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 currently working on the MOCHA research project with Dr. Iain Bate in the Real-Time Systems Research Group (RTSRG). 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 in 2019, which involves model-based safety assurance (using Structured Assurance Case Metamodel (SACM) OMG standard) that is applicable to autonomous and cyber-physical systems, collaborating with AVL, Siemens, General Motor and Fraunhofer.

My research is mainly on real-time scheduling and system design with a focus on improving system flexibility and adaptiveness. I also work on improving timing predictability of autonomous systems/cyber-physical systems to ensure safety, robustness and resilience.

As part of my research and as a hobby, I build robots in part-time. You can find more about these projects on this page: robot projects. I also write educational blogs on real-time and embedded systems, which can be found here: Real-time system blog. I maintain a conference tracking page on real-time/embedded systems, design automation and robotics here: conference tracking.

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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). Various 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

  • Jan 2021: (service) RTAS 2021 Brief Industry Paper Track PC member
  • Jan 2021: (service) Ada-Europe'21 PC member
  • Dec 2020: (workshop) 10 Dec 2020 @ Fifth Annual UK System Research Challenges Workshop — Overview of MOCHA project by Dr. Iain Bate
  • Dec 2020: (conference) 13 Dec 2020 @ RTSS'20 — DAG Scheduling and Analysis on Multiprocessor Systems (presented by my colleague Dr. Zhao) [Video]
  • Nov 2020: (service) ICESS'20 Resource Management session chair
  • Nov 2020: (conference) 11 Nov 2020 @ ICCAD'20 — Fixed-Priority Scheduling and Controller Co-Design for Time-Sensitive Networks [Video]
  • Oct 2020: (cfp) RTNS'21 is calling for participate: [conference website]
  • Sep 2020: (service) RTNS'21 Publicity Chair & PC member
  • Apr 2020: (award) Best Thesis Award for my PhD thesis from University of York
  • Apr 2020: (service) ICESS'20 PC member
  • Feb 2020: (service) DSD'20 Design of CPS Session Chair & PC member
  • Oct 2019: (conference) @ 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]