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December 2017

13, Dec, 2017

CISTER soon to welcome new research scholars

To maintain its pace and quality of research, CISTER regularly intakes high quality research students using competitive calls. During 2017, CISTER launched multiple calls for PhD student positions in the area of Real-Time & Embedded Computing (RTES). The CISTER selection committee, made up of its research members, received over hundred applications from twenty countries spread all over world. Out of these, with a rigorous multi-stage evaluation process, five highly motivated candidates were selected.

The selected candidates are from prestigious institutions in Chile, Iran, Nigeria, Pakistan and Russia. CISTER intends to announce further calls this year for motivated research candidates in RTES.

8, Dec, 2017

Achievements in Academia

CISTER Member plays key role in shaping IEEE program for young professionals

The IEEE Young Professionals program is run for members who are in an early stage of their career. It offers networking events with technical experts and industry leaders as well as a host of volunteering roles.

CISTER PhD candidate Shashank Gaur has been part of this leadership team for eight years. His role is to form partnerships across IEEE technical societies to find new opportunities for Young Professionals members. That includes helping develop micro volunteering roles for those who want to get involved with the organization but lack sufficient time. At CISTER, Gaur's PhD work focuses on context-aware computing in wireless sensor networks and the Internet of Things.

November 2017

30, Nov, 2017

Achievements in Academia

CISTER researcher is now an ACM distinguished speaker

ACM Speakers represent a broad range of companies, colleges and universities. They are thought leaders, speaking on important current topics in computing. CISTER researcher Anis Koubaa has now joined this list.

Along with his positions at CISTER and at Prince Sultan University, he also holds various advisory positions. He is the Editor in Chief of the Robotics Software Engineering topic of the International Journal of Advanced Robotics Systems, Associate Editor in the Cyber-Physical Journal (Taylor & Francis). He is the author of six books with Springer on robots, sensor networks and Robot Operating Systems (ROS). He is the author of more than 190 journal and conference publications, and one patent. He has also received several research grants as principal investigator.

His current research deals with providing solutions towards the integration of robots and drones into the Internet of Things (IoT) and clouds, in the context of cloud robotics. His research interests also include Robot Operating System (ROS), Robotic Software Engineering, Wireless communication for the IoT, real-time communication, safety and security for cloud robotics, intelligent algorithms’ design for mobile robots, and multi-robot task allocation.

28, Nov, 2017

Activities in the Centre

Conclusion of the 2017 Summer Internship

17, Nov, 2017

Activities in the Centre

European Association on Higher Education visits CISTER

17, Nov, 2017

Achievements in Academia

Another student graduates with highest honours

Humberto Carvalho, advised by CISTER researchers Geoffrey Nelissen and Eduardo Tovar, successfully defended his Master thesis with a perfect grade of 20 (on a scale of 20).

Humberto’s thesis was on the topic of "Scheduling High Criticality Real-Time Systems". Particularly, he focused on issues faced by the avionics industry. He proposed a new solution for a relevant problem in systems with stringent isolation requirements between applications, as is the case in aircrafts. The solution was to generate a cyclic executive schedule that optimizes the number of context switches between avionic partitions.

We wish the best to Humberto for his future career.

9, Nov, 2017

Achievements in Academia

Keynote given in Brazilian Symposium on Computing Systems Engineering

CISTER director Eduardo Tovar gave a keynote at the 7th Brazilian Symposium on Computing Systems Engineering (SBESC 2017), in Curitiba, Brazil. The Symposium is an initiative of the research community originally associated with three workshops on Operating Systems (WSO), Embedded Systems (WSE) and Real-Time Systems (WTR), acknowledging the strong synergy between these three areas. His talk “Information processing for extreme dense sensing - timeliness and scalability issues” was well received and ended with a lively Q&A.
He also presented the paper “Formal Verification of AADL Models Using UPPAAL”, authored by Fernando Gonçalves (UFSC - Florianópolis, SC, Brazil), CISTER researchers David Pereira and Eduardo Tovar, and Leandro Becker (UFSC - Florianópolis, SC, Brazil).

