Vienna Institute for Safety and Systems Engineering

The Vienna Institute for Safety and Systems Engineering (VISSE) is a knowledge hub in the field of functional safety and system safety. VISSE conducts research in the area of inherent system safety for automated and autonomous driving.

Our technical systems are becoming increasingly complex. The number of computer-based control units and their interconnection with other control elements is constantly increasing. The rapidly increasing use of software solutions leads to system conditions that are no longer manageable. Software errors can lead to very dangerous triggers here, as practical experience has shown. An electronic steering wheel lock that engages automatically, an unintentional activation of the automatic parking brake while driving, or a failure of the airbag to deploy have already led to regular recalls in the automotive industry. Such dangerous effects make it clear that system safety is one of the most pressing issues in technology.

System safety applies to all sectors and industries that deal with technical systems. The goal of system safety is the safe functioning of a system in its environment. The risk of hazards must be avoided and, if not possible, preventively minimized so that people, other living beings as well as the environment are not harmed and no material damage is caused.

Main research topics

Specially developed process models and analysis methods (Shell Model, eFFA, Scenario Method) enable an almost seamless identification of hazards and possible accident scenarios. A systematic, methodical approach (Integrative Safety Process, ISaPro®) integrates safety into the system and ensures inherent system safety.

A graphical diagram notation (Goal Structuring Notation, GSN) is used to illustrate the inherent system safety and to show that the technical system is sufficiently safe.

VISSE conducts research on technical solutions in the context of the Internet of Things (IoT) for the sustainable supply security of municipalities in times of climate change. One focus is on the challenges posed by personnel and budgetary constraints that small and very small municipalities have to face.

VISSE develops technical systems (hardware and software) according to required safety levels. In addition, VISSE supports companies in the development of safety-critical systems. VISSE accompanies companies in the introduction of the safety topic by means of workshops and in-house trainings.

The Master's degree program Safety and Systems Engineering provides an academic education opportunity for full-time and part-time students. In addition, VISSE offers continuing education opportunities by means of training and certification courses (personal certificates).

Sustainable Development Goals of the UN

Quality education

Industry, innovation and infrastructure

Sustainalbe cities and communities

Research Team



FH-Prof. DI Dr. Igor Miladinovic

Head of Degree Programs Computer Science and Digital Communications, Multilingual Technologies, Software Design and Engineering

Projects and activities


The publications of this competence center can be found in our publication database.

Participating degree programs and courses:


Computer Science and Digital Communications



Computer Science and Digital Communications



Software Design and Engineering