Major Research Projects

The explanations below will give you an overview over some major research projects our chair is or has been part of.

Agile Data Development

In cooperation with the WZL, MSE and Bewind as industrial partner, the goal of this project is to develop a guideline in the sense of a procedure description for the implementation of an agile development process by integrating agile and plan-driven methods as well as their data-based support. Thus the project aims at (1) an increase of effectiveness by a targeted addressing of requirements in the sense of the agile idea shall be achieved, (2) an improvement of efficiency by avoiding unwanted iterations due to improved data transparency shall be supported, (3) a data-based decision support by an integrated data and system architecture shall be enabled and (4) a reduction of time-to-market with a simultaneous increase of market.
This approach is thus intended to increase the overall profitability of the windmill portfolio in the medium to long term. In addition, the approach focuses on efficiency gains in the development of new plants as well as improvements in the costs of parts, components and modules used across projects. Sub-goals of this project are:
  • Integration of agile and plan-driven development methods in the development of mechatronic systems in the context of the wind energy industry.
  • Real-time, data-based development of new product variants, considering volatile market and customer requirements.
  • Targeted, efficient realization of volatile and uncertain market requirements.
  • Creation of transparency through a linked, providing cross-company of development-relevant data.
  • Dynamic design of requirements management across the entire development process and adaptation of the development process, the development tools, and the downstream validation and certification strategy.


AutoKnigge is a subproject of the second phase of the DFG SPP1835 program on the research of interactively cooperating vehicles. The focus of the first phase, in the predecessor project RapidCoop, was on the concept of local traffic systems (LTS), which are ad-hoc networks for vehicular cooperation, and an architecture-centric, dynamic modeling methodology for the design of such systems. In AutoKnigge, a dynamic framework specifying vehicle behavior is to be developed. The vehicles ought to be able to select appropriate behavioral patterns based on a situation and hence, to perform corresponding cooperative manouvers. Furthermore a set of behavioral rules is to be defined which serves as a guidelines catalogue for cooperative vehicles.

Selected publications AutoKnigge, cf. EMA and MontiSim publications, as well

BEST Energy

BEST Energy is a project to improve the energy efficiency in buildings, which project belongs to the ICT Policy Support Programme. The main objective of this project was to improve the energy efficiency in public buildings and street public lighting, by the ICT-based centralized monitoring and management of the energy consumption and production, and to provide decision makers with the necessary tools to be able to plan energy saving measures. To achieve this objective BEST Energy project did implement and validate four pilots, two related to energy efficiency in public buildings (one in a Sports centre in Spain and one in a University building in Germany), and another two regarding energy efficiency in public street lighting. The pilots implement innovative advanced control mechanisms allowing to substantially improve the energy efficiency in the respective buildings and spaces.

The Synavision GmbH is an offspring of these activities.

The CarOLO Project on Autonomous Driving

In the context of the CarOLO project, the SE chair developed Caroline, a fully autonomous car, which allowed us to take part in the Darpa Urban Challenge. Caroline managed to win 7th place, was the best newcomer in the competition and our chair became the best non-american team (see also Darpa Grand Challenge).

Selected publications

Collaborative Embedded Systems (CrESt)

In the CrESt research project, 23 partners from industry and research investigated how to reliably engineer the software of the future's smart, distributed CPS. We investigated modeling techniques, methods, and processes to manage the complexity of engineering software for dynamically coupled, automated CPS. Our main contributions focus on tool integration and artifact-based analysis, language variability, and evolution of software product line architectures. The project was funded by the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF).

Selected publications


EmbeddedMontiArc is an architecture-centric component-based modeling methodology focusing on automotive software and cyber-physical systems engineering. Its elaborate type system supporting SI units, a math oriented behaviour description language, as well as compact syntax for the instantiation and interconnection of large systems enables developers to focus on functionality rather than on annoying technical details. The EmbeddedMontiArc compiler produces high-performance executable code and generates interfaces to middleware solutions such as ROS. What's more, EmbeddedMontiArcDL supports the design of intelligent systems by providing a dedicated and easy-to-learn neural network modeling and training language. The models can be executed and validated in MontiSim, our distributed and service-oriented simulator for autonomous, interactively collaborative vehicles.

Selected publications EmbeddedMontiArc

Selected Publications MontiSim

  • [KKRZ19] J. C. Kirchhof, E. Kusmenko, B. Rumpe, H. Zhang:
    Simulation as a Service for Cooperative Vehicles.
    In: L. Burgueño, A. Pretschner, S. Voss, M. Chaudron, J. Kienzle, M. Völter, S. Gérard, M. Zahedi, E. Bousse, A. Rensink, F. Polack, G. Engels, G.Kappel, editors, Proceedings of MODELS 2019. Workshop MASE, Munich, pp. 28-37, IEEE, Sep. 2019.
  • [FIK+18] C. Frohn, P. Ilov, S. Kriebel, E. Kusmenko, B. Rumpe, A. Ryndin:
    Distributed Simulation of Cooperatively Interacting Vehicles.
    In: International Conference on Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITSC'18), pg. 596-601, IEEE, 2018.

