Technology Lecture: IEC61499 as Enabler of Flexibility in Automation - Global Progress in Standards, Tools and Applications

Date: 13 Oct 2008 - 13 Oct 2008

Venue: Training Room 1, Level 3, SIMTech Tower Block

The talk focuses on the progress in further development and application of IEC 61499 standard achieved globally. This standard proposes reference component architecture for automation systems. After some years of research and uncertainty in industrial applicability of IEC 61499, the recent years show clear trend to industrial uptake. Several mature software tools have emerged. OOONEIDA, the global network of networks has been established for the standard’s promotion. Some semantic loopholes in the standard have been identified, which are being fixed currently . Most importantly, there are first pilot application cases, showing clear benefits for the end users in terms of flexibility and reconfigurability.  Examples will be presented in the talk. The talk will also present a system validation technique which is based on IEC 61499 and formal verification by model-checking. The technique is being developed at the University of Auckland and other research centres, and promises automatic proof of systems correctness and detection of possible failures without time consuming testing.

About the Speaker
Mr Valeriy Vyatkin graduated with a Diploma Degree in Applied Mathematics from Taganrog State University of Radio Engineering (TSURE), Taganrog, Russia in 1988. He went on to obtain DSc (1998) and PhD (1992) degrees at the same University, and a DEng (1999) degree at the Nagoya Institute of Technology, Nagoya, Japan, in 1999. Currently, he is Senior Lecturer with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. His previous faculty positions were with Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg in Germany (Assistant Professor, 1999- 2004), and with TSURE (Senior Lecturer, 1991-1997, Full Professor, 1998-2002). He has been a Senior Member of IEEE since 2004.

Dr Vyatkin is the Head of the infoMechatronics and IndusTRial Automation lab (MITRA). Research interests of Dr Vyatkin are in the area of industrial informatics, including software engineering for industrial automation systems, distributed software architectures, methods of formal validation of industrial automation systems and theoretical algorithms for improving their performance. The specific expertise area of Dr. Vyatkin is in distributed automation and the IEC 61499 standard. He is author of 180 papers and 3 books.

9.30am: Registration and Networking (Welcome Refreshment served)
10.00am: IEC 61499 as Enabler of Flexibility in Automation - Global Progress in Standards,
                  Tools and Applications by Mr Valeriy Vyatkin
11.30am: End

Who Should Attend
Chief Technology Officers, Directors, Managers/Engineers, Manufacturing IT Department Managers/Engineers, Automation Service Providers, Automation Consultancy, Researchers, Academia, System Integrators and Solution Providers

Pre-registration for the lecture is necessary. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

For technical enquiries:
Mr Goh Kiah Mok, Research Scientist, Manufacturing Execution and Control:

For registration and general enquiries:
Ms Fong Cheng Yen: