Cyber-physical systems hold promise of solving today's most pressing societal challenges. Unfortunately, CPS design today is limited by an increasingly unmanageable degree of complexity. At Convide, it is our goal to develop methods enabling engineers to build dependable, configurable, and flexible CPS. 


Prof. Dr. Ralf Reussner, Spokesperson of CRC 1608.

We believe that to fundamentally improve CPS design, computer scientists, electrical, and mechanical engineers need to cooperate much more closely than in the past. As an interdisciplinary endeavor, Convide aims at defining a new and more central role of software engineering within systems engineering.

Prof. Dr. Ina Schaefer, Deputy Spokesperson of CRC 1608.

Research Program

Researchers at the CRC investigate novel methods for developing CPS with views, a central mechanism employed to cope with the ever-increasing complexity of these systems. We pursue the goal of creating concepts for tool-supported, model-based development processes, enabling engineers from different disciplines and design spaces with different views on CPS to work together seamlessly. Dependencies between views, versions, variants, and product generations are explicitly modelled in a so-called “virtualized single underlying model” (V-SUM). The use and further development of the V-SUM will form the shared technological core of the CRC. The V-SUM approach allows engineers to develop CPS in different views and different design spaces as independently as possible, and provides assistance in managing view consistency with as much automation as possible and user interaction only where appropriate.