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 postdoctoral research associate working on the MOCHA research project with Dr. Iain Bate and Prof. Alan Burns in the Real-Time Systems Research Group (RTSRG). The MOCHA project focuses on modelling and scheduling of complex many-core architectures with high performance and stringent timing requirements, which is for next-generation 5G communication stations. You can know more about MOCHA project on this website.

Before MOCHA, I worked on the H2020 DEIS project in 2018-2019. The DEIS project involves model-based safety assurance (using OMG standard Structured Assurance Case Metamodel (SACM)) that is applicable to autonomous and cyber-physical systems. This project was collaborated with AVL, Siemens, General Motor and Fraunhofer.

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

As part of my research and as a hobby, I make robotic / electronic projects in part-time. You can find more about these projects on this page: robot projects. I have an educational blog on real-time systems. I maintain a tracking page of real-time / embedded systems conferences on this page: real-time systems 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 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 real-time and design automation conferences.

Recent Events

  • May 2021: (service) ICESS'21 - PC member
  • May 2021: (conference) May 18 @ RTAS'21 - Poster Session on Digital Twin
  • Apr 2021: (service) RTNS'21 - Systems Session Chair
  • Jan 2021: (service) RTAS'21 - PC member (Brief Industry Paper Track)
  • Jan 2021: (service) Ada-Europe'21 - PC member
  • Dec 2020: (workshop) Dec 10, 2020, @Fifth Annual UK System Research Challenges Workshop — Overview of MOCHA project by Dr. Iain Bate
  • Dec 2020: (conference) Dec 13 @ RTSS'20 — DAG Scheduling and Analysis on Multiprocessor Systems (presented by Dr. Zhao) [Video]
  • Nov 2020: (service) ICESS'20 - Resource Management session chair
  • Nov 2020: (conference) Nov 11 @ ICCAD'20 — Fixed-Priority Scheduling and Controller Co-Design for Time-Sensitive Networks [Video]
  • Oct 2020: (call-for-papers) 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 at University of York
  • Apr 2020: (service) ICESS'20 - PC member
  • Feb 2020: (service) DSD'20 - Design of CPS Session Chair & PC member

Past Events

  • Oct 2019: (conference) @ ESWEEK'19, New York — A Dual-Mode Strategy for Performance Maximisation and Resource-Efficient CPS Design [slides]
  • Apr 2019: (service) ECRTS'19 PC member (Artifacts Evaluation)
  • Dec 2018: (seminar) @ University of York, UK — Adaptive Task Scheduling of Real-Time Control Tasks [slides]