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4DIAC Users' Workshops

The 4DIAC has been founded with the idea to support research activities and industrial adoption of distributed automation systems. During the last years, 4DIAC grew with new versions, added improvements and new features for the modeling of distributed automation systems as well as the corresponding runtime environment. Moreover, a special focus was on the performance improvement of the runtime system. Even more important, 4DIAC as an IEC 61499-compliant distributed control environment for industrial and research applications has proven to be a stable basis for further research towards the next generation of distributed automation and control systems based on open standards.
With this workshop we would like to bring the developers and users of 4DIAC together as the users are the main drivers of ongoing development activities. This event should provide a discussion platform to present novel research and achieved results based on the 4DIAC open source project. Moreover, new ideas and approaches as well as near future plans for 4DIAC can be discussed which turn this initiative into the position to become a larger framework for many application domains.

6th 4DIAC Users' Workshop

held in conjunction with the

20th IEEE International Conference on Emerging Technologies and Factory Automation (ETFA'2015), Luxembourg

Workshop Date: 8th September 2015

Workshop Organizers

  • Alois Zoitl, fortiss GmbH;
  • Gerhard Ebenhofer, PROFACTOR GmbH;
  • Thomas Strasser, AIT Austrian Institute of Technology;

Workshop Programm (Morning Session)

  • Welcome and Recent Activities of the 4DIAC Open Source Initiative
    A. Zoitl (fortiss GmbH)
  • Using IEC 61499 for Virtual Commissioning
    Dr. Thomas Hadlich, Venkata Naveen Bantu (Otto-von-Guericke-University Magdeburg)
  • Avoiding overwhelming external systems by events coming from IEC 61499 control applications
    Petr Kadera (Czech Institute of Informatics, Robotics, and Cybernetics Czech Technical University in Prague)
  • Integrating IoT for Industrial Applications using IEC61499
    Federico Perez, Marga Marcos, Dar?o Orive (Escuela Superior de Ingenieros)
  • Certified extensions to 4DIAC
    Per Lindgren, Marcus Lindner (Lulea University of Technology)
  • Modular machines implemented in 4DIAC
    Alois Zoitl, Monika Wenger, Milan Vathoopan (fortiss GmbH)
  • Open Discussion

Afternoon Hands on Session
"Programming Distributed Embedded Real-Time Control Systems with 4DIAC"

The half day workshop will be accompanied by a half day hands on session where the 4DIAC team will be available for detailed discussions and explanation on using 4DIAC as well as on implementation details. The following topics can be covered:

  • Short Introduction to IEC 61499 and 4DIAC
  • Guided small control application example
  • Implementing a control application for a simulated press
  • Extending 4DIAC-IDE
  • Overview on FORTE real-time execution and communication architecture
  • etc.

Own laptop computer is required for performing the exercises!


The ETFA 2015 Conference Organizers reserve a right to cancel a workshop if insufficient registrations. The cut-off date is July 15.


Technical Program Committee

F. Andrén, AIT, AT

I. Hegny, TU Vienna, AT

S. Meduna, nxtControl, AT

M. Melik-Merkumians, TU Vienna, AT


M. Wenger, TU Vienna, AT

Industrial Steering Committee

J. Fritsche, Bachmann electronic, AT

G. Kollegger, nxtControl, AT

K. Sandström, ABB, SE

A. Valentini, O3neida, IT

A. Voigt, Voigt+Wipp, AT

M. Wahler, ABB, CH