Welcome to SIGBED Blog!

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As computing becomes cheaper, faster, smaller, and interconnected, increasingly many aspects of our modern society—in transportation, manufacturing, agriculture, healthcare, etc—are dependent on a wide variety of embedded systems. This raises a lot of challenging and exciting research questions for the embedded systems community. With so much going on, it is sometimes difficult to keep track of recent innovations in embedded systems research. Beyond that, we see a need for a broader conversation on the societal impact of our research. The purpose of this blog is to provide a flexible venue for all these discussions. At a time when our society is grappling with a pandemic, which restricts much of us from travelling, we hope this blog can help freely exchange ideas in the embedded systems community.

What is the SIGBED blog?

Inspired by blogs in other ACM SIGs (e.g., especially SIGARCH and SIGOPS), the SIGBED blog is meant to be an informal medium for all things about embedded  systems—including summaries of interesting work, vision statements, industry trends, debates, community event reports, interviews, etc. 

The blog will be initially maintained by two editors, and a set of regular contributors, who are solicited from the community, will provide quality articles for the blog on a regular basis. The blog will welcome additional contributions from the community at large.

The blog is expected to publish at least one post from the regular contributors each month, along with other contributed posts from the community at the time.

Who signed up for regularly contributing to the blog? 

As of this writing, the regular contributors for the blog are as follows. We would like to express our deepest gratitude to these experts in various areas of embedded systems who agreed to provide posts for the blog.

  • Tarek Abdelzaher (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA)
  • Stanley Bak (Safe Sky Analytics, USA)
  • Alessandro Biondi (Scuola Sant’Anna Pisa, Italy)
  • Björn B. Brandenburg (Max Planck Institute for Software Systems, Germany)
  • Jyotirmoy Vinay Deshmukh (University of Southern California, USA)
  • Johan Eker (Ericsson, Sweden)
  • Nan Guan (The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, China)
  • Arne Hamann and Dirk Ziegenbein (Robert Bosch GmbH, Germany)
  • Gernot Heiser (UNSW Sydney, Australia)
  • Edward Lee (University of California Berkeley, USA)
  • Martina Maggio (Lund University, Sweden)
  • Renato Mancuso (Boston University, USA)
  • Florence Maraninchi (Verimag, France)
  • Miroslav Pajic (Duke University, USA)
  • Linh Thi Xuan Phan (University of Pennsylvania, USA)

How can you contribute? 

If you want to contribute a post, please email us (blog@sigbed.org) with a brief description of the topic of your planned post. 

Who are the editors?

The blog has been founded by Heechul Yun (University of Kansas, USA) and Sophie Quinton (INRIA Grenoble – Rhône-Alpes, France) who recognized that it can serve different and complementary roles to existing formal publication venues (e.g., conferences and journals) thanks to its flexibility and informality. After two years, the blog was handed to Stanley Bak (Stony Brook University, USA) and Chuchu Fan (MIT, USA) and since December 2023, this role has been passed down to Mitra Nasri (Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands). 

Building on this legacy, we hope that the SIGBED blog will continue to play a vital role in creating a more vibrant embedded systems research community. 

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