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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 05.12.2022

SE 2023 Student Research Competition

Submissions of 2 members of CDL VaSiCS, Elene Kutsia and Philipp Bauer, were accepted at the Student Research Competition of the Software Engineering Konferenz 2023. Both submissions are based on their Bachelor's theses and have been peer-reviewed by renowned researchers. Despite just being at the end of the Bachelor studies, both students will present a poster at this scientific conference. Congratulations, we are very proud of you!

* Philipp Bauer: Analyzing and Refactoring the Modularization of IEC 61499 Systems. Student Research Competition Poster. Software Engineering 2023, GI, 2023.

* Elene Kutsia: Clone Detection in IEC 61499 using Metainformation. Student Research Competition Poster. Software Engineering 2023, GI, 2023.

News 16.11.2022

VaMoS to Odense

We congratulate Shubham Sharma and Hafiyyan Sayyid Fadhlillah (and all co-authors) for getting their papers accepted at the 17th International Working Conference on Variability Modelling of Software-Intensive Systems (VaMoS 2023) to be held in Odense, Denmark, Jan 25-27, 2023. Hafiyyan Sayyid Fadhlillah also got a talk accepted, in which he will present a paper of his which was already published in 2022.

Hafiyyan Sayyid Fadhlillah, Kevin Feichtinger, Antonio Manuel Gutiérrez Fernández and Rick Rabiser: Dynamic Product Configuration User Interface: A Vision Motivated by the Cyber-Physical Production Systems Domain.

Shubham Sharma, Hafiyyan Sayyid Fadhlillah, Antonio Manuel Gutiérrez Fernández, Rick Rabiser and Alois Zoitl: Modularization Technique to Support Software Variability in Cyber-Physical Production Systems.

(Talk) Hafiyyan Sayyid Fadhlillah, Kevin Feichtinger, Kristof Meixner, Lisa Sonnleithner, Rick Rabiser and Alois Zoitl: Towards Multidisciplinary Delta-Oriented Variability Management in Cyber-Physical Production Systems.

News 19.09.2022

CDL VaSiCS and LIT CPS Lab at SPLC 2022

From Sept 12-16, 2022 we presented 4 papers, 1 tool demo and 1 tutorial at SPLC 2022 hosted at Technische Universität Graz:

Sayyid (Fadhlillah) presented his doctoral symposium paper on multidisciplinary variability management for cyber-physical production systems.

Antonio (Gutierrez) presented joint work (w/ Ana Eva Chacón-Luna, David Benavides and Lidia Fuentes) on a study design for the analysis of variability management in industry.

Dario (Romano) presented joint work (w/ Kevin Feichtinger, Uwe Ryssel, Danilo Beuche and yt) on transforming the universal variability language to pure::variants (https://www.pure-systems.com/) and back.

Chico Sundermann ThomasThuem Jose A. Galindo David Benavides Kevin Feichtinger Sebastian Krieter and yt gave a tutorial on the Universal Variability Language (UVL), a core result of the MODEVAR (https://modevar.github.io/) initiative.

Sayyid (Fadhlillah) presented our (Kevin Feichtinger, Philipp Bauer, Elene Kutsia, yt) tool demo on V4rdiac, tooling for multidisciplinary delta-oriented variability management in cyber-physical production systems.

Kevin Feichtinger presented joint work (w/ ChicoSundermann ThomasThuem and yt) on classifying information loss during variability model roundtrip transformations.

SPLC 2022 Group Picture
News 21.07.2022

Summer Teambuilding Event

Switching the office for a lake