Research Projects

Current Projects


  • Objectives: AMOR (Adaptable Model Versioning) proposes novel semantic-based methods and techniques to leverage version control in the area of MDE. The innovations of AMOR are manifested in three key research goals. Firstly, AMOR aims at precise conflict detection, i.e. previously undetected as well as wrongly indicated conflicts should be avoided. For this, we incorporate knowledge about the type of modifications the models have undergone and knowledge about the semantics of the modeling concepts used. Secondly, AMOR focuses on an intelligent conflict resolution by providing techniques for the representation of conflicting modifications as well as relieving users from repetitive tasks by suggesting proper resolution strategies. Thirdly, AMOR targets at an adaptable versioning framework, empowering the user to flexibly balance between reasonable adaptation effort and proper versioning support while ensuring generic applicability to various DSLs and associated tools.
  • Partners: Vienna University of Technology, SparxSystems Austria
  • Funding: BMVIT FIT-IT Semantic Systems [819584]
  • Duration: 2009-2011
  • Contact: Wieland Schwinger


  • Objectives: BeAware! proposes novel semantic-based methods and technologies to leverage awareness in large-scale control systems. The innovative character of BeAware! stretches over two unique but highly interwoven research goals. Firstly, BeAware! aims at achieving immediate awareness of current and future critical situations. For this, ontological representations of situations are developed allowing spatio-temporal reasoning on the evolution and similarity of critical situations. Supporting this, a framework is realized, facilitating efficient, computationally-tractable, and robust situation assessment for large scale control systems. Secondly, BeAware! focuses on instantaneous awareness about resolutions as well as pro-active prevention of critical situations by means of appropriate actions. The semantics of these actions is formalized by an ontological-representation which is homogeneously integrated with the situations they apply on. In this respect, a major emphasize is on the elaboration of action assessment, projecting and reasoning on the impacts of actions, which enables operators to be aware of the effects actions are likely to have on the environment under control.
  • Partners: team Communication Ges.m.b.H.
  • Funding: BMVIT FIT-IT Semantic Systems [819577]
  • Duration: 2009-2011
  • Contact: Wieland Schwinger


  • Objectives: Following the ultimate vision of effective collaboration in distributed control systems, CSI's main goal is to propose novel semantic methods and technologies leveraging collaborative situation awareness. Motivated by this overall research focus, CSI stretches over three unique but highly interwoven key research goals: (1) Supporting operators to gain relevant perspectives on mutually affecting situations and con-trol measures. (2) Ensuring scalable collaborative situation awareness to cope with a vast amount of inde-pendently managed information. (3) Enabling domain experts to consistently co-evolve situation awareness across multiple per-spectives to adapt to ever changing environments These challenging innovations are demonstrated by means of a prototype and case study in the domain of urban, inter-modal traffic management in the city of Linz. In this way, CSI shall serve as both a research vehicle and a test bed and, at the same time, as a showcase for a succeeding industrial exploitation. .
  • Partners: ASFINAG, Linz Linien, Magistrat Linz, Stadtpolizeikommando Linz, team Gmbh (Frequentis), CNS (Frequentis), Heusch-Bösefeldt
  • Funding: BMVIT FIT-IT Semantic Systems [829598]
  • Duration: 201-2013
  • Contact: Wieland Schwinger

HWS-PAS: Highway in the Sky - Piloten Assistenz System

  • Objectives: HWS-PAS aims at the development of a prototypical pilot assistens system using augmented reality techniques. The system should provide support for navigation and control, dynamic route planning considering mobile obstacles, weather / wind conditions, start/landing phases based on multiple sensor data integration and computer vision techniques.
  • Partners: Aerospy Sense & Avoid Technology GmbH, Austrian Institute of Technology – Safety & Security, Novotech, HB Flugtechnik
  • Funding: BMVIT/FFG Programmlinie TakeOff
  • Duration: April 2010 - April 2012
  • Contact: Gabriele Kotsis


