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.
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.
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.
For the 15th anniversary of ISIS, we have put together a brief video summarizing the main research directions and novel educational activities of the institute. Our director, Janos Sztipanovits describes our mission and various PIs introduce their most recent projects. For example, the DARPA Adaptive Vehicle Make (AVM) program and the National Science Foundation's Frontiers project called Foundations for Resilient Cyber-Physical Systems are highlighted by Ted Bapty, Sandeep Neema and Xenofon Koutsoukos. Doug Schmidt emphasizes the collaborative nature of our work, while Tom Withrow describes how we involve undergraduate students in our research.
The articles in the ISIS brochure offer you a taste of our current flagship projects in the domains of common operating platform environments, cyber-physical systems, data mining and machine learning, STEM education, systems security and privacy, and wireless sensor networks. You’ll also learn about our long-term investments and results in model-integrated computing and middleware for distributed real-time and embedded systems. In addition to pushing the boundaries of science and engineering, we create technologies and tools that solve real-world problems that improve our daily activities and quality of living. For a printable version click here.