Hermann Kopetz

Full Professor


Hermann Kopetz
Em.O.Univ.Prof. Dr.phil. Dr.h.c.
Phone +43 (1) 58801 - 18230
Fax +43 (1) 58801 - 182 99

Vienna University of Technology
Department of Computer Engineering
Cyber-Physical Systems Group
DE0340 Treitlstraße 3 1040 Wien Österreich




Hermann Kopetz received his PhD degree in physics "sub auspiciis praesidentis" from the University of Vienna, Austria in 1968. He was a manager of a computer process control department at Voest Alpine in Linz, Austria, before accepting an appointment as a Professor for Computer Process Control at the Technical University of West-Berlin. Since 1982 he has been professor for Real-Time Systems at the Vienna University of Technology, Austria.

From 1990 to 1992 Kopetz was chairman of the IEEE Technical Committee on Fault-Tolerant Computing and was elected to the grade of a “Fellow of the IEEE” in 1993. Dr. Kopetz was the Chairman of the IFIP WG 10.4 on Dependable Computing and Fault-Tolerance from 1996 to 1998. In 1998 he was elected to become a full member of the Austrian Academy of Science. Dr. Kopetz has been a Visiting Professor at the University of California at Irvine in 1993 and at St. Barbara in 1996.  Dr. Kopetz is one of the founders of the spin-off company TTTech, established in 1998. From July 2000 to July 2005 Dr. Kopetz served as an advisor for the Austrian Government on Science Policy. Dr. Kopetz received the IEEE Computer Society 2003 Technical Achievement Award with the citation: For outstanding contributions to the field of safety-critical real-time computing. In 2007 Dr. Kopetz received the "Docteur honoris causa" from the Universitè Paul Sabatier, Toulouse. In December 2007 Dr. Kopetz was awarded the technical achievement award  of the IEEE TC on Real-Time Systems. For the period 2007 - 2009 Dr. Kopetz is member of the IST Advisory Group, the Advisory Group for the ICT theme in FP7. Furthermore, he serves as chairman for the Scientific Board of the Embedded Systems Institute (Eindhoven, NL) and for the Scientific Board of ARC (Seibersdorf, A). Dr Kopetz has published a widely used textbook on Real-Time Systems and more than 150 papers on the topic of dependable embedded systems.  He holds more than thirty patents.

Dr. Kopetz' research interests focus at the intersection of real-time systems, fault-tolerant systems, and distributed systems. He is the chief architect of the Time-Triggered Protocol (TTP) for distributed fault-tolerant real-time systems, which evolved out of the MARS project at the Technical University of Vienna. In the last few years, Dr. Kopetz and his research group work in the field of automotive and aerospace electronics. He is presently involved in two large EC funded research projects, namely the FP6 Integrated Project DECOS and the FP6 Network of Excellence ARTIST2.