CISTER (Real-Time Computing Systems Research Centre) is a Research Unit based at ISEP/IPP, Portugal. Since its creation in 1997, CISTER has grown to become a leading European research unit in the area. Between 2004 and 2007 CISTER was awarded the classification of Excellent by the National agency for Science and Technology. CISTER has an extensive participation in networks of research excellence and in industry-driven international research projects. CISTER has also a demarked history of contributing with seminal research works in various topics of real-time embedded computing.



CISTER focus its R&D activities in the following main research topics: communication networks and protocols; wireless sensor networks; cyber-physical systems; real-time programming paradigms and operating systems; distributed embedded systems; cooperative computing and QoS-aware applications; scheduling and schedulability analysis (including multiprocessor systems).



  • cyber-physical systems:
    • scalable data aggregation
    • low-power and embedded communication
  • wireless sensor networks:
    • QoS in low-power and low-cost wireless networks
    • dependable, functional and scalable wireless networks
  • real-time programming paradigms:
    • real-time parallel programming
    • energy efficient, dependable, time-critical software
    • contract languages for new verification approaches;
  • mixed criticality:
    • design tools;
    • integration of components of different criticality levels within the same hardware platform;
  • scheduling and schedulability analysis:
    • scheduling of parallel tasks in distributed, multi- and many-core platforms;
    • safe and efficient resource sharing



Mailing Address:

CISTER Research Centre

ISEP – Instituto Superior de Engenharia do Porto

Rua Dr. António Bernardino de Almeida 431

4249-015 Porto – Portugal

T: +351 228340502

F: +351 228321159



Building Address:
CISTER Research Centre
Rua Alfredo Allen, 535
4200-135 PORTO- Portugal

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