Ongoing projects

Design, set-up, and operative testing of a fully automatic shunting engine (“Vollautomatische Rangierlok”, VAL) in cooperation with the Deutsche Bahn (DB Cargo).


In this project, a retrofit module for a shunting engine will be developed and made ready for use. The module enables the fully automatic shunting without the presence of a locomotive shunting engineer (Lrf). Individual components from other industrial branches (e.g. automotive, defence, robotics, ...) are modified and recombined into an innovative, novel system. The approach followed in the VAL project includes equipping established shunting engines with an appropriate environmental sensor system that is able to accomplish all monitoring tasks in modern LrF. Furthermore, a new digital interface between infrastructure and engine will be created that will provide an adequate substitute for the current verbal communication structures. To do this, a new role will be created in engineering operations, namely a VAL operator, who will be decisively responsible for monitoring and controlling the fully automatic shunting engine. In addition, a new computer component will be integrated into the signal box that will transfer the driving orders to the engine. A product that is ready for use will be constructed that meets security requirements and that will be eligible for certification and market launch.



Autonomously driving model vehicles based on explainable meta learning classifiers

The automotive industry has been called on by political and social requirements to develop transparency for its ML algorithms. Specific and real experiences in meta learning will play an important role in this.

“OHMeta Runner” will provide these types of experiences for the first time by using an innovative robotic construction of an autonomous model vehicle in a modelling scale (ca. 1:8) and an obstacle course. The focus of the research is on exploring the implementation of meta learning technology for autonomous driving and the analysis of the applicability of explainable AI approaches to this technology. This means the machine learning decisions will be traceable and transparent, and on an architectural level, an abstract security-risk analysis can be executed.

Our team is developing a versatile-purpose robotic construction (model vehicle) that is robust, has all required sensors and actuators, and meets the high performance and efficiency requirements of ML algorithms. A subsequent migration to Adaptive AUTOSAR is certainly an aim for follow-on projects and it is, in principle, primed for this due to the conformity with EAST-ADL on the architectural level.

Creating this robot construction has resulted in a fruitful inter-Faculty, interdisciplinary platform that will generate novel ideas for the area of software engineering and machine learning.


Due to increasing networking, cyber attacks are a growing threat to many application areas, including networked driving or smart metering. These gateway-based systems require joint concepts of functional safety and IT security.

The aim of the research project is to research attacks on the IT security of system architectures used for networked cyber-critical systems as the interaction between functional safety and IT security in this context is still largely unknown.

The central purpose of the research is to comprehensively analyze the security technology, the gateway structures, and the corresponding system development processes. Requirements for system architectures, security technology, and test processes, as well as for a maturity model will be derived using vulnerabilities and threat analyses, together with penetration tests and architectural analyses. A catalogue of vulnerabilities and threats will be developed to form the basis for an automated analysis of functional safety and IT security and will thereby make a core contribution to the risk analysis of cyber-critical systems.

Cooperation partner: Ostbayerische Technische Hochschule Regensburg, GmbH, eMundo GmbH, iNTENCE automotive electronic GmbH, BFFT Gesellschaft für Fahrzeugtechnik mbH


In order to protect danger zones from the consequences of sinkholes or other georisks, safety devices containing integrated geoplastics are used. These building products, which are predominantly manufactured by textile engineering, are highly elastic and can be used permanently and cheaply to reinforce the ground. They are also used as a protective measure against the effects of contaminated soils that pose a risk to the environment or erosion, as well as to seal off and drain landfills, waterways or dams and dykes. 

The research project “Optical sensors for monitoring earth structures”, led by Prof. Rainer Engelbrecht, aims to develop and investigate innovative and cost-effective sensors on the basis of polymer optical fibres (POF) to monitor the structure of geoplastics.

Further information can be found on the project homepage

Completed projects


“Multi-Core safe and software-intensive Systems Improvement Community”
  • Research content: Overcoming the challenges facing the automotive and aviation industry arising as a result of heterogeneous multi-core architectures
  • Research association of the Laboratory for Safe and Secure Systems working groupLaS³)
  • Academic project partners OTH Regensburg, TH Ingolstadt, OTH Amberg-Weiden, HS Munich, FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg
  • Industrial project partners Audi AG, Continental Automotive GmbH (Powertrain), AIRBUS Defence and Space GmbH, Elektrobit Automotive GmbH, Infineon Technologies AG, iNTENCE automotive electronics GmbH, Timing-Architects Embedded Systems GmbH, XKrug GmbH
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Completed December 2018

Funded by the  Bavarian Research Foundation


Car2X communication is technology that aims to enable the exchange of data, for example hazard sources, obstacles, traffic flow or the general vehicle status, with other road users or the infrastructure. The aim of the “Ohm Runner” project, supported by the Staedtler Foundation, is to investigate and assess how this communication is established, the various applications in this area, and possible measures to be taken to secure the integrity of the data transferred in this way.

The project seeks to teach a model vehicle how to exchange information with its environment and interpret that information using vehicle standards and technologies such as AUTOSAR. This requires potential application scenarios to be defined, implemented, and assessed as regards their practicability and added value.

The information generated here may become an important component of smart city and smart grid concepts and help not only to influence traffic management in real time but also to predict and even influence certain occurrences using skilful assessments of these large data quantities.


Work performed by Christian Stahl and Johannes Rösler.

Completed September 2017

funded by: Staedtler Stiftung


Model-based Analysis & Engineering   of Novel Architectures for Dependable Electric Vehicles


Project duration:Sept 2010 – Aug 2013


Research associates:Prof. Ramin Tavakoli Kolagari, Tobias Wägemann



Sara Tucci-Piergiovanni, De-Jiu Chen, Chokri Mraidha, Henrik Lönn, Nidhal Mahmud, Mark-Oliver Reiser, Ramin Tavakoli Kolagari, Nataliya Yakymets, Renato Librino, Sandra Torchiaro, Agnes Lanusse: Model-Based Analysis and Engineering of Automotive Architectures with EAST-ADL, Chapter 10 of the  Handbook of Research on Embedded Systems Designedited by Alessandra Bagnato, Leandro Soares Indrusiak, Imran Rafiq Quadri and Matteo Rossi, IGI Global, Hershey, August 2014. pp. 242–282.


Hans Blom, Henrik Lönn, Frank Hagl, Yiannis Papadopoulos, Mark-Oliver Reiser, Carl-Johan Sjöstedt, De-Jiu Chen, Fulvio Tagliabò, Sandra Torchiaro, Sara Tucci, Ramin Tavakoli Kolagari: EAST-ADL: An Architecture Description Language for Automotive Software-Intensive Systems, Chapter 23 of  Embedded Computing Systems: Applications, Optimization, and Advanced Designedited by Mohamed Khalgui, Olfa Mosbahi and Antonio Valentini, IGI Global, Hershey, April 2013. pp. 456–470.


Philippe Cuenot, Patrik Frey, Rolf Johansson, Henrik Lönn, Yiannis Papadopoulos, Mark-Oliver Reiser, Anders Sandberg, David Servat, Ramin Tavakoli Kolagari, Martin Törngren, Matthias Weber (invited paper, peer reviewed): The EAST-ADL Architecture Description Language for Automotive Embedded Software, Invited Chapter in the LNCS Volume on Model-Based Engineering of Embedded Real-Time Systems (MBEERTS)Lecture Notes in Computer Science, edited by Holger Giese, Bernard Rumpe, Bernard Schätz, International Dagstuhl Workshop, Dagstuhl Castle, Germany, November 4-9, 2007, Revised Selected Papers, 2010. pp. 297–307.


Eric Armengaud, Andreas Baumgart, Matthias Biehl, De-Jiu Chen, Gerhard Griessnig, Christian Hein, Tom Ritter, Ramin Tavakoli Kolagari, Markus Zoier: Model-based Toolchain for the Efficient Development of Safety-relevant Automotive Embedded Systems, Proceedings of the SAE 2011 World Congress & ExhibitionDetroit, April 2011.


Anders Sandberg, De-Jiu Chen, Henrik Lönn, Rolf Johansson, Lei Feng, Martin Törngren, Sandra Torchiaro, Ramin Tavakoli Kolagari, Andreas Abele: Model-based Safety Engineering of Interdependent Functions in Automotive Vehicles Using EAST-ADL2,  Proceedings of the 29th International Conference on Computer Safety, Reliability and Security (SAFECOMP’10), Vienna, September 2010. pp. 332–346.


Philippe Cuenot, Patrick Frey, Rolf Johansson, Henrik Lönn, Yiannis Papadopoulos, Mark-Oliver Reiser, Anders Sandberg, David Servat, Ramin Tavakoli Kolagari, Martin Törngren, Matthias Weber: The EAST-ADL Architecture Description Language for Automotive Embedded Software, Chapter 11 of Model-Based Engineering of Embedded Real-Time Systems, International Dagstuhl Workshop, Dagstuhl Castle, Germany, November 4-9, 2007, Revised Selected Papersedited by Holger Giese, Gabor Karsai, Edward Lee, Bernhard Rumpe, Bernhard Schätz, Lecture Notes in Computer Science 6100, Springer, Berlin, 2010. pp. 297–308.


Hans Blom, Henrik Lönn, Ramin Tavakoli Kolagari: On Tooling strategy for the EAST-ADL language, Proceedings of the 1st Workshop on Hands-on Platforms and tools for model-based engineering of Embedded Systems (HoPES’10), in conjunction with ECMFA 2010, Paris, June 2010. pp. 19–26.


Hans Blom, Henrik Lönn, Frank Hagl, Yiannis Papadopoulos, Mark-Oliver Reiser, Carl-Johan Sjöstedt, De-Jiu Chen, Ramin Tavakoli Kolagari:EAST-ADL—An Architecture Description Language for Automotive Software-Intensive Systems, White Paper, Version 2.1.12, 2012.