Andreas Unterweger receives Christian-Doppler-Prize

State Councillor Andrea Klambauer awarded the Christian-Doppler-Prize 2019 in the category “Application of the Doppler Principle, Technical Sciences, Computer Science, Mathematics and Physics” to Andreas Unterweger for his outstanding scientific work. Photo: FH Salzburg/Siebenhandl

FH-Prof. Dr. Andreas Unterweger was awarded the renowned state prize for his excellent scientific work in the energy sector.

On 13 December the award was presented in the Christian Doppler lecture hall of the University of Salzburg. Andreas Unterweger, research associate at the Center for Secure Energy Informatics and senior lecturer in Information Technology & Systems Management at Salzburg University of Applied Sciences, received the award in the category “Application of the Doppler Principle, Technical Sciences, Computer Science, Mathematics and Physics”.

Andreas Unterweger’s award-winning research deals with the topic of energy data compression in intelligent power grids. By 2020, most households will have smart meters at their disposal. Data will then no longer be transmitted once a year, but every 15 minutes. However, the power grid is not designed for such enormous data volumes of around 1 terabyte per year – around 500 million book pages. Unterweger has developed a practical process that reduces this amount of data to a tenth and is hardly more complex than data transmission without compression.

At the award ceremony, Andrea Klambauer, State Councillor for Science, expressed her satisfaction with the high standard of the research work and the commitment of the scientists to the natural sciences. “This year great research work was submitted. The prize is a tribute to this outstanding achievement and an incentive to further intensify it,” said Klambauer.

About the Christian-Doppler-Prize

With the Christian-Doppler-Prize, the province of Salzburg honours outstanding scientific work, developments and inventions in the field of natural sciences. The prize is awarded every two years by the Salzburg State Government in cooperation with the Christian Doppler Fund.

Read the award-winning paper:

  • [PDF] [DOI] A. Unterweger and D. Engel, “Resumable Load Data Compression in Smart Grids,” IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, vol. 6, iss. 2, p. 919–929, 2015.
    author = {Andreas Unterweger and Dominik Engel},
    title = {Resumable Load Data Compression in Smart Grids},
    journal = {IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid},
    year = {2015},
    volume = {6},
    number = {2},
    pages = {919--929},
    month = {March},
    doi = {10.1109/TSG.2014.2364686},
    pdf = {},
    publisher = {{IEEE}},
    url = {},

Christoph Binder and Michael Fischinger at 4th ICSRS in Italy

Christoph Binder and Michael Fischinger from the Center for Secure Energy Informatics presented their research in Rome, Italy, at the 4th International Conference on System Reliability and Safety (ICSRS).

The present research paper introduces a Model-Centric Software Development (MCSD) solution for Smart Grid applications. The focus of the research lies on the automated generation of partial implementation artifacts of a consistent Smart Grid Architecture Model (SGAM) realized in the SGAM-Toolbox. With this approach, finally, the process of Domain Specific Systems Engineering (DSSE) can be made even more reliable and applicable.

Read the full paper here:
M. Fischinger, N. Egger, C. Binder, and C. Neureiter, “Towards a Model-centric Approach for Developing Dependable Smart Grid Applications,” in 2019 4th International Conference on System Reliability and Safety (ICSRS), 2019, p. 1–9.

Blockchain Summer School opened up new possibilities for cooperations

Besides lectures and hackathons, Clemens Brunner (right) got to foster business relationships for future collaborations at the Vienna Blockchain Summer School. Photo: FH Salzburg/Brunner

Clemens Brunner from the Center for Secure Energy Informatics established valuable contacts at the first Vienna Blockchain Summer School.

Brunner got to talk to Akash Madhusudan from the COSIC Research Group about future cooperation opportunities. In a follow-up meeting, a closer participation in the project SNIPPET will be discussed, where the Center for Secure Energy Informatics is currently in the advisory committee. The project investigates mechanisms to exchange energy between neighbours and looks into solutions for safer local electricity markets.

The 1st International Summer School on Security & Privacy for Blockchains and Distributed Ledger Technologies was jointly organized by members of TU Wien (Vienna University of Technology), Princeton University, and SBA Research. In its first edition, it was bosted by TU Wien in Vienna, Austria from September 2, 2019 to September 5, 2019.

