Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 8:45am to 9:45am
KEC 1007

Speaker Information

Haibo Zeng
Assistant Professor
McGill University


Safety-critical embedded systems, e.g., avionics, automotive, and medical devices, must tightly integrate and coordinate embedded computing systems with physical elements in a timely and dependable fashion. The current design process leverages results from the real-time scheduling theory, which considers tasks or jobs (from the operating system concept of thread) as the units for the analysis and validation. As a result, timing is often considered as a “non-functional” requirement which will only be checked after the system integration, while it should be a correctness criterion starting from the functional design. In addition, the constantly growing complexity of embedded systems coupled with the tight cost and short time-to-market often results in long design iterations to improve the design and fix errors, and ultimately sub-optimal solutions.

We propose to make time a first-class citizen of system design, and consider timing in the design synthesis from the functional models. Different from the traditional research in real-time systems community, the task (or threads) model becomes an intermediate artifact, and the timing analysis becomes part of a synthesis problem. We will focus on the Synchronous Reactive (SR) model, since it is very popular for modeling safety-critical embedded applications. We will automate the design optimization and synthesis of automotive systems that go from system-level modeling to correct, predictable, and efficient implementation. The implementation will be targeted at all kinds of practical architecture platforms, including single-core, multi-core, time-triggered distributed systems, and distributed systems without synchronized clocks.

Speaker Bio

Haibo Zeng is currently an Assistant Professor at McGill University, Canada. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences from University of California at Berkeley, a B.E. and M.E. in Electrical Engineering from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. He was a senior researcher at General Motors R&D until October 2011. His research interests are design methodology, analysis, and optimization for embedded systems, cyber-physical systems, and real-time systems. His work has received three best paper awards in the above fields.