As an application domain to demonstrate and validate its research results, the SFB has chosen to initially focus on distributed control and monitoring systems, and, in particular, on home automation systems. Home automation systems are computer-based systems controlling aspects like room temperature, ventilation, lighting, and access control for buildings ranging from smaller family residences to large office buildings and industrial buildings. For several reasons, this application domain appears to be especially well-suited as a test-bed for the developed methods, techniques, and tools:
It must be noted, however, that it is not the goal to develop outstanding new products in this application domain. Selected systems from this domain rather serve as prototypes for demonstrating the benefits of the technologies developed by the SFB. The transferability of these technologies will be proven by a gradual extension of the case studies to other application domains.
SFB 501 - Development of Large Systems with Generic Methods