Welcome to Rick Rabiser’s Homepage

Welcome to Rick Rabiser’s Homepage

Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. (CV)rrabiser
Professor for Software Engineering in Cyber-Physical Systems,
Head of the Cyber-Physical Systems Lab,
Head of the Christian Doppler Lab VaSiCS,
JKU-Head of the JKU/Dynatrace Co-Innovation Lab,
Linz Institute of Technology,
Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria,
Altenberger Strasse 69, A-4040 Linz, Austria

Email: rick–dot–rabiser–at–jku–dot–at
Phone: +43 732 2468 4363
Adminstrative Assistant: Ursula Schwarzgruber
Email: ursula–dot–schwarzgruber–at–jku–dot–at
Phone: +43 732 2468 9494
Office: LIT Open Innovation Center (ground floor)

Information for Students

I have no explicit office hours, but if you need anything, e.g., information on the courses I teach or about available projects, Bachelor’s theses, and Master’s theses, or just want to chat, do not hesitate to contact me via e-mail at any time and we will arrange an appointment. Information on courses is available in KUSSS.

Research Interests

I’m interested in Software Engineering (research), especially on:

  • Variability Modeling/Management and Software Product Lines
  • Software Architecture (Quality) and Modularization
  • Software Reuse
  • Software Maintenance and Software Evolution
  • Real-World Case Studies (with Industry and Open Source Systems)
  • Industry-Academia Collaboration
  • Usability Studies (of (Software) Engineering Tools)
  • SE in Cyber-Physical (Production) Systems
  • Distributed Software Architectures and Handling of Data
  • Systematic Literature Studies and Building Bodies of Knowledge


I’m an expert in Software Engineering (research), especially in:

  • Systems and Software Product Lines
  • Variability Modeling and Management
  • (User-Centered) Product Configuration/Derivation
  • (Systematic) Literature Studies and Surveys
  • Usability Studies/User Studies
  • Industry-Academia Collaboration and Case Studies
  • Monitoring of Software(-intensive) Systems
  • Domain-Specific Languages
  • Software Architectures/Design and Modularization
  • SE in Cyber-Physical (Production) Systems
  • Algorithms and Data Structures
  • Object-oriented Programming/Design
  • Requirements Engineering

Word Cloud of my publication titles

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Current Work/Projects/Collaborations

(last update: Aug 12, 2021)

Topics for theses (Bachelor, Master) and practica (e.g., Software Engineering, Computational Engineering) are available in all these projects)

TraVarT: An Approach for Transforming Variability Models (Dissertation Kevin Feichtinger (supervisor: Rick Rabiser))

Heterogeneous Multi-Dimensional Variability Modeling in Cyber-Physical Production Systems using Deltas (Dissertation Hafiyyan Sayyid Fadhlillah (supervisors: Rick Rabiser, Alois Zoitl))

Better Control Software Design (Bad Smells, Metrics, Design Patterns, etc. for IEC 61499; Dissertation Lisa Sonnleithner (supervisors: Alois Zoitl, Rick Rabiser))

Graph Mining from (4diac/IEC 61499) function block networks: modularity analysis, variability mining, clone detection/similarity analysis

Clone Detection in 4diac/IEC 61499 (Bachleor Thesis Elene Kutsia)

Clustering/Complexity/FeatureEnvy in 4diac/IEC 61499 (Bachleor Thesis Philipp Bauer)

A Variability Modeling Body of Knowledge

A Reusable Set of Real-World Product Line Case Studies for Comparing Variability Models in Research and Practice

Testing of Highly Configurable Cyber-Physical Systems

MODEVAR: Variability modeling language the community can agree on

Investigate and improve relation of research and practice in Software Engineering, particularly in Systems and Software Product Lines

REMINDS Open Source

SECPPS (Software Engineering in Cyber-Physical Production Systems)

IFAC Technical Committee 3.1 on “Computers for Control”

