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-led team selected by NSF Convergence Accelerator to continue developing predictive technology against biothreats. 

Professor Janos Sztipanovits’ “Computing the Biome” convergent research team has been awarded a $5 million cooperative agreement to advance to phase 2 of the National Science Foundation’s 2020 Convergence Accelerator program. His team is developing technology to detect biological threats and predict disease outbreaks in major U.S. cities.

“The Computing the Biome project, which utilizes Microsoft’s Premonition platform, is an extremely ambitious pioneering effort aimed at the creation of a global, real-time system for detecting and predicting biological threats as they evolve in the environment,” said Sztipanovits, who is director of the Institute for Software Integrated Systems, E. Bronson Ingram Distinguished Professor of Engineering and professor of computer science. “We are excited to contribute our model-integrated computing technology to this project with the goal of making global impact.”


Team led by Dan Work has Developed Assistive Technology to Help Drivers Maintain 2-second Rule

The two-second rule, taught in driver’s ed classes across the country, is a rule of thumb that helps drivers maintain a safe distance from the car ahead at any speed. Adhering to the two-second rule can be difficult. A team of engineers led by Dan Work, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, has developed an assistive technology to help drivers maintain this guidance to smooth out traffic jams and improve safety.

A preprint of the article, “CAN Coach: Vehicular Control through Human Cyber-Physical Systems,” was published on April 8, and the paper was presented at the ACM/IEEE International Conference on Cyber-Physical Systems during 2021 CPS-IOT Week May 18–21. Researchers on the project include Matthew Nice, a current graduate student, and Jonathan Sprinkle, PhD’03, one of the School of Engineering’s newest professors of computer science.


Zsolt Lattman named named CEO of Acube (A3)

Zsolt Lattmann, ISIS and Vanderbilt alum, has been named the CEO of Acube (A3), Airbus Research Organization in Silicon Valley. Zsolt will bring to the CEO position his leadership experience at Acubed, where for the last five years he has served as Project Executive for the Advanced Digital Design and Manufacturing (ADAM) initiative. His professional experience and his know-how in combining software and hardware solutions make him ideally positioned to lead Acubed in its mission to leverage the unique strengths of the Silicon Valley ecosystem to accelerate aerospace innovation.


$8.7 million DARPA grant advances AI-assisted CPS design work

A new, $8.7 million project—Design. R–AI-assisted CPS Design—involves pathbreaking work for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency as future cyber-physical systems will rely less on human control and more machine learning algorithms and artificial intelligence processors.

Smart grid, driver-assist and autonomous automobile systems, health and biomedical monitoring, smart cities, robotics systems, and new agricultural technologies are just a few CPS that interact with users in a lot of ways that change with context.