Polytechnic of Porto among the Top-20 Universities in the World
In science and technology (S&T), evaluation of research is more and more based on the actual impact caused by the science and technology that is produced rather than on the quantity or the venue where the results are published. Research assessment must consequently judge not only the reputation of the journal or conferences where results are published, but also, and important, the quality and impact of the produced results.
All rankings have a particular way of assessment and the assessment criteria and resulting accuracy of such rankings is always open to dispute. The recently released Microsoft Academic is one such ranking tool that allows measuring the quality of research based on the impact of citations on an institutional level.
It is outstanding the contribution of CISTER/INESC-TEC to the current ranking of the Polytechnic Institute of Porto in one of the most prominent sub-areas of computer science: real-time and embedded computing. Considering the past five years, Polytechnic of Porto ranks among the top-20 universities of the world and among the top 3 in Europe, in a list that includes over two thousand universities and research institutions from all over the world.
The list is currently led by 10 US giants: Berkeley, UIUC, Microsoft, UNC-CH, MIT, Stanford, CMU, MIT, GATECH, UCLA and UPenn. We follow these top ten and much larger research centres in the 12th place, and ahead of numerous other prestigious and well known institutions.
Very few other Portuguese institutions can claim a similar impact in any other area or sub-area of S&T.
More info at: Microsoft Academic tool website
The Growing Importance of Real-Time and Embedded Computing
Most people don't realize that the most common form of computer in use today is by far the embedded computer. In fact, 98% of computing devices are embedded in all kinds of electronic equipment, appliances and machines. Computers are moving away from the desktop and are finding themselves in everyday devices like credit cards, mobile phones, cars and planes or places like homes, offices and factories. Embedded computing systems are made of hardware and software.
Embedded computing systems are facing unprecedented challenges, with heavy competitive pressures from established and newly emerging global players. Embedded computer systems are becoming increasingly complex and difficult to design and build. While the US has led the world in the personal computer and internet markets in the 1980s and '90s, Europe has led the revolution in embedded systems. Therefore, it is strategically important for embedded systems to remain one of the strongholds of European industry. That is why ARTEMIS was launched in 2008 as the first of the European Joint Technology Initiatives (JTIs) to implement the European Strategic Research Agenda (SRA).
CISTER/INESC TEC participates currently in three ARTEMIS projects: EMMON (2009-2012), RECOMP (2010-2013) and ENCOURAGE (2011-2014). The EMMON project is the only one, out of circa 40 running ARTEMIS projects, led by a Portuguese partner: Critical Software.
More info at: http://www.cister.isep.ipp.pt and http://www.artemis-ju.eu
CISTER receives recognition at flagship conference
The Euromicro Conference on Real-Time Systems is one of the flagship events of the community with an acceptance rate smaller than most journals in computer science. This year CISTER has got three papers accepted to the single track, three day event, which is in itself an outstanding achievement rarely matched by other institutions.
As a change compared to last year, the organisers decided to create a special session of outstanding papers submitted to the conference. One of the papers submitted by CISTER/INESC TEC researchers was included in the only three paper strong session of outstanding papers at the conference and is thus is shortlisted for the best paper award. We congratulate Guru Raravi and Vincent Nélis on this really outstanding achievement.
More info at: http://ecrts.eit.uni-kl.de/ecrts12
CISTER co-organizes 2012 edition of the CONET workshop
CISTER has been in the front line of the CONET Workshop 2012, the third in a series of highly successful annual events under the umbrella of the CONET European Network of Excellence, co-located with the CPSWeek (http://www.cpsweek.org/). The CPSWeek brings together five leading conferences (HSCC, ICCPS, IPSN, RTAS, HiCoNS) and workshops on various aspects on the R&D of cyber-physical systems: Embedded Systems, Hybrid Systems, Real-Time and Sensor Networks.
Ten high quality papers were selected by the program committee, after a rigorous reviewing process. This was complemented by a keynote speech by NSF Career awarded Kamin Whitehouse (University of Virginia, USA) on “A computational approach to energy-efficient buildings” and an industrial talk given by Nic Lane, from the Mobile Sensing Systems Group at Microsoft Research Asia. To wrap up the workshop, a panel discussed the topic “Smart Cities: Playground for Cooperating Objects?”. The panel included Thiemo Voigt (SICS, Sweden) and Tarek Abdelzaher (UIUC, USA).
CISTER researchers Mário Alves and Nuno Pereira had leading roles in the organization of the CONET Workshop 2012, as Workshop and Program Committee co-Chairs, respectively, together with Pedro Marron (University of Duisburgh-Essen, Germany) and Lucia Pallottino (University of Pisa, Italy).
More info at: http://conet2012.cister-isep.info/
Special Issue on Cyber-Physical Systems and Cooperating Objects
CISTER’s researcher and Director Eduardo Tovar, together with Chenyang Lu (Washington University at St. Louis, USA) and Raj Rajkumar (Carnegie Mellon University, USA), are co-Editors of a Special Issue on Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) and Cooperating-Objects (CO) of the reputed IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics. The title of the special section is “Cyber-Physical Systems and Cooperating-Objects: the New Frontier for Embedded Systems” and it will be out on May’s issue of the IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics(Vol. 8, Nr. 2).
This is one of the most pressing and challenging research topics currently being addressed in the wide research area of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Engineering. CISTER researchers were already in the leading front by organizing one of the first CPS events in Europe, the CPS-CA’08 .
Although the IT transformation in the 20th century appeared revolutionary, a bigger change is probably yet to come. The terms Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) and Cooperating-Objects have come to describe the research and technological effort that will tightly conjoin real-world physical objects and computing systems. The integration of physical processes and computing is not new. Embedded systems have been in place for 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. Such systems pose considerable technical challenges, ranging from the distributed programming paradigms to networking protocols with timeliness as a structuring concern, including systems theory that combines “physical concerns” (control systems and signal processing) and “computational concerns” (complexity, schedulability, computability, scalability, etc.).
More info at: http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/stamp/stamp.jsp?tp=&arnumber=6179494
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