7, Nov, 2017

Activities in the Centre

CISTER Industry Seminar with João Rodrigues

October 2017

30, Oct, 2017

Progress in Projects

PT2020 project on Smartgrid moves ahead

CISTER met with EFACEC associates to discuss the status and future steps of the DSGrid project. DSGrid, part of the PT2020 program, aims to develop technical knowledge, engineering skills and products towards the establishment of third generation automation systems for substations, and similar smart-grid applications. It works on smarter transmission and distribution grids to deliver answer to the challenges of operational optimization of grid assets and systems.

The project is owned by EFACEC with contributions by EDP Distribuição, ISEP (through CISTER) and the University of Minho (through HASLab). CISTER is central to the innovations related to embedded systems and to provide tools and analysis related to the systems’ temporal properties.

The meetings, attended by Rui Dias Jorge and Fernando Gomes from EFACEC along with CISTER researchers Eduardo Tovar, Raghuraman Rangarajan, David Pereira, and Pedro Santos, evaluated the current progress and discussed potential future work based on the issues arising from the prototyping by EFACEC. This includes analysis of network architectures for timing synchronization in digital substations, analysis of task separation in multicore processors and development of a toolchain.


20, Oct, 2017

Activities in the Centre

Portuguese Aeronautics, Space and Defence Cluster visits CISTER

19, Oct, 2017

Progress in Projects

CISTER holds General Assembly of Project on Security, Trust and Privacy of Industrial IoT

6, Oct, 2017

Activities in the Centre

CISTER welcomes DSR Corporation to Porto

In the month of October, DSR Corporation representatives Anatoly Pechkov and Roman Lavlinskiy visited CISTER premises.

DSR Corporation is a US-based company providing high-quality software product development, project management, quality assurance and application systems integration services to companies that range from start-ups to Fortune 500. DSR Corporation has been in business since 1998 and in several markets including USA, Europe, and Japan. DSR Corporation has engineering offices in USA and Russia, and has recently opened an office in Porto.

During the visit, CISTER researchers David Pereira and Ricardo Severino took the chance to explain the goals and mission of CISTER as a prominent research unit in real-time embedded computing working on fundamental research, industry-driven projects and with capability of performing technology transfer to the industry. Several topics were discussed that were relevant to both CISTER and DSR Corporation and that can lead to future collaborations.

6, Oct, 2017

Achievements in Academia

CISTER Researchers Gather Best Paper Award at Real-Time Conference

We are proud to announce that CISTER researchers José Carlos Fonseca, Geoffrey Nelissen, and Vincent Nélis, authors of the paper "Improved Response Time Analysis of Sporadic DAG Tasks for Global FP Scheduling", were granted the Best Paper Award at the 25th International Conference on Real-Time Networks and Systems (RTNS), in Grenoble, France. RTNS is a reputed conference with a great sense of community in the field of real-time systems and networks. The award recognizes the achievements and leading position of CISTER in this field.

5, Oct, 2017

Activities in the Centre

First CISTER Summer Internship in Progress

4, Oct, 2017

Progress in Projects

Results of successful FP7 project lead by CISTER presented to key academic and industrial European institutions at EMC2’s Safety Critical Systems Workshop

CISTER researcher Luis Miguel Pinho gave an invited talk in the Safety Critical Systems Workshop that took place in June in Granada, Spain. He presented the results of research done at CISTER on the challenge of timing analysis for high-performance parallel systems. The talk included an overview of the current and future challenges posed to critical applications due to the unpredictable interactions in parallel platforms, as well as the work performed by CISTER to address these challenges, done in the scope of the P-SOCRATES FP7 project.

The talk was organized by the EMC2 European Project, with representatives from around 100 European institutions, both academic and industry in audience. The workshop included a set of invited talks and more than 40 demonstrators of technological developments in safety-critical domains from institutions in Europe.


