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May 2019

8, May, 2019

Industry Collaborations

VORTEX Bootcamp in CISTER

April 2019

23, Apr, 2019

Fundamental Research Activities

Visiting Ph.D. student from the University of L'Aquila gave a talk on "Security in Embedded Systems: the Wireless Sensor Networks case" at CISTER

11, Apr, 2019

Fundamental Research Activities

CISTER Researcher presented a talk on "the Interaction-Centric Paradigm"

1, Apr, 2019

Fundamental Research Activities

Marco Aurélio Wehrmeister, from Federal University of Paraná, delivered a distinguished seminar at CISTER

March 2019

29, Mar, 2019

Industry Collaborations

VORTEX, the Collaborative Laboratory in CPS, was officially launched

21, Mar, 2019

Activities in the Academia

CISTER interns won the "Machine Learning & Computer Vision" challenge at INESC TEC TMC Open Day

19, Mar, 2019

Fundamental Research Activities

PhD student from Universidad de Alcalá invited to give a talk on "Digital Communications for the Control of Modular Multilevel Converters" at CISTER

Tomás Corrêa gave a talk on “Digital Communications for the Control of Modular Multilevel Converters” on the 19th of March, at CISTER. Tomás is a PhD student at the Universidad de Alcalá de Henares in Spain and started by explaining the concept of Modular Multilevel Converter (MMC) and how it impacted the conversion and control of electrical energy at high voltage levels. MMCs, invented in 2001, are composed of a potentially large number of power modules, as known as cells, that are stacked and switched on and off individually to generate a voltage wave with a desired shape, typically sinusoidal. The cells are controlled centrally but individual connections to the controller can limit scalability and hinder MMCs applicability. Thus, Tomas focused on the current trend toward using digital communications in MMCs and told us about the benefits and challenges this trend implies, particularly concerning the trade-off between latency, reliability and cost. Among different alternatives, Ethernet technology connected in a ring topology stands up, currently, as the best compromise essentially due to the high reliability-cost ratio and despite the relatively high latency it implies. Tomas shared with us, then, his research on Ethernet-based ring networks to bring latency to a minimum, designing specific protocols, namely TTRing and DiSortNet, for specific distributions of the MMC control, that reduce by one half the best latency achievable with current COTS technology, supporting 400 nodes with cycle times below 200us.

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12, Mar, 2019

Fundamental Research Activities

Training on "Introduction to Real-time Systems"at CISTER Facilities

8, Mar, 2019

Fundamental Research Activities

CISTER Researchers attended the seminar on "Analysis, Design, and Control of Predictable Interconnected Systems"

7, Mar, 2019

Fundamental Research Activities

Pedro Miguel Santos gave a talk on Vehicular Networking and Urban Sensing Platforms

1, Mar, 2019

Fundamental Research Activities

Two new PhD members recently joined CISTER

February 2019

21, Feb, 2019

Fundamental Research Activities

Scientific Council Meeting

12, Feb, 2019

Activities in the Academia

Computer Science department delivers Best Student Awards

11, Feb, 2019

Fundamental Research Activities

CISTER Researchers participated in the Flexigy Workshop, in Coimbra

FLEXIGY project aims at creating a Virtual Energy Community concept that will operate “behind the meters” – i.e. the development of flexibility management services to allow energy aggregators to involve energy resources with private bilateral contracts, thus enabling the use of distributed energy resources in a collaborative way, with significantly larger community benefits when compared to individual optimization, supported by a cyber-physical infrastructure required to support load flexibility management with community-wide optimization mechanisms (which includes storage management, production management and load management), thus ensuring the security and satisfaction levels for the economic viability of the proposed solution. In this project energy transactions will be based on the blockchain concept and virtual currencies, in order to increase trust and end-user engagement.
In this meeting Luis Lino Ferreira and Rafael Rocha presented their work on the Flex Offer concept and discussed with the other partners the architecture for the system.
 

