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SIGBED Review, Volume 12, Number 4, November 2015
Special Issue on Medical Cyber Physical Systems workshop (MedicalCPS'15)


Greetings from the SIGBED officers
Upcoming Events
ESWEEK 2015: Student's Perspective
Special Issue on Medical Cyber Physical Systems workshop (MedicalCPS'15)

Greetings from the SIGBED officers:

In June 2015, members of ACM SIGBED elected new officers, who will coordinate activities of the SIG for the next two years. The new officers are:

Chair: Insup Lee (University of Pennsylvania)
Vice Chair: Eduardo Tovar (Polytechnic Institute of Porto)
Secretary/Treasurer: Oleg Sokolsky (University of Pennsylvania)

As the newly elected officers, we would like to thank the SIGBED community for their trust. We will work to improve the member experiences for SIGBED members and increase visibility of the SIGBED field within the ACM.

A brief overview of SIGBED. SIGBED was founded in 2003 to focus on all aspects of embedded computing systems. The field of embedded systems has evolved dramatically since then. Network connectivity in embedded devices became ubiquitous, and the Internet of Things (IoT) has been widely accepted in all sorts of application domains, including the Industrial Internet and Industry 4.0. For safety-critical embedded systems, Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) represents a tight integration of computational, physical, and communication aspects of the system. Both IoT and CPS are now at the heart of the SIGBED community. SIGBED is in a unique position to facilitate its members to discover new scientific principles, to develop new technologies and tools, and to train the next generation workforce for IoT and CPS.

SIGBED currently has about 500 members from 37 countries. It is clear that the embedded systems community is much larger than that. It would require a membership of significantly more than 500 for SIGBED to strengthen its leadership role for promoting the visibility and recognition of the growing field of embedded systems. Therefore, increasing SIGBED membership is one of the top priorities for us. We particularly seek the increased participation of students and women members.

SIGBED is closely affiliated with several ACM journals, including its flagship journal, ACM Transactions on Embedded Computing Systems, and the newly launched ACM Transactions on Cyber-Physical Systems. SIGBED also co-sponsors a number of events, in particular two of the federated conferences in the embedded systems field, ESWeek and CPSWeek. Thanks to the successful SIGBED-sponsored events, the fund balance of SIGBED has been steadily growing and is currently quite stable. SIGBED annually awards more than 30 travel grants for students to attend the ESWeek and CPSWeek conferences. SIGBED also annually sponsors the Frank Anger memorial award and the Paul Caspi memorial dissertation award. Details about the nomination process for these awards can be found on the SIGBED web page. We are currently seeking novel ideas for additional benefits to SIGBED members.

We welcome community participation in all SIGBED matters. Volunteers for several activities are needed, including award selection committees, editors for the SIGBED Review newsletter, and a webmaster for SIGBED website, to name a few. Nominations of SIGBED members for ACM distinguished lecturers and advanced ACM member grades would help to enhance recognition of SIGBED within the ACM. Ideas for new SIGBED activities are always welcome. Don't hesitate to contact any of us with suggestions and ideas.

Insup Lee, Eduardo Tovar, and Oleg Sokolsky

Upcoming Events:

Below is a list of upcoming events of interest to embedded systems community. Not all of the events below are supported by ACM SIGBED. SIGBED sponsors a variety of events related to embedded systems development. The list of currently sponsored events is avalable here. If you would like your event to be considered for sponsorship, please contact SIGBED officers.

ESWEEK 2015: Student's Perspective

I am Naman Govil, a final year student pursuing an integrated program of B.Tech and M.S (by research) in Electronics and Communication Engineering from IIIT-Hyderabad, India. I was invited to attend and present a research paper at the 26th IEEE International Symposium on Rapid System Prototyping (IEEE RSP), a part of the ACM Embedded Systems Week (ESWEEK) 2015. ESWEEK is a premiere event for embedded systems research and development, encompassing three major conferences, and several symposiums and workshops, and hence, bringing together pioneers and cutting-edge researchers in the field of embedded systems. This was an incredible opportunity for a fledgling like me, to learn and experience first-hand, some of frontline research in the domain of embedded systems. This year's ESWEEK was held in Amsterdam. Making the travel from India to Amsterdam to attend it was an extravagant affair for a student like myself, which was made possible by the ACM SIGBED ESWEEK Student Travel Grant.

Reaching the grand venue at Movenpick Hotel, I had a mixed bag of feelings from pride, of having made it here, nervousness for my presentation, to tremendous excitement and elation for the events to come. The first thing I did was attending the Keynote session on October 7th by Mark Steigemann. who gave an inspiring talk on recent trends in automotive electronics, specifically, methods and need for connectivity amongst intelligent car systems. He talked about the very relevant problem of providing and ensuring inter-communication security amongst these intelligent systems.

I then attended the various paper presentation sessions, which was an enriching experience itself. The talks were clustered according to their domain and were conducted in parallel, which gave us attendees a multitude of relevant presentations to choose from. Each presentation that I listened to, was captivating and gave me riveting ideas related to my research and helped me broaden my horizons. During the two days of the RSP symposium, there were talks in all its major facets such as prototyping frameworks, software verification methods, embedded system design and hardware software partitioning. Apart from the pronounced boost to my knowledge base, attending these talks also help me grasp and assimilate approaches for effectively presenting one's ideas and work. Talking to a diverse collection of attendees, from Professors, Industry folks, to PhDs and grads, during the lunch and coffee breaks paved way for an amusing share of ideas and experiences.

I concluded my presentation on algorithmic aspects of hardware software partitioning, on October 9th, which was also the last day of ESWEEK 2015. After this, I took some time to go around and experience the beautiful city of cycles, Amsterdam. The ancient canals, numerous age-old museums and the quant shopping streets of Amsterdam were an absolute delight to visit.

Overall, I had an amazing experience in Amsterdam and had some very helpful directions for my current work as well as take aways on current trends in embedded systems. I thank the ACM SIGBED committee for helping me out with the grant, which helped make this possible for me.

Naman Govil
International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad, India

Special Issue on Medical Cyber Physical Systems workshop (MedicalCPS'15)

Introduction to the Special Issue

The following issue is based on the papers selected earlier to be presented at the Medical Cyber Physical Systems workshop (MedicalCPS'15) that was held in Seattle, WA, USA on April 13th, 2015. The workshop has provided a working forum for medical device specialists, including researchers, developers, and caregivers, from clinical environments, industry, and government with the goal of advancing science, technology, and practice to overcome crucial issues with medical devices, software, and systems and improve safety and efficiency in health care.

The papers and posters presented at the workshop has covered a broad area of topics, such as: model-based diagnostics, hazard analysis in robotic surgical systems, modeling of integrated clinical environments, closed-loop control of critical care systems, and medical imaging. Special attention was given to the advancements in the neuroscience engineering addressed in two wonderful keynote presentation:
- "Bidirectional Brain-Computer Interfaces for Restoring Neurological Function", given by Rajesh P. N. Rao, Director of the Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering and Professor of Computer Science and Engineering University of Washington
- "Closed-loop neurostimulation and on haptic feedback in robotic-surgery", given by Howard J. Chizeck, Professor of the Department of Electrical Engineering, and Co-Director UW Biorobotics Laboratory University of Washington

Alena Simalatsar
Rahul Mangharam
Roozbeh Jafari
Workshop co-Chairs

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