Dr. Xiaotian Dai


Research Associate
Real-Time Systems Research Group (RTSRG)
University of York
York, United Kingdom

Room CSE/123
Department of Computer Science
University of York
York, United Kingdom

xiaotian.dai (at) york.ac.uk


I am a research associate in the Real-Time Systems Research Group (RTSRG) at the University of York, UK. I am currently working on the MOCHA research project with Dr. Iain Bate. The MOCHA project focuses on modelling and scheduling of complex architectures with high performance and stringent timing requirements for next-generation communication stations. Before this project, I worked on the H2020 DEIS project, which involves model-based safety assurance (Structured Assurance Case Metamodel (SACM)) that is applicable to autonomous and cyber-physical systems, which was collaborated with AVL, Siemens, General Motor and Fraunhofer.

My research is mainly in real-time scheduling with a focus on improving system flexibility and adaptivity. I also do research to improve timing predictability of autonomous systems/cyber-physical systems to ensure safety and resilience. I make robots as part of my research or as my part-time entertainment. You can find more about these projects on this page: Robot Projects. I also have an educational blog on real-time systems, if you want to learn more about real-time / embedded systems, you can visit it here: Real-time System Blog.

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Xiaotian Dai received a PhD degree from University of York in 2019 (with Best Thesis). He joined real-time systems group in 2015 as a PhD research student, supervised by Prof. Alan Burns. His 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. He received a MSc in Control Systems from the University of Sheffield in 2014, and a BSc in Automatic Control in 2011.

Recent Events

  • Nov, 2020: (service) ICESS'20 Resource Management session chair
  • Nov 3, 2020: (conference talk) @ICCAD'20, online — Fixed-Priority Scheduling and Controller Co-Design for Time-Sensitive Networks [slides to upload]
  • Oct 2020: (call-for-paper) RTNS'21 is calling for participate, visit the conference website
  • Sep 2020: (service) RTNS'21 Publicity Chair & PC member
  • Apr 2020: (award) Best Thesis Award for my PhD thesis, University of York
  • Apr 2020: (service) ICESS'20 PC member
  • Mar 2020: (workshop) Present@Fifth Annual UK System Research Challenges Workshop (cancelled due to COVID19)
  • Feb 2020: (service) DSD'20 Design of CPS Session Chair & PC member
  • Oct 14, 2019: (conference talk) @ESWEEK'19, New York — A Dual-Mode Strategy for Performance Maximisation and Resource-Efficient CPS Design [slides]
  • Apr 2019: (service) ECRTS-AE'19 PC member
  • Dec 2018: (seminar) @ University of York, UK — Adaptive Task Scheduling of Real-Time Control Tasks [slides]