Welcome to Xootic.org!

Xootic is the association of alumni and trainees of the OOTI (“Ontwerpersopleiding Technische Informatica”, lit. Designers course Software Technology) program, which is one of the post-masters programs in technological design of Eindhoven University of Technology.

Xootic’s efforts are directed towards organizing various activities, providing the program and its trainees with practical information, and increasing the familiarity of the industry with the OOTI program. This information server is intended to acquaint outsiders with the existence of Xootic and to inform members about current activities.

X-Day 2015

It is time for our annual social event: X-Day 2015! This year we are going to relax with bowling and food! A nice afternoon for everyone: grown-ups and kids.
Date:       Saturday, 17 October
Location: Mega Bowling Woensel, Vijfkamplaan 6 in Eindhoven
15:00 – 17:00: Bowling
17:00 – 19.00: Dinner

For subscription details, please check the mail in your inbox.

Hope to see you there!

Lecture Event on Model Driven Engineering

Date & Location Tuesday 11 November 2014 @ ASML Building 7, De Run 6501, Veldhoven
Schedule 17:30 Welcome – featuring a mini-exposition of “30 years ASML” in building 7 at the reception
18:00 Dinner
19:00 Wilbert Alberts: The challenges in Applying  Model Based System  Engineering  at ASML
19:30 Markus Völter: DSLs – the state of the art in 2014
20:30 Informal drinks, giving you the chance to network with other Xootic members and discuss with the speakers
21:30 End
Abstract DSLs – the state of the art in 2014
Domain Specific Languages are an old idea: align a language with a
particular domain, and you get better expressiveness of the language
relative to that domain. You can write more concise, more analyzable
programs and also synthesize executable code. However, over the last
years, the tools for building DSLs have matured to the point where you
can build non-trivial languages, compose and extend them modularly,
and use diverse notations such as text, prose, tables, math and graphics,
all in a single model. In this talk I will provide a perspective on the state
of the art of DSLs in 2014, focussing mostly on our recent experience
with JetBrains MPS. The session will be a few slides, and mostly demos.
Bios Bio of Markus Völter:
Dr. Markus Völter is an authority in the field of Model Driven Engineering, Domain Specific Languages and Language Engineering. He is an often-asked speaker at various conferences such as Code Generation, EclipseCon, and SPLASH. He is also the author of the DSL Engineering book and one of the founders of mbeddr (mbeddr.com) as well as the Software Engineering Radio podcast (www.se-radio.net).Bio of Wilbert Alberts:
After an education in computer science, OOTI and a Phd, dr. ir. Wilbert Alberts PDEng started as an embedded software engineer at ASML. During his career at ASML, he gained practical experience in embedded software development. Wilbert has grown into the role of Software Architect and Team Leader of the Innovation Architects team. A team that is responsible for spotting innovations that can increase efficiency and productivity of ASML’s software development developers. Often this involves identifying and investigating means to exploit the benefits of Model Driven Engineering and its possible deployment in ASML.
Slides MPS and mbeddr presentation by Markus Voelter

Xootic website revamped

As you can probably see, the Xootic website has been revamped. The look is a bit different, because we are using WordPress instead of Joomla now. Moreover, we have an RSS feed now. Stay tuned for more updates.

Lecture Internet of Things

Date & Location Wednesday 8 October 2014 @ De Zwarte Doos, TU/e, Room 1.03
Title The Internet of Things: Cool technologies and scary business models
Schedule 17:30 Reception18:00 Dinner19:30 Lecture by Koen Holtman, Philips Research, followed by drinks (until 22:00)
Synopsis The Internet of Things is a vision of the future stating that all things will become connected to the Internet. The Internet of Things is also a huge hype: according to Gartner, this hype is now at its peak of inflated expectations. Even if we go beyond the hype to a more fact-based view, the Internet of Things remains exciting.In the first part of this talk, I consider technology. I give an overview of the most important technical developments that can help the Internet of Things. Then I share some of our experiences at Philips in advancing one specific cool technology: high-reliability low-cost wireless communication.In the second part, I discuss the business models that dominate the embryonic Internet of Things now, and make predictions about what will happen in future. Some versions of the hype predict that Internet-native business models will eventually disrupt every sector of the ‘things’ economy. In practice, product-centric companies will have to change some of their ways of working. They will have to face new competitors, but they are not doomed from the start. The system architecture of the future Internet of Things will be interesting, but maybe not beautiful. It will be shaped by competitive forces, and by the fact that the general public remains unwilling to pay for anything purely digital.