  • Lisa Sonnleithner, Antonio Gutierrez, Hafiyyan Sayyid Fadhlillah, Rick Rabiser, Alois Zoitl, a.o.
  • JKU Projects: LIT CPS Lab (SECPS Group and CPSforEP Group) and CDL VaSiCS
  • Cooperation with: TU Munich, a.o.
  • Publications/Further Information:
    • Static Code Analysis
    • Control Software Architecture
    • Assessment of modularity and reuse using quality indicators
    • Conduction of international questionnaire studies
      • B. Vogel-Heuser, E.-M. Neumann, A. Zoitl, A. M. Gutierrez Fernandez, R. Rabiser, H. S. Fadhlillah: An International Case Study on Control Software Development in Large-Scale Plant Manufacturing Companies of One Industrial Sector at Different Locations. Proc. of the 47th Annual Conference of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society (IECON), IEEE, 2021. (accepted for publication)
    • IFAC TC 3.1

Usability Studies of Software Engineering Tools

JKU/Dynatrace Co-Innovation Lab

  • Rick Rabiser, 2 Post-Docs (full time) to be hired
  • JKU Projects: Co-Innovation Lab, LIT CPS Lab (SECPS Group)
  • Partners: JKU, Dynatrace Austria
  • Publications/Further Information:
    • The aim of this lab is to perform trans-disciplinary, original scientific research between industry and academia on recent computer science topics, particularly from the areas of software engineering, artificial intelligence, and data science.
    • Concrete Topics: Distributed Data Platforms and/or Real-Time Data Analytics
    • Co-Innovation Lab
    • Dynatrace Research

Current Calls

As a member of the steering, organizing, program (and/or other) committees for these events I cordially invite you to submit your research to:

Services for Research Communities

(only recent, please refer to my CV for the full list)

Steering Committee Memberships

Program Committee Memberships (only last 5 years)

SWQD 2017, VaMoS 2017, RESACS@REFSQ 2017, VACE 2017, ICSR 2017, SEKE 2017, SPLC 2017, SBES 2017, SWQD 2018, VaMoS 2018, VSPL Track@SAC 2018, ICSR 2018, SEsCPS’18@ICSE 2018, SEKE 2018, RESACS@RE 2018, SPLC 2018, Doct Symp@SPLC 2018, Configuration Workshop 2018, SBES 2018, SWQD 2019, VaMoS 2019, VSPLE Track@SAC 2019, SEsCPS@ICSE 2019, SEKE 2019, SPLC 2019, MODEVAR@SPLC 2019, WEESR@SPLC 2019, SASI4@ECSA 2019, Workshop on Configuration 2019, SBES@CBSOFT 2019, Software Quality Days 2020, VaMoS 2020, SPLC 2020 (Research Track), SPLC 2020 Doctoral Symposium, VariVolution@SPLC 2020, Workshop on Configuration 2020, SASI4@ECSA 2020, Software Quality Days 2021, VaMoS 2021, SE 2021, ACM Student Research Competition at ICSE 2021, SEKE 2021, INDIN 2021, SPLC 2021, VM4ModernTech@SPLC 2021, VariVolution@SPLC 2021, WEESR@SPLC 2021, MODEVAR@SPLC 2021, SWQD 2022, VaMoS 2022, SE 2022, SEKE 2022, SPLC 2022 Doctoral Symposium, SPLC 2022, MoPro’22@Modellierung’22, TD4ViS@SPLC 2022, VariVolution@SPLC 2022, MODEVAR@SPLC 2022, SASI4@ETFA 2022

Organizing Committee Memberships (only last 5 years)

Reviewer for Journals and Magazines

Information and Software Technology (IST), Journal of Systems and Software (JSS), Empirical Software Engineering (EMSE), Data and Knowledge Engineering (DKE), Science of Computer Programming (SCP), IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering (TSE), Software Quality Journal (SQJ), Journal of Software: Evolution and Process, Software and Systems Modeling (SoSyM), IEEE Software, IEEE Transactions on Service Computing (TSC), Computer Languages, Systems and Structures (COMLAN), ACM Computing Surveys, Journal of Universal Computer Science (Special Issue on Knowledge-based Configuration), ACM Transactions on Software Engineering and Methodology (TOSEM), Springer Computing (COMP)

(Guest) Editor for Special Sections/Issues in Journals

Awards/Honorable Mentions


Personal Interests/Hobbies

  • Running
  • Hiking
  • Traveling
  • Photography