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.

Study on Cyber Secuity presented

On May 14th, 2019 a study by KPMG about cyber security in Austria was presented at Salzburg University of Applied Sciences © FH Salzburg/Wildkind

Two thirds of all Austrian companies were victims of a cyber attack. This was the outcome of a study by the accounting firm KPMG. The study was presented on Tuesday, May 14th 2019 at Salzburg University of Applied Sciences.

According to a current study, every second company neglects the security of its computer systems. That is the case particularly with small and medium sized enterprises (SME), says Professor DI Dr. Dominik Engel, director of the Center for Secure Energy Informatics at Salzburg University of Applied Sciences: “Especially in SME cyber security sometimes comes off badly. In addition the employees and coworkers might not be so trained and do not have such a consciousness for IT-security yet.

Beside numerous interested participants from economics and research also State Secretary Karoline Edtstadler visited the meeting.

Report on Salzburg Heute, 14 May 2019:

More about the KPMG study:

Best Presentation Award for Christoph Binder at ECDMO in Amsterdam

Photo: FH Salzburg/BinC

Christoph Binder participated in the 3rd European Conference on Design, Modeling and Optimization (ECDMO) from 16 – 18 February 2019 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. His presentation about the paper “Towards A Model-Driven Architecture Process for Developing Industry 4.0 Applications” has been awarded as the best within the session for Mechanical Design and Manufacturing Technology by conference chair Ian McAndrew.

The presented paper deals with the challenges that appear by the interdisciplinary development of a future industrial system. It pursues the previously introduced domain-specific language for describing such a system by defining a specific development process. By doing so, the main focus is not to reinvent the wheel but to use well-known and widely spread standards. In the presentation, Christoph Binder especially pointed out to address usability and applicability with the introduced approach. However, the practicability is assured through valuable contributions of LieberLieber Software GmbH and the successfactory consulting group.

The ECDMO is co-organized by the International Journal of Materials, Mechanics and Manufacturing (IJMMM) and the International Journal of Modeling (IJMO), where the paper will be published in the first Volume of 2019. The conference brings together international researches and industrial practitioners in the areas of design, modeling, optimization as well as mechatronics and manufacturing.