Model-Driven Systems Engineering

Working Group


Engineering software for modern systems of systems demands integrating solutions from multiple domains. The successful deployment of automated vehicles, mobile robots or the smart cyber-physical production systems of Industry 4.0 is impossible without integrating the modules developed by participating domain experts. As each domain features their own specific and optimized methods, tools, and languages, their successful integration is a crucial prerequisite for engineering future’s systems of systems.

Model-driven engineering reduces the conceptual gap between the problem domains (such as navigation, grasping, or business process description) domains and the solution domains (programming) of discourse. Modeling languages enables domain experts to describe solutions without facing the accidental complexities and idiosyncrasies of programming languages. For instance, employing an optimized modeling language to describe robotic assembly tasks liberates the assembly expert from handling pointers, exceptions, or networking otherwise encountered when programming the tasks using general-purpose programming languages (such as C++ or Java) instead. Smart model transformations and code generators embody such programming expertise and can ensure that translation of domain-specific models conforms to state-of-the-art software engineering practices.

Research Questions

  • What are the modeling languages required for efficient systems engineering with domain experts? How are these engineered, integrated, and reused? How does this translate to modeling tools, analysis and synthesis techniques, transformations, and code generators?
  • What are the theoretical foundations of systems engineering language integration and how can we exploit these to enable language components that support off-the-shelf reuse?
  • How can we modularize language processing tooling along the language integration degrees of freedom to easily reusing the same tooling with different language combinations?
  • How can we leverage architecture description languages to facilitate the separation of concerns required for efficient language integration and reuse?
  • How does an agile process framework look like that optimally assists various kinds of development processes?

Team Members

Currently, the model-driven systems engineering working group consists of:

Christian.Kirchhof Christian Kirchhof, M.Sc. RWTH
Evgeny.Kusmenko Evgeny Kusmenko, Dr. rer. nat.
Imke.Nachmann Imke Nachmann, M.Sc.
Louis.Wachtmeister Louis Wachtmeister, M.Sc.
Matthias.Markthaler Matthias Markthaler, M.Sc.
Vincent.Bertram Vincent Bertram, M.Sc.
Jonas.Ritz Jonas Ritz, M.Sc.

Research Partners

In ongoing and successfully finished research projects, we have collaborated with various partners from industry and academy, including:

  • BMW Group
  • Bosch
  • DSA Daten- und Systemtechnik GmbH
  • FEV Europe GmbH
  • Ford Motor Company
  • Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
  • InSystems Automation GmbH
  • Itemis AG
  • pure-systems GmbH
  • Robotics Equipment Corporation GmbH
  • Siemens AG - Deutschland
  • Symeo GmbH
  • TU Braunschweig
  • TU Clausthal
  • TU München


Our research manifests in project results with large and small partners from industry and research, as well as in our publications. We’ve arranged our publications by topic for your convenience below:

Modeling Languages
Application Domains
Our Most Important Software Tools