"The Internet of Important Things"
by Edward A. Lee, U.C. Berkeley

Cyber-physical systems are integrations of computation, communication networks, and physical dynamics. Applications include manufacturing, transportation, energy production and distribution, biomedical, smart buildings, and military systems, to name a few. Increasingly, today, such systems leverage Internet technology, despite a significant mismatch in technical objectives. A major challenge today is to make this technology reliable, predictable, and controllable enough for "important" things, such as safety-critical and mission-critical systems. In this talk, I will analyze how emerging technologies can translate into better models and better engineering methods for this evolving Internet of important things. I will focus particularly on how the design of software and embedded computing systems needs to change to reliably interact with physical processes.

Edward A. Lee is the Robert S. Pepper Distinguished Professor in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS) department at U.C. Berkeley. His research interests center on design, modeling, and analysis of embedded, real-time computational systems. He is the director of the nine-university TerraSwarm Research Center (, a director of Chess, the Berkeley Center for Hybrid and Embedded Software Systems, and the director of the Berkeley Ptolemy project. From 2005-2008, he served as chair of the EE Division and then chair of the EECS Department at UC Berkeley. He is co-author of six books and hundreds of papers. He has led the development of several influential open-source software packages, notably Ptolemy and its various spinoffs. He received the B.S. degree in Computer Science from Yale University in 1979, the S.M. degree in EECS from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1981, and the Ph.D. degree in EECS from UC Berkeley in 1986. From 1979 to 1982 he was a member of technical staff at Bell Telephone Laboratories in Holmdel, New Jersey, in the Advanced Data Communications Laboratory. He is a co-founder of BDTI, Inc., where he is currently a Senior Technical Advisor, and has consulted for a number of other companies. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, was an NSF Presidential Young Investigator, and won the 1997 Frederick Emmons Terman Award for Engineering Education.

Invited Talk

"Building a software company in Europe - and leassons learnt doing so"
by Knut Degen, Co-Founder & CEO of SYSGO AG

Knut will give an inside view how SYSGO grew from a 3 people engineering services company to a 100+ employees solution supplier, describing the ups and downs in company history and decisions taken at turning points.

Knut Degen is Co-Founder & CEO of SYSGO AG. Since 1991, SYSGO provides operating systems and services for embedded systems. In the late 90’s, the company pioneered the use of Linux in the embedded market with its ELinOS distribution. In 2006, SYSGO introduced PikeOS - today the leading non-US operating system for safe and secure devices and the world’s first SIL 4 certified hypervisor for multi-core processors. Since 2012 the company is backed by the Thales Group, a global solution supplier for critical infrastructure.

Today, Knut focuses on company strategy, research and technology. Prior to SYSGO he worked as a software developer for real-time operating systems. He is born in 1959 and holds a degree in Psychology of the University of Mainz.


The topics of this year's Summer School will be presented by the following world-class experts:

The structure of the Summer School is such that the participants will have the opportunity to intensely interact with the lecturers during the full duration of the summer school (during meals, breaks, evening activities). All lecturers will stay on campus during the full week.


The summer school consists of 12 courses spread over two morning slots and two afternoon slots. Per slot there are three parallel courses of which you can take only one. When applying for admission, you will be asked to indicate your preference.

The courses have been allocated to slots in such a way that it is in any case possible to create a summer school program that matches your research interests.