In the field of systems in contextNew abilities, architectures, and design methods for cyber-physical systems-of-systems, taking into account a dynamic and rapidly changing operational context, including situations that are not envisioned at design time. Our focus is on the information-centric architectures and adaptive operations for situational awareness, smart manufacturing, intelligent traffic, and smart buildings. we have developed the following set of methods:

Information-centric architectures

Information‐centric architectures

Situation awareness with systems-of-systems

Situation awareness, i.e. being aware of the environmental situation by collecting and interpreting information, is a prerequisite for many organisations and systems to make informed decisions and take appropriate actions. Read more

Adapters for plug-and-play interconnectivity

Adapters for plug-and-play interconnectivity

Fast and reliable system integration using interface models

The integration of capabilities from independently developed systems is complex and time-consuming. Even if systems fit in terms of their functionality, connecting them operationally is not trivial, e.g. if their processes differ. Read more

Adaptive runtime re-configuration

Adaptive runtime re-configuration

Goal-driven re-configuration of operational systems-of-systems

Systems within systems-of-systems are operational independent even though they share goals. Given a change in task or situation, they join or leave the system-of-systems – which thus has to adapt its configuration at runtime to adjust and to meet its goals. Read more

System health reflection

System health reflection

Inner awareness of status, information, and processes

Dynamic and adaptive systems of high complexity cannot rely on preconceived safeguards and error containment protocols to ensure their success. Instead, they need to reflect on their health to improve their operations.

Ditigal twins

Chances and challenges in system engineering, smart control, and lifecycle management. read more