Thursday July 21, 2022 at 2:00 PM CET, 9:00 AM EST

By Alois Zoitl (Johannes Kepler Universität in Linz, Austria)

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The importance of software for the functioning of machines and systems is growing steadily. The need for networking among each other as well as with higher-level systems (keyword IoT) is also increasing. This results in a constantly increasing development effort, including the associated costs.
This demands for new methods that allow to get this increasing software development effort under control. One such method is IEC 61499, which was created to simplify and improve the development of control programs for distributed automation systems. IEC 61499 defines a domain-specific modeling language that offers solutions for the demands of distributed functionality, adaptivity and improved software quality in control technology. This is not a new language, but rather a consistent extension of the existing IEC 61131-3.
The webinar gives an overview of the elements of IEC 61499 and how they can be used for the development of distributed control applications.

Presenter’s bio:

Alois Zoitl holds a PhD degree in Electrical Engineering with focus on dynamic reconfiguration of real-time constrained control applications and a Master degree in Electrical Engineering with the focus on distributed industrial automation systems from Vienna University of Technology. Currently he is a Professor for cyber-physical systems for engineering and production with the Johannes Kepler University, Linz. Before that he was the scientific research group leader for Industrial Automation at the research institute fortiss in Munich, Germany. Before that he was the head of the research field Distributed Intelligent Automation Systems (Odo Struger Laboratory) at the Automation and Control Institute (ACIN), Vienna University of Technology. He is co-author of more than 150 publications (4 books, 8 book chapters, 20 journal articles) and the co-inventor of 4 patents in the mentioned areas. He is a founding member of the open source initiatives Eclipse 4diac, providing a complete IEC 61499 solution, and OpENer. Furthermore, he is a member of the IEEE, and since 2009 he is an active member of the IEC SC65B/WG15 for the distributed automation standard IEC 61499. He was named convenor of the group in May 2015.