  • Objectives: The main goal of our research project Proflow is to propose novel semantic-based methods and technologies to leverage situation awareness during modeling, execution, and optimization of workflows, and thereby even go beyond the vision of context-aware workflows [2], as described below. These challenging innovations will be realized by means of a WorkAware prototype and a case study in the domain of personnel scheduling in rail management, as well as workflow management for the financial sector. The unique character of WorkAware stems not least from being rooted in several traditionally disparate research fields such as situation and context awareness, workflow modeling and management, ontology engineering and evolution, and qualitative reasoning. Motivated by this overall research focus, WorkAware stretches over three unique but highly interwoven key research goals as depicted in Figure 2. On the basis of these, a number of research challenges are derived in the following. By tackling these challenges, WorkAware is expected to provide a series of significant contributions to the research areas identified above.
  • Partners: Prologics GmbH
  • Funding: BMVIT FIT-IT Basisprogramm
  • Duration: 2011-2012
  • Contact: Wieland Schwinger

SimRad.NBC, SimRad.COMP

  • Objectives: The danger of NBC-attacks is constantly growing. In case of a catastrophe, professional emergency groups (e.g. fire brigade), rescue units (e.g. Red Cross) but also volontary helpers are trying to handle it and to minimise its effects. In order to cope with new dangers and threats, "catastrophe-units" need to be well trained under realistic conditions. Up to now, it has not been possible to reproduce those conditions because of unknown human factors & reactions and especially because of missing technology (like serious holistic simulation technologies and methods which are able to integrate and combine existing catastrophe tools). SimRad.NBC aims at developing the basis for such technologies and systems in order to train NBC-situations and of course to handle them in case of reality. The project evaluates simulation techniques to (1) explore human and technical dependencies on important influencing factors (e.g. how does an ambulance man really react in case of an NBC incident and is he able to use the NBC-detection devices; is the system really working when hundreds of volontary helpers use the existing tools etc.) and then (2) in the near future develop a NEW, coherent and integrated system to train and support professional as well as unprofessional helpers. As the project is analysing models and human factors concerning catastrophes also in general, the new knowledge can also be used for other emergency situations (climate crises etc.) and for their tools.
  • Partners: Creative BITS Mihalits und Roth OEG, Traun
  • Funding: BMVIT - Kiras Sicherheitsforschung
  • Duration: 2007-2011
  • Contact: Gabriele Kotsis


  • Objectives: In the course of a FIT-IT project we will develop TheHiddenU, a social nexus for privacy-enhanced personalization brokerage, a system whose main goal is to exploit the encouraging win-win situation between social networkers and service providers with respect to personalization, by inventing semantic-based mechanisms to leverage techniques for integrating, profiling and privatising social content. The innovative character of TheHiddenU stretches over three unique but highly interwoven research goals. Firstly, TheHiddenU aims at providing a single point of access to social networks in terms of an integrated semantic representation of scattered social content by employing a hybrid integration approach for schema level and instance level. Secondly, TheHiddenU foresees semantic-based profiling mechanisms in order to discover the "hidden" you and brokerage facilities bringing together social networkers and service providers in a controlled way, thus enabling highly personalized services. Thirdly, TheHiddenU focuses on privacy concerns by providing social networkers with awareness and ample control regarding disclosure and usage of their social content.
    The solutions for these challenges are realized by means of TheHiddenU prototype and provide the technical prerequisites for a brand new, sustainable business model for the Social Web - personalisation brokerage. The method for evaluating TheHidden builds on three major pillars, comprising experiments, empirical studies, and a case study, which will be conducted in cooperation with our demonstrators. Thus, TheHiddenU will represent a research test bed as well as an industrial showcase for further commercial exploitation.
  • Partners: Vienna University of Technology, Netural GmbH Linz
  • Funding: BMVIT FIT-IT Semantic Systems [825070]
  • Duration: 2010-2012
  • Contact: Wieland Schwinger


