The key to innovation strength and competiveness in the future
Traditional software and systems engineering is on the verge of a turning point. To date, the focus has been on ensuring the reliability and safety of relatively small, centralized and automated systems operating in predictable environments. Current and future requirements are increasingly shifting toward the trustworthiness of larger, dynamically-connected, self-learning and continuously self-adapting systems that often respond autonomously.
These systems typically feature a high proportion of software, which enables powerful functions that go far beyond what was once possible with mechatronic systems that operate more in an isolated environment. The high software ratio and corresponding possibility to add new and modified functions, even during runtime, harbors enormous market potential and significant competitive advantages for pioneering companies.
The fortiss Center for Advanced Systems Engineering is thus pursuing the goal of creating as consistent a design framework as possible in order to develop advanced software-intensive systems across the entire life cycle in a values-oriented and manageable manner. Apart from industrial technology leaders, the focus here is also on small-to-medium enterprises that have recognized that software is a vital element of their value chain. In close collaboration with our partners from industry and business, we are developing a targeted portfolio of research, development and transfer services and serve as an expert training partner.
Organization and moderation of meetings to share experiences related to the introduction or application of advanced systems engineering. These meetings present an opportunity to identify gaps in methods and engineering. The network also offers the possibility to discuss application-wide topics and create new networks.
Assessment and evaluation of companies by independent experts from science regarding the values-oriented development of software-intensive systems. Answers to important issues on the basis of a targeted transformation process that also takes into account necessary organizational changes if applicable.
Advanced software-intensive systems represent a tremendous challenge for traditional systems engineering given that they spawn completely new requirements:
Despite major scientific and practical strides in these areas over the past several years, there remains a lack of scalable applications, as well as a shortage of suitable reference models, open standards and support tools.
The center’s services are based on the results of a series of national projects related to the manageable development of software-intensive systems. The resulting advanced systems engineering framework helps numerous partners to design the development of software-intensive systems in a manageable and resource-efficient manner.
Here the special focus is on agile development principles, high variability requirements, the reuse of legacy components from prior subsystems, the integration of an asset library and the management of product lines.
The Center for Advanced Systems Engineering incorporates these principles into a consistent approach and using this as a foundation, provides a clear and scalable methodology.