher (University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, USA) on "Privacy in Social Sensing".


Professor Abdelzaher is currently an Associate Professor at the Department of Computer Science of the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. He has authored/coauthored more than 150 refereed publications in real-time computing, distributed systems, sensor networks, and control. He is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Real-Time Systems, an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems, the ACM Transaction on Sensor Networks, and the Ad Hoc Networks Journal. He was Program Chair of RTAS 2004, RTSS 2006, IPSN 2010, and ICDCS 2010, and General Chair of RTAS 2005, IPSN 2007, RTSS 2007, DCoSS 2008 and Sensys 2008. Prof. Abdelzaher's research interests lie broadly in understanding and controlling the temporal properties of software systems in the face of increasing complexity, distribution, and degree of embedding in an external physical environment. Prof. Tarek Abdelzaher is a member of IEEE and ACM.


More info at the Distinguished Seminar Series page.






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