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Steven Xiaotian Dai


Dr. Xiaotian (Steven) Dai is a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in the Real-Time and Distributed Systems group. His research interests include timing analysis, task scheduling and allocation for multi-cores, and assurance of timing for autonomous and cyber-physical systems.


Xiaotian Dai received a PhD degree from the University of York in 2019 (with Best Thesis). He joined the Real-Time Systems group in 2015 as a PhD research student, supervised by Prof. Alan Burns. His PhD research involves cooperatively designing of control system and real-time task scheduling for Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS), where various flexible scheduling task models 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 Control Engineering in 2011.


Xiaotian Dai worked as a postdoctoral researcher on two research projects from 2019-2023. He worked on safety assurance of cyber-physical systems (H2020 DEIS project), based on an OMG safety standard SACM. He then worked on time assurance and optimization of 5G base stations (MOCHA project) to meet the low latency required by 5G uRLLC for safety-critical systems. He is a member of IEEE CS, IEEE RAS and ACM SIGBED. He serves as a reviewer and a program committee member of many prestigious real-time and design automation conferences.

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Department of Computer Science
University of York
Deramore Lane
YO10 5GH

Phone: +44 (0)1904 325500

Office: CSE/136


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