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.  


Microsoft Premonition Project wins FastCompany’s “World Changing Ideas” Award. 

ISIS and VU alum, Ethan Jackson’s Microsoft Premonition project just won FastCompany’s “World Changing Ideas” award in the top/broadest category (See Winners). Microsoft’s Premonition platform tracks, captures, and analyzes mosquitoes, to give health officials a sense of what pathogens are circulating in the area. The team built a new robotic platform that can attract mosquitoes and other bugs; a small, cube-shaped device emits CO2 and light to lure insects inside, then automatically identifies species and captures selected insects so their genes can later be analyzed to find critical information about viruses and larger animals that might be infected. In a single night, one device can observe thousands of mosquitoes. A smaller number can be captured for genetic testing.



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.



$100 million ‘Destination Vanderbilt’ initiative launched to recruit top faculty, address essential challenges

Vanderbilt University launched Destination Vanderbilt, a $100 million university excellence initiative to recruit new faculty. Over the next two to four years, the university will leverage the investment to recruit approximately 60 faculty who are leaders and rising stars in their fields. The approximately 60 new faculty hires will represent an increase of approximately 50 percent above the usual hiring rate over the past three years. The new hires will be in addition to existing faculty hiring plans for each Vanderbilt school and college.



$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.