Research Overview

The research activities of the Real-Time System Lab are centered around the idea of model-driven software engineering. Already finished and still running research projects are organized in 6 clusters shown in the following diagram.

Research Areas at ES

The cluster “Meta-Modeling & Model Transformation” builds the fundament for all other clusters. Based on model engineering technologies and tools developed in this cluster, the “Concurrent Engineering & Tool Integration” as well as the “Model-Based Quality Assurance” clusters represent groups of research projects related to the development of techniques that support synchronization of models across engineering domain on one hand and systematic model-based analysis and testing of software on the other hand. The remaining three clusters “Model-Driven Security Engineering”, “Product Line Engineering”, and “Self-Adaptive Distributed Systems” finally study the application of model-based software engineering concepts from different perspectives with a main focus on high-level specification and generative software engineering techniques. Right now these techniques are mainly used for the development of distributed system monitoring and self-adaptation mechanisms as well as for optimizing software product line quality assurance processes. Studied application domains addressed in cooperations with industry include the model-based development of automation engineering applications, automotive software, etc.

For further details please refer to the more detailed descriptions of these six research clusters. 

Table of Research Topics

Meta-Modeling & Model Transformations

A meta-modeling framework based on EMF and the pattern matching engine Democles.

since 2004


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

1986 - 2006

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

2002 - 2004
Self-Adaptive Distributed Systems

MAKI creates an innovative premise for the communication systems of the future. Its aim is to be more adaptive to changes, particularly during ongoing operations. MAKI considers the diversity of Internet as an opportunity by utilizing the individual attributes of particular mechanisms to meet the desired high quality objectives. ES is active in the sub-projects A1 and A4 of MAKI.

since 2013

In this DFG research group, PhD students of different departments improved basic quality aspects of peer-to-peer networks to challenge classical client-server approaches. We investigated 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) was developed, which enables a distributed community of users to develop software collaboratively. To achieve interoperability, we improved our ToolNet project, i.e. combine client/server COTS (CASE) tool integration technologies with P2P-based data integration and communication technologies.

2006 - 2012
Concurrent Engineering & Tool Integration

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

2007 - 2012

XML-based CASE tool integration platform used for the development of embedded automotive system software (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 (joint research training network supported by European Community - 11 partners)

2002 - 2005
Model Based Quality Assurance

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

2008 - 2010

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

2000 - 2001
Model-Driven Security Engineering

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

2008 - 2016
Product Line Engineering

In IMoTEP (Integrated Model-based Testing of Continuously Evolving Software Product Lines) we aim on developing efficient test-suite generation approaches for evolving software product lines (SPL), i.e., testing both predefined re-configuration as well as unforeseen evolution of an SPL.

since 2012


Technische Universität Darmstadt

Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology

Real-Time Systems Lab

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Andy Schürr

Magdalenenstr. 4

64289 Darmstadt

Office: 206

+49 6151 16-22350

+49 6151 16-22352

Technische Universität Darmstadt
Fachbereich Elektrotechnik und Informationstechnik
Fachgebiet Echtzeitsysteme
Magdalenenstr. 4
64289 Darmstadt
Office: 206
+49 6151 16-22350
+49 6151 16-22352
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