Ron Diftler-Guest lecturer, Thursday, November 10 at 3:00 in the Lecture Hall

Robonaut 2, or R2, arrived on the International Space Station in February 2011 and is currently undergoing testing in preparation for it to become, initially, an Intra-Vehicular Activity (IVA) tool, and then evolve into a system that can perform Extra-Vehicular Activities (EVA).  For approximately one year, the fixed base R2 will perform a variety of experiments using a reconfigurable task board that was launched with the robot. 

125th Anniversary John R and Donna S. Hall Engineering Lecture Series-Arun Majumdar


Lecture: Low Complexity Resilient Consensus in Networked Multi-Agent Systems with Adversaries by Heath LeBlanc

Friday, October 28 at 11:00 am in the Gray conference room on the first floor. ISIS 1025 16th Ave. South. 

Recently, many applications have arisen in distributed control that require consensus protocols. Concurrently, there have been a proliferation of malicious attacks on large-scale distributed systems. This talk addresses reaching consensus in the presence of adversaries, whenever the network is itself changing due to lossy channels or mobile agents.


Resource Management in Networked Embedded Control Systems by Jerome Le Ny September 29, 2011

September 29th at 3:00 pm in the Gray conference room on the first floor. ISIS 1025 16th Avenue South.

Almost all modern control systems are implemented on digital platforms, and many of them are embedded systems.
Unfortunately, the well-rounded theory of digital control has not kept pace with the multitude of complex system integration issues raised by this trend. Many of the aspects that could formerly be qualified by the control engineer as "implementation issues" play today a crucial role in determining the viability of the overall system, with respect to performance, cost, reliability, maintainability, etc.

Lecture by Daniel Balasubramanian: Polyglot: Modeling and Analysis for Multiple Statechart Formalisms

In large programs such as NASA Exploration, multiple systems that interact via safety-critical protocols are already designed with different Statechart variants. To verify these safety-critical systems, a unified framework is needed based on a formal semantics that captures the variants of Statecharts. We describe Polyglot, a unified framework for the analysis of models described using multiple Statechart formalisms. In this framework, Statechart models are translated into Java and analyzed using pluggable semantics for different variants operating in a polymorphic execution environment.

Lecture-Object-Relational Mapping in C++ by Boris Kolpackov

ODB is an open-source, cross-platform and cross-database object-relational
mapping (ORM) system for C++. Unlike other libraries offering a similar
functionality, ODB automatically generates the code that performs the
conversion between persistent classes and their database representation from
C++ class declarations.

Vanderbilt launches global portal for cyber-physical systems research

The new National Science Foundation-funded Cyber-Physical Systems Virtual Organization (CPS-VO) aims to bring together researchers, educators and students working in academics, industry and government agencies in a kind of virtual brain trust to foster progress, develop priorities and quickly distribute information in the rapidly emerging field of cyber-physical systems.

2nd International Workshop on Software Health Management

The Call for Papers for the 2nd International Workshop on Software Health Management is now open. This workshop will be held on August 2, 2011 in Palo Alto, CA as a satellite event of 4th International Conference on Space Mission Challenges for Information Technology ( ).

Seminar-Multi-Functional Systems: Towards a Theory for Requirements Specification and Architecture Design by Manfred Broy

This lecture introduces a theory for the identification, modeling, and formalization of two complementary views onto software and software intensive systems called the problem view and the solution view. The problem view addresses requirements engineering for describing the overall system functionality from the users’ point of view aiming at the specification of the functional requirements of multi-functional systems in terms of their functions as well as their mutual dependencies. This view leads to a function or service hierarchy.

Lecture-Model-based methods in fault detection and diagnosis. By Janos Gertler

A significant class of fault detection and diagnosis methods relies on an explicit mathematical model of the monitored system. The fundamental idea is “analytical redundancy”: system outputs are compared to model responses, with discrepancies ideally indicating the presence of faults. The task of detecting such faults and determining their location (isolation) is made harder by noise and disturbances acting on the process, and by inaccuracies of the model.