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 Engineering Magazine featured ISIS on its cover page recently. Fueling ISIS' pioneering research in Model Integrated Computing are rapid innovations in information technology that drive enormous changes in science and engineering. These, in turn, have a significant impact on virtually every system encountered by humans: health care, education, transportation, defense and even the environment. The article highlights some of the most recent projects including a detection and treatment guidance system for sepsis and multiple efforts under the Adaptive Vehicle Make DARPA program.
A new textbook, called Computer Programming with MATLAB that was specifically designed for the iPad, is available from iTunes. The Multi-Touch e-book has several interactive tools that facilitate the learning process. The primary purpose of the book is to teach computer programming to those with little to no previous experience. It uses MATLAB, an easy to learn, versatile and powerful programming language. This book is the textbook for CS103, an introductory course in computer programming for engineering and science students. The authors of the book are Professor Emeritus Mike Fitzpatrick and Associate Professor Akos Ledeczi.
In the News. In a recent interview, Douglas C. Schmidt, a professor of computer science at Vanderbilt University and a well-respected authority in the fields of patterns and frameworks for concurrent and networked software, talks about these topics in the context of massive open online courses (MOOC), which are a disruptive technology trend that is profoundly affecting how education is delivered around the world. Vanderbilt offers several new MOOCs on Coursera including Doug's course on Pattern-Oriented Software Architectures for Concurrent and Networked Software that will start on February 4th, 2013.