Fraunhofer IESE to present cost-reducing software process technology at IAA Commercial Vehicles in Hannover

Press Release / September 15, 2010

The Fraunhofer Innovation Cluster “Digital Commercial Vehicle Technology” will present itself for the first time at IAA Commercial Vehicles in Hannover. From 23 to 30 September, the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics and the Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering will present innovative IT-based solutions for the commercial vehicle industry.

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Commercial vehicles are assets with high requirements on reliability. One kind of vehicle is rarely produced twice, however – customer-specific requirements result in many variants.
Software is responsible for many innovative and unique functions in a vehicle and must be adapted or parameterized for the different variants.
Therefore, automatic generation of software that takes all dependencies into account would be the dream of many a development manager.
In some areas, this is already possible today. Domain-specific languages restrict development activities to what is essential – namely the differences. The actual software or the configuration data are generated automatically; processes that remain the same do not need to be modeled.
Dr. Thomas Kuhn, project manager at Fraunhofer IESE, has gained experience with this technology in a number of customer projects: “By using task- and product-specific programming environments, productivity could be increased by a factor of 5-10 and all quality requirements could be fulfilled.”
Graphical modeling elements are typically used in domain-specific languages. This does, for example, enable an engineer to simply connect sensors and actors with the control system and to formulate chains of events in the nomenclature of the application – the rest is done by a generator – including plausibility checks.
“The time to get used to the programming interface is very short, even for newcomers to programming, since it is specifically adapted to the needs of the engineers. They can therefore concentrate on what is important and mistakes are avoided.”
For parameterization and regulation tasks, in particular, domain-specific languages can be used to achieve noticeable increases in efficiency.
Using an imbalance detection device as a demonstrator, Fraunhofer IESE will show at this year’s IAA Commercial Vehicles how to develop such a language, which tools are needed to do so, how to integrate these into existing processes, and for which applications the technology is suited. The IESE stand can be found in hall 13 at the joint booth of the state of Rhineland-Palatinate (booth B43).

The methods developed in the context of the Fraunhofer Innovation Cluster “Digital Commercial Vehicle Technology” have already been used several times for product development. As of now, tool support is available for using them in product development.

Contact person:
Ralf Kalmar
Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental
Software Engineering IESE
67663 Kaiserslautern
Phone: +49(0)6 31/6800-1603

Trade fair location: Hall 13, booth B43

The Fraunhofer Innovation Cluster “Digital Commercial Vehicle Technology”:
The strategic aim of the Fraunhofer Innovation Cluster “Digital Commercial Vehicle Technology” is to establish and expand competencies in the areas of Virtual Engineering and Quality Management for the development of commercial vehicles.
The cluster is funded by the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, the state of Rhineland-Palatinate, and the European Fund for Regional Development (EFRE).

Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering IESE
Fraunhofer IESE is one of the worldwide leading research institutes in the area of software and systems development. A major portion of the products offered by our collaboration partners is defined by software. These products range from automotive and transportation systems via automation and plant engineering, information systems, health care and medical systems to software systems for the public sector.
Our solutions allow flexible scaling. This makes us a competent technology partner for organizations of any size – from small companies to major corporations.
Under the leadership of Prof. Dieter Rombach and Prof. Peter Liggesmeyer, the past decade has seen us making major contributions to strengthening the emerging IT location Kaiserslautern. In the Fraunhofer Information and Communication Technology Group, we are cooperating with other Fraunhofer institutes on developing trend-setting key technologies for the future. Fraunhofer IESE is one of 59 institutes of the Fraunhofer- Gesellschaft. Together we have a major impact on shaping applied research in Europe and contribute to Germany’s competitiveness in international markets. The institute is officially a “Selected Landmark 2009“ of the Germany-wide initiative “Germany – Land of Ideas“.