CISTER QuickNews - 27 Sep 2010

CISTER Quicknews

27, Sep, 2010


 CISTER QuickNews


Welcome to the September 27, 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.

For more information, contact us at cister-info@isep.ipp.pt, or visit www.cister.isep.ipp.pt.

Quick look


   1. CISTER reaches 1 MEuros of new competitive project grants in 2010

   2. 4 new Students choose CISTER for PhD studies

   3. CISTER’s new PhD member: Nuno Pereira

   4. open-ZB toolset: over 100 000 visits and 6000 downloads!




CISTER reaches 1 MEuros of new competitive project grants in 2010


ISEP led around 50 project proposals that were submitted to the 2009 FCT call of project proposals. Out of those 50 project proposals, CISTER was responsible for 6. The results of the evaluation were released beginning of this month, and we are glad to announce that 3 of the CISTER’s FCT project proposals were accepted for funding. That is a large share of the overall total of 5 new FCT-funded projects at ISEP.


The new CISTER projects are all in the very competitive areas of Computer Science and Electrical and Computer Engineering. This is an outstanding acceptance rate by CISTER that equals the one attained last year, which makes CISTER also one of the most competitive research centers in Portugal. The projects are: ViPCore (Virtual Processor-based Multicore Scheduling); RePoMuC (Real-Time Power Management on Partitioned Multicores) and MASQOTS (Mobility mAnagement in wireless Sensor networks under Quality-of-service constraints using standard and Off-The-Shelf technologies), and represent a total over 310 KEuros of funding to ISEP. These projects are led by key CISTER-ISEP researchers Arvind Easwaran (PhD from the University of Pennsylvania, USA), Stefan M. Petters (PhD from the Technical University of Munich, Germany) and Mário Alves (PhD from the University of Porto), respectively.


This adds to other competitive funding (related to international projects RECOMP, SENODs and REJOIN) to totalize 1 MEuros of new competitive project grants obtained by CISTER-ISEP in 2010.


More info at http://www.cister.isep.ipp.pt.




4 new Students choose CISTER for PhD studies


The CISTER research unit is further implementing its strategic development plan with the addition of four more PhD students. Three of these have been selected from a field of more than 110 candidates who applied to us in the last call for PhD students, in a process that started last May. These three students are already enrolled in the PDEEC program of FEUP, in a specialized stream in Embedded and Real-Time Systems (ERTS). The stream takes advantage of the synergy between the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at FEUP and the CISTER research unit in the domain of Embedded and Real-Time Systems.


An additional PhD student returned to CISTER after completing the first 2 years of study in Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), in the context of the CMU Portugal program. CISTER is involved in this program since its creation in 2006, being the joint CISTER and CMU supervision of PhD students one of the program’s components.


The new students come from India, Serbia, Ukraine and Egypt, furthering even more the international diversity of CISTER. The students will be working in the research areas of: Cyber Physical Systems, Real-Time Software, Multicore Systems and Adaptive Real-Time Systems.


More info at http://www.cister.isep.ipp.pt/research/ and http://www.cister.isep.ipp.pt/phd/.




CISTER’s new PhD member: Nuno Pereira


Assuming a world where hundreds or even thousands of inexpensive computing nodes are densely deployed, each one with sensing and wireless communication capabilities, the problem of efficiently dealing with the massive amount of information generated emerges as a major challenge.


To address this challenge, the starting hypothesis of Nuno’s PhD work was: “Is it possible to compute aggregate quantities with a time-complexity that is independent of the number of sensor nodes?”


Obtaining scalable and efficient aggregate quantities in large-scale dense networked sensor systems requires tight integration between the data aggregation techniques and communication mechanisms. This is a key observation underlying this research work, where the approach to obtain scalable and efficient aggregate quantities in large-scale dense networked sensor systems is co-designing (i) distributed algorithms to obtain aggregate quantities and (ii) the underlying communication services. The developments described in this thesis constitute an attractive set of solutions for emerging computing systems were the physical world, computation and communication are very tightly coupled.


The PhD thesis was successfully presented on September 10, at the University of Minho, being Prof.  Tarek F. Abdelzaher, from the University of Illinois, USA, the main opponent in the evaluation committee.


More details: Efficient Aggregate Computations in Large-Scale Dense Wireless Sensor Networks




open-ZB toolset: over 100 000 visits and 6000 downloads!


CISTER is leading worldwide research on IEEE 802.15.4 and ZigBee technologies, the most widespread technologies for Wireless Sensor Networks. Within this line, CISTER has been developing cutting edge methodologies and tools that are available to the international community, and with an outstanding recognition. The toolset site (http://www.open-zb.net) already witnessed over 100 000 visits (effective visits, not just mouse clicks), with more than 6000 downloads of the toolset from all around the world (including top universities and companies). Notably, there are 4-5 downloads in average per day, almost 4 years after the first release (November 2006).


Since early 2009, the synergies created by CISTER’s open-ZB research team have triggered the creation of the TinyOS 15.4 and ZigBee Working Groups, in which CISTER researchers have been actively involved since their foundation. In this line, CISTER has been working towards "official" implementations of the standard 15.4 and ZigBee protocols, as well as of Quality of Service add-ons (e.g. security, hidden-node avoidance, traffic differentiation, implicit GTS allocation). This work have been mainly performed within the CONET European Network of Excellence, within the COTS4QoS research cluster (for more details, please refer tohttp://www.cooperating-objects.eu/research-clusters/cots4qos/).


More info at the open-ZB site.






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