3, Oct, 2017

Progress in Projects

EMC2 – the successful story of one of the largest European ICT projects on Embedded Real-Time Computing Systems

EMC2 (Embedded multi-core systems for mixed criticality applications in dynamic and changeable real-time environments), an Artemis Innovation Pilot, has received its final review, noting the Excellent outcome of the project.
After three years of intensive work, EMC2 provided a breakthrough for system (and application) integration through an innovative and sustainable service-oriented architecture approach for mixed criticality applications in dynamic and changeable real-time environments such as automotive or avionics.

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. EMC2 directly tackled these challenges, helping the European Embedded Systems industry to maintain its leading edge position.The project was one of the largest ICT projects in Europe with around 100 partners and a total budget of 94 Million Euros.
Among others, the project included renowned companies such as Ericsson, BMW, Airbus, Volvo, Philips Healthcare, Siemens, Thales and Infineon Technologies, and reputed academic and research institutions such as KTH, Tue, CEA, LERO, DTU, LTU, TNO and Fraunhofer.

CISTER was highly involved in several of the project activities, with more than 10 researchers involved (with a total effort of 120 person month). CISTER’s focus was in the research-oriented work packages, mainly in two of the “Living Labs”, leading a use case in the area of automotive (together with Critical Software), and involved in another use case in the area of avionics (led by the Airbus Group).

1, Oct, 2017

Activities in the Centre

CPSWeek comes to Porto in 2018!

Preparations for the Cyber-Physical Systems Week 2018, one of the leading events in the area, has begun. CPS Week 2018 will be held in Porto and the organisation put in place has started its roles. The General Chairs of the 2018 edition (its 11th edition) are Eduardo Tovar (CISTER’s Director) and Luis Almeida (Institute of Telecommunications (IT)/ Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto (FEUP)).
As a premier event, CPS Week brings together four top conferences - HSCC, ICCPS, IPSN, and RTAS - and multiple workshops, tutorials, summits, and various exhibitions from both industry and academia. Altogether the CPS Week program covers a multitude of complementary aspects of CPS, and reunites the leading researchers in this dynamic field.
The colocation of all these focused events in one single time-period makes CPS Week one of the most important venues for networking and research interchange when it comes to all Cyber-Physical Systems related topics.

September 2017

30, Sep, 2017

Activities in the Centre

Key European players will discuss Secure and Trustable Industrial IoT in CISTER

CISTER is proud to announce it will be the host of the first general meeting of the ECSEL project SCOTT (Secured COnnected Trustable Things) in October. SCOTT is one of the largest European research projects focusing on important aspects of trustability, dependability, security, privacy, and safety of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).

SCOTT has a consortium of large European industrial partners such as Volvo, INDRA, Ericsson, AVL, NXP, Nokia, and Phillips that together with a team of leading academic partners aim to leverage the IIoT and related technologies across European industries. Such technologies include: wireless sensor networks, RFID, machine to machine communications, cloud computing, Big data, software-defined networks, and 5G. The general meeting will also host the technical board and strategic board meeting, as well as the official general assembly and workshops of the different technology lines and building blocks of the project.

CISTER has a relevant role in the project as chair of the technical board, member of the core team and strategic board. CISTER is also the leading partner of the reference architecture design, one of the main partners in the aeronautical industrial domain, and a contributing partner in standardisation, certification and regulation.

27, Sep, 2017

Activities in the Centre

Celebrating Two Decades of Cyber Physical Systems in Portugal

1, Sep, 2017

Activities in the Centre

Discussing the Improvement of the Digitization of European Industry - CISTER Holds meeting of the largest European project to date

1, Sep, 2017

Achievements in Academia

Patent on vehicle platooning accepted

CISTER researcher Anis Koubaa and Eduardo Tovar, along with collaborators from other universities, have been granted an IP Australia patent. The patent is for their invention titled, “System and method for operating a follower vehicle in a vehicle platoon.” The patent deals with an innovative solution for vehicular platoon to control their motion in normal and degraded operational modes.

