The IEC-61499 Industrial Workshop will be held at Comonext premises on 24th September 2019. The workshop is organized by Synesis in the context of the Daedalus project, with the aim to create a European ecosystem for distributed automation based on IEC-61499 interoperability

Invited speakers during the workshop are dr. Fabrice Jadot from Schneider-Electric, prof. Alois Zoitl from Johannes Kepler Universität Linz, and all the partners of the Daedalus Consortium. 

The program will be the following: 

09:00-09:30 Welcome and opening

09:30-10-15 The role and potentialities of IEC-61499 in industry 4.0

10:15-11:00 A wide scope of IEC-61499's applications implemented within an industrial demonstrator

11:00-11:30 Visit to the demonstrator and live demo

11:30-12:30 Creating and IEC-61499 Technology Group

12:30-14:00 Networking lunch

More information here.



A workshop completely focused on IEC61499 industrial applications has been held yesterday in Helsinki during the INDIN 2019 conference. The audience was composed by researchers, professors and developers belonging to companies such as KUKA, NXT Control, ABB.

The workshop was structured in four parts. At first, the introduction of IEC-61499 standard, held by Prof. Alois Zoitl (Head of LIT Cyber-physical Systems for Engineering and Production Lab and professor at JKU), was meant to touch the main elements of IEC 61499 and how they can be used for the development of distributed control applications by means of concrete hands-on application examples. 

The second part of the workshop was held by Eng. Sandeep Patil (researcher at LTU), dedicated to the distributed control systems programming with IEC 61499 using DAEDALUS Framework, powered by IEC 61499 engineering tool NxtStudio. This session foresaw a live exercise meant to realize a working automation control of a lift, by means of NxtStudio and electronical components: initially the attendees developed the entire system locally, into their own PC, and afterwards connected to the device provided by the lecturer. All participants were able to develop the function blocks belonging to the automation control, to connect them with the devices and test the entire system successfully. All attendees have appreciated this opportunity showing a lot of interest.

The third part was aimed to change the perspective from one more focused on the automation control development to one mainly related to how sell the developed applications. This session, managed by Eng. Giuseppe Landolfi (researcher and lecturer at SUPSI), started with a brief presentation of the Daedalus project, in terms of concepts and objectives, to then shift the attention on the Digital Marketplace which is one of the main results of the project. The interactive presentation led to discuss mainly on the pricing strategies to adopt and the interest on the validation service, offered by the marketplace. 

Eventually the workshop ended with some advanced topics on IEC61499 presented again by prof. Zoitl. 

Thank you to all the participants. The material will be available online soon.


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GEEKING IEC61499 is the next hands-on workshop we've organized during the INDIN 2019 conference on next 22th July at Helsinki.

Why participating in?

You will learn about the IEC61499 distributed programming paradigm, starting from an overview of the 61499 elements to the development of distributed control applications by means of concrete hands-on application examples. During the tutorial, also the DAEDALUS marketplace will be shown together with the new validation mechanism through digital twin simulation.

Agenda and instructions to attend the session can be found here

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Our new book The Digital Shopfloor: Industrial Automation in the Industry 4.0 Era has been published! The book reflects R&D results on the digital automation towards a fully digital shpfloor, including results from DAEDALUS and the other H2020 projects we are collaborating with: MAYA, FAR-EDGE and AUTOWARE.

The book is published by River Publishers and co-edited by Franco Cavadini, Oscar Lazaro, John Soldatos, Mark de Jongh and Chris Decubber. The book is an open access publication that you can download from here

Enjoy reading!


***** Book contents related to Daedalus *****

Chapter 4: IEC-61499 Distributed Automation for the Next Generation of Manufacturing Systems (download)

Chapter 7: Model Predictive Control in Discrete Manufacturing Shopfloors (download)

Chapter 12: Building an Automation Software Ecosystem on the Top of IEC 61499 (download)

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During the period of Daedalus, the premises for a technical collaboration have been laid down with another FoF-11 project, called Far-Edge. Such collaboration was born due to the natural complementarity of the two projects, which can be easily represented by the figure below.

