Human-Centered Software Engineering Research Group

Institute of Software Engineering and Programming Languages,
Prof. Dr. Matthias Tichy

Empowering Humans to Drive the Digital Revolution

Software is ultimately developed for and by humans. Consequently, we – the Human-Centered Software Engineering Research Group – focus our software engineering research on supporting and empowering humans to drive the digital revolution.

We do this by aiming at reducing complexity, avoiding defects, and improving developer resp. user experience. We realize this by developing domain-specific languages, quality assurance techniques, and innovative tools. To ensure high-quality research, we apply incremental/iterative design science research to arrive at evaluated solutions and empirical research methods to systematically identify research opportunities and properly show the benefits of our research results. Our research targets embedded systems, particularly automotive software, self-adaptive systems, and software in general as application areas.


M.Sc. Raphael Straub

M.Sc. Raphael Straub
Research Assistant
Ulm University
Institute of Software Engineering and Programming Languages
Albert-Einstein-Allee 11
89069 Ulm
Room: 027 413

M.Sc. Thomas Witte

Thomas Witte
M.Sc. Thomas Witte
Research Assistant
Ulm University
Institute of Software Engineering and Programming Languages
Albert-Einstein-Allee 11
89069 Ulm
Room: O27 4103

Research Projects

Tools to accelerate innovation along the automotive value chain

Self-organizing resilient execution platform for IoT services

Model-based Explainable Coordination of Complex Reconfigurations

Integrated Safety and Security Engineering of Self-Adaptive Systems.



Getir, Sinem; Grunske, Lars; van Hoorn, André; Kehrer, Timo; Noller, Yannic; Tichy, Matthias
Supporting Semi-Automatic Co-Evolution of Architecture and Fault Tree Models
Journal of Systems and Software
April 2018
Juhnke, Katharina; Tichy, Matthias; Houdek, Frank
Quality Indicators for Automotive Test Case Specifications
1st Workshop on Software Engineering for Applied Embedded Real-Time Systems (SEERTS 2018), Ulm, Germany
March 2018


Gutbrod, Matthias; Münch, Jürgen; Tichy, Matthias
How Do Software Startups Approach Experimentation? Empirical Results from a Qualitative Interview Study
18th International Conference on Product-Focused Software Process Improvement (Profes 2017)
November 2017
Staron, Miroslaw; Meding, Wilhelm; Tichy, Matthias; Bjurhede, Jonas; Giese, Holger; Söder, Ola
Industrial experiences from evolving measurement systems into self-healing systems for improved availability
Software: Practice and Experience
August 2017
Strüber, Daniel; Born, Kristopher; Gill, Kanwal Daud; Groner, Raffaela; Kehrer, Timo; Ohrndorf, Manuel; Tichy, Matthias
Henshin: A Usability-Focused Framework for EMF Model Transformation Development
Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Graph Transformation (ICGT 2017), Marburg, Germany
July 2017
Bordeleau, Francis; Liebel, Grischa; Raschke, Alexander; Stieglbauer, Gerald; Tichy, Matthias
Challenges and Research Directions for Successfully Applying MDE Tools in Practice
Model-Driven Engineering Tools Challenge (MDETools'17), Austin, Texas
July 2017
Tichy, Matthias; Beaucamp, Luis; Kögel, Stefan
Towards Debugging the Matching of Henshin Model Transformations Rules
1st International Workshop on Debugging in Model-Driven Engineering (MDEbug), Austin, Texas
July 2017
Besker, Terese; Martini, Antonio; Bosch, Jan; Tichy, Matthias
An investigation of Technical Debt in Automated Production Systems
Proceedings of the Ninth International Workshop on Managing Technical Debt (held in conjunction with XP2017), Cologne, Germany
May 2017
Nassal, Alexander; Tichy, Matthias
Ein Framework zur Erstellung von Planspielen zur Softwaretechnik
15. Workshop für Software Engineering im Unterricht der Hochschulen, Hannover, 22-23. Februar 2017
February 2017
Liebel, Grischa; Anjorin, Anthony; Knauss, Eric; Lorber, Florian; Tichy, Matthias
Modelling Behavioural Requirements and Alignment with Verification in the Embedded Industry
5th International Conference on Model-Driven Engineering and Software Development (MODELSWARD 2017), Porto, Portugal,
February 2017