July 2017

5, Jul, 2017

Progress in Projects

CISTER participates in the Portuguese Agenda for Science and Innovation in Cyber-Physical Systems

1, Jul, 2017

Activities in the Centre

A new collaboration between CTU Prague and CISTER

Aasem Ahmad, a Ph.D. student from Czech Technical University in Prague, is doing an internship at CISTER.
He presented a seminar on “Scheduling algorithm for large scale ZigBee cluster-tree WSNs” providing an overview of his recent research work, which focuses on scheduling time-constrained data flows with opposite directions in ZigBee cluster-based networks. Given the common interest in this research line between the two research units, CISTER researchers Ricardo Severino and Eduardo Tovar have been collaborating with Aasem towards the application of his scheduling strategy to other protocols, in a more application oriented perspective.
Hopefully, this will trigger new research collaborations aiming at further developing the support wireless infrastructure for the Internet of Things (IoT) and Industry 4.0 paradigms.

June 2017

30, Jun, 2017

Achievements in Academia

Book on Robot Operating System tops Springer List

CISTER researcher Anis Koubâa's books on Robot Operating System (ROS) are quickly becoming a reference and a companion for ROS users and developers. The Volume 1 has been listed in the top 25% of the most downloaded eBooks in the relevant SpringerLink eBook Collection in 2016.
The book provides the reader with a comprehensive coverage of the Robot Operating Systems (ROS) and the latest related systems, which is currently considered as the main development framework for robotics applications.
Anis Koubâa, as an editor, has also released a second volume of the book.

30, Jun, 2017

Achievements in Academia

ECRTS conference sees strong CISTER presence in Dubrovnik

This year, CISTER has actively participated in the 29th Euromicro Conference on Real-Time Systems (ECRTS 2017), held in Dubrovnik, Croatia in June. ECRTS is known as the second most important conference in the area of real-time systems, in terms of quality of the publications and impact. Six senior researchers from CISTER attended the event: Eduardo Tovar, Patrick Meumeu Yomsi, Vincent Nelis, Muhammad Ali Awan, Konstantinos Bletsas and Geoffrey Nelissen.
Several works from CISTER were presented at the conference, one in the main track, presented by Ali Awan, and another at the Work in Progress session (WiP), presented by Konstantinos Bletsas. Two other works were also presented by Geoffrey Nelissen and Vincent Nelis in the satellite workshops, the 8th Real-Time Scheduling Open Problems Seminar (RTSOPS), and the 16th International Workshop on Worst-Case Execution Time Analysis Workshop (WCET), organized in parallel to the conference. During the Interactive Session of the conference, Geoffrey Nelissen presented a call for action to build an "Erratarium" for the Real-Time Systems community: a platform that would serve as a centralized repository for errata and discussion forum around errors discovered in published results on real-time systems.
Not only CISTER made an important contribution to the scientific advances of this year's edition of ECRTS, by presenting cutting-edge works in the main track, WiP, and the satellite workshops, but also CISTER was also involved in the organization of the event. CISTER researchers Vincent Nelis and Geoffrey Nelissen served as members of the Technical Program Committee, and Patrick Yomsi Meumeu and Vincent Nelis served as chairs of the Work-in-Progress session and the RTSOPS workshop, respectively.

26, Jun, 2017

Progress in Projects

CISTER is partner of the newly approved 48MEuros K2 Digital Mobility Project

24, Jun, 2017

Achievements in Academia

RTSS 2017 TPC Meeting in Paris

The IEEE Real-Time Systems Symposium (RTSS), is the premier conference in the area of real-time systems, providing a forum for the presentation of high-quality, original research covering all aspects of real-time systems theory, design, analysis, implementation, evaluation, and experiences. For its 2017 edition, the Technical Program Committee meeting was held in Paris, June 24. Together with other renowned researchers from all over the world, CISTER researchers Eduardo Tovar, Luís Miguel Pinho, Konstantinos Bletsas and Patrick Meumeu Yomsi participated in the selection of papers. RTSS 2017 will be held in Paris, France this December.

