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 Gets Funding from NSA to Make Sure America Keeps Moving After Hacks

The National Security Agency is giving Vanderbilt University team and their collaborators five years and several million dollars to figure out how to make that happen. They’re getting what’s called a Science of Security Lablet—mini-labs aimed at increasing knowledge and collaboration in the field.

Xenofon Koutsoukos, professor of computer science, computer engineering and electrical engineering, is heading up the new NSA Lablet.

Most of the Vanderbilt team is affiliated with the Institute for Software Integrated Systems, whose founding director, Janos Sztipanovits, the E. Bronson Ingram Distinguished Professor of Engineering, is a renowned researcher in the field of cyber-physical systems. He and six other Vanderbilt School of Engineering professors are on the grant, along with Jennifer Trueblood, assistant professor of psychology.

The Lablet results will be shared on the Science of Security Virtual Organization’s website.

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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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Distributed Smart Grid Applications to be Demonstrated at the Upcoming ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit

Several distributed power 'apps' will be demonstrated March 13-15, 2018 at the ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit in Washington, DC to showcase the Resilient Information Architecture Platform for the Smart Grid (RIAPS) - a research project supported by ARPA-E. The project is led by Professor Gabor Karsai, Institute for Software-Integrated Systems at Vanderbilt University, and is supported by North Carolina State University (NCSU) and Washington State University (WSU) as subcontractors. Two distributed Remedial Action Scheme (RAS) apps will be shown by WSU that ensure grid stability and resilience: one dynamically curtails a wind farm electric power output to eliminate power line overloads, while the other calculates load shedding options to prevent system collapse when the grid frequency drops. NCSU will demonstrate a microgrid control application that provides optimal and stable control during system transients, when the microgrid is being disconnected from the main grid. The microgrid app will be combined with a transactive energy app developed at Vanderbilt University with additional support from Siemens. RIAPS is the underlying enabling technology for all these apps, not unlike Android that enables a wide variety of apps for smart devices.

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.