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, UK
YO10 5GH

xiaotian.dai (at) york.ac.uk


I am a postdoctoral research associate on the MOCHA research project working with Prof. Iain Bate and Prof. Alan Burns in the Real-Time Systems Research Group (RTSRG). The MOCHA project focuses on modelling, scheduling and allocation of complex many-core architectures that have high performance and stringent timing requirements, using novel methods including Digital Twins. The project is targeted for the next-generation 5G/6G communication base stations. You can know more about MOCHA on the project website.

Before MOCHA, I worked on the H2020 DEIS project in 2019 with Prof. Tim Kelly and Dr. Ibrahim Habli. The DEIS project involves developing of model-based safety assurance language (using Structured Assurance Case Metamodel (SACM); submitted as an OMG standard) and tools that is applicable to model-based autonomous and cyber-physical systems. This project was collaborated with AVL, Siemens, General Motor and Fraunhofer.

My research is mainly focus on real-time scheduling, cyber-physical system design and analysis with an emphasis on improving scheduling flexibility and adaptiveness. My reseach has lead to some novel scheduling and co-design methods as well as predictable hardware for system with timing requirements. I also work on timing predictability for autonomous, robotic and cyber-physical systems to ensure their safety, robustness and resilience.

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Xiaotian Dai is a research associate at the University of York, UK. He 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), where various flexible scheduling task models are proposed and implemented to investigate the scheduling impact on control performance. He received a M.Sc. in Control Systems from the University of Sheffield in 2014, and a B.Sc. in Automatic Control in 2011. He serves as a reviewer and a PC member for many top real-time, embedded and design automation conferences.

News and Events

  • (service) July 2022: Invited as the Web Chair of RTAS'23
  • (service) July 2022: Invited as a PC member (Artifacts) of RTSS'22
  • (service) July 2022: Invited as a PC member of ICESS'22
  • (conference) June 2022: @ Ada Europe'22 - “Resilience-aware Mixed-criticality DAG Scheduling on Multi-cores for Autonomous Systems”
  • (conference) June 2022: @ ACC'22 - “Discretization and Stabilization of Energy-based Controller for Period Switching Control and Flexible Scheduling”
  • (service) May 2022: Invited as a PC member of DSD'22
  • (service) May 2022: Invited as the co-chair of WMC workshop @ RTSS'22
  • (service) Apr 2022: Invited as the co-chair of the workshop: Innovative Defense Technologies in 5G and Beyond Networks Using ML @ MONAMI'22
  • (service) Feb 2022: Invited as a PC member of ECRTS'22 (Artifacts Evaluation)
  • (service) Jan 2022: Invited as a PC member of RAGE'22 workshop @ DAC 2022
  • (conference) Nov 2021: @ 6th Annual UK System Research Challenges Workshop — Digital Twin for Embedded & Real-Time Systems
  • (service) Sep 2021: Invited as a PC member of Ada-Europe'22
  • (service) May 2021: Invited as a PC member of ICESS'21
  • (conference) May 2021: @ RTAS'21, May 18 - “Digital Twin for Dependable Multi-Core Real-Time Systems — Requirements and Open Challenges”
  • (service) Apr 2021: RTNS'21 - invited as the Systems Session Chair
  • (service) Jan 2021: RTAS'21 - invited as a PC member (Brief Industry Paper Track)
  • (service) Jan 2021: Ada-Europe'21 - invited as a PC member
  • (conference) Dec 2020: @ 5th Annual UK System Research Challenges Workshop, Dec 10 — Overview of MOCHA project by Dr. Iain Bate
  • (conference) Dec 2020: @ RTSS'20, Dec 13 — DAG Scheduling and Analysis on Multiprocessor Systems (presented by Dr. Zhao) [Video]
  • (service) Nov 2020: ICESS'20 - Resource Management session chair
  • (conference) Nov 2020: @ ICCAD'20, Nov 11 — Fixed-Priority Scheduling and Controller Co-Design for Time-Sensitive Networks [Video]
  • (service) Sep 2020: RTNS'21 - Invited as Publicity Chair & PC member
  • (award) Apr 2020: “Best PhD Thesis Award” from the University of York
  • (service) Apr 2020: ICESS'20 - Invited as a PC member
  • (service) Feb 2020: DSD'20 - Invited as the Design of CPS Session Chair & PC member