Subcommittee on Fault Tolerant and Dependable Systems


Julian Proenza, University of Balearic Islands (UIB), Spain
Sasikumar Punnekkat, Malardalen University, Sweden

Scope: Dependability, Reliability, Safety, Fault Tolerance, Redundancy Management, Dependable Distributed Systems, Formal Methods for Fault-Tolerant Systems, Dependability Evaluation, Integration of Fault Tolerance and Real-Time Response, Scheduling of Real-Time Systems in the Presence of Faults, Factory and Embedded Applications, and Case Studies.


Julián Proenza received the 'Licenciatura' degree in Physics from the University of the Balearic Islands (UIB), Palma de Mallorca, Spain, in 1989, and a Ph.D. in Informatics from the same university in 2007. He is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Informatics at the UIB. During his years as a lecturer he had additional academic responsibilities such as Secretary of the Faculty of Informatics and he is currently member of the Quality Supervision Boards of the degree in Informatics and the Master in Electronics Engineering, and Student Mobility Coordinator for the degree in Informatics. Moreover, he has been the academic coordinator of UIB in the Erasmus Mundus Projects ‘EUROWEB' and ‘EUROWEB +', facilitating scholarships for students on undergraduate, master, doctoral and post-doctoral level, as well as for university staff in academic or administrative positions, financed by the European Commission.
Dr. Proenza's research interests include Dependable and Real-Time Systems, Fault-Tolerant Distributed Systems, Adaptive Systems, Clock Synchronization, and Fieldbus and Industrial Networks. He is co-author of more than 70 publications in international scientific conferences and journals, and co-author of 2 patents. Papers co-authored by him received the best paper award at the IEEE Workshop on Factory Communication Systems (WFCS) 2004; and the best work-in-progress paper award at the IEEE Conference on Emerging Technologies and Factory Automation (ETFA 2012) and at WFCS 2014. He has supervised two PhD theses and is currently supervising two more. He has been involved in several national research projects, in some cases as a member of the research team and in others as main responsible for the project. He was a visiting researcher at Mälardalen University (MDH) in 2008, at Universidade do Porto in 2010 and 2012, and at Teesside University in 2012.
He has acted as Guest Editor for a Special Section on Industrial Communication Systems of the IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics in 2010. He served as Program Co-Chairman for the 2010 edition of the IEEE WFCS. He has acted as Co-Chairman for the Track on Industrial Communication Systems for the 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2014 editions of the IEEE ETFA Conference. He has co-organized several editions and more recently joined the steering committee of the Workshop on Adaptive and Reconfigurable Embedded Systems (APRES). He has also served as member of the Program Committee of several international conferences, including the International Workshop on Real-Time Networks (RTN), the International Workshop on Dependable Embedded Systems (WDES), ETFA and WFCS. He has acted as a technical reviewer for several conferences and journals. He is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and has been elevated to Senior Member in 2013. Within the IEEE organization he is one of the Co-Chairmen of the Sub-Committee on Fault-Tolerant and Dependable Systems of the Technical Committee on Factory Automation of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society.

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Sasikumar Punnekkat is a Professor of dependable software engineering at Mälardalen University, Sweden since 2007 and is the leader of the Dependable Software Engineering research group. He also has more than 15 years industrial experience as a Senior Scientist at the Indian Space research Organization, and was the Head of the Software test and reliability engineering. He was the recipient of the prestigious Commonwealth Scholarship and was awarded Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science by the University of York, UK in 1997 for his research on schedulability analysis of fault-tolerant real-time systems.
Professor Punnekkat is the program director of the Master Programs in Software Engineering at MDH. He is an active participant in several EU and national Projects and is also the coordinator for EURECA , a large EU-funded project for research and educational collaboration between Europe and Asia.
Sasikumar Punnekkat is a senior member of IEEE and has more than 60 research publications in international conferences and journals. He had co-authored publications which received best paper awards at Euromicro Real-Time Systems workshop (1996), WFCS (2000) and ISSRI(2010). He serves as a member of Program commitee for several conference and workshops such as RTCSA, QoSA,HASE,EFTS, QUATIC etc and was the PC chair for MUSE(SERPS)-2009. His research interests include multiple aspects of Real-time Systems, Dependability, and Software Engineering.

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Manuel Barranco University of Balearic Islands Spain
Ramez Daoud American University in Cairo Egypt
Radu Dobrin Malardalen University Sweden
Oliver Kleineberg Hirschmann Automation and Control GmbH Germany
Roman Obermaisser University of Siegen Germany
Paulo Portugal University of Porto Portugal
Markus Rentschler Balluff GmbH Germany
Michael Short Teesside University United Kingdom
Wilfried Steiner TTTech Computertechnik AG Austria
Jonny Vinter SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden Sweden