Research Centre in Real-Time and Embedded Computing Systems

    A top-ranked Research Unit based at the School of Engineering (ISEP)
    of the Polytechnic Institute of Porto (IPP), Portugal.

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  • Ongoing Project: ENABLE-S³

    European Initiative to Enable Validation for Highly Automated Safe and Secure Systems
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  • CISTER hosted EWSN 2015

    12th European Conference on Wireless Sensor Networks
    in Porto, Portugal from 9th to 11th February.

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2, Feb, 2017


New research student call

CISTER is happy to announce that it will soon open 4 PhD grants for candidate students willing to do research in Real-Time Embedded Computing.

We are looking for highly motivated candidates with a Master’s degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), Computer Science (CS), Software Engineering (SE), Applied Mathematics (AM) or related areas, and an excellent academic record. Candidates with solid industrial CV wishing to pursue a PhD degree are also encouraged to apply. Excellent spoken and written communication skills in English is considered essential.

The selected candidates will be given the chance to become part of an international and multi-cultural research team with a leading research track on multiple hot topics of RTES. CISTER’s research environment is boosted by strong collaborations with various renowned academic institutions, such as the Carnegie Mellon University, the Technical University of Munich, the Max Planck Institute, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of York among many others, as well as with key international industrial players like Airbus, Volvo, Embraer, Honeywell, Critical Software, GMV or Bosch. Stay tuned!!!

1, Feb, 2017

Activities in the Centre

Artemis/ECSEL Brokerage event

CISTER researchers Luis Lino Ferreira and Eduardo Tovar participated in the 2017 Artemis Brokerage Event. The objective of this event is to help with the drafting of project proposals and finding the right consortium partners. Nearly 300 participants from prestigious European companies, Universities and Research Centres all over Europe attended this event.
During the brokerage, there was opportunity to discuss project ideas in the fields of Embedded & Cyber-Physical Systems, Internet of Things and Digital Platforms. The presentations on the Multi Annual Strategic Plan and Work Plan 2017 (MASP) where also illuminating. The main novelty being the definition of Safety and Security as an independent essential capability.

25, Jan, 2017

Progress in Projects

Results of P-SOCRATES project presented in Stockholm

Last January, CISTER researcher Luis Miguel Pinho presented the results of the P-SOCRATES project in the 5th International workshop on the “Integration of mixed-criticality subsystems on multi-core and manycore processors”. The workshop focused on solutions for the integration of mixed-criticality subsystems on multi-core processors, integrated in the HiPEAC 2017 conference.
The HiPEAC conference is the premier European forum for experts in computer architecture, programming models, compilers and operating systems for embedded and general-purpose systems. The conference attracted more than 500 participants from industry and academia from 37 countries.
The presentation both provided an overview of the successful outcomes of the P-SOCRATES project, as well as in particular focusing in the timing analysis methodology of the project, a technical work performed by the ISEP team in the project.
P-SOCRATES is an FP7 European project led by CISTER, a 3-year initiative that fosters the convergence of High-Performance Computing and Embedded Computing domains. The project developed methodologies and execution environments able to deliver high throughput, suitable for computationally-intensive applications, but also predictable throughput, so that guarantees can be provided on the responsiveness on the software functionality


24, Jan, 2017

Activities in the Centre


In January, representatives of the Portuguese Aerospace Industry Association - PEMAS visited CISTER.

During this fruitful meeting, CISTER researchers Eduardo Tovar and David Pereira had the chance to discuss with PEMAS representatives João Romana and Paulo Alexandre Chaves the current lines of action of the association and the role that CISTER can have on those actions, as the only academic partner of the association.

This was the first visit of PEMAS representatives to CISTER premises, and was a great opportunity for them to have a deeper understanding about the research being carried on in our unit, and of the CiTech initiative that is being leveraged by CISTER to enable the success of R&D produced by Portuguese actors working in Real-Time Embedded Computing and to boost their impact and role in the European innovation roadmap.

6, Jan, 2017

Activities in the Centre

Next ENABLE-S3 General Assembly at CISTER

The second General Assembly meeting of the ENABLE-S3 European project will be hosted by CISTER, and will take place on the 23rd and 24th of May 2017. The meeting will count with the presence of industrialists from key European players such as Airbus, AVL, Philips, Renault, Thales, among many others, as well as researchers from well-known European academic institutions.

The goal of ENABLE-S3 is to pave the way for accelerated application of highly automated and autonomous systems in the mobility domains of automotive, aerospace, rail and maritime as well as in the healthcare domain. Virtual testing, verification and coverage-oriented test selection methods will enable validation with reasonable efforts. The resulting validation framework will ensure European industrial competitiveness in the global race of automated systems with an expected market potential of 60B€ in 2025. Project results will be used to propose standardized validation procedures for highly automated systems (ACPS).
During the General Assembly meeting, the latest developments and the next steps of the project will be discussed. The first prototype demonstrations of the various use-cases addressed by the project will also take place.

5, Jan, 2017

Achievements in Academia

Book on IoT Automation

CISTER researchers Luis Lino Ferreira and Michele Albano co-authored several chapters of the book “IoT Automation: Arrowhead Framework”, which will be published in February, 2017 by CRC Press. This book presents an in-depth description of the Arrowhead Framework and how it fosters interoperability between IoT devices at service level. This Framework is structured on the SOA technology and the concept of local cloud. The objective is to provide several automation capabilities such as: real time control, security, scalability, and engineering simplicity. The Arrowhead Framework supports the realization of collaborative automation; and it is the only IoT Framework that addresses global interoperability across multiple SOA technologies and therefore enabling the design, engineering, and operation of large automation systems for a wide range of applications utilizing IoT and CPS technologies.

The book provides application examples from a wide number of industrial fields e.g. airline maintenance, mining maintenance, smart production, electro-mobility, automotive test, smart cities—all in response to EU societal challenges.

4, Jan, 2017

CISTER fosters stronger relationship with former researchers

CISTER has a new initiative to increase interactions with former members of the unit to create new synergies from old partnerships. It’s natural that previous members of a lab keep working in the same areas but, unfortunately, potential fruitful collaborations are often overlooked. This initiative looks to overcome this limitation by providing preferential bi-directional communication channels between existing and former researchers. Areas that may benefit from this exchange include mobilizing new researchers, preparing project proposals, promoting exchange initiatives for students (PhD and others), provide strategic feedback and many others. Former CISTER members are now distributed around the world in Brazil, USA, South Korea, Singapore, India, Czech Republic, Sweden, France, Germany, Netherlands, United Kingdom and other countries.

3, Jan, 2017


3, Dec, 2016

Achievements in Academia

PC meeting of RTAS'17 organized in CISTER

December 3 saw many high-profile academics gather at CISTER for the Technical Program Committee meeting of the 23rd IEEE Real-Time and Embedded Technology and Applications Symposium (RTAS'17). The conference will be held in Pittsburgh, USA, as part of the Cyber-Physical Systems Week (CPS Week) in April, 2017.

The annual CPS Week 2017 will bring together leading conferences, including the International Conference on Hybrid Systems (HSCC’17), the International Conference on Cyber-Physical Systems (ICCPS’17), the International Conference on Internet-of-Things Design and Implementation (IoTDI’17), the International Conference on Information Processing in Sensor Networks (IPSN’17), and RTAS’17.

Researchers Geoffrey Nelissen and Vincent Nelis participated in the PC meeting.

2, Dec, 2016

Achievements in Academia

RTSS 2016: a huge success

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