CSSE Seminar Series

Automated Design of Building Automation Systems: Overview and Research Problems


Bastian Wollschlaeger Scientific Researcher at the Chair for Technical Information Systems


Technical University of Dresden (TUD) in Germany

Time & Place

Fri, 05 May 2017 10:00:00 NZST in Erskine 315


The increasing prevalence of computational devices has long since entered the building sector, enabling a variety of new applications and leading to so-called "Smart Buildings".

However, designing these building automation and control systems (BACS) is a challenging task due to their high number of components and the increasingly complex application demands. In recent years, thousands of products for BACS have become available, utilizing dozens of different communication technologies. The engineering process for BACS has to consider billions of different variants - an overwhelming multitude for engineers. As a consequence, the systems engineering process is getting far too complicated to be carried out without the aid of computer-based tools.

This talk will give an overview of automating the design for BACS and examine adjunct research problems by introducing a model-based design methodology developed at the Technical University of Dresden (Germany). Using the example of the device selection problem, current research results on approaches to map abstract functionality to specific devices will also be presented in more detail. It will be shown that automated design approaches will be an important part in coping with the growing complexity of future system design.


Short Bio
Bastian Wollschlaeger is a scientific researcher at the Chair for Technical Information Systems at Technical University of Dresden (TUD) in Germany. He holds a Diploma in technology of information