From the Editors: The First Year Report

No one will forget 2020. The pandemic forced most of us to stay at home and we all had to learn new ways to do things that we used to do in-person: conferences, classes, meetings, etc. Against the backdrop of this pandemic, we launched the SIGBED blog in April 2020 with an aim to provide an informal medium for discussing all things related to research on embedded systems. As we near one full year of operation of the blog, we would like to report on its current status and discuss its future.

Since its inception, the SIGBED blog has published twenty high quality articles on a variety of topics: cutting edge research, thought provoking ideas, conference reports, obituary and more (see the full list at Eleven articles were contributed from our team of regular contributors (listed at the end of this post) and the rest were from non-regular contributors in the community. Thanks to all of them!

Of course, such a blog is only meaningful if the articles published are widely read by the members of the community. So, if you want to support our effort, please encourage your colleagues and friends to check out the blog and subscribe (right side of the blog). Also, feel free to react and share your opinions by commenting on new posts. And you are of course most welcome to propose posts, or even become a regular contributor (get in touch at Note that we especially encourage contributions from students and early stage career researchers.

Now, what to expect from the SIGBED blog in 2021 and beyond? First, we hope to continue publishing high quality posts of all sorts. Then, since this pandemic is not over yet and with the environmental crisis looming over us, we’d like to encourage you to share your views on how you see the future: What will research on embedded systems look like in 2030, or even 2050? How do we get there?

Our current team of regular contributors is composed of as follows.

  • Tarek Abdelzaher (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA)
  • Stanley Bak (Stony Brook University, 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)
  • Linh Thi Xuan Phan (University of Pennsylvania, USA)


AuthorsHeechul Yun is Editor of the SIGBED Blog and Associate Professor in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Kansas. Sophie Quinton is Associate Editor of the SIGBED blog and a research scientist at Inria Grenoble, France.

DisclaimerAny views or opinions represented in this blog are personal, belong solely to the blog post authors and do not represent those of ACM SIGBED or its parent organization, ACM.

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