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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 lies 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, opens an external URL in a new window.

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




Publications of the CD Lab VaSiCS


Open Positions and Theses (PR, Bachelor's, Master's)

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Christian Doppler Research Association

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Linz Institute of Technology

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Land Oberösterreich

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Federal Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs

News & Events

News 28.02.2023

We won the SE 2023 Student Research Competition

Congratulations to Elene Kutsia and Philipp Bauer (represented by co-supervisor Lisa Sonnleithner) for their great bachelor's theses/work winning the first Software Engineering Conference 2023 Student Research Competition (place 1 and 2).

The selection of winners was based on the submission of a two-page summary of the bachelor’s thesis, which was reviewed by a committee of international experts as well as based on the presentation at the conference (as poster).

Bachelor Theses:

Analyzing and Refactoring the Modularization of IEC 61499 Systems (by Philipp Bauer, supervised by Lisa Sonnleithner and Rick Rabiser)
Clone Detection in IEC 61499 using Metainformation (by Elene Kutsia, supervised by Lisa Sonnleithner, Michael Oberlehner and Rick Rabiser)

News 14.12.2022

Successful two-year evaluation: Christian Doppler Lab VaSiCS extended

In November our Christian Doppler Lab VaSiCS was scientifically evaluated. The evaluation report we submitted before described the research results since the start of the laboratory in February 2021 and an outlook on the planned work for the next years. During the evaluation event we presented an overview of the research results and plans as well as selected details. The evaluation committee came to a very positive conclusion. Based on this conclusion and the decision of the CD-Senate, the CD-Kuratorium has approved the extension of the CD Lab VaSiCS for the next, three-year research period until Jan 31, 2026.

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The Christian Doppler Laboratory VaSiCS team
News 22.02.2021

SECPPS Workshop

Workshop on Software Engineering in Cyber-Physical Production Systems (SECPPS), collocated with the Software Engineering (SE21) Conference

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