Welcome to the Institute for Software Integrated Systems, a research organization of the School of Engineering at Vanderbilt University.  ISIS conducts basic and applied research  in the area of systems and information science and engineering. Applications of ISIS technology span a wide range of software-intensive systems from small embedded devices, through real-time distributed systems, to globally deployed complex systems. Software is increasingly essential to the functions of these systems, and it is also the primary means of adapting them to their environments and users.  Our research interests lie in the theoretical foundations, modeling, design, engineering, and educational aspects of these systems.

Science of Design for Societal-Scale Cyber-Physical Systems Receives $4 million, Five-year Grant from NSF

“The fusion between people, computing and the physical environment is becoming so deep that it is getting harder and harder to tell them apart,” said Janos Sztipanovits, E. Bronson Ingram Distinguished Professor of Engineering and principal investigator on the “Science of Design for Societal-Scale Cyber-Physical Systems” project. The project, co-led by Shankar Sastry at the University of California, Berkeley, Alexander Pretschner at the Technical University of Munich and Werner Damm at the University of Oldenburg, has just received a $4 million, five-year grant from the National Science Foundation. The potential economic rewards are enormous. According to a 2015 study by the McKinsey Global Institute, the ongoing digitization of industry could add as much as $1.5 trillion to the U.S. Gross Domestic Product and €1 trillion to the GDP of Europe.  

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Year Two ARPA-E Open 2015 Grant for Resilient Information Architecture for the Smart Grid (RIAPS)

The Resilient Information Architecture Platform for the Smart Grid (RIAPS) project, under the direction of Professor Gabor Karsai, Institute for Software Integrated Systems, is in the 2nd year of a $3.5 million ARPA-E Open 2015 grant. The project develops a novel distributed application framework for Smart Grid software, for distributed monitoring and control, energy management, and many other applications. The project is a joint effort with North Carolina State University (NCSU) and Washington State University (WSU). An innovative microgrid control demonstration with collaborators from NCSU was presented at the ARPA-E 2017 Energy Innovation Summit held in Washington DC. Advanced platform design continues along with additional power application examples developed in conjunction with collaborators from NCSU and WSU.

For more information please visit the RIAPS website: https://riaps.isis.vanderbilt.edu

Biswas to Lead Learner/Technology Convergence Effort

The NSF-funded project, co-led by Gautam Biswas, Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Engineering, is one of the first NSF Convergent Research Grants awarded. With the grant, Vanderbilt and NCSU will bring together experts to advance understanding of how best to collect and analyze data from widely diverse sources during the processes of learning and problem solving. The goal is establishing baseline best practices to shape advanced learning technology environments, such as intelligent tutoring systems, to better interact with learners along multiple dimensions: cognitive, metacognitive, affect, and motivation.

The Cyber-Physical Systems Virtual Organization (CPS-VO)

The CPS-VO was founded by NSF in 2010 to facilitate and foster interaction among CPS research teams and help getting industry involved. It has become the focal point of the CPS community in the US and it has played a significant role in catalyzing CPS research world-wide. An ISIS led team including University of Pennsylvania, UCLA and University of Arizona is working on transitioning the CPS-VO portal into an active resource which becomes a "destination for doing" rather than a repository and collaboration capability. The new portal will serve as an integration platform for open source CPS tools and models emerging from the research community and an active resource for CPS education.

Intellectual Neighborhoods

The latest edition of Vanderbilt University School of Engineering Solutions brochure unveils the concept of intellectual neighborhoods, which focus on core competencies that we currently have established or are building upon. Intellectual neighborhoods cross disciplines and schools at Vanderbilt and even overlap each other in some of their research activity. Cyber-Physical Systems is one intellectual neighborhood where ISIS takes the lead within the school and even nationally. Many faculty, research staff and graduate students are taking part in several challenging CPS research projects ranging from resilient system design to smart cities and miniature medical robots.