7, Feb, 2019

Fundamental Research Activities

CISTER Researcher attended the F2F technical board meeting of the project SCOTT

Ramiro Robles represented CISTER/ISEP in the F2F technical board meeting of the project SCOTT held at the premises of our partner NXP in Munich, Germany on the 7th of February 2019.
This meeting was mainly focused on how the different WPs and Technology lines of the project will answer the comments of the reviewers provided in the official feedback after the first year of the project. In addition, the meeting was also focused on refining the impact and exploitation definition of the project highlighting the main measurable outcomes expected of the project and how we will achieve the target values.
CISTER/ISEP acted as the chair of the technical board, leader of the reference architecture of the project and representative of the aeronautics domain.

 

1, Feb, 2019

Fundamental Research Activities

CISTER participated in Portuguese delegation led by Minister Manuel Heitor at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU)

January 2019

31, Jan, 2019

Fundamental Research Activities

CISTER leads new longer-term contracts with researchers

31, Jan, 2019

Fundamental Research Activities

Four new PhD students have joined CISTER

During the last month four new PhD students joined CISTER.

Hajar and Amir from Iran, Ênio from Brasil and Jingjing from China, are already aiming their brain power at the next three years, in which they will be doing research in topics such as reliable 5G communications, cooperative autonomous control, and multiprocessor platforms for embedded safety critical systems.

Hajar Baghcheband was born in Shiraz, Iran. She received the B.Sc. in computer software engineering from IAU of Shiraz and the M.Sc. degrees in the field of Information Technology from Graduate University of Advanced Technology (GUAT). Her master thesis was granted by Iran Telecommunications Research Center (ITRC) and focused on applying data mining techniques to intrusion detection system. Since 2009, she was lecturer at higher education institutes and colleges of Shiraz.
In 2016, her new role in company as project management and database administrator started which their project shortlisted for World Summit Award.
Since September 2018, Hajar started to pursue her education toward PhD in Computer Engineering at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto. Her research interests are Machine Learning, Multi agent System, Artificial Intelligence, Data mining, Business Intelligence, Decision Support system and Database.

Amir Hossein Farzamiyan was born in Shiraz, Iran, in 1985. He received both the B.Sc. and the M.Sc. degrees in the field of Electrical and Electronic engineering. He is a graduate with strong communication and organizational skills gained in his study, research and work experience in communication networks and Wireless Communication, now seeking to pursue his study toward PhD in the field of telecommunication.
His research interests are Wireless (Radio) Access Networks, 5G Networks, Internet of Things, Software Defined Network, Advanced Wireless Communications, Cyber-Security, Network Packet Routing Protocol, Network Topology.

Ênio Filho was born in 1984 in Brazil. He has a BSc degree in Automation and Control (2006) and a MSc degree in Mechatronics Systems (2012) both from Universidade de Brásilia (UnB). He is an assistant professor at Instituto Federal de Goiás (IFG), in Brazil.
He is pursuing a PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto (PDEEC).His biggests interests are in autonomous vehicles, communication networks and artificial intelligence in real time applications.

Jingjing Zheng was born in 1991 in Hubei, China. From a very young age he showed enormously passionate about computers and mathematics. During his college years, he participated in China Undergraduate Mathematical Contest in Modeling three times, and obtained the Second Prize in Jiangxi Province, the First Prize in Jiangxi Province, the Second Prize in the Nation, respectively.
In 2015 he began to study Control Science and Engineering at the Guangdong University of Technology, where he had done the master thesis of Research on Resource Allocation and Multi-agent Co-optimization for Dynamic Heterogeneous Multi-core Processors, and having obtained a good result through peer reviews. After, he received the M.S.degree from Guangdong University of Technology, China, in June 2018.
Currently his research interests are in Real Time Embedded Systems, Multi-core processors and Optimization Algorithm.
 

30, Jan, 2019

Industry Collaborations

Participation in new CPS CoLab meeting in Lisbon

26, Jan, 2019

Activities in the Academia

CISTER Junior Researcher was Editorial Committee Chair at Talk A Bit 2019

24, Jan, 2019

Achievements in Academia

José Fonseca successfully defended his PhD thesis at FEUP

21, Jan, 2019

Fundamental Research Activities

Distinguished Seminars by Scientists from University of York and from Politecnico di Milano

Robert I. Davis gave a distinguished seminar on "Transferring Real-Time Systems Research into Industrial Practice"
During this talk, Dr Robert I. Davis discussed two impact case studies where real-time systems research has been successfully transferred into industrial practice. In each case, the technology created was translated into viable commercial products and led to significant advances in the automotive electronics and avionics domains, providing substantial returns on investment for the companies using the technology.

