Keynote 1

Challenges in the Design of Resource Constrained Cyber Physical Systems

Enrico Bini (Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa, Italy)

Abstract: The increasing number of interactions between functionalities in embedded systems is challenging the way these systems are designed. Interactions cannot be viewed any longer as disturbance to be compensated, but rather they are a distinguishing feature of the system. For example, in today’s car the brakes are used by the Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Electronic Stability Control (ESC), and many other functionalities. Hence, it is needed an unambiguous way to brake if more functionalities request a different braking operation. This is just one of the challenges posed by design of Cyber Physical Systems (CPS): systems in which the interactions between physical, computing, and communication elements is so tight that design cannot be made in isolation. In this talk, some of the design challenges of CPS will be illustrated together with some benefits of new design techniques. Also, some possible future research direction will be described.

Enrico Bini

Bio: Enrico Bini is an Assistant professor at Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa, Italy. In 2012-13, he was Marie-Curie fellow at Lund University (Sweden) investigating virtualization in Cyber-Physical Systems. In 2000 he received the Laurea degree in Computer Engineering from University of Pisa. In 2004, he completed the doctoral studies on Real-Time Systems at Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (recipient of the “Spitali Award” for best PhD thesis of the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna). In January 2010 he also completed a Master degree in Mathematics with a thesis on optimal sampling for linear control systems. He is an IEEE Senior member. He has published more than 80 papers (two best-paper awards) on real-time scheduling, and design and optimization methods for real-time and control systems. His more recent research interests are on optimal management of distributed and parallel resources.

Keynote 2

A Review of Some of the Challenges and Opportunities for Internet of Things (IoT)

Nader Bagherzadeh (University of California, Irvine, USA)

Abstract: In this talk an overview of some of the major issues related to the Internet of Things (IoT) are discussed. First, it will be explained why IoT is so popular and what are some of the projected expectations for this technology. Next some of the key requirements and related enabling technologies will be presented. In particular, the focus will be on extreme low power technologies and some of the software issues related to real-time considerations of these devices as it pertains to industrial and consumer applications. Finally, there will be some concluding remarks about research and development challenges and opportunities that one can expect from this technology.

Bio: Nader Bagherzadeh is a professor of computer engineering in the department of electrical engineering and computer science at the University of California, Irvine, where he served as a chair from 1998 to 2003. Dr Bagherzadeh has been involved in research and development in the areas of: embedded systems and power-aware scheduling, computer architecture, reconfigurable computing, VLSI chip design, network-on-chip, 3D chips, sensor networks, and computer graphics since he received a Ph.D. degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 1987. He is a Fellow of the IEEE. Professor Bagherzadeh has published more than 200 articles in peer-reviewed journals and conferences. He has trained hundreds of students who have assumed key positions in software and computer systems design companies in the past twenty five years. He has been a PI or Co-PI on more than $8 million worth of research grants for developing next generation computer systems for applications in general purpose computing and digital signal processing.