CISTER QuickNews - 21 Oct 2010

CISTER Quicknews

21, Oct, 2010


 CISTER QuickNews


Welcome to the October 21, 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 to participate in Smartphone World War III

   2. A new Research Scientist for CISTER

   3. CISTER’s researcher Petr Jurcik successfully defended his PhD thesis

   4. CISTER participates in ICT 2010




CISTER to participate in Smartphone World War III


In a recent move to maintain its market share of smartphones, Nokia re-launched its open-source Symbian operating system, in what is being called the Smartphone World War III. This is a process where CISTER will be involved, through project SYMBEOSE, which was just approved in the 2010 call of one of the most relevant research programmes running currently in Europe: the ARTEMIS Embedded Computing Systems Initiative, jointly funded by the Member States and the European Commission.


ARTEMIS aims to tackle the research and structural challenges faced by European industry by defining and implementing a coherent Research Agenda for Embedded Computing Systems. The ARTEMIS JU will be managing and co-ordinating research activities through open calls for proposals through a 10-year, €2.5 billion research programme on Embedded Computing Systems.  


The Artemis call is a highly competitive international process, with an average of 15 % acceptance rate. SYMBEOSE is one of the few accepted projects from more than 70 proposals, and is set to start in the first quarter of 2011. CISTER’s participation commits more than 150 person months to the project for the 3 year period, being CISTER’s budget around 500 K€.


CISTER plays a pivotal role in the SYMBEOSE project, and will assume technical leadership of the entire Middleware Work-Package and on three Sub-Workpackages. CISTER will lead in the areas of asymmetrical multiprocessing, power management infrastructure and reliable resource management as well as contributing in the areas of GRID file systems, indoor localization and dissemination course development. Beyond that, CISTER is also part of the overall project leadership, working together with Symbian, NOKIA and ST-Ericsson in the steering of the project aims and direction.


More info coming soon at www.cister.isep.ipp.pt.




A new Research Scientist for CISTER


Both aiming at a stronger team in the RECOMP International project, and fostering the research activities being carried out in the areas of Multicore Systems and Adaptive Real-Time Systems, CISTER is hiring a new research scientist, Vincent Nelis, from Belgium. Within this context, Vincent has already briefly visited the Unit last September and participated in the October 13thRECOMP workpackage WP2 meeting, which took place in Munich, Germany, joining CISTER’s team there, Stefan Petters and Luís Miguel Pinho.


Vincent will arrive to ISEP in the 1st week of November, carrying a PhD from the University of Brussels (Université Libre de Bruxelles), Belgium. Vincent’s PhD focuses on scheduling strategies that allow embedded processors to considerably reduce their energy consumption while fulfilling all the system requirements. This blends software engineering methods, including scheduling theory, operational research and artificial intelligence techniques, with a detailed knowledge of hardware specification to innovate new models and accompany analyses of safety-critical systems.


More details: RECOMP




CISTER’s researcher Petr Jurcik successfully defended his PhD thesis


In the framework of a joint collaboration between CISTER and the Department of Control Engineering of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Czech Technical University (CTU), CISTER’s researcher Petr Jurcik successfully defended his PhD thesis at Czech Technical University, last October 1st.


The thesis, co-supervised by CISTER Researchers Anis Koubaa and Mário Alves and CTU Professor Zdenek Hanzálek, focuses on the study of Wireless Sensor Networks with cluster-tree topologies, supporting predictable and energy efficient behavior, being suited for time-sensitive applications using battery-powered nodes. The validity and accuracy of the simulation model and methodologies are demonstrated through the comprehensive experimental and simulation studies. Using the proposed analytical methodologies and simulation model, system designers are able to easily configure the IEEE 802.15.4/ZigBee cluster-tree WSN for a given application-specific Quality of Service (QoS) requirements prior to the network deployment.


This work was developed in the framework of CISTER’s Wireless Sensor Network area, and the COTS4QoS research cluster of the CONET European Network of Excellence. One important result work was published last August in the prestigious ACM Transactions on Sensor Networks (impact factor = 5.61). That work is co-authored by Petr Jurcik, Ricardo Severino, Anis Koubaa, Mário Alves and Eduardo Tovar and is entitled "Dimensioning and Worst-case Analysis of Cluster-Tree Sensor Networks".


The thesis is available in CISTER’s publications.




CISTER participates in ICT 2010


In the scope of the long-standing CISTER’s international activity, CISTER’s Vice-Director Luís Miguel Pinho participated in ICT 2010, which took place in Brussels from September 27th to 29th, 2010. This biennial event is the biggest European forum dealing with research and innovation in Information and Communication Technologies.


ICT 2010 gathered more than 5000 researchers, innovators and influencers, focusing on policy priorities such as Europe's Digital Agenda and the 2011-2012 financial programme (€2.8 billion) of the European Union for funding research and innovation in ICT.  ICT 2010 is also a unique gathering and networking event for researchers, companies and policy makers in the field of digital innovation.


During the event, CISTER initiated the process of integrating the European Technology Platform on Smart Systems Integration, and discussed several future partnerships with European Research Centers and Industry.


More info at ICT 2010.






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