Model-Based Assistance and Information Services

Working Group


Informatics as a research discipline must constantly face new challenges such as heterogeneous information sources, growing amounts of structural and behavioural data, and broad range of possible end-users. Thus, the need for (a) assistive and (b) information services and systems grows. We meet these challenges by using models and model-based software engineering as foundation to develop data-centric information systems and assistive systems.

Model-Based Software Engineering

Generating software is an important capability for a tooling infrastructure that successfully assists modeling in the development process (see “Agile Model Based Software Engineering”). As every application domain has its own terms, relations, structure and behaviour, there is a need for developing different Domain Specific Languages (DSLs) for each domain and/or purpose. The automatic combination of models from a variety of DSLs ensures consistency (e.g. for front- and backend).

Data-Centric Information Systems and Services

Systems and services for the representation of big amounts of data such as web-information portals are commonly used and their representation and system architecture highly depends on the domain in focus. Using generative methods accelerates the development process (see “Generative Software Engineering”) and decreases development time, as changes of the models are easily passed on to the source code. We are demonstrating the practical application of this approach , e.g., in the MaCoCo and InviDas project using the generator framework MontiGem.

Human-Centered Assistance Systems and Services

A step further from informing users is to provide support to them. Supportive or also called assistive systems and services support human processes both, at work and in private life. It is again an emerging research field regarding the digital transformation of numerous application areas. Such assistance services are commonly embedded in a larger system architecture combining devices and resources, receiving data from sensors and communicate with functions and services. Model-based approaches improve the communication capabilities of these components and ensure consistency. Formal verification methods can be applied to a safety-critical subset of these components and their communication. Moreover, model-based approaches can be used to support privacy-by-design and eases human-centered development approaches.

Application Domains

Assistance and Information Services are relevant in a variety of domains. Each of them with its own specifications, ideas and legal restrictions. Thus, it is important to strongly involve domain experts into the development process of such systems and services. This involvement can be supported by using MBSE: Prototypes and functionalities can be developed fast, changes can be easily handled, end users can provide feedback in an earlier development stage and feature requests can be implemented faster.

The group members already have experiences in the following domains:

  • Ambient Assisted Living
  • Controlling and Finances
  • Energy
  • Health
  • Internet of Production (IoP)
  • Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Industry 4.0
  • Smart Homes

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Team Members

Currently, the Model-Based Assistance and Information Services working group consists of:

Judith.Michael Judith Michael, Dr.
Arvid.Butting Arvid Butting, M.Sc.
Arkadii.Gerasimov Arkadii Gerasimov, M.Sc.
Malte.Heithoff Malte Heithoff, M.Sc.
Steffen.Hillemacher Steffen Hillemacher, M.Sc.
Lukas.Netz Lukas Netz, M.Sc.
Sebastian.Stueber Sebastian Stueber, M.Sc.


Our research manifests in project results with large and small partners from industry and research, as well as in our publications. You can find our publications by topic:

Modeling Languages
Application Domains
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