In fact, while Daedalus is particularly focused on the real-time automation of distributed intelligent devices, based on the IEC-61499 standard as well know, Far-Edge considers that type of automation which resides in the “edge” (or “fog”), between the station level and the Factory-level. In addition to this, the characteristic approach of Far-Edge of “embedding” station-level automation in a service-oriented interfacing mechanism, is naturally coherent with the object-oriented approach of Daedalus.

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Thanks to the collaboration between Daedalus, Far-Edge and Autoware project, a special session has been organized at ICPS2018 conference in Saint Petersburg, on May 15th-18th. The session, chaired by Paola Maria Fantini of Politecnico of Milan, was on open and interoperable technologies for design and operation of decentralized ICPS. The session has offered the framework for twelve presentations of the cutting edge methods, technologies and applications in the field and subsequent discussions. Amongst the 12 contributions received and presented during the session, 3 were focused on Daedalus results and 2 on Far-edge results:

  • A distributed control architecture for a reconfigurable manufacturing plant. Authors: Stefano Spinelli, Andrea Cataldo, Giacomo Pallucca, Alessandro Brusaferri (ITIA-CNR)
  • Design of a multi sided platform supporting CPS deployment in the automation market. Authors: Giuseppe Landolfi, Andrea Barni, Silvia Menato (SUPSI), Franco Cavadini (SYNESIS), Giovanni Dal Maso, Diego Rovere (TTS)
  • Refactoring of IEC 61499 function block application - a case study. Authors: Sandeep Patil, Dmitrii Drozdov, Gulnara Zhabelova, Valeriy Vyatkin (LTU)
  • Distributed ledger technology for decentralization of manufacturing processes. Authors: Mauro Isaja, John Soldatos (ENGINEERING)
  • Interoperable meta model for simulation-in-the-loop. Authors: Michele Ciavotta, Andrea Bettoni, Gabriele Izzo (SUPSI).

Scientific publications have been published on IEEE ICPS2018 Conference proceedings:

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24th ICE/IEEE, Stuttgart, Germany, June 17-20, 2018. ICPS 2018, Saint Petersburg, Russia, on May 15-18, 2018.

Congratulation to Alicia Asin Perez, co-founder of Libelium, for her nomination for EU Prize for women innovators!! 
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Since its launch event, in October 2016, one of the major objectives of Daedalus was to keep a constant and bidirectional connection between its research and development activities and the market of potential users of its technologies. This Technology Transfer effort is embodied in the project’s Competence Centre for IEC-61499 (role interpreted by Synesis, Coordinator of Daedalus), with a concrete strategy of drawing companies nearer to the opportunities offered by IEC-61499, thanks to the showcasing of its potential industrial applications.

Key to this approach is the realization of a Demonstrator, publicly accessible at the Competence Centre premises, which implements fully the technologies and results of Daedalus, applied over an application scenario with industrially-driven requirements. The objective is that of creating an attraction point for both innovators and end-users, a place where enabling technologies can be showcased in a controlled environment, triggering the opportunity for companies to understand in practice which benefits the transition to Industry 4.0 in automation could bring them. Entering now in the final stage of its conception and engineering, the CC Demonstrator will be built and commissioned next year, with a foreseen launch event planned for Summer 2018.

But the role of Daedalus’ Competence Centre is not limited to showing the technology, because an effective and proactive strategy to involve companies in a path of progressive acceptance of these technologies is equally needed. Knowing that this path requires the sustain of multiple stakeholders of the Technology Transfer domain and a Triple Helix approach that brings together also public institutions and universities, Synesis has established an operative collaboration with the ComoNExT Digital Innovation Hub, extending the concept of Demonstrator to the Hub itself and, thus, augmenting enormously its potential for obtaining the attention and interest of the market.

