376.073 System Architectures for Automation and Control
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2023W, VO, 3.0h, 4.5EC, to be held in blocked form


  • Semester hours: 3.0
  • Credits: 4.5
  • Type: VO Lecture
  • Format: Online

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to design novel highly-integrated computing nodes and networks of such computing nodes for automation and control tasks. For this, students learn thorough knowledge about modern and cutting-edge software and hardware elements, in particular with respect to their implementation in cyber-physical as well as safe autonomous systems. 

Subject of course

  • System Architecture: Definition,  Lecture Scope, Problem Formulation
  • System properties: Dependability, Security, Real-Time Response, Maintainability, Cost, etc.
  • Practical Examples:
    • Overview:  from IT (Office, Datacenter, etc.) to OT (Industrial Automation, Avionics, etc.)
    • From Cloud to Fog Computing
    • Next Generation Automotive System Architectures
  • Technologies on the Rise
    • Middleware, e.g., ROS, TTIntegration, CodeSys
    • Hypervisors, e.g., PikeOS, LyncSecure, QNX
    • Networks, e.g., TSN, OPC UA, DDS
  • Theory
    • Models of Computation (MoC)
    • Time-Triggered Architecture (TTA)
    • Physically-Asynchronous Logically-Synchronous Architecture (PALS)
    • Globally-Asynchronous Locally-Synchronous (GALS)
    • Loosely Time-Triggered Architecture (LTTA)
    • A Framework for High-Assurance Quasi-Synchronous Systems (SRI)
    • Interface Theory
    • Multiple Independent Levels of Safety and Security (MILS) and Distributed MILS

Teaching methods

Introductory lectures in the area of basic concepts of system architectures for computing nodes and networks of computing nodes.

Discussion of case studies in the areas of industrial automation, aerospace, as well as the automobile industry. 

Composition of a term paper and its critical discussion with the lecturer.

Mode of examination


Additional information

Lecture slides and additional literature will be provided



Course dates

Thu09:15 - 10:4505.10.2023 - 18.01.2024 Lecture per Zoom (LIVE)Lecture
System Architectures for Automation and Control - Single appointments
Thu05.10.202309:15 - 10:45 Lecture per ZoomLecture
Thu12.10.202309:15 - 10:45 Lecture per ZoomLecture
Thu19.10.202309:15 - 10:45 Lecture per ZoomLecture
Thu09.11.202309:15 - 10:45 Lecture per ZoomLecture
Thu16.11.202309:15 - 10:45 Lecture per ZoomLecture
Thu23.11.202309:15 - 10:45 Lecture per ZoomLecture
Thu30.11.202309:15 - 10:45 Lecture per ZoomLecture
Thu07.12.202309:15 - 10:45 Lecture per ZoomLecture
Thu14.12.202309:15 - 10:45 Lecture per ZoomLecture
Thu11.01.202409:15 - 10:45 Lecture per ZoomLecture
Thu18.01.202409:15 - 10:45 Lecture per ZoomLecture
Course is held blocked

Examination modalities

Composition of a term paper that shall discuss either (i) an example system architecture or (ii) a particular software or hardware element and it (potential) use in cyber-physical and/or safe autonomous systems. 

Presentation of the term paper and its critical discussion with the lecturer.

Oral examination of the content of the lectures. 


DayTimeDateRoomMode of examinationApplication timeApplication modeExam
Mon09:00 - 10:0027.01.2025 oral25.01.2025 00:00 - 26.01.2025 00:00TISSPruefung 2024
Fri09:00 - 09:3021.03.2025 Onlineoral20.03.2025 00:00 - 20.03.2025 12:00TISSPruefung Mar/15

Course registration

Not necessary


Study CodeObligationSemesterPrecon.Info
066 515 Automation and Robotic Systems Mandatory elective


No lecture notes are available.