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Workshop #2: IEC-61499 standard status and current activities within the IEC SC65B WG15 (IEC-61499 Maintenance Team) ( IEC-61499 Standard Status)

The workshop will be held on Thursday 16th, 2010 in the Faculty of Engineering of the University of the Basque Country.

We can register at the workshop using the registration page of the conference (link).

The IEC has activated recently a new working group, called WG15, in order to correct, consolidate and complete, where necessary, the standard. Main objectives of the workshop are to:

1)  Present to the academic community the work already done and objectives achieved inside the
working group,
2)  Get their feedback as well as proposals and suggestions on the presented achievements,
3)  Introduce near future plans and objectives,
4)  Open discussion on future plans.
  • Alois Zoitl, Vienna University of Technology.
  • Martijn Rooker, Profactor GmbH.
  • Antonio Valentini, O3neida Europe.
16th September
Half day, afternoon
Time: Title/Speaker(s):
13:30 - 14:00 Introduction to the IEC 61499
Antonio Valentini, O3neida Europe

14:00 - 14:20 WG15 current activities and achieved results
James Christiansen, Holobloc Inc. – USA, WG15 Convenor

14:20 - 14:40 ICS-Triplex (part of Rockwell Automation) vision
Julien Chouinard, ISaGRAF – Canada

14:40 - 15:00 nxtControl vision
Horst Mayer, nxtControl – Austria

15:00 - 15:30 Coffee Break
15:30 - 15:50 End-user perspective
Pierantonio Ragazzini, IMA SpA – Italia

15:50 - 16:10 Standardization activities in the domain of Smart Grids and its relation to IEC 61499
Thomas Strasser, Austrian Institute of Technology – Austria

16:10 - 16:30 Function blocks in large cyber-physical systems: BHS and SmartGrid
Valeriy Vyatkin, University of Auckland – New Zeland

16:30 - 16:50 MT15 near future plan T
Alois Zoitl, TUW – Austria

16:50 - 17:30 Open discussion
Moderator: Antonio Valentini, O3neida Europe


Dr. Alois Zoitl

Head of Research - Agile Control Group
Automation and Control Institute
Vienna University of Technology

Gusshausstrasse 27-29 / E376
1040 Vienna, Austria

Phone: +43 (1)58801 - 37683
Fax: +43(1)58801 - 37698
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Alois Zoitl holds a PhD degree in electrical engineering with the focus on dynamic reconfiguration of real-time constrained control applications and a Master degree in Electrical Engineering with the focus on distributed industrial automation systems from Vienna University of Technology.

Currently he is the head of the Agile Control Group at Automation and Control Institute (ACIN), Vienna University of Technology. There he is responsible for a group of 9 researchers. He is co-author of 79 publications and the co-inventor of 4 patents in the mentioned areas.

Alois Zoitl conducted and led several industry-funded projects and participated in the national FIT-IT embedded systems projects µCrons and ?CEDAC. Furthermore he is currently the coordinator of the FIT-IT semantic systems project OntoReA and works in the FP7 embedded systems project MEDEIA, in the national FIT-IT embedded systems project FRONTICS as well as in the FFG bridge project logi.diag. Alois Zoitl is a founding member of the O3neida automation network, a member of the IEEE, the PLCopen user organization as well as the IEC SC65B/WG15 for the distributed automation standard IEC 61499.

Martijn Rooker, Ph.D.

Im Stadtgut A2
4407 Steyr-Gleink, Austria

Phone: +43 (0)7252 885-313
Fax: +43 (0)7252 885-101
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Martijn Rooker received his PhD in Computer Science at the Jacobs University Bremen, with the focus on mobile robotics.

At PROFACTOR, he is responsible for distributed communication control concepts and distributed control automation in flexible assembly lines. He holds about 20 publications in the above mentioned areas.

Dr. Rooker participated in the European FP6 IST IP “DECOS” and the national FIT-IT embedded systems project ?CEDAC. Currently, he is the coordinator of the European FP7 ICT CP “MEDEIA” project, is active in the national FIT-IT embedded systems project FRONTICS and is the sub-project coordinator for training and dissemination in the FP6 NMP IP “PISA”. Furthermore, he represents PROFACTOR in the EU FP7 ICT “SRS” and EU FP7 ICT “RADHAR” projects.

Antonio Valentini

President O3neida Europe
Rue de l’Eglise, 42
B-1150 Bruxelles -- Belgium

Personal address:
Via Rudena, 39
35123 Padova -- Italy
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cell: +393479761992 -- +32472994918

Antonio Valentini has been O3NEIDA Chief Executive Officer since its establishment, in 2004, as a non-profit organization. More than 20 years of experience in the manufacturing industry. Expertise in packaging machine design, control system technology, smart packaging materials, micro assembling, sensors, pro-active computing, health monitoring, international collaboration and research, project management. 7 patents have been co-invented by him and 3 of them have been extended to other countries. He developed his communication skills through supporting clients and suppliers worldwide. Active memberships at international institutions.

As member of IEC technical working groups, he has contributed to the development of two standards: IEC 61499 and IEC 61804. He is currently involved in the activities of the IEC SC65B WG15.

As registered EU Framework Program Expert since 2004, he has been performing in the evaluation of project proposals and in the review of funded projects.

He has been IEEE-IES (Industrial Electronic Society) member and co-chair of the IEEE-IES Technical Committee on Industrial Agents.

As member of the project proposer consortium, he works in the project MEDEIA, an FP7 Embedded System funded project.

His assignments at international conferences include:
  • keynote speaker at the first ICOA’06 Conference in Shanghai, China;
  • advisory board member at the IEEE-IES INDIN Conferences, since 2006;
  • co-chair for the Industrial Day of the INDIN’07and INDIN’08 Conferences;
  • co-chair for the Industrial Day of the IEEE-IES ETFA’08 Conference in Hamburg, Germany;
  • Industry Track co-chair at the IEEE-IES ISIE’10 Conference in Bari, Italy.
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