In principle, we opt for research projects with a particular focus on empirical Software/Requirements Engineering and addressing topics of high practical relevance. Our research is of problem-driven and interdisciplinary nature and relies on continuous experimentation, development, and evaluation. Academia-industry collaborations are thus of high priority.

Selected Research Projects

In the following, you find an overview of selected research projects and collaborations in above mentioned areas.

SERT – Software Engineering ReThought (BTH)

The goal of the project is to take on the next generation challenges facing companies developing software intensive systems and products. It is run in close collaboration with our industrial partners as we perform engineering research into topics critical for engineering and business success utilising  Value-based engineering, Data-driven evidence based engineering, and Human-based development as major catalysts.

Details can be taken from here!

Coding Public Value (fortiss)

The project Coding Public Value (CPV), funded by BIDT, focuses on the development and evaluation of methods for responsible software engineering for the common good and corresponding institutional, political and organisational frameworks for public-service media platforms. The project combines Science & Technology Studies, Media and Communication Research, Legal Studies, and empirical Software Engineering in an interdisciplinary collaboration.

Details can be taken from here!

Naming the Pain in Requirements Engineering

Naming the Pain in Requirements Engineering (NaPiRE) is a globally distributed, yearly replicated family of surveys on Requirements Engineering. This research collaboration is the first of its kind and aims at distilling the status quo in industrial practices and contemporary problems in RE to build a first holistic RE theory supporting a problem-driven research. NaPiRE has been founded by me and Stefan Wagner (University of Stuttgart) under the umbrella of the International Software Engineering Research Network (ISERN).

Details can be taken from here!

Simple Secure Sprint (fortiss)

The goal of the project, jointly conducted with Jan Passoth from the Technical University of Munich and in cooperation with Siemens Corporate Technology, is to integrate security-relevant aspects into large-scale agile software development methodologies. To this end, we are studying current practices, possibilities, and barriers affecting the integration of security-relevant artefacts and methods into the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe). The long-term goal is to adopt the method framework in compliance with the IEC 62443-4-1 in a way facilitating a rule-based agile secure software development for non-experts in security based on checklists.

Design Thinking for Requirements Engineering

Given the increasing challenges that arise in the development of innovative, software-intensive products, we are systematically integrating Design Thinking (DT) with Software Requirements Engineering (RE) approaches in a collaboration between the University of St. Gallen, ITMP, and TUM. The goal of DT4RE, lead by Jennifer Hehn, is to actively share knowledge and experiences, and to foster the dialog between practitioners and researchers from both communities (RE and DT) via a tool box including practical methods, templates, and step-by-step tutorials.

Details can be taken from here!

Practical Relevance of RE Research

The goal of the project RE Pract, jointly lead together with Xavier Franch from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya in Spain, is to identify the topics and areas of future research (or fine-tune existing ones) in RE. To this end, we study the perceived practical relevance of RE research outcomes by providing industry participants with the possibility to add their own views and flavours regarding current research in RE. This allows to discover the lines of current research that are more promising for practitioners.

Details can be taken from here!