Human Brain Project (HBP)

The Human Brain Project is a H2020 FET flagship project that strives to accelerate the fields of neuroscience, computing and brain-related medicine. In this project, conceive and contributed the NESTML modelling language for neuronal behavior.

Selected publications

Intelligente modulare Serviceroboter-Funktionalitäten im menschlichen Umfeld am Beispiel von Krankenhäusern (iserveU)

In iserveU, we explore model-driven engineering methods for service robotics applications in dynamic environments with a consortium of three companies and four universities. We develop a family of integrated MontiCore modeling languages to describe, plan, and execute robotics tasks without in-depth programming expertise. Models of these languages are used by a MontiArc software architecture which integrated robotics middlewares to, ultimately, operate service robots in a German hospital. The project is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF). Additional materials can be found at our iserveU Materials Website.

Selected publications

Interaktive, visuelle Datenräume zur souveränen, datenschutzrechtlichen Entscheidungsfindung (InviDas)

Many people are increasingly surrounded by digital technologies and applications that collect, process and share personal data. At the same time, few read and understand the often long and complicated privacy statements of their individual devices and applications. Within the InviDas project, we ensure that users of smart wearables, such as fitness watches, will in future have better insight into their data profiles and will thus be able to make informed decisions more easily. New forms of data visualization and gamification are being researched, with which both manufacturers and users can make data privacy declarations more comprehensible and transparent.

The project is funded by the BMBF.

The InviDas project is jointly realized by the Gesellschaft für Informatik e.V., Stiftung Digitale Chancen, Garmin Würzburg GmbH, RWTH Aachen University (Software Engineering, Chair and Institute of Industrial Engineering and Ergonomics and Applied Ethics), Universität Bremen and Otto-Friedrich Universität Bamberg.

Internet of Production (IoP)

The Internet – in its meaning of a worldwide socio-technical network – has revolutionized accessibility of data and knowledge. This idea has been transferred to the physical world with the concept of the Internet of Things (IoT). A direct application of the IoT approach to production is currently not sufficiently feasible. There are many more parameters but much less available data than other big data application domains. Vast amounts of data characterize modern production. However, this data is neither easily accessible, interpretable, nor connected to gain knowledge. With the Internet of Production (IoP), we have the vision to enable a new level of cross-domain collaboration by providing semantically adequate and context-aware data from production, development, and usage in real-time on an appropriate level of granularity. The central scientific approach is the introduction of Digital Twins and Digital Shadows. The Cluster of Excellence will design and implement a conceptual reference infrastructure for the Internet of Production that enables the generation and application of Digital Shadows. The vision of IoP is to enable a new level of cross-domain collaboration by providing semantically adequate and context-aware data from production, development, and usage in real-time, on an adequate level of granularity.

Selected publications

  • [DJM+19] M. Dalibor, N. Jansen, J. Michael, B. Rumpe, A. Wortmann:
    Towards Sustainable Systems Engineering – Integrating Tools via Component and Connector Architectures
    In: G. Jacobs, J. Marheineke, editors, Antriebstechnisches Kolloquium 2019: Tagungsband zur Konferenz, pp. 121-133, Feb. 2019.
  • [DJR+19] M. Dalibor, N. Jansen, B. Rumpe, L. Wachtmeister, A. Wortmann:
    Model-Driven Systems Engineering for Virtual Product Design
    In: L. Burgueño, A. Pretschner, S. Voss, M. Chaudron, J. Kienzle, M. Völter, S. Gérard, M. Zahedi, E. Bousse, A. Rensink, F. Polack, G. Engels, G.Kappel, editors, Proceedings of MODELS 2019. Workshop MPM4CPS, Munich, pp. 430-435, IEEE, Sep. 2019.
  • [SHH+20] G. Schuh, C. Häfner, C. Hopmann, B. Rumpe, M. Brockmann, A. Wortmann, J. Maibaum, M. Dalibor, P. Bibow, P. Sapel, M. Kröger:
    Effizientere Produktion mit Digitalen Schatten
    In: W. Bauer, W. Volk, M. Zäh, editors, ZWF Zeitschrift für wirtschaftlichen Fabrikbetrieb 115(special), pp. 105-107, Carl Hanser Verlag, Munich, April 2020.
  • [BDH+20] P. Bibow, M. Dalibor, C. Hopmann, B. Mainz, B. Rumpe, D. Schmalzing, M. Schmitz, A. Wortmann:
    Model-Driven Development of a Digital Twin for Injection Molding
    In: S. Dustdar, E. Yu, C. Salinesi, D. Rieu, V. Pant, editors, International Conference on Advanced Information Systems Engineering (CAiSE'20), pp. 85-100, Grenoble, Springer International Publishing, June 2020.

Management Cockpit for University Chair Controlling (MaCoCo)

Within the MaCoCo (Management Cockpit for Controlling) project we realize a multi-user web-application for the decentralized management and controlling of organizational processes within the chairs or institutes of a university. The key elements of the project focus on finance, staff and project organization.

Large parts of the code are generated with the MontiCore language workbench and code generation framework to ensure a highly adaptable system. Lead users are involved actively in the development process to be able to provide a useful solution.

