Overview of Research Topics

The Real-Time Systems Lab started its work in July 2002 at the Department of Electrical Engineering and Communication Technology of the Technische Universität Darmstadt. Our research is focused on software engineering languages, tools as well as methods, and their application for the development of embedded real-time systems. Our main research topics and related projects are outlined in the following table.


Meta-Models & Model Transformations

MOF-based meta-modeling framework based on the graphtransformation tool Fujaba.

Publications related to MOFLON

since 2004


MOF-based meta-modeling approach for the description of UML dialects/profiles and automatic adaption of UML tools (running joint research project with the Institute of Software Technology, University of the German Armed Forces, Munich)

2002 - 2004

Visual programming environment based on graph rewriting systems for rapid prototyping graph manipulation tools (running joint research project with the Department of Computer Science III, RWTH Aachen)

1986 - 2006

P2P Technologies

In this DFG research group, PhD students of different departments improve basic quality aspects of peer-to-peer networks to challenge classical client-server approaches. We investigate external correctness and consistence of data.

As a proof-of-concept a distributed, but nevertheless integrated peer-to-peer-based Integrated Project Support Environment (P2P-IPSE) is developed, which enables a distributed community of users to develop software collaboratively. To achieve interoperability we will improve our ToolNet project, i.e. combine client/server COTS (CASE) tool integration technologies with P2P-based data integration and communication technologies.

since 2006

Language & Tool Integration

Tool integration Environment based on Triple Graph Grammars and JMI compliant tool adapters.

since 2007

XML-based CASE tool integration platform used for the development of embedded automotive system software (running joint research project supported by DaimlerChrysler AG, Software Technology Research Lab, Berlin)

Publications related to Toolnet

2001 - 2006

Syntactic and Semantic Integration of Visual Modeling Techniques (running joint research training network supported by European Community - 11 partners)

2002 - 2005

Model Based & Product Line Testing

BMBF research project on application of aspect-oriented and model-driven approaches to software product line development.

since 2008

Rule- and classification-tree-based test data generation tool for automotive system software development (finished research project supported by DaimlerChrysler AG, Research and Technology, Frankfurt)

2000 - 2001

Model Driven Software Development

A plugin for the UML tool Fujaba that provides support for software architecture stratification.

since 2004

Graph-based tools for Conceptual Design in Civil Engineering - generated with graph transformation tool PROGRES (running joint research project supported by "Alexander-von-Humbolt"-Stiftung with RWTH Aachen, Polish Academy of Science, Warsaw and Jagiellonian University, Cracow)

2000 - 2003

Multimedia Software Engineering - generating interactive algorithm animations using the graph transformation tool PROGRES (running joint research project supported by BMBF-Förderprogramm "Neue Medien in der Bildung" - seven partners)

2001 - 2003

Security Engineering

Center for Advanced Security Research Darmstadt, a research center supported by the LOEWE capaign of the state of Hesse.

since 2008

Member of the IT-Security Research Center at the Technische Universität Darmstadt

since 2002

Software Modernization
Model Driven Software Modernization

Model-driven reengineering of software in automation engineering in a project with Eckelmann AG.

since 2008

Wetenschappelijke Onderzoeksgemeenschap on "Software Evolution" (running research network supported by the Fonds voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek, Vlanderen- five partners)

2001 - 2005

Standard graph- and XML-based data exchange language for reengineering tools (joint research project with the Institute for Software Technology, University of Koblenz/Landau and the Chair for Telecommunications Software Engineering, University of Waterloo)


Domain Specific Languages & Methods

Together with out industrial partners from Model Engineering Solutions and associate parterns from Daimler AG we strive to develop a full-fledged MAtlab Java Adapter for the de-facto-standard Matlab/Simulink/Stateflow (by the MathWorks) and TargetLink (by dSPACE). The project is funded by the german BMBF.

since mid of 2009

The Model Advisor Transformation Extension is an add-on tool which complements the MATLAB/Simulink Model Advisor’s model analysis functionality. MATE shifts the focus from analytical to constructive model quality improvement by surveilance and (semi-)automatic reparation of modeling guidelines.

since 2006

Graduate School Computational Engineering at TU Darmstadt

since 2008


Technische Universität Darmstadt

Institut für Datentechnik

Fachgebiet Echtzeitsysteme

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Andy Schürr

Geb. S3|06 (3. Stock, Raum 313)

Merckstr. 25

64283 Darmstadt

+49 6151 16-6940
+49 6151 16-6942

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