The AIT Austrian Institute of Technology is Austria’s largest non-university research institute. With its eight Centers, AIT regards itself as a highly specialised research and development partner for industry. Its researchers focus on the key infrastructure issues of the future: “Energy”, “Health & Bioresources”, “Digital Safety & Security”, “Vision, Automation & Control”, “Mobility Systems”, “Low-Emission Transport”, “Technology Experience” and “Innovation Systems & Policy”. Throughout the whole of Austria – in particular at the main locations Wien Tech Gate, Wien TECHbase, Wien Muthgasse, Seibersdorf, Wiener Neustadt, Ranshofen and Leoben – around 1,300 employees carry out research on the development of those tools, technologies and solutions that will keep Austria’s economy fit for the future in line with our motto “Tomorrow Today”.
In the context of comprehensive and global networking and digitization the Center for Digital Safety & Security is developing modern information and communication technologies (ICT) and systems in order to establish secure and reliable critical infrastructure.
The center focuses on the following key technology areas: Cyber Security for Industrial Control Systems (ICS), Cyber Physical Systems (CPS) and Internet of Things (IoT), highly secure and highly available software and systems as well as next generation wireless communication (5G), advanced encryption methods (Quantum Safe) for virtual IT systems, data science for new approaches to modern data management (big data, blockchain technologies), as well as latest sensor technologies and systems for the protection of critical infrastructure, command and control systems for use in modern crises and disaster management, as well as property protection within critical infrastructure and digital identity management by state-of-the-art biometrics sensors.
In close cooperation with organizations from the industry, science and public sector, a strategic technology research as well as the development of prototypes up to the validation of applications in disruptive eco-systems takes place. The Center for Digital Safety & Security has a recognized position in national and international innovation programs of security research programs and is based on strategic partnerships with key national security actors (BMI and BMLVS), as well as in international industrial initiatives such as ECSO (European Cyber Security Organization) https://www.ecs-org.eu/, PSCE (Public Safety Communication Europe) http://www.psc-europe.eu/, EARTO/EUROTECH Security Group (task force of European research organizations in the safety context) http://www.earto.eu/ and ARTEMIS/ECSEL (European technology and research platform in the area of embedded and cyber physical systems) https://www.artemis-ju.eu/.
Erwin Schoitsch is Senior Research Fellow at AIT Austrian Institute of Technology where he works now for about 50 years, focusing on software process improvement and on development and validation of safety-related software-intensive systems with high dependability requirements. He is/was involved in many industrial projects and European research projects of the Framework Programmes FP6 and FP7 (now in Horizon 2020, e.g. the Innovation Action CP-SETIS on Standardization), and in the EC-ARTEMIS projects R3-COP (Robotics), SafeCer, MBAT, CRYSTAL, ARROWHEAD and EMC² respectively in the ECSEL Programme (ENABLE-S3, AMASS, SemI40, IoSENSE, AQUAS, Productive4.0, AutoDrive). Major issues of these projects are validation & verification, certification, standardization, reference technology platforms and interoperability specifications for complex safety critical cyber-physical (embedded) systems and systems-of-systems, with some focus on cross-domain applicability. During the last few years, safety & cybersecurity co-analysis and co-engineering became his important new research focus, particularly in the domains automotive, railways and smart production. Autonomous vehicles and their requirements are his predominant application sector now.
He is active in European Technology Platforms and international working groups (EWICS TC7, ERCIM, EPoSS, ARTEMIS, AIOTI and euRobotics Standardization WG), (co-) organizer of workshops and conferences on Dependable Cyberphysical (embedded) Systems, member of international and national standardization committees for functional safety and for cybersecurity of safety-related systems and IoT in IEC and ISO.
His main interest is the holistic approach to system dependability for Cyberphysical Embedded Systems and Systems-of-Systems, in particular safety, security and dependability performance co-engineering.
"Our mission is "technology for people". Through our research we "develop scientific excellence", through our teaching we "enhance comprehensive competence".
TU Wien (TUW) is located in the heart of Europe, in a cosmopolitan city of great cultural diversity. For more than 200 years, TU Wien has been a place of research, teaching and learning in the service of progress. TU Wien is among the most successful technical universities in Europe and is Austria’s largest scientific-technical research and educational institution.
The Institute of Computer Engineering's research and teaching activities focus on the area of cyber-physical systems and dependable embedded systems. Our activities are at the heart of the primary research area Technische Informatik (Computer Engineering) of the Faculty of Informatics, and integrate computer science, discrete and continuous systems theory, and microelectronics in a holistic approach. Major research areas are hybrid systems, real-time systems, fault-tolerant distributed algorithms, and dependable digital circuit architectures. Particular research activities range from formal/mathematical modeling and analysis over SW/HW architectures to microcontroller programming and FPGA/VLSI design.
With respect to teaching, the Institute of Computer Engineering is mainly involved in the Master and Bachelor curricula Technische Informatik (Computer Engineering), which offer a profound scientific-technological education in our fields of expertise.
Radu Grosu is a full Professor, and the Head of the Institute of Computer Engineering, at the Faculty of Informatics, of the Vienna University of Technology. Grosu is also the Head of the Cyber-Physical-Systems Group within the Institute of Computer-Engineering, and a Research Professor at the Department of Computer Science, of the State University of New York at Stony Brook, USA. The research interests of Radu Grosu include the modeling, the analysis and the control of cyber-physical systems and of biological systems. The applications focus of Radu Grosu includes distributed automotive and avionics systems, IoT, autonomous mobility, green operating systems, mobile ad-hoc networks, cardiac-cell networks, and genetic regulatory networks.
Before receiving his appointment at the Vienna University of Technology, Radu Grosu was an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science, of the State University of New York at Stony Brook, where he co- directed the Concurrent-Systems Laboratory and co-founded the Systems-Biology Laboratory.
Austrian Computer Society (OCG) is a non-profit association for the promotion of information technology with due regard to the interaction with people and society. The association acts as an interdisciplinary forum for current IT topics, it is an important and respected dialogue partner and has thematic leadership for socio-political IT topics. The Austrian Computer Society has many years of experience in the implementation, coordination and organization of major national and international conferences, events and networking activities.
Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) such as smart mobility, smart factories (or Industrie 4.0), smart grid, and smart health care, are recognized by academia, industry and governments as key science-and-technology drivers, with strategic importance and profound impact for Austria. The goal of this working group is to increase the awareness about CPS in Austria and the world, and build a thriving CPS community. This community should link academia, industry and government, and address the scientific and economic challenges for the successful implementation of CPS.
The CPS working group is collaborating with other working groups such as communication networks and the cloud, towards the much anticipated Internet of Things.
Dr. Ronald Bieber has been General Secretary of the OCG since 2011. Prior to that, he was project manager (IPMA level B and PMP) at Siemens and ATOS for IT projects. In the years 2003 to 2006 he led the AIT Projects such as an evaluation for Austrian security research, transfer of technology at Viennese universities, and the establishment of a technology transfer project for AIT. From 2000 to 2003 he was a project manager for German participation in the ESA satellite project Herschel. He completed his PhD at one of the Joint Research Centers of the European Union in Belgium, after which he was to conduct basic research for another two years as a research associate in Groningen.