In addition to that, attraction of potential users to these technologies is automatically improved thanks to the “NEXT INNOVATION” methodology of ComoNExT, where companies are progressively supported in their acceptance of Industry 4.0 thanks to a well-defined multi-step procedure. Given the ambitions of Daedalus and ComoNExT, this is just a first step in the direction of even further regional extension of these concepts, with the past few months that have seen the creation of a larger alliance, among different stakeholders, called “Fabbrica Diffusa”, where the objective is to launch a full network of Industry 4.0 demonstrators, connected among themselves to further enhance the innovation message of Industry 4.0.


The concept and implementation of Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) in industrial manufacturing is, by definition, a multi-disciplinary research challenge, where the digital extension of manufacturing assets, represented through the so-called digital twin, must be equally sustained by a methodological and technological change at control-level.

Thus, tackling different but complementary aspects for the deployment of effective CPS in current and future Factories, MAYA and DAEDALUS projects have formalized a concrete collaboration to the aim of maximizing their respective objectives through a synergistic approach in facing development, exploitation and dissemination.

Technically speaking, the collaboration has been built on top of two key cornerstones of both projects, a Simulation Framework for CPS and IEC-61499 standard and technologies for distributed automation, brought together thanks to the concept of Digital Synchronization and the usage of a common semantic model. The objective is to exploit the industrial-grade demonstration built by Daedalus in its Competence Centre to achieve a common and integrated showcasing of how the results of the two projects were designed and implemented taking into account an overarching functional architecture.

But the collaboration will not be accomplished only at technical level. The target groups for the exploitation of MAYA and Daedalus are strongly overlapping, laying the ground for a common effort to sustain market acceptance for the core technologies of both projects. This will be explicitly achieved through several joint actions, both in terms of communicating and disseminating the benefits provided by the project’s results and sustaining dedicated events to involve potential end-users.



One of the key objectives for the exploitation of Daedalus’ technological results is the creation of a live community to sustain the market acceptance and evolution of the IEC-61499 standard for distributed automation: the European Competence Network (ECN) for the IEC-61499, an initiative that strongly encourages the adoption of the standard to use in the industrial automation systems.

The idea to create an ECN stems from the idea of deploying a concrete and shared strategy, aimed at clustering experts and users of the IEC-61499 and make their expertise and knowledge available for the market needs, providing the services and technologies needed to sustain the path towards a lively ecosystem.

The concept is that of gathering under the same vision a group of European Competence Centers (Synesis, Coordinator of Daedalus, being the first one), sustaining the belief that an aggregator of competences, focused on the dissemination and exploitation of technologies based on IEC-61499, represents a solution for crossing the so-called "valley of death", that zone between research and market where matchmaking is needed between enabling technologies and industrial needs.

The Network therefore aims at:

  • creating a European Network of competence centers and a critical mass of stakeholders from institutional and industrial sectors interested to the technology application of IEC-61499
  • promoting a process of technology transfer from the Research to the Market in the industrial automation sector that is devoted to explain, show and concretely apply innovation stemmed from IEC-61499 standard adoption
  • setting up an expert communityable to share knowledge and support stakeholders in the implementation of the technology at European level offering automation players interested in using the technology to be informed of technology potentialities and application showing the implementation of 5 demonstrators located across Europe
  • offering to technology providers possibility to enter in contact with IEC-61499 technology owners and to buy the reference implementations that accelerate the transition to IEC-61499
  • identifying key trends and challenges in innovation and industrial application of the IEC-61499
  • offering a collaborative portal to disseminate European projects info and results linked to application of IEC-61499

Fosters multi-level actions at European, national, regional and local levels, sharing instruments and knowledge and promoting clusters and networks to deliver concrete results, processes and services thanks to the application of IEC-61499, the ECN-61499 will be officially launched next year in February, during a large-scale public event organized by EFFRA to sustain the acceptance and dissemination of Daedalus and other FoF-11 projects.