The MaCoCo project is funded by the RWTH Aachen University and jointly realized by the chairs of Controlling and Software Engineering.

Selected publications

Modelling Solution for Complex Software Systems (ModelPlex)

The three major objectives of ModelPlex are to develop an open solution for complex systems engineering improving quality and productivity, lead its industrialisation and ensure its successful adoption by the industry.

The MontiCore Language Workbench

MontiCore is a language workbench for an efficient development of domain-specific languages (DSLs). It processes an extended grammar format which defines the DSL and generates Java components for processing the DSL documents. Examples for these components are parser, AST classes, symboltables or visitors. This enables a user to rapidly define a language and use it together with the MontiCore-framework to build domain specific tools. Some MontiCore advantages are the reusability of predefined language components, conservative extension and composition mechanisms and an optimal integration of hand-written code into the generated tools. MontiCore enables the research of model-based software development methods employing a variety of DSLs and modeling languages. On top of this, MontiCore and its DSL products are successfully in use in academic and industrial research projects in various domains such as automotive software modeling, cloud architecture and security modeling, model-based robotics, smart energy management, neural network modeling. The design rationale of MontiCore is to provide a powerful and efficient workbench for the agile creation of DSLs along with their accompanying infrastructure such as analyses, transformations, and code generators.

MontiCore features:

  • Combined specification of concrete and abstract syntax in a context-free grammar
  • Customizable generation of parser and abstract syntax tree
  • Generation of analysis infrastructure including visitors
  • Adaptable grammar processing via interpreted Groovy scripts
  • Configurable logging and process reporting
  • Freemarker Template Engine for easy code generation

DSLs created with MontiCore:

  • Unified Modeling Language for Programming (UML/P)
  • MontiArc Architecture Description Language (ADL) and languages based on it such as
    • MontiArcAutomaton - ADL with automaton behavior specification
    • clArc - Cloud ADL Family
    • MontiSecArc - ADL with security constraints
    • EmbeddedMontiArc - ADL for automotive software and cyber-physical systems engineering
  • Airospace Constraint Specification Language - DSL for the specification of significant air traffic scenarios
  • MontiTrans - Generator and Infrastructure for domain-specific transformation languages
  • GUIDSL - DSL to describe the layout of websites
  • A language to model restrictions in television broadcasts
  • Java and many more

There are many publications about MontiCore (see e.g. here). Especially the MontiCore Reference Manual contains a good summary of how to use MontiCore.

MontiCore-based Generator framework for Enterprise Management (MontiGem)

The MontiGem framework allows developers to generate large parts of a web application for a domain specific Enterprise Information System based on the input models and provides a runtime environment for such systems.

The generated parts include:

  • Database schema
  • Persistence layer - communication interface between application back-end and the database
  • Command infrastructure - communication interface between application front-end and back-end of the application as well as between parts of the back-end
  • Graphical user interface

Selected publications

A Semantic Approach to Evolution Analysis in Model-Based Software Development (Semantic Diff)

The semantic difference from one model to another model contains the elements in the semantics of the former model that are no elements in the semantics of the latter model. Revealing the semantic differences from one model version to a successor model version facilitates to understand the semantic impact of the syntactic changes that have been applied to the original model version to obtain the successor model version. In this project, we develop
  • semantic differencing methods for various concrete modeling languages and
  • concrete modeling language-independent methods that facilitate solving semantic model evolution analysis problems.

Selected publications

SensorCloud, a BMBF Trusted Cloud Computing project

In Cloud Computing the user no longer owns all the devices which process personal data. To lower scepticism, the project SensorCloud investigates techniques to understand and compensate all adoption barriers in a scenario consisting of cloud applications that utilize sensors and actuators in private places. This project adresse the interdisciplinary, i.e. social and technical research challenges for the trustworthy integration of sensor and actuator devices with the Cloud Computing paradigm. Most importantly, these challenges include ease of development, security and privacy, and social dimensions of a cloud-based system which integrates into private life.

Selected publications

Software Plattform Embedded Systems (SPES 2020 / SPES XT)

SPES 2020 and SPES XT are two research project sponsored by the BMBF that aim to develop a methodology to realize a consistent modelbased development of embedded systems.

Selected publications

SysML Workbench for the SPES Method (SpesML)

The Systems Modeling Language (SysML) is extensively used in practice as a modeling language by tool vendors and standardization organizations such as the OMG. The industrial introduction of model-based system engineering (MBSE) often consists only of using the SysML modeling language and simple drawing tools, without an appropriate semantic concept and a consistent development methodology. Existing, more advanced methods and tools are not directly applicable. Thus, the essential potentials of the methodology of integrated MBSE are not used. SPES provides a semantically based concept for MBSE with a set of methods.

This project aims to develop a SysML workbench for the SPES methodology and make it available for practical use. This workbench will support the SPES methods and models continuously to ensure the dissemination of MBSE, especially among small and medium-sized enterprises. Thus, the widely used modeling language SysML will be semantically and methodically substantiated and will pave the way to a comprehensive MBSE approach, especially for industry.