Giorgio C. Buttazzo

Professor, Computer Engineering
Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna of Pisa (Italy)

Position Statement
During the last few decades, real-time technology evolved in several directions, beyond the traditional field of safety-critical systems, including robotics, consumer electronics, multimedia devices, and entertainment. Significant novel methodologies and tools have been produced in the real-time research community and now time is mature to transfer such results to industry and academia for education and training. I believe that the Technical Committee on Real-Time Systems (TC-RTS) can play an important role to facilitate such a transition, by organizing special tracks in IEEE conferences, industrial collaboration days, workshops, advanced courses and tutorials on consolidated methodologies, as well as on emerging research trends.
Being actively involved in the ArtistDesign Network of Excellence, the largest network on Embedded Systems in Europe, I will work for reinforcing the interactions between Europe and USA on all aspects related to real-time systems, exploiting the existing network of industrial contacts for proposing integrated actions aimed at bridging the gap between industry and academia. In particular, I will improve the TC-RTS ability to promote international educational activities like summer schools, tutorials, and graduate courses.
Being also involved in editorial activities, as Editor-In-Chief of Real-Time Systems, I will work for disseminating high quality results as fast as possible, proposing special issues on emerging research areas, or for publishing relevant conference papers. Being very sensitive on students’ work, I will also promote workshops and educational initiatives to stimulate students in promising research fields.
Finally, to make the TC-RTS more useful to its members, I will work on structuring the current web site to make it a repository for all aspects related to real-time systems, for example to announce incoming events, point to relevant publications in different areas, or list existing methods, algorithms, and tools.
Giorgio Buttazzo is Full Professor of Computer Engineering at the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna of Pisa (Italy). His main research interests include real-time operating systems, scheduling algorithms, adaptive resource management, advanced robotics applications, and neural networks.
He graduated in Electrical Engineering at the University of Pisa in 1985, received a Master in Computer Science at the University of Pennsylvania in 1987, and a Ph.D. in Computer Engineering at the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna of Pisa in 1991. From 1987 to 1988, he worked on active perception and real-time control at the G.R.A.S.P. Laboratory of the University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia. From 1991 to 1998, he held a position of Assistant Professor at the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna of Pisa, where he founded and coordinated the RETIS Laboratory, one of the world leading research groups on real-time systems. From 1998 to 2005, he held a position of Associate Professor at the University of Pavia, where he directed the robotics laboratory of the Computer Science department.
Since 2001, he is leading a research on Adaptive Real-Time Systems within a European Network of Excellence on Embedded Systems (ARTIST, ARTIST2, and ArtistDesign), involving a large consortium of top European universities. In 2003, he was a co-founder of Evidence Srl (, a spin-off company of the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna providing software solutions for real-time embedded systems.
Prof. Buttazzo has been Program Chair and General Chair of the major international conferences on real-time systems, including the IEEE Real-Time Systems Symposium (RTSS), the Euromicro Conference on Real-Time Systems (ECRTS), and the ACM Conference on Embedded Software (EmSoft). He is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Real-Time Systems (Springer), the major journal on real-time computing, and Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics. He is Senior Member of IEEE, Chair of the IEEE Technical Committee on Real-Time Systems and member of the Euromicro Executive Board on Real-Time Systems. He has authored 6 books on real-time systems and over 200 papers in the field of real-time systems, robotics, and neural networks.