For reasons of confidentiality, only selected projects are briefly summarised. Do not hesitate to contact me for further information.

Ongoing Projects

CrESt (funded by DLR/BMBF)

The goal of the project with 22 partners is the development of a comprehensive framework for the model-based development of collaborative embedded systems tackling engineering challenges arising from the development of interconnected systems (with a particular focus on systems’ architectures) in dynamic contexts. 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. The survey 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) and currently involves more than 50 researchers from over 20 countries. Details can be taken from here!

Non-functional Requirements for Model-Driven Development

This project constitutes a research collaboration between 20 researchers from 8 countries. The goal of this project is to survey industrial practices on the integration of non-functional requirements (NFR) and model-driven development (MDD), called NFR4MDD. Details can be taken from here!


Completed Projects (Selected)

ZD.B Task Force

The goal of the ZD.B task force was to support the founding president in the preparation of the launch of the Bavarian Centre for Digitisation. I was responsible for conceptualising the funding programmes for junior research groups and the state-wide Bavarian graduate school.

IT Governance Bayern with the Bavarian Government

IT Governance Bayern was a competence center established for a long-term cooperation with further research groups of the TUM and the Bavarian Ministry of Finance, IT department 1. We investigated different research areas in IT governance in the public sector with a particular focus on enterprise architecture management, service-oriented architectures, and the management of IT development projects in those domains. The overall goal was the development the Bavarian IT strategy for the public sector.

Investigation of the Interplay between Business and Requirements Engineering with Siemens CT

The research cooperation with Siemens Corporate Technology aimed at the investigation of the interplay between Business, Requirements Engineering, and (solution-driven) Engineering disciplines. The project aimed, in particular, at exploring what phenomena exist, how they relate to each other in (multi-)project environments, and how RE could be efficiently be integrated.

Artefact-based Requirements Engineering Optimisation with Daimler

The goal of this project was the identification of potential fields of optimisations in the Requirements Engineering process by the use of the artefact-based paradigm. To this end, we applied a set of empirical methods as part of a RE improvement framework developed at the research group to conduct a qualitative process analysis and to steer the further development of the RE process in direct response to company-specific goals and problems.

Artefact-based Requirements Engineering Optimisation with Wacker

The goal of this project was the scientific evaluation of current developments of analytical and constructive quality assurance concepts for Requirements Engineering. We furthermore identified potential fields of optimisations in the Requirements Engineering process and evaluated, by means of empirical methods, whether and how to apply the artefact-based paradigm to optimise the RE process in direct response to company-specific goals and problems.

Model-based Process Enactment with Siemens

The goal of this project is to empirically analyse and conceptually establish the linkage between development proces models and their instances to support for the management, the controlling, and the continuous process improvement.

Requirements Engineering and Optimisation with Deutsche Lufthansa AG

The goal of the project was the identification of potential optimisations in the Requirements Engineering of the Deutschen Lufthansa AG (DLH). The analysis included the standard reference model for Requirements Engineering and the Requirements Engineering process performed in an exemplary software development project. Based on the potential optimisations, we inferred a list of improvement suggestions for the RE process at the DLH.

Requirements Engineering Solution 6 with Siemens

The project represented a case study hosted by Siemens in which the artefact-based RE approach VM BISA (for the application domain of business information systems / see also Quasar Requirements) was evaluated.

RE School with Capgemini Technology Services

Quasar Requirements is an artefact-based RE approach being developed in a research cooperation with Capgemini Technology Services. The approach was integrated into the architecture framework of Capgemini sd&m (Quasar). The project aimed at the definition of training material for (chief) analysts, architects, and management-specific roles.

Quasar Requirements with Capgemini Technology Services

The development of Quasar Requirements was performed in cooperation with Capgemini Technology Services with the goal to develop the company-wide artefact-based reference model for Requirements Engineering for custom software development projects in the domain of business information systems. It incorporates the company-specific architecture principles of Quasar Enterprise and the Capgemini Integrated Architecture Framework, and is integrated into the company-specific development process model, a variant of the Rational Unified Process.

SOA@Innovation Labs with the SOA Innovation Labs and the Deutsche Post

The project aims at the definition and evaluation of a semantic foundation of the basic concepts used in the area of service-oriented architecture in a cooperation with the SOA Innovation Labs in general and the Deutsche Post in particular. To reach this aim, the project is performed over two stages. First, an integrated modelling theory of the research group is completed for functional concepts used in process modelling, service modelling and the inference of a logical component architecture. The theory is defined via mathematical models referring to the FOCUS theory. In a second step, a case study is conducted in which we assess the modelling theory in direct comparison to given modelling techniques developed by the Deutsche Post.