Alois Zoitl holds a PhD degree in Electrical Engineering with 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 a Professor for cyber-physical systems for engineering and production with the LIT | CPS Lab at Johannes Kepler University, Linz. Before that he was the scientific research group leader for Industrial Automation at the research institute fortiss in Munich, Germany. Before that he was the head of the research field Distributed Intelligent Automation Systems (Odo Struger Laboratory) at the Automation and Control Institute (ACIN), Vienna University of Technology. 
He is co-author of more than 150 publications (3 books, 6 book chapters, 19 journal articles) and the co-inventor of 4 patents in the mentioned areas. His
research interests are in the area adaptive production systems, distributed control architectures, and dynamic reconfiguration of control applications as well as software development and software quality assurance methods for industrial automation. Alois Zoitl conducted and lead several industry funded R&D projects as well as coordinated and participated in several public funded (national as well as European) R&D projects. 
He is a founding member of the open source initiatives Eclipse 4diac, providing a complete IEC 61499 solution, and OpENer. Furthermore, he is a member of the IEEE, the PLCopen user organization, and GMA. Since 2009 he is an active member of the IEC SC65B/WG15 for the distributed automation standard IEC 61499. He was named convenor of the group in May 2015.
Speech Title: Hic sunt dracones? Developing software for networked production  automation systems
Industry faces major challenges as product life-cycles shorten, product variability increases, and global markets become more volatile. To remain competitive, production facilities and equipment must be adaptable to respond quickly and efficiently to these changes. A key success factor in achieving these goals is the control and automation infrastructure. New distributed architectures are a possible approach to address these requirements. The amount of software in production automation systems is constantly increasing. This is reinforced by the demand for increased networking of these systems. Current technologies are already reaching their limits. This leads to increasing development efforts and costs. It seems as if control software turns into an indomitable beast which is very difficult to control. New interaction and communication patterns as well as new ways of programming automation systems consisting of networked control units are required. In the context of this talk we would like to give an overview of the current and future requirements for production automation systems. The current approaches to programming production automation systems will be considered. In particular, it will be shown how model-driven or low code software development can help to tame the beast and reduce development efforts. An important aspect here is Open Source Software, which still has great potential especially in the production automation system environment.