325.035 Industrial Realtime Control Systems and Information Technology
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2024S, VO, 2.0h, 2.0EC, to be held in blocked form

Course evaluation


  • Semester hours: 2.0
  • Credits: 2.0
  • Type: VO Lecture
  • Format: Presence

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to:

  • understand the general architecture of industrial real-time control systems
  • know the most relevant industrial communication concepts
  • know relevant domain standards (incl. programming of PLC sysatems)

Subject of course

The deterministic execution of control concepts and algorithms is a prerequisite for its implementation in an industrial environment. In general a real-time (operating) system (RTOS) is responsible for this task. The hardware and software architecture of automation and control systems is mainly realised with so-called programmable logic controllers (PLC) and an underlying RTOS. PLC systems are based on centralised control approaches. Recently there has been a trend towards distributed control systems. The automation and control of processes and machines becomes more and more complicated since an increasing number of sensors and actuators from different vendors are used. The aim and challenge of such systems is the mastery of complex automation and control tasks in a network of different controllers which are connected by a communication network. A very important aspect of industrial automation and control systems is their engineering as well as their programming and configuration. As a consequence centralised and distributed approaches have to be handled in different ways and need special engineering methods and concepts. Therefore, this lecture provides an overview of the general architecture of industrial real-time control systems, the most relevant industrial communication concepts and relevant domain standards.

Teaching methods

The lecture is in general interactive. It is based on a lecture script, whereby contents via presentations and practical examples are also used to support the building of knowledge and understanding. In addition, students are interactively involved in scientific discussions.

Mode of examination




Course dates

Mon10:00 - 13:0018.03.2024Seminarraum BA 08B - MB General introduction & Control architectures and concepts
Mon10:00 - 13:0008.04.2024Seminarraum BA 08B - MB Control architectures and concepts
Mon10:00 - 13:0022.04.2024Seminarraum BA 08B - MB Control architectures and concepts
Mon10:00 - 13:0029.04.2024Seminarraum BA 08B - MB Operating systems and real-time operating systems & Communication systems and networks
Mon10:00 - 13:0006.05.2024Seminarraum BA 08B - MB Communication systems and networks
Mon10:00 - 13:0013.05.2024Seminarraum BA 08B - MB Supervisory control and data acquisition systems & trends in research and development
Mon15:00 - 17:0010.06.2024 AIT Energy, TECHbase, Giefingg.2,1210 Wien (https://www.ait.ac.at/fileadmin/cmc/downloads/Anfahrtsplaene/AIT_Anfahrt_Giefinggasse_mit_Netzplan.pdf)Excursion to AIT SmartEST laboratory and examination
Course is held blocked

Examination modalities

Oral examination

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
04.03.2024 09:00 06.06.2024 17:00 06.06.2024 17:00


Study CodeObligationSemesterPrecon.Info
066 445 Mechanical Engineering Elective
066 482 Mechanical Engineering - Management Elective
ALG For all Students Elective


Previous knowledge

No prior knowledge is required, but it facilitates the understanding of the presented content. This lecture primarily addresses master and doctoral students, who already have previous knowledge and would like to gain detailed insights into the different presented fields.