Doctoral College Cyber-Physical Production Systems at TU Wien
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The following list contains a number of projects which are related to the doctoral college CPPS:

Balanced Manufacturing (BaMa)

Funding agency/program: FFG e!

Project runtime: 01/2014-12/2017

Balanced Manufacturing will develop a simulation-based method for monitoring, predicting and optimizing energy and resource demands of manufacturing companies considering the economic success factors time, costs, and quality. BaMa will be implemented in a customized tool chain and deployed at project partners’ production facilities. The flagship character of the project is illustrated by a systemic, comprehensive and interdisciplinary approach.

Christian Doppler Laboratory for "Software Engineering Integration for Flexible Automation Systems" (CDL-Flex)

Funding agency/program: Christian Doppler research society, Ministry for Science and Economics

Project runtime: 01/2010-12/2016

The Christian Doppler Laboratory for "Software Engineering Integration for Flexible Automation Systems" (CDL-Flex), lead by Stefan Biffl, aims at improving engineering support for Cyber-Physical Production Systems (CPPS).

An important aspect of exploring CPPS is appropriate support for multi-disciplinary engineering processes with an emphasis on the quality assurance of flexible automation systems. The general scope of research in the CDL-Flex is the analysis and improvement of software and systems engineering processes for the early detection and future prevention of defects that delay the development and increase the operational risks of software-intensive automation systems, such as industrial production plants. The mission of the CDL is the research and development of concepts, methods, and tools for the integration of engineering knowledge, models, systems and tools to enable applications for the system-wide improvement of engineering processes along the product life cycle of flexible industrial automation systems.

In particular, the following important solution trends to cope with software and systems engineering complexity are considered: (a) the application of mechatronic engineering approaches for systems engineering, (b) advanced knowledge representation and integration, (c) engineering process analysis and improvement according to VDI 3695, and (d) the emergence of collective intelligence approaches to effectively and efficiently elicit the knowledge of engineering teams.

Cyber-Physical Social Systems for City-Wide Infrastructures

Funding agency/program: FFG IKT der Zukunft

Project runtime: 10/2017-03/2020

The CitySPIN project aims to create a platform for cyber-physical social systems in order to facilitate innovative Smart City infrastructure services. The project is at the forefront of cyber-physical systems research and aims to extend those systems with a social dimension (i.e., cyber-physical social systems).

Cloud-based Rapid Elastic Manufacturing (CREMA)

Funding agency/program: European Commission, Horizon 2020

Project runtime: 01/2015-12/2017

CREMA (Cloud-based Rapid Elastic Manufacturing) is a H2020 Factories of the Future RIA, aiming at realizing Cloud manufacturing. Cloud manufacturing can move manufacturing processes from production-oriented to service-oriented networks by modelling single manufacturing assets as services in a similar way as Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) or Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) solutions. By modelling all process steps and manufacturing assets as services it is possible to realize cross-organization manufacturing orchestrations and integrate distributed resources and ultimately manufacture products more efficiently.

DigiTrans 4.0 – Innovationslehrgang zur Gestaltung der Digitalen Transformation in der Produktentwicklung und Produktion

Funding agency/program: FFG Innovationslehrgänge, BMWFW

Project runtime: 09/2016-11/2018

DigiTrans 4.0 develops a further education program in the area of smart product development and smart production. It aims at progressively introducing the participants to the vision of Industrie 4.0. For this purpose, the Faculty of Informatics and the Faculty of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering of TU Wien join forces to educate the companies on topics that focus on the integration of Business IT and Production IT as well as on the integration of all information flows in a value network. Accordingly, the DigiTrans 4.0 curriculum is characterized by an inter-disciplinary and modular structure following the motto "cross-over lectures for cross-innovation". The modules of DigiTrans 4.0 are the following: (1) Product Lifecycle Management, (2) Models and Methods for the Digital Transformation, (3) Industrial Communication and Automated Manufacturing Systems, (4) Value Networks, (5) Integration Engineering, and (6) Gender und Workplace 4.0. All these modules are taught in theory and practice using the Pilot Plant of TU Wien. Attending this program, the participants will have a broad knowledge on concepts and methods set forward for the digital transformation from the classical automation pyramid to a value network spanning over things, services, and humans.

Given the large size of the consortium, we are able to include companies with many different characteristics. This should foster the multi-disciplinary exchange of ideas and we expect to gain knowledge in the following areas: (i) joint development of new fields of applications in Industrie 4.0, (ii) expansion of TU Wien’s skill set by industry-related topics, and (iii) strengthening of the technological development skills and innovation skills in forward-looking areas of technology, such as Cyber-Physical Production Systems (CPPS) and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). Last but not least, we aim at fostering sustainable cooperations not only between academia and companies, but also among the participating companies.

Information Modeling in Automation (iModelA)

Funding agency/program: FFG EraSME/COIN

Project runtime: 05/2012-04/2014

iModelA aimed at defining a novel open information model for automation systems following the OPC UA standard. This model shall support innovative management applications spanning the domains of industrial automation and building automation. The project results were explicitly intended to be applied in practice. To this end, transformation from popular standardized information models were considered and a prototype implementation of the required design time and runtime tools was part of the project.
Evaluation of the results was based on demonstration setups using these prototypes.

InteGra 4.0 - Horizontal and Vertical Interface Integration 4.0

Funding agency/program: FFG ICT of the Future

Project runtime: 10/2015-09/2016

InteGra 4.0 implements a feasibility study focusing on the horizontal integration throughout value chains as well as on the vertical integration of networked production systems as identified by the German working committee for Industrie 4.0. Thereby, we build up from (i) the ISA-95 industry standard (ANSI/ISA-95; DIN EN 62264) to describe the vertical integration between ERP and MES systems as well as from (ii) the REA (Resource-Event-Agent) business ontology (ISO 15944-4) for the modeling of value creation networks between different companies, i.e., the horizontal integration.

InteGra 4.0 involves production companies of the steel industry as well as software companies in order to accommodate different views on urgent research topics and to get a better understanding of open demands on vertical and horizontal integration in these domains.

Multi-Paradigm Modelling for Cyber-Physical Systems (MPM4PS)

Funding agency/program: European Science Foundation, ICT COST Action

Project runtime: 11/2014-11/2018

Truly complex, designed systems, known as Cyber Physical Systems (CPS), are emerging that integrate physical, software, and network aspects. To date, no unifying theory nor systematic design methods, techniques and tools exist for such systems. Individual (mechanical, electrical, network or software) engineering disciplines only offer partial solutions.

Multi-paradigm Modelling (MPM) proposes to model every part and aspect of a system explicitly, at the most appropriate level(s) of abstraction, using the most appropriate modelling formalism(s). Modelling languages’ engineering, including model transformation, and the study of their semantics, are used to realize MPM. MPM is seen as an effective answer to the challenges of designing CPS.

The goal of this COST action is to promote the sharing of foundations, techniques, and tools and to provide educational resources, to both academia and industry. This will be achieved by bringing together and disseminating knowledge and experiments on CPS problems and MPM solutions.


Funding agency/program: FFG Produktion der Zukunft

Project runtime: 04/2014-03/2016

The development of generic OPC UA information models for the components of a flexible manufacturing cell like numerically controlled machine tools and robots is a promising way to improve connectivity between these components and the overlaying cell controller. The semantic interfaces provided by information models facilitate the configuration and reconfiguration of such a manufacturing cell by means of exposing an abstract but yet unified representation of the relevant attributes, operations and events of each component.

Secure and Semantic Web of Automation (SeWoA)

Funding agency/program: FFG IKT der Zukunft

Project runtime: 01/2014-12/2015

Secure and Semantic Web of Automation (SeWoA) addresses interoperability issues that arise due to the plethora of commonly used home and building automation systems by realizing the idea of universally interconnected things through the use of Semantic Web technologies. Heart of the project is the design of a semantic integration layer and the definition of a suitable ontology. Resting above, secure communication services and a semantic querying interface form the basis for domain-wide and cross-domain applications in the context of energy management systems and smart grids. The concept of the architecture is to be validated by a reference implementation. Results of the project are delivered to standardization bodies.

SemI 4.0

Funding agency/program: ECSEL Joint Undertaking

Project runtime: 05/2016-04/2019

The goal of SemI 4.0 is to achieve "Smart Sustainable and Integrated Production". Infineon’s semiconductor fabs consist of many process steps and a variety of different products. To improve efficiency and quality output of a fab, one major goal is to detect critical deviations as early as possible in the production process. TUW learns a correlations model from the humongous, big data stored by Infineon during fabrication. It enables an automatic approach for finding correlations between critical deviations in wafer test data at the end of the process and process control data early in the process to identify critical processes / machine parameters.

Web-based Communication in Automation (WebCom)

Funding agency/program: FFG EraSME/COIN

Project runtime: 02/2010-01/2012

Interoperability has become a key factor in modern automation systems. In this context, the OPC standards provided by the OPC foundation are most prominent. While classical DCOM based specifications like OPC Data Access (DA) are dedicated to Windows based systems, the upcoming OPC Unified Architecture (OPC UA) specification provides platform-independence thanks to the use of Web-based technologies. Moreover it also includes a meta model guaranteeing interoperability not only on the protocol level but also regarding the semantics of exchanged data. The resulting increased complexity of OPC UA is an entry barrier for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). Therefore, the EraSME project "Web-based Communication in Automation" (WebCom) has thoroughly analyzed the OPC UA specification and provided concentrated information for SMEs. This includes evaluating OPC UA and comparing it with alternative approaches as well as providing guidelines and enhanced information models for its use. Additionally, laboratories have been set up that allow a distributed interoperability testing over the Internet. On the road of the project, all tasks were solved in close cooperation between SMEs and participating Research and Development Organizations (RTOs).