September 15, 2020

On September 15, 2020 the Kick-off meeting of the joint venture between TU Wien and TÜV AUSTRIA “TÜV AUSTRIA Research Lab for Safety and Security in Industry” (#Safe
SecLab), THE Austrian initiative for industrial safety & security, was held at TU Wien.

In the age of cyber-physical systems and Industry 4.0, integrative security aspects are becoming increasingly important. Modern networked industrial productions require suitable system architectures that take into account both safety (the operation of the system must not pose a risk) and security (protection against unauthorized manipulation). The 9 highly networked dissertation projects are dedicated to precisely these topics.



Since this project is a particularly complex, interdisciplinary research area, three faculties of the TU Wien are involved in this project: The Faculty of Mechanical and Industrial Management, the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology and the Faculty of Computer Science.

The Faculty of Computer Science was represented by the PhDs Siegfried Hollerer, Pushparaj Bhosale and their supervisor Wolfgang Kastner (scientific director of the project) from the Automation Systems research department at the Institute for Computer Engineering.

The Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Management was represented by PhD Clara Fischer and supervisor Sebastian Schlund.

The Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, with PhD student Bernhard Brenner and his supervisor Tanja Zseby, PhD Ali Hosseini and his supervisor Thilo Sauter, Sofia Maragkou and their supervisor Axel Jantsch.



v.l.:Maximilian Papa, Ali Hosseini, Siegfried Hollerer, Clara Fischer, Sofia Maragkou, Pushparaj Bhosale, Bernhard Brenner

In the introductory words by Christoph Schwald (TÜV AUSTRIA) and Sebastian Schlund (TUW), the motivation and goals of the #SafeSecLab project were once again made clear: Research and development at the highest level directly on the pulse of industry.

This was confirmed by the Steering Committee Members who were also present (Rector Seidler was unfortunately indispensable) Prof. Johannes Fröhlich (Vice Rector TU Vienna), Christoph Wenninger (CFO TÜV AUSTRIA, representing TÜV AUSTRIA CEO Stefan Haas) and Detlev Henze (GF TÜV TRUST IT).

The doctoral candidates then presented their projects and progress with posters from the faculty, which consists of over 30 experts from TU Wien and TÜV AUSTRIA.


Poster presentation

The 9 projects are presented

Open gallery

Vice Rector Fröhlich addressed the aim of the #SafeSecLab project in his concluding words of welcome:

“Innovation is created precisely through cooperation between universities and companies that guarantee the transfer of research results to industry. The cooperation - like the one with TÜV AUSTRIA - is a prerequisite for perceiving innovation in the large subject area of safety of production systems as a joint task of the university and companies”.

Univ.Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn. Johannes Fröhlich
Vice Rector Research & Innovation

Die #SafeSecLab Faculty:


Ein hochmotiviertes Team von Forschern steht nun am Start, um der Industrie die notwendigen Werkzeuge für den umfassenden Umgang mit Sicherheitsthemen in die Hand zu geben.


Wolfgang Kastner, Scientific Director #SafeSecLab