Keywords: {Real-Time Systems, Robotics, Cyber-Physical Systems}


I am a research associate in the Real-Time Systems Research Group (RTSRG) at the University of York. I am currently working on the MOCHA research project, which focuses on modelling and scheduling of complex architectures with high performance and stringent timing requirements. Before this I worked on model-based safety assurance (SACM) that is applicable to autonomous and cyber-physical systems. This work was worked in collaboration with AVL, Siemens, General Motor and Fraunhofer.

I was awarded PhD in 2019 in the Computer Science Department at University of York. I joined RTSRG in 2015 as a PhD student, supervised by Prof. Alan Burns and Prof. Neil Audsley. My PhD research involves cooperatively design of control system and real-time task scheduling for Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS). Flexible scheduling task models and methods are proposed and implemented to investigate the scheduling impact on control performance. I was awarded MSc in 2014 in Control Systems at the University of Sheffield, and a BSc (2011) in Automatic Control in China. During my undergraduate and postgraduate study, I was involved in a wide range of autonomous robot research and developments.

I am also a robot enthusiast and a strong believer in a future with AI & robots.

Find me on: | Google Scholar | LinkedIn | GitHub |


  • [Oct 2019] Conference talk: A Dual-Mode Strategy for Performance Maximisation and Resource-Efficient CPS Design @ ESWEEK 2019, New York [slides]
  • [Dec 2018] Seminar talk: Adaptive Task Scheduling of Real-Time Control Tasks @ University of York, UK [slides]
  • [June 2017] Conference talk: Predicting Worst-Case Execution Times in Long-Lived Real-Time Systems @ Ada-Europe 2017, Vienna [slides]
  • [May 2015] Seminar talk: Using Feedback in Real-Time Systems: A Literature Review @ University of York, UK [slides]
  • [June 2014] Seminar talk: Using ROS for Robotics Research @ University of Sheffield, UK [slides]
  • [May 2014] Seminar talk: AR Drone 2.0 as a Research Platform @ University of Sheffield, UK [slides]


Teaching assistant and course materials:

  • DART: Design of Analysable Real-Time Systems (Spring, 2019-2020)

(Previous) teaching assistant of the following modules:

  • EMRP: Embedded System Projects II (Autumn, 2016-2017)
  • EMPR: Embedded System Projects I (Spring, 2016-2017)
  • MFCS: Mathematical Foundations of Computer Systems (Spring, 2016-2017)
  • PROM: Programmable Microcontroller (Summer, 2015-2017)
  • ICAR: Introduction to Computer Architecture (Spring, 2015-2016)


Dr. Xiaotian Dai
Real-Time Systems Research Group (RTSRG)
Department of Computer Science
University of York
York, United Kingdom
YO10 5GH

Email: xiaotian.dai@york.ac.uk