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.
Vanderbilt University Institute for Software Integrated Systems (ISIS) celebrated 15 years of innovative teaching, research and development at the Student Life Center on November 4th, 2013. ISIS has grown from the initial group of ten people to over 150 members today. We have received over $136 million in extramural research funding since 1998. Our sponsors include the National Science Foundation, DARPA, NASA as well as various companies. Check out some of the project posters that showcase a few of our recent projects. Read the Vanderbilt School of Engineering news article about the event.
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 new 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.
The ISIS team won the first tournament of the DARPA Spectrum Challenge—a competitive demonstration of robust radio technologies that seek to communicate reliably in congested and contested electromagnetic environments without direct coordination or spectrum preplanning. The ISIS team, led by Peter Volgyesi, beat the other 17 teams that made it to the final elimination round. In each match, two teams battled to dominate the spectrum, with the winner being the first to transmit files of random data from a source radio to a destination radio. The ISIS team won all its matches and did not even let opponents transmit a single packet.