Robert I. Davis is a Reader in the Real-Time Systems Research Group at the University of York, UK. Robert received his PhD in Computer Science from the University of York in 1995. Since then he has founded three start-up companies, all of which have succeeded in transferring real-time systems research into commercial products. Robert’s research interests include the following aspects of real-time systems: scheduling algorithms and analysis for single processor, multiprocessor and networked systems; analysis of cache related pre-emption delays, mixed criticality systems, and probabilistic hard real-time systems.

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Stefano Zanero from Politecnico Di Milano presented a talk on “Breaking the Laws of Robotics: Attacking Industrial Robots”, where he discussed vulnerabilities of industrial robots and the work achieved by his research group to address potential attacks. Stefano presented a recent attack performed by his students to alter the precision of an industrial robot which can lead to potential harm to products and even users. Various use cases were discussed including an attack via insecure web interfaces, weak authentication protocols, exposure of industrial routers, etc. The impact of existing domain specific languages in this area was also discussed during this talk. More information around this work is available at robosec.org.

Stefano Zanero received a PhD in Computer Engineering from Politecnico di Milano, where he is currently an associate professor. His research focuses on malware analysis, cyberphysical security, and cybersecurity in general. Besides teaching "Computer Security" and "Computer Forensics" at Politecnico, he has an extensive speaking and training experience in Italy and abroad. He co-authored over 70 scientific papers and books. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE (for which he sits on the MGA board), the IEEE Computer Society (for which he is a member of the Board of Governors), and a lifetime senior member of the ACM. Stefano co-founded the Italian chapter of ISSA (Information System Security Association). He has been named a Fellow of ISSA and sits in its International Board of Directors. Stefano is also a co-founder and chairman of Secure Network, a leading information security consulting firm based in Milan and in London; a co-founder of 18Months, a cloud-based ticketing solutions provider; and a co-founder of BankSealer, a startup in the FinTech sector that addresses fraud detection through machine learning techniques.

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21, Jan, 2019

Fundamental Research Activities

Giann Nandi gave a talk on Formal Verification of Cryptographic Protocols

16, Jan, 2019

Fundamental Research Activities

CISTER Researchers partipated on ECS Brokerage event, in Brussels

December 2018

14, Dec, 2018

Fundamental Research Activities

CISTER has great participation in RTSS 2018

11, Dec, 2018

Fundamental Research Activities

CISTER Researcher participated in the last General Assembly of ENABLE-S3 project

November 2018

28, Nov, 2018

Achievements in Academia

Paper on "Uneven memory regulation for scheduling IMA applications on multi-core platforms" published

CISTER Researchers Ali Awan, Pedro Souto, Benny Åkesson, Konstantinos Bletsas and Eduardo Tovar have published the journal paper on "Uneven memory regulation for scheduling IMA applications on multi-core platforms".
It considers a scheduling arrangement with partitioned ser vers and memory access regulation, and its schedulability analysis. The main novelty over the state-of-the-art is that the servers use EDF and the periodic memory access budgets are uneven in the general case and defined on a per-server basis (rather than per-core).
 

22, Nov, 2018

Fundamental Research Activities

CISTER Researchers partipated on EFECS 2018, in Lisbon

CISTER Researchers Eduardo Tovar, Luis Lino Ferreira and Ricardo Severino, attended EFECS 2018, that took place at the Lisbon Congress Centre - CCL .

EFECS 2018 is an international forum with a focus on 'Our Digital Future' along the Electronic Components and Systems value chain in Europe.
The organisers of this event, AENEAS, ARTEMIS-IA, EPoSS, ECSEL Joint Undertaking and the European Commission, in association with EUREKA, have joined forces to provide numerous opportunities to learn more about the latest developments, cooperation and funding possibilities in the ECS Community.
Several projects with CISTER participation were presented in the event, in the form of posters or in the form a small pitches. Additionally, CISTER members participated in several consortium building meetings, which will target the next Eureka and ECSEL calls.

