TCRTS Vice Chair Candidate

Scott Brandt
Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies
Professor of Computer Science
Jack Baskin School of Engineering
Computer Science Department
University of California
1156 High Street MS:SOE3
Santa Cruz, CA 95064


Scott A. Brandt is Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies and Professor of Computer Science in the Jack Baskin School of Engineering at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC). He is founder and Co-Director of the UCSC Systems Research Lab and co-founder and Director of the UCSC / Los Alamos Institute for Scalable Scientific Data Management.

Scott conducts research in a variety of systems-related topics with a primary focus on real-time systems and storage systems. His research in real-time systems has been devoted to addressing three problems: unifying real-time system scheduling to integrate best-effort, soft real-time, and hard real-time into a single system; solving the optimal real-time multiprocessor scheduling problem; and applying his real-time resource management principles to other resources in distributed systems. His research in storage systems has been devoted primarily to addressing questions of big data storage and I/O scalability and reliability. His work in both areas has been highly successful, with recent Best Paper awards at RTSS, ECRTS, SIGMOD, and HPDC, and the inclusion of the Horizon real-time I/O scheduler in NetApp's storage products and the Ceph distributed high-performance storage system in the Linux kernel.

As outlined in his Position Statement, Scott has always been deeply invested in the success of the IEEE, the TCRTS, and its conferences. He has over 130 publications, the majority of which have appeared in IEEE-sponsored venues, and extensive conference organizer and program committee service. As Professor, he has supervised 4 postdoctoral scholars, 13 Ph.D.s, and 22 MS's, all of whom continue to contribute to the broader research and engineering community in one way or another.

Prior to joining UCSC, Scott spent a decade doing research and development in industry. He worked at Honeywell Systems and Research Center, Alliant TechSystems Research and Technology Center, Secure Computing Corporation, and Theseus Research. At Honeywell and Alliant TechSystems, he worked on realtime image processing systems. At Secure Computing he worked on secure operating systems. Scott cofounded Theseus Research to pursue new ideas in asynchronous logic and circuit design. That work led to dozens of patents and is currently being pursued by a Silicon Valley startup founded to further develop the technology.

When he isn't working -- which his wife feels is most of the time -- Scott rides his motorcycle (mostly to and from work), spends time with his family, and tends to his garden and beehives. In 1982, he was Minnesota Junior Olympics Judo State Champion in his weight class. He won by default when nobody else in his class showed up, but he still managed to get injured while warming up for the tournament. If elected as TCRTS Vice Chair, he will apply that same commitment, determination, and drive to ensuring the success of the TCRTS and its conferences, activities, and members.


In my roles as Associate Dean, Professor, conference organizer, research group leader, team member, and student, I have gained many valuable lessons and skills essential for successful leadership of the IEEE Technical Committee on Real-Time Systems. As TC Vice Chair, I offer experience with the IEEE, the TCRTS, and its conferences, creativity in generating new ideas and addressing problems as they arise, and genuine enthusiasm for our conferences, our research, and our members, their research, and their careers.

I have always been deeply invested in and committed to the success of the IEEE, the TCRTS, and its conferences. Since 1999, I have served as an organizer for two dozen mostly IEEE-sponsored conferences, and PC member for 30 more. In 2011, I served as General Chair of RTSS and in 2010 as Program Chair. In 2008, I served as General Chair of RTAS and in 2007 as Program Co-Chair. As general Chair of RTAS in 2008, I served as de facto General Chair of the first CPSWeek joint conference. From 2006-2009, I served as TCRTS Finance Chair/Treasurer, and from 2009-2012 as TCRTS Finance Committee Chair. As Program Chair of RTSS 2010, I initiated a successful drive for corporate donations to the TCRTS with the result that we now have $40,000 in corporate donations available to support our conferences and other activities. I also Chaired the TCRTS Awards Committee, where I initiated a successful drive (since championed most effectively by Sanjoy Baruah) to get our senior members recognized as IEEE Fellows. I have also personally mentored many members of our community and actively pursue collaborations with researchers inside and outside of our community.

My vision for the future of the TCRTS, its conferences, and its members is threefold:

1. Maintain and build upon our past success: The IEEE TCRTS has been highly successful in developing new ideas in real-time systems and scheduling. For over 30 years that success has been on display at our conferences and RTSS continues to be the top conference in real-time systems and among the top 100 most cited publication venues in all of Computer Science (per Citeseer, which puts RTSS in the top 8%). As TC Vice Chair, I will do whatever I can to maintain and build upon that record of excellence.

2. Expand the scope of our activities: Our community has been extremely successful in exploring real-time systems and scheduling. In my own research, I have successfully applied the results of that research to local and distributed I/O and storage systems, with applications in big storage, cloud computing, and databases. As TC Vice Chair, I will work to expand the range of research topics included under the umbrella of real-time systems, with increased opportunity for all members of our community.

3. Broaden our impact: Despite outstanding research and technology transfer successes, our impact has been limited by a perception that our results are more theoretical then practical. As TC Vice Chair, I will champion the application of our results to other areas, educate the broader systems community about our research, bring people in those areas to our community, and recruit companies to learn more about our research and how it can benefit their business.