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 2020 Internship Program

For this 2020 class we welcomed 32 students to remotely work with us across the country and across the globe due to the conditions caused by COVID-19. Most students were given a a start and end date of July 1st - August 7th, 2020 following a full 10-week format. Students participate in a variety of remote events including: PI Lecture Seminars, Lunch & Learns with Graduate students, Wednesday Night activities, Book Club, Bulletin Board hour, and more. 

For a comprehensive look at the work and events each student is involved with, please visit the internship program website: https://cps-vo.org/group/isis/internships


Vanderbilt Team Wins $1 Million 2nd Place Prize in DARPA Spectrum Challenge Championship

Congratulations to the winners on the DARPA Spectrum Collaboration Challenge! We are proud to announce that MarmotE, a team of current and former Vanderbilt researchers took home the $1 million second place prize. Composed of team members Peter Horvath, Peter Volgyesi, Sandor Szilvasi, and Miklos Maroti, this team previously won top prize in round one in 2017, and second place in round two in 2018.

With no real estate left to expand the radio frequency spectrum, DARPA's SC2 Championship seeks machine-learning algorithms and wireless software-defined radio designs to sort out frequency priorities based on urgency - emergency and critical safety scenarios in real time - and to cooperate rather than compete for bandwidth.

To read an interview with the team about the process of preparing for the SC2 Challege, click here. Visit the "Read More" link at the end of the this section to re-watch the livestream. 

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The Linux Foundation has Announced the Launch of LF Energy,
A New Open Source Coalition

The Linux Foundation today announces the formation of LF Energy with support from RTE, Europe’s biggest transmission power systems provider, and other organizations, to speed technological innovation and transform the energy mix across the world.

LF Energy is an umbrella organization that will support and sustain multi-vendor collaboration and open source progress in the energy and electricity sectors to accelerate information and communication technologies (ICT) critical to balanced energy use and economic value.

RTE contributed three projects to The Linux Foundation to form LF Energy, and Vanderbilt University will transition its Resilient Information Architecture Platform for Smart Grid (RIAPS) applications technology. These projects will help seed an open source ecosystem for TSOs, distribution system operators, aggregators, utilities, vendors, and other energy sector stakeholders.

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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' were 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