ACM SIGBED Review (ISSN: 1551-3688)
Special Interest Group on Embedded Systems

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SIGBED Review, Volume 1, Number 1, April 2004


Message from SIGBED Chair
Message from the editors
Invited Contributions

Message from the Chair:

It is my privilege to introduce the first issue of SIGBED Review, the quarterly newsletter for SIGBED. Advent of this electronic publication is a milestone event for SIGBED. The Review is intended to become an important informational forum for our community. We selected the electronic form for publication, because it is more agile, easier to adjust to the changing needs of the community and it can arrive to you via email right after finishing the issues. Back issues will be available through our web site:

Being a new SIG, we have a lot of work to do. Embedded systems have been the most pervasive and successful field of IT, and it is widely recognized that the technology has strategic importance for the future of industry. The task of providing a meaningful forum for researchers and developers in this huge, diverse field is quite difficult - but extremely important. What we need the most are volunteers, who are willing to spend some of their time with serving the broader community.

We are pleased to welcome our SIGBED Review Editor, Tarek Abdelzaher, University of Virginia. Together with his Associate Editors, Oleg Sokolsky, University of Pennsylvania and Sandeep Neema, Vanderbilt University, they form a great team planning interesting and informative publications for the SIGBED members. I hope that you will take advantage of this service but also contribute to the Review and will help us to shape the future of SIGBED!

Janos Sztipanovits, SIGBED Chair

Message from the Editors:

Welcome to the first issue of SIGBED Review. This quarterly newsletter is intended to provide a quick publication venue for scholarly work in embedded systems. The field of embedded systems has been growing steadily as evidenced by the recent introduction of new ACM transactions and new conferences that address different facets of this important research area. Today, it encompasses fields as diverse as distributed shipboard computing on one side and nano-devices on another.

SIGBED Review is aiming to complement the current publication venues by providing a faster-paced forum for introducing original embedded systems research and for presenting significant contributions to the state of the art. Especially welcome are revolutionary or controversial ideas that generate discussion or fundamentally rethink established concepts and approaches. Being an online forum, SIGBED Review will offer decreased turnaround time from submission to publication and provide means of more efficient dissemination of ideas and experiences in the field.

Topics of interest to SIGBED include mathematical foundations for embedded systems, embedded system design methodologies, model-based generation and integration technology, models of computations, real-time systems, architectures and compilers, networked embedded systems, wireless sensor networks, hardware architectures, and secure embedded systems. Original contributions to the above and other related topics are solicited. Also, please tune-in for an upcoming series of special issues.

In this introductory issue, we have asked experts in the field to elaborate on their views on embedded computing challenges for the next decade. Their vision and opinions are presented. We hope the issue will provide insights into the most important research directions that might be undertaken by the embedded systems community in the foreseeable future.

Tarek Abdelzaher, Sandeep Neema, Oleg Sokolsky
The SIGBED Review Editors

Invited Contributions: Visions for Embedded Computing Research

Research Challenges in Embedded and Hybrid Systems
Insup Lee and Oleg Sokolsky

Middleware R&D Challenges for Distributed Real-time and Embedded Systems
Douglas C. Schmidt, Aniruddha Gokhale, Richard E. Schantz and Joseph P. Loyall

Open Challenges in Real Time Embedded Systems
Lui Sha

Newsletter Editors:

Welcome to the SIGBED Review. The peer-reviewed quarterly publication provides a dissemination forum for research on embedded computing. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, embedded software, embedded system architecture, model-based design, distributed real-time middleware, real-time architectures, feedback control, low-power computing, sensor networks, security, and embedded applications. Submissions on these and other topics should be sent by e-mail to Tarek Abdelzaher, .

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