First Workshop on Industrial Automation Tool Integration for Engineering Project Automation (iATPA 2011)

held in conjunction with the

16th IEEE International Conference on Emerging Technologies and Factory Automation (ETFA'2011)

09.09.2011, Toulouse, France

The agenda of the workshop is now online!

Modern real-world and large-scale industrial systems engineering projects involve the cooperation of a wide range of engineering systems and tools that use different technical platforms and heterogeneous data models. The engineering of e.g., power plants or car manufactures requires coordinated information exchange between different engineering disciplines (e.g., process, mechanical, electrical, and software engineering), which is complex and hard to achieve using traditional systems engineering techniques. Well-established software engineering methods and approaches (e.g., iterative development processes, issue tracking systems) could provide additional value to systems engineering projects, but require careful integration and seamless collaboration with other engineering fields to achieve industrial acceptance.
Today's system integration technologies are suitable to bridge most of the technical and semantic gaps between these automation systems engineering tools. However, error-prone and time-consuming human work (e.g., manually copying information from one to another tool) is needed to handle integration concerns at the interfaces of different engineering disciplines as each of them has their specific engineering tools and engineering systems. Therefore the definition, enactment, and monitoring of automated engineering processes crossing several interfaces is hard to define and establish. The goal of the workshop is the investigation of methods and techniques for the automation support of automation systems engineering processes to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of engineering projects.

Topics of interest in this workshop include, but are not restricted to:

  • Engineering Tool Integration
    • Architectural Design
    • Tool Data Integration
    • Process Orchestration
    • Model-Driven Integration
    • Automated and Integrated Data Exchange Mechanism
  • Quality Assurance
    • Product and Process Metrics
    • Defect Detection
    • Process Monitoring and Tracing
    • New Technologies in Monitoring and Control Systems
    • Simulation and Virtual Startup (Digital Factory)
  • Automated Testing
    • Test Case Generation
    • Verification and Validation
    • Tool Support for Testing
    • Formal Mechanism Applied in Testing
    • Applications for Automated Testing during Engineering
  • AutomationML
    • Information Exchange between Different Activities of the Engineering Chain
    • Interaction of Different Stakeholders within the Engineering Chain
    • Consistency within the Engineering Chain
    • Model-Based Data Transformation/Exchange
    • Usage of Meta-Data for Practical Application within the Engineering Chain
  • Industrial-oriented Topics
    • Empirical Evaluations
    • Use cases
    • Experience Reports and Lessons Learned
    • Tool Demonstrations

Important Dates

Submission of papers: July 25, 2011
Notification of acceptance: August 5, 2011
Submission of camera-ready papers: August 15, 2011
Workshop: September 9, 2011


Submit a full paper of at most 6 pages (IEEE formatting guidelines), including figures and references. The contact author must provide the following information to the workshop chairs: paper title, authors' names, affiliations, postal address, phone, fax, and e-mail address of the author(s), about 200-250 word abstract, and about five keywords. Prepare your paper as a PDF file and submit it to the workshop organizers using the iATPA 2011 conference paper management system (
Submission of a paper implies that should the paper be accepted, at least one of the authors will register and present the paper in the conference. Submissions will be reviewed by at least 3 PC members following a single-blind review process. Accepted papers will be given guidelines in preparing and submitting the final manuscript(s) together with the notification of acceptance.
Please note that the final manuscript will not be published in the official ETFA proceedings. The workshop proceedings will be published online as CEUR Workshop proceedings (ISSN: 1613-0073).

Workshop Organization

Authors of accepted submissions will be asked to give a 20-25 minutes presentation of their research work. Presentations should include research results, interesting research questions, and open issues to be discussed during the workshop. After each presentation, a pre-assigned discussant will provide a critical review of the paper. This will be guided by a list of questions provided by the workshop organizers. Discussion points of major interest will be focused in a dedicated discussion session at the end of the workshop. Two particular roles are taken on by the iATPA attendees:

  • A presenter presents his paper but additionally will be asked to take on the role of a discussant for another paper (all the papers will be distributed to the participants in PDF format approx. two weeks prior to the event).
  • A discussant prepares the discussion of a paper. The discussants task is to give a review of the paper directly after its presentation. This task will be guided by a predefined set of questions provided by the iATPA organizers.

Workshop Agenda

  • 9:00-9:20: Introduction - Richard Mordinyi (Vienna University of Technology)
  • 9:20-9:45: Tools Integration through a Central Model and Automatic Generation of Multi-Platform Control Code - Marco Colla (University of Applied Sciences of Southern Switzerland)
  • 9:45-9:55: Discussion (Discussant: Sabrina von Styp)
  • 9:55-10:20: Automatic Test-Case Derivation and Execution in Industrial Control - Sabrina Von Styp (RWTH Aachen University)
  • 10:20-10:30: Discussion (Discussant: Marco Colla)
  • 10:30-11:00: Coffee Break
  • 11:00-11:25: Integrated Design of Simulation Models for Passive Houses - Petr Novak (Vienna University of Technology)
  • 11:25-11:35: Discussion (Discussant: Lars Christiansen)
  • 11:35-12:00: Integration of a formalized process description into MS Visio® with regard to an integrated engineering process - Lars Christiansen (Helmut Schmidt Universität)
  • 12:00-12:10: Discussion (Discussant: Petr Novak)
  • 12:10-12:30: Discussion, Conclusion and Future Steps - Thomas Moser (Vienna University of Technology)
  • 12:30-14:00 Lunch

Workshop Organizers

Thomas Moser (
Heiko Koziolek (
Richard Mordinyi (
Miriam Schleipen (
Alois Zoitl (

Program Committee

Jan Carlson (Mälardalen University, Sweden)
Marco Colla (University of Applied Sciences of Southern Switzerland, Switzerland)
Lars Christiansen (Helmut-Schmidt-University Hamburg, Germany)
Olawande Daramola (Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway)
Deepak Dhungana (Siemens AG, Austria)
Michael Dierkes (Rockwell-Collins)
Rainer Drath (ABB Research Center Ladenburg, Germany)
Elisabeth Estevez (University of Bilbao, Spain)
Christian Frühwirth (Aalto University, Finland)
Niels Hagge (Siemens, Germany)
Tina Kraußer (RWTH Aachen, Germany)
Tiziano Leidi (University of Applied Sciences of Southern Switzerland, Switzerland)
Wilfried Lepuschitz (Vienna University of Technology, Austria)
Arndt Lüder (Otto-v.-Guericke University Magedeburg, Germany)
Inah Omoronyia (Lero, Ireland)
Rick Rabiser (JKU Linz, Austria)
Szabolcs Rosznyai (IBM Research, US)
Nico Suchold (ifak Magdeburg, Germany)
Hélène Waeselynck (LAAS-CNRS, France)
Dietmar Winkler (Vienna University of Technology, Austria)