Christian Doppler Labor VaSiCS

Welcome to the Christian Doppler Laboratory for Mastering Variability in Software-Intensive Cyber-Physical Production Systems (CDL VaSiCS)

The CD Lab aims to conduct applied basic research focusing on methodological support for mastering variability in Software-Intensive Cyber-Physical Production Systems (CPPS). A key focus will be on the automatic handling of variability, e.g., analyzing existing CPPS artifacts from the design process of CPPS to automatically extract and model variability information and generating and configuring target artifacts, especially to better support system evolution and future changes in software and hardware platforms as well as tools. 

Our industry partner is Primetals Technologies.

The financial support by the Austrian Federal Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs, the National Foundation for Research, Technology and Development, and the Christian Doppler Research Association is gratefully acknowledged. We also want to explicitly thank our industry partner Primetals Technologies and the Upper Austrian Government.

Christian Doppler Lab VaSiCS


Johannes Kepler Universität Linz,
Altenberger Straße 69
4040 Linz


LIT Open Innovation Center (Ground Floor)


Univ. Prof. Dr. Rick Rabiser
Univ. Prof. Dr. Alois Zoitl


+43 732 2468 4363

News & Events
News 12.01.2022

 2 VaMoS Papers accepted

Two publications have been accepted at the 16th International Working Conference on Variability Modelling of Software-Intensive Systems:

In the first paper, "Hafiyyan Sayyid Fadhlillah, Kevin Feichtinger, Kristof Meixner, Lisa Sonnleithner, Rick Rabiser, Alois Zoitl: Towards Multidisciplinary Delta-Oriented Variability Management in Cyber-Physical Production Systems.", we present a Multidisciplinary Delta-Oriented Variability Management approach for Cyber-Physical Production Systems and its application to two real-world cases.

In the second paper, "Kristof Meixner, Kevin Feichtinger, Stefan Biffl, Rick Rabiser: Efficient Production Process Variability Exploration", we introduce an approach to combine structural and behavioral variability models and evaluate it in a feasibility study on a typical manufacturing work line in automotive production.

We congratulate all co-authors and want to thank them for the cooperation.

News 18.11.2021

IECON 2021 Paper resulting from a collaboration with TU Munich published

Our paper B. Vogel-Heuser, E.-M. Neumann, A. Zoitl, A. M. Gutierrez Fernandez, R. Rabiser, and H. S. Fadhlillah, "An International Case Study on Control Software Development in Large-Scale Plant Manufacturing Companies of One Industrial Sector at Different Locations", which resulted from a collaboration of the CD lab with TU Munich (AIS, Prof. Birgit Vogel-Heuser) was now published as part of the Proceedings of the 47th Annual Conference of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society (IECON). In this paper, we report the results of an international questionnaire study focusing on control software development in large manufactoring companies.

News 18.11.2021

Presentation at Software Engineering 2022

Our submission has been accepted and we will thus (virtually) present our (Bianca Wiesmayr, Alois Zoitl, Rick Rabiser) MoDELS 2021 Paper "Assessing the Usefulness of a Visual Programming IDE for Large-Scale Automation Software" also at the Software Engineering 2022 conference. An online version can be found here: link.

News 12.11.2021

e & i article published

Our (Antonio Gutiérrez, Lisa Sonnleithner, Alois Zoitl, and Rick Rabiser) article "Ansätze zur Beherrschung der Variabilität in Software-intensiven Cyber-Physischen Produktionssystemen" (Approaches to mastering variability in software-intensive Cyber-Physical Production Systems), which describes our current work in the CD lab (in German), has been published in the Springer Journal e & i (Elektrotechnik und Informationstechnik).