  • Objectives: The aim of this project is to establish a framework called TROPIC (Transformations on Petri Nets in Color) for developing model transformations which tackles these limitations. First, TROPIC allows to specify model transformations on different abstraction levels, providing both a declarative mapping language based on UML 2 component diagrams which hides implementation details, and derived from that, an executable transformation language using Coloured Petri Nets. Second, TROPIC facilitates reusability by providing an initial library of generic transformation operators which can be bound to arbitrary metamodels and by allowing to extend this library on demand with new, user-defined, transformation operators, optionally composed out of already existing ones. Finally, TROPIC overcomes the impedance mismatch by supporting a dedicated runtime model in terms of Coloured Petri Nets, allowing for a homogeneous representation of all transformation artefacts (i.e., models, metamodels and the transformation logic itself), which fosters understandability and debuggability of model transformations.
  • Partners: Vienna University of Technology
  • Funding: BMVIT FWF [P21374-N13]
  • Duration: 2009-2012
  • Contact: Wieland Schwinger

Selected Projects in the Past

Austrian Grid - WP Mobility

  • Objectives: The Austrian Grid is a nationwide initiative to establish Grid computing in Austria. It combines Austria's leading researchers in advanced computing technologies with well-recognized partners in grid-dependant application areas. The Department of Telekooperation is leading a workpackage to study aspects of mobility in grid environments. The objectives are to study the potentials and technical feasibility of integrating mobile nodes into the grid. Demonstrations scenarios and prototypes of mobile node integration will be developed, ranging from the integration of mobile nodes for notification and control of grid jobs up to scenarios of ad hoc grids constituted by mobile nodes. The performance, efficiency, and effectiveness of mobile node integration will be evaluated.
  • Partners: 44 Austrian and international partners
  • Funding: bm:bwk
  • Duration: 2003-2009
  • Contact: Gabriele Kotsis

Breitband Network Group

  • Objectives: Create a network of broadband infrastructure / service / content providers and users
  • Partners: 5 Upper Austrian reseach institutes, Upper Austrian Chamber of Commerce
  • Funding:RIO - Upper Austrian Program
  • Duration: 2004-2005


  • Objectives: Create a European Network of Excellence Acquiring, organizing, maintaining and spreading information on the “State-of-the-Art” in wireless sensor networking and related and/or supportive research areas
  • Partners: 32 European academic and industry partners
  • Involved Researchers from TK: G. Kotsis, I. K. Ibrahim, D. Schragl
  • Funding: EU FP 6
  • Duration: 2006-2007
  • Contact: G. Kotsis

EuroNGI / EuroFGI

  • Objectives: Create and maintain the most prominent European centre of excellence in Next Generation Internet design and engineering, leading towards a leadership in this domain
  • Partners: over 50 European academic and industry partners
  • Funding: EU FP6+FP7
  • Duration: 2003-2007


  • Objectives: Create the 'MEDINA PORTAL' in order to promote cultural tourism in different Mediterranean countries
  • Partners: 14 European and Mediteranean partners
  • Funding: EU EUMEDIS
  • Duration: 2002-2006


  • Objectives: Develop a semantic infrastructure for model-based tool integration
  • Partners: TU Wien, Arikan Productivity Group, BMfLV
  • Funding: Fit-IT Semantic Systems
  • Duration: 2006-2007


  • Objectives: Sense and avoid – develop a prototype of an unmanned miniaturized autonomous flying vehicle
  • Partners: AeorSpy, ICIE & DESREG JKU
  • Funding: Fit-IT Embedded Systems
  • Duration: 2006-2007


  • Objectives: Develop analytic and simulation models to predict the performance of web based information systems
  • Partners: Tiscover
  • Funding: FWF + industry
  • Duration: 2005


  • Objectives: Establish a Network of Excellence for a training program and courses in Web Engineering
  • Partners: 7 European / Latin American academic partner
  • Funding: EU FP6 Alfa
  • Duration: 2005-2007