OOTI/ST 25th Anniversary festivities

Dear alumni,
We have the pleasure to invite you to our 25th Anniversary festivities, taking place on Wednesday, April 17, 2013.
Please find more details about the symposium “ICT for Smart Mobility” here: http://wwwooti.win.tue.nl/25Year/index.html.
Information about the Anniversary Dinner Party, including the official farewell of Nelleke de Vries can be found in the Xootic mailing you should have received on February 21st. (If you didn’t receive the Xootic mailing, please inform Xootic)
We hope to meet many of you.
On behalf of Johan and Ad,

Committees Updated!

The Xootic Committees have been updated with the results of the GMM 2012.

Magazine 14-1 (March 2012): Technological Innovations for Future Healthcare Environments

  • Technological Innovations for Future Healthcare – editorial
  • Appropriate Solutions for Future Healthcare Needs – Hans Hofstraat
  • System and Software Architecture in Medical Application of Pathology – Hans Kuppens
  • Shaping the Future of Health with Body Sensor Networks – Julien Penders
  • Abstract: Trends in Biomedical engineering – Peter Hilbers
  • Abstract: National infrastructure for patient information in the Netherlands: goals and challenges – Michiel Sprenger
  • Abstract: Robotics 4 Healthcare – Stefano Stramigioli
  • Results of the 2009 XOOTIC Survey – Chilo van Best

 Complete magazine (PDF)

Lecture Vector Fabrics

Date & Location

Thursday 3 May 2012 @ De Zwarte Doos, TU/e










Lecture by Mr. Jos van Eijndhoven, Vector Fabrics



Drinks (until 22:30)



Mapping applications into multi-processor system-on-chip: multi-threading and shared-memory behaviour



Multi-core processor systems have become industry-standard, not just in high-end computing but also in embedded systems. General purpose processors are combined with function-specific architectures to achieve sufficient computational efficiency. These trends have created highly complex systems which are very difficult to program. To take advantage of such processing resources,  application programs require both functional and data parallelization. Next to application parallelization, this presentation will discuss in particular the required underlying system support, with OS services for threading control, and hardware support such as cache coherency and memory consistency. Maintaining reasonable programmability requires both more software-friendly hardware architectures as well as improved tooling to support the application programmer.



Jos van Eijndhoven is co-founder of Vector Fabrics in February 2007. Before that he was principal architect at NXP Semiconductors Research, working on programmable multimedia hardware architectures and the associated mapping of media processing applications. He was leading the Processor Oriented Architectures research cluster since 2000, which in that time belonged to Philips Research. Inside Philips he participated in the regular reviews of the corporate patent portfolio, and received a patent infringement detection award in 2006. From 1984 to 1998 he was senior research member in the Design Automation group at the Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands. In 1986 he spent a sabbatical at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Laboratory, Yorktown Heights,

New York, pioneering the research on high level synthesis. He studied Electrical Engineering at the Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands, obtaining the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in 1981 and 1984 for research on mixed-level simulation. Jos is (co-)author of about 100 scientific publications in the domains of design automation technology and media processing architectures. He currently holds 15 worldwide patents.

GMM 2012

Dear members of Xootic,
The board would like to invite you for our annual General Members Meeting.
The meeting is planned for Friday, April 20, 2012 at De Zwarte Doos (TU/e premises, “Limbopad”, Eindhoven) from 20:30h – 22:00h.
We also would like to invite you for the preceding dinner, starting at 19:00h (reception from 18:30h) free of charge.
The agenda for the GMM looks as follows:
  • Agenda
  • Overview 2011
  • Financial Overview 2011
  • Discharge Board
  • Proposals for 2012
  • Budget 2012
  • Committees for 2012
  • Any Other Business
  • Closing
Please register for the GMM (and preceding dinner) via a mail to secretary@xootic.org
Regarding to the dinner: please indicate if you would like a vegetarian meal.
Kind regards,
    The Xootic Board.