22, Jun, 2017

Progress in Projects

Portuguese industry boosts competiviveness with new collaborations in Paris Air Show

14, Jun, 2017

Porto with enhanced IoT/Embedded ecosystem

DSR (Doing Software Right) has announced the setting up of an European office in Porto. DSR is a software development and consulting company specializing in the areas of Cloud, Embedded, Mobile, and Enterprise. Considering the common competencies in embedded systems and IoT, Roman Lavlinskiy from DSR, responsible for business development, visited CISTER last June and discussed possible collaborations.

2, Jun, 2017

Achievements in Academia

Invited Talk at Safety Critical Systems Workshop

CISTER researcher Luis Miguel Pinho gave an invited talk in the Safety Critical Systems Workshop that took place in June in Granada, Spain. He presented the results of research done at CISTER on the challenge of timing analysis for high-performance parallel systems. The talk included an overview of the current and future challenges posed to critical applications due to the unpredictable interactions in parallel platforms, as well as the work performed by CISTER to address these challenges, done in the scope of the P-SOCRATES FP7 project.
The talk was organized by the EMC2 European Project, with representatives from around 100 European institutions, both academic and industry in audience. The workshop included a set of invited talks and more than 40 demonstrators of technological developments in safety-critical domains from institutions in Europe.

1, Jun, 2017

Achievements in Academia

WFCS program committee co-chaired by CISTER researcher

The IEEE International Workshop on Factory Communication Systems series has been around since the advent of Industrial Networking. The 13th edition (WFCS 2017) was hosted by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), in Trondheim, Norway, from May 31 to June 2. As an aside, CISTER held the 3rd edition as the very first conference organized by it in 2000. Seventeen years have passed since then, and CISTER has had the pleasure to host a panoply of other reputed conferences.
CISTER researcher Luis Lino Ferreira acted as Program Co-Chair along with Luca Durante from CNR – IEIIT, Italy. This year's edition had a strong focus on wireless communications, with four different sessions addressing it, from the physical layer to MAC scheduling algorithms. Other sessions addressed the most classical themes in WFCS, wired communication MAC protocols (like CAN), application layer protocols, architectures and scheduling in the light of the new emerging technologies and needs, such as Software Defined Networks. Although, transversal to all sessions, it is now possible to observe that security is of particular concern to all involved in Industrial networking systems (INS) research, and consequently a session addressing those specific topics took place in this year’s edition.
The conference also had two keynotes, respectively by Prof. Jerker Delsing, from the Luleå University of Technology, Sweden who discussed the main problems of integrating IoT application with industrial systems, and Trygve Harvei from ABB, Norway, who highlighted how industries are addressing the new breakthrough paradigms rapidly spreading out all over the INS environment.
The 14th edition of the WFCS conference will be held in Imperia, Italy, a beautiful, historical town overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.

May 2017

31, May, 2017

Activities in the Centre

CISTER Celebrates 20 Years

24, May, 2017

Activities in the Centre

Innovation for Safe and Secure Highly Automated and Autonomous Systems

23, May, 2017

Activities in the Centre

Distinguished Seminars by Scientist from TNO and Max Planck Institute

Benny Åkesson from Embedded Systems Innovation by TNO, Netherlands, gave a distinguished seminar titled "PROGNOSIS - Reducing Design Time and Promoting Evolvability through Virtual Prototyping". In the talk, and the follow-up discussion, he introduced the research project PROGNOSIS -- a 3-year joint effort between TNO and Thales -- and presented a general vision on improving the development process of complex fire control systems by using model-based design (MBD).
Benny Åkesson received his PhD degree in Electrical Engineering at Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands, on the topic of real-time memory controllers. During the following five years, Benny extended this work as a Researcher at the Eindhoven University of Technology, Czech Technical University in Prague, and at CISTER. Since 2016, he is employed as a Research Fellow at Embedded Systems Innovation by TNO (TNO-ESI) in Eindhoven, where he is doing applied science in an industrial setting. His research interests include platform architectures, real-time resource scheduling, performance virtualization, and virtual prototyping. He is the author of more than 50 peer-reviewed international publications and two books about memory controllers for real-time embedded systems.