Great Success for Dieter Draxler in South Korea

Systems engineering for electric vehicles architectures is Dieter Draxler’s area of expertise. In South Korea he successfully presented his research. Photo: FH Salzburg/Draxler

Dieter Draxler received the Best Presentation Award at the IEEE Transportation Electrification Conference and Expo, Asia-Pacific.

Draxler presented his work at the ITEC-AP 2019 conference in Jeju, South Korea. Together with his colleagues from the Center for Secure Energy Informatics and Bosch GmbH, he researched the transfer of the Domain Specific Systems Engineering approach from the energy-domain to the automotive-domain.

At the conference, he got to network with conference organizer General Co-Chair Gae-myoung Lee from Jeju National University. He was invited to review papers for the best paper award and to visit the Smart Grid Security Lab at Jeju National University on his next trip to Jeju.

The conference proceedings will be listed at IEEE Explore

Outstanding presentation: Dieter Draxler received the Best Presentation Award at ITEC-AP 2019 in Jeju, South Korea. Photo: FH Salzburg/Draxler

Read the full paper:

D. Draxler, C. Neureiter, G. Lastro, T. Schwartzkopff, and M. Boumans, “A Domain Specific Systems Engineering Framework for modelling Electric Vehicle Architectures,” in 2019 IEEE Conference and Expo Transportation Electrification Asia-Pacific (ITEC Asia-Pacific), Jeju, Korea, 2019.

Alaska: Christoph Binder Presented his Research in the Big Apple of the North

Nighttime in Alaska, the land of the midnight sun, where Christoph Binder presented his research on electric vehicles and Smart Grids. Photo: FH Salzburg/Binder

In Anchorage, Alaska, at the 14th Annual Systems of Systems Engineering Conference, Christoph Binder gave a presentation on his latest research on electric vehicles and got to network with luminaries in the field of systems of systems engineering.

Since last year, at least partially electric vehicles constitute more than 50% of all new cars sales in Norway. The Silicon Valley wants to switch completely to electric mobility within the next ten years. These developments pose a challenge on intelligent power supply systems, so called Smart Grids. Smart Grids consist of many different subsystems, of which each of them is designed to find the best solution for itself. Therefore, it is difficult to predict how this system of systems is coping with new developments like in Norway and the Silicon Valley.

Scenarios for load peaks

Christoph Binder, Christian Neureiter, Jounes-Alexander Gross, and Goran Lastro from the Center for Secure Energy Informatics at Salzburg University of Applied Sciences researched scenarios how the charging behavior of electric vehicles and possible load peaks effect the Smart Grid. The results of their research lay the foundation for developing new approaches that deal with adjusting the demand for power in a way so that future energy systems are able to cope with those peak loads.

At the conference, Binder not only got to meet conference initiator Mo Jamshidi from the University of Texas, but also Garry Roedler, president of the International Council on Systems Engineering, an organization that develops systems engineering standards & guidelines.

Read the full paper:

C. Binder, J. Gross, C. Neureiter, and G. Lastro, “Investigating Emergent Behavior caused by Electric Vehicles in the Smart Grid using Co-Simulation,” in 14th Annual Conference System of Systems Engineering (SoSE), Anchorage, Alaska, USA, 2019.

From the conference center into the wildlife. Photo: FH Salzburg/Binder

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The spin-off is part of the FHStartup Center of Salzburg University of Applied Sciences.


Poster Presented at SMARTGREENS 2019 in Crete

Photo: FH Salzburg / Fischinger

Michael Fischinger from the Center for Secure Energy Informatics presented his research in poster format at the 8th International Conference on Smart Cities and Green ICT Systems in Heraklion, Crete.

The presented work addresses the development of a versatile architecture framework, the FRee EDucational Open System ARchitecture (FREDOSAR). FREDOSAR gives you an architecture and a reference implementation to realize projects in the context of smart grids, smart home, IoT and industry 4.0.

Read the full paper:

FREDOSAR: Towards a Security-aware Open System Architecture Framework Supporting Model based Systems Engineering

Blockchain Research Visit

Clemens Brunner

CSE researcher Clemens Brunner is currently in Belgium at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. Together with PhD student Akash Madhusudan from the Computer Security and Industrial Cryptography (COSIC) research group he is researching blockchain layer 2 solutions to enhance the scalability of applications such as energy trade.

COSIC is headed by the Belgian cryptographer Bart Preneel and focuses on the protection of digital information. It develops advanced cybersecurity solutions to protect data in the cloud and in the Internet of Things (IoT) and to protect the privacy of users.