Dr. Xiaotian Dai

Research Associate

Real-Time and Distributed Systems Research Group (RTDS)
Department of Computer Science
University of York

Room CSE/120
Department of Computer Science
University of York
York, United Kingdom
YO10 5GH

Tel: +44(0)1904 325501
Email: xiaotian.dai (at) york.ac.uk


I am starting as a Lecturer (Assitant Professor) in June 2023 at the Department of Computer Science, University of York.

I am currently a Research Associate on the MOCHA research project, working with Prof. Iain Bate and Prof. Alan Burns in the Real-Time and Distributed Systems Research Group (RTDS). 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 and cache-aware scheduling. The project is targeted for key techniques of the next-generation 5G/6G communication base stations. You can know more on the MOCHA project website.

Before MOCHA, I worked on the EU 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); now is 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 current research is mainly focus on real-time systems and cyber-physical systems, focusing on timing analysis and improving scheduling flexibility and adaptiveness. My reseach leads to many novel modelling, scheduling and analysis methods as well as hardware for system with timing requirements. I also work on timing predictability of robotic and autonomous systems (RAS) 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 at York 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), in which various flexible scheduling task models are proposed and implemented to investigate the scheduling impact on control performance. He received an MSc with distinction in Automatic Control and Systems Engineering from the University of Sheffield in 2014, and a BSc in Automatic Control in 2011. He serves as a reviewer and a PC member for many IEEE/ACM real-time, embedded and design automation conferences and journals.


  •    conference    Dec 2022: @ RTSS'22 — I will be hosting the Workshop on Mixed-Criticality (WMC) virtually at RTSS 2022. See you there!
  •    event    Nov 2022: Call-for-participation: the 9th Workshop on Mixed-Criticality (WMC) will be held in December co-located with RTSS 2022. You can find the workshop program and information on registration.
  •    service    Nov 2022: Invited as a PC member of Ada-Europe'23
  •    paper    Nov 2022: Our paper, A High-Resilience Imprecise Computing Architecture for Mixed-Criticality Systems, is published to IEEE TC [Paper]
  •    conference    Oct 2022: @ ISoLA'22, I am giving a talk on Digital Twin for Real-Time Embedded Systems in the Digital Twin track session
  •    service    Sep 2022: Invited as the Web Chair and a PC member 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
  •    paper    July 2022: the first journal paper of my PhD student Jie Zou, reTSN: Resilient and Efficient Time-Sensitive Network for Automotive In-Vehicle Communication, is published to IEEE TCAD [Paper]
  •    conference    June 2022: @ Ada Europe'22 — “Resilience-aware Mixed-criticality DAG Scheduling on Multi-cores for Autonomous Systems”, presented by Jie Zou
  •    conference    June 2022: @ ACC'22 — “Discretization and Stabilization of Energy-based Controller for Period Switching Control and Flexible Scheduling”, presented by Dr. Tafrashi
  •    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 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 — presented by 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 the Publicity Chair & PC member
  •    award    Apr 2020: “Best PhD Thesis Award”, Department of Computer Science, 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