Mitra Nasri from Max Planck Institute for Software Systems, Germany, gave a distinguished seminar titled "Offline Equivalence: A Non-Preemptive Scheduling Technique for Resource-Constrained Embedded Real-Time Systems". She presented an online policy that is equivalent to a given offline table to combine some of the advantages of both online and offline scheduling.

Mitra Nasri is a post-doc at Max Planck Institute for Software Systems (MPI-SWS) and holder of a fellowship from Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. She works on real-time scheduling and schedulability analysis, non-preemptive and limited preemptive scheduling, algorithm design, real-time control systems, and parameter assignment and optimization problems. Before being a part of MPI-SWS, she was a post-doc at the Chair of Real-Time Systems in Technische Universität Kaiserslautern. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Tehran (Iran). During her Ph.D., she was also a visiting researcher in Technische Universität Kaiserslautern.


23, May, 2017

Achievements in Academia

Congratulations Hazem Ali for your PhD!!!

19, May, 2017

Progress in Projects

Digitalization of the European Industry: the start of the EU Project Productive 4.0

The kick off meeting of Productive 4.0 project was held in Infineon facilities in Dresden. The main objective of Productive 4.0 is to achieve significant improvement in digitalising the European industry by means of electronics and Information and Communication Technology (ICT). Productive 4.0 is the largest European project to date, with 104 partners from 19 countries, with an overall budget of 114M euros.

Due to its characteristics, this project has been chosen by the European Commission as a Lighthouse Initiative, since it builds on well identified market‐pull demands, structured upon visionary solutions, with a very strong pan-European dimension and a robust business plan.

CISTER is involved in this project and will continue its previous work on the highly successful Arrowhead framework developed during the Arrowhead project. This Service Oriented framework will be the cornerstone for all communications among industrial devices on the Productive 4.0 future manufacturing environment. CISTER leads the work on providing solutions for Quality of Service (QoS) for Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) environments.

This project, which is being led by Infineon, combines a very strong group of European companies like Volvo, Ericsson, Thales, Philips, STMicroelectronics, SAP, Bosch, NXP Semiconductors, ABB, etc.


18, May, 2017

Progress in Projects

Start of European Project SCOTT: Building Trust in the Internet of Things

Creating trust in wireless solutions and increasing their social acceptance are major challenges to achieve the full potential of the Internet of Things (IoT).

SCOTT aims to extend the IoT for wirelessly connected smart sensor and actuators to be used in mobility, building & home / smart infrastructure, and health domains. It will not just deal with “things that are connected”, but with “trustable things that securely communicate”. SCOTT will therefore enable efficient, trustworthy connectivity and facilitate ubiquity of intelligent embedded systems and systems of systems.

The SCOTT consortium includes European industrial leaders such as NOKIA, SIEMENS, Bosch, Ericsson, NXP, Embraer, Philips, AVL, GMVSkysoft, ACCIONA and INDRA and a number of leading academic institutions in Europe.

CISTER researchers Eduardo Tovar and Ramiro Robles participated in the kick-off meeting of SCOTT project, held in Graz, Austria, in May. CISTER is a member of the core team members of SCOTT. CISTER has a number of core roles including: project leader for the reference architecture for the development of the guidelines of the infrastructure design; co-leader (together with Embraer) of the effort on aeronautics and member of the SCOTT Strategic Board, along with the project leader (Virtual-Vehicle) and all the 17 Large Enterprises (LEs).