Ongoing ECSEL Projects at CISTER:
Productive 4.0
SCOTT
ENABLE-S3
SafeCOP


21, Nov, 2018

Fundamental Research Activities

Cláudio Maia, participated in the 5th edition of "AED Days", in Oeiras

15, Nov, 2018

Fundamental Research Activities

Sanjay K. Jha gave a CISTER distinguished seminar on Security in Internet of Things (IoT)

6, Nov, 2018

Achievements in Academia

Cláudio Maia successfully defended his PhD thesis at FEUP

October 2018

18, Oct, 2018

Industry Collaborations

Ramiro Robles participated in the SCOTT General Assembly

From the 16th until the 18th of October, 2018, the SCOTT project consortium gathered in the city of Cork Ireland for a face-to-face and general assembly meetings. This is the third GA of the project and the second in 2018. This meeting was mainly used to keep track of the progress and to analyze the feedback from the reviewers after the meeting in Brussels in September 2018. CISTER/ISEP plays a key role in the project as leader of the technology line of the reference architecture, chair of the technical board, and co-lead of the aeronautics use case. SCOTT aims to build trust in IoT solutions for 5 different industrial domains: aeronautics, automotive, railway, building, and healthcare. SCOTT uses the concept of the Bubble to enhanced backwards compatibility with existing domain infrastructure, encapsulating these underlying technologies with a modern IoT interoperable and cross-domain cloud application environment with enhanced security, safety and trust.

15, Oct, 2018

Fundamental Research Activities

Kai Li nominated as Associate Editor for IEEE Access Journal

CISTER researcher Kai Li nominated as Associate Editor for IEEE Access Journal. As the Associate Editor, Kai Li is responsible for ensuring that the publication maintains the highest quality while adhering to the publication policies and procedures of the IEEE. He will also help facilitate a rapid review process that takes less than two weeks, and coordinate the careful and critical review. His research interests include vehicular communications and security, resource allocation optimization, Cyber-Physical Systems, Internet of Things, human sensing systems, sensor networks and UAV networks.
 

6, Oct, 2018

Fundamental Research Activities

Michele Albano and Luis Lino Ferreira delivered the final version of the MANTIS book

Michele Albano and Luis Lino Ferreira delivered the final version of the book “The MANTIS Book: Cyber Physical System Based Proactive Collaborative Maintenance” to the publisher.
The Book is dedicated to the results achieved on the MANTIS project comprising several chapters on the different aspects of CPS-based maintenance. The book will published by River Publishers and it will be made available by the end of November.

2, Oct, 2018

Industry Collaborations

CISTER hosts the kick-off meeting of the VORTEX CoLAB

September 2018

30, Sep, 2018

Fundamental Research Activities

5 new students from Cuba, India and Iran have joined the CISTER for their PhDs

Javier Rodriguez and Yillian Ribot hold a Bachelor’s degree in Automatic Engineering from Havana University of Technologies José Antonio Echeverria CUJAE. They have also worked for the Automation department and CIME Microelectronics Research Centre, at the same University as Assistants Students.

Radha Pallavali holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s in Computer Science from Sri Venkateswara University, India. He has also worked for COPELABS – Portugal as a Junior Researcher and for INRIA – Paris as a Research Engineer. He has also published work in the areas like DoS Attacks in Cloud Computing and MANETs,and Congestion Control Algorithms.

Jatin Arora holds a Bachelor’s in Electronics and Communication Engineering from CT Institute of Engineering, Management & Technology,Jalandhar, India and a Master’s degree in Embedded Systems from Sree Dattha Institute of Engineering and Science, Hyderabad, India. He has also worked for Guru Nanak Institutions Technical Campus (GNITC), India as a Research Assistant and for Punjab Micro Circuits Research Labs, India as a Project Engineer.

Yousef Emami holds a Bachelor’s in Computer Hardware Engineering from Islamic Azad University of Dezful and a Master’s degree in Information Technology Engineering-Computer Networks from Shiraz University of Technology. He has also worked for Kelide Andisheh Institute, Payame Noor University, Islamic Azad University of Shooshtar as a Lecturer and Azad University of Dezful as a Teaching Assistant.

CISTER welcomes all!
 

26, Sep, 2018

Industry Collaborations

Ramiro Robles participated in the SCOTT project review

Ramiro Robles was present in the first year project review meeting in Brussels. The review meeting was preceded by a rehearsal meeting with all the representatives of the different domains, and industrial partners. The preliminary feedback was very positive and the work in the reference architecture and aeronautics domain lead by ISEP received positive comments.

20, Sep, 2018

Fundamental Research Activities

Undergraduate student Renato Oliveira presented a talk on Emulation library for a CPS simulation platform

20, Sep, 2018

Fundamental Research Activities

Undergraduate students Joel Pinto and Rúben Gonçalves presented a talk on Analysis of RTEMS in multi-core platforms

July 2018

29, Jul, 2018

In Memoriam

José Rufino (1958-2018)

24, Jul, 2018

Fundamental Research Activities

Ana Aguiar gave a distinguished seminar on IoT for Smart Cities

24, Jul, 2018

Fundamental Research Activities

PhD student Miguel Gaitán participated in the Summer School on Control and Robotics at FEUP

CISTER's PhD student Miguel Gutiérrez-Gaitán has participated in the "1st Summer School on Control and Robotics" organized by FEUP (Faculdade de Engenharia Universidade do Porto) and APCA (International Federation of Automatic Control).

The event held at FEUP on the 23rd and the 24th of July covered some key mathematics tools for advanced research in this field: Non-linear Control, Functional Analysis, Control of Robotic Manipulators, and Sparse Optimization and Image Processing.

Researchers, PhD students and professionals from different institutions of the country attended the sessions offered by leading researchers in robotics and control.

At CISTER, Gutiérrez-Gaitán is currently exploring some mathematicals fundamentals applied in the context of wireless industrial networks.

11, Jul, 2018

Fundamental Research Activities

Another international PhD Student joined CISTER

Giann Nandi holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering, from Federal University of Santa Catarina. Giann received multiple scholarships to work researching both in Brazil and in the Netherlands. His interests include physical experiments using embedded systems, formal verification, and real-time processing.

6, Jul, 2018

Achievements in Academia

Paper awarded the Outstanding Paper Award at the ECRTS 2018

5, Jul, 2018

Industry Collaborations

David Pereira participated in ENABLE-S3 review project meeting

June 2018

26, Jun, 2018

Fundamental Research Activities

Benny Åkesson gave a distinguished seminar on Certifiable Resource Sharing in Safety-Critical Multi-Core Real-Time Systems

23, Jun, 2018

Achievements in Academia

Michele Albano gave a Keynote presentation at the MPMM 2018

Michele, as the leader of WP8 (Dissemination and Exploitation) of the MANTIS project, was invited to give a keynote speech at The Maintenance, Performance, Measurement and Management Conference 2018 (MPMM 2018), 21-23 June 2018, Coimbra, Portugal.
The title of the presentation was "Framework for Proactive Maintenance in the Real World" and provided a high-level overview of the work done in the project. The presentation comprised three different research directions: how MANTIS targets the problem of building a platform for the Proactive Maintenance of industrial machinery; how the involved technologies (CPS, cloud computing, machine learning and advanced HMI) are orchestrated together; how 4 different project pilots implemented the approach in a production environment.

May 2018

29, May, 2018

Achievements in Academia

António Barros successfully defended his PhD thesis at FEUP

23, May, 2018

Industry Collaborations

Ricardo Severino participated in the annual review meeting of the SafeCOP project in Brussels

Ricardo Severino participated in the annual review meeting of the SafeCOP project in Brussels, where he presented an overview of the work carried out within the Safe and Secure Wireless Communications work-package, leaded by ISEP. The work-package was quite successful and was approved by the reviewers. Ricardo also gave an overview of the progress in the Portuguese Vehicle Platooning Use Case being developed with GMVIS Skysoft.
 

22, May, 2018

Fundamental Research Activities

PhD student José Fonseca presented a talk on Response Time Analysis in Global FP Scheduling

15, May, 2018

Fundamental Research Activities

Moris Behnam gave a distinguished seminar on Predictability and dependability in parallel architectures

15, May, 2018

Fundamental Research Activities

Reinder Bril gave a distinguished seminar on WCRT Analysis in Ethernet AVB

15, May, 2018

Achievements in Academia

Zahid Iqbal successfully defended his PhD thesis at FEUP