International Workshop "Towards Holistic Computational Engineering"

May 30, June 27/29, 2017, Darmstadt


Today, Computational Engineering (CE) is an established field of research that develops and advances the modelling, simulation and optimisation (MSO) of engineering problems. Although CE has brought remarkable improvements to engineering (e.g., optimised designs, shorter time-to-market, lower production costs, contributions to comprehensive simulation platforms), MSO is still considered as selective add-ons to traditional design processes, rather than as a driving force. This situation is becoming particularly pressing, as practitioners, besides asking for faster and more accurate simulation tools, are now also asking for a more consistent MSO strategy. The ad-hoc nature of MSO in today’s design processes leads to continuous model decay as the prototype evolves while the model does not. Predictions based on outdated models lead to severe inaccuracies, whereas model recovery in retrospect entails high costs. This unsatisfactory situation is already stifling progress in many industries, keeping product development costs and times higher than necessary and limiting the ability of manufacturers to quickly create new variants of existing products.

This challenge is attributed to the lack of approaches for properly representing computational models (CMs) and their accompanying simulation techniques in a sufficiently holistic manner. CMs are constructed ad hoc and only serve as input for a particular simulation task of a specific part of the system at a particular design stage, not as an equivalent representative (with a particular set of properties) of the whole design and as such accompanying the entire design process from beginning to end. CE is lacking an integrative, reflective perspective on a meta-level. Appropriate and comprehensive definitions of CM semantics, relationships between CMs, and operations on CMs are often missing, particularly in the context of complex mathematical models, such as those based on partial differential equations (PDEs). Such descriptive concepts and tools are, however, of paramount importance for ensuring a consistent construction, adaptation and (re-)use of CMs throughout the design process.

The workshop „Towards Holistic Computational Engineering“ explores promising directions for future research in CE addressing the above raised issues. Research topics such as, e.g., multi-paradigm modelling, formal verification of CMs, CMs for simulations at multiple scales/physics and appropriate embedding of MSO in engineering design will be addressed. During the workshop, 9 keynote speakers will present their work and their ideas. Sufficient time is foreseen for questions and discussion.

Workshop Programme

May 30, 2017; S4|10-1 (Dolivostraße)
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Herbert De Gersem
14:30-15:30A multi-paradigm approach supporting the modular execution of reconfigurable hybrid systems
Prof. Dr. Holger Giese, Hasso Plattner Institute at the University of Potsdam
15:30-16:30The MoDeNa Multi-Scale Simulation Framework: Bridging Scales with Adaptive Surrogate Models
Dr. Henrik Rusche, Wikki GmbH, Braunschweig
16:30-17:00Coffee break
17:00-18:00Simulation Data Management to support a holistic Systems Engineering approach
Dr. Marcus Krastel, :em engineering methods AG, Darmstadt
June 27, 2017; Hessisches Staatsarchiv (Karolinenplatz)
08:30-09:00Welcome with coffee
09:00-10:00Modeling, simulation, and development of cyber-physical systems with Modelica and FMI using the OpenModelica Open-Source Environment
Prof. Dr. Peter Fritzson, University of Linköping
10:00-11:00Aspects of simulations in a product’s life-cycle on commercial software platforms
Dr.-Ing. Timo Euler, CST AG, Darmstadt
11:00-11:30Coffee break
11:30-12:30Mathematische Opazität. Über Rechtfertigung und Reproduzierbarkeit in der Computersimulation
Dr. Andreas Kaminski, TU Darmstadt
June 29, 2017; Hessisches Staatsarchiv (Karolinenplatz)
08:30-09:00Welcome with coffee
09:00-10:00Multi-Paradigm Modelling
Prof. Dr. Hans Vangheluwe, University of Antwerp
10:00-11:00Abstract Behavioral Specification
Prof. Dr. Reiner Hähnle, TU Darmstadt
11:00-11:30Coffee break
11:30-12:30The changing Role of Simulation – From Mathematics to CAE Democratization
Dr. Dirk Hartmann, Siemens AG, Corporate Technology, Munich


The organisational board of the workshop cordially invites researchers to participate and register here. Participation is free of costs.


The workshop will take place at two locations:

on May 30, 2017
Technische Universität Darmstadt
Graduate School CE
Dolivostraße 15, 64293 Darmstadt, Germany
Room: S4|10-1

Please find information on directions here.

on June 27 and 29, 2017
Hessisches Staatsarchiv Darmstadt
Karolinenplatz 3, 64289 Darmstadt, Germany

Please find information on directions here (available in German language only).

Board of Organisers

Prof. Herbert De Gersem

(Theory of Electromagnetic Fields)

Prof. Michael Schäfer

(Numerical Methods in Mechanical Engineering)

Prof. Stefan Ulbrich

(Nonlinear Optimization and Optimal Control)

Prof. Felix Wolf

(Parallel Programming)

For further information or in case of any questions please contact the .


Technische Universität Darmstadt

Graduate School CE
Dolivostraße 15
D-64293 Darmstadt

Phone+49 6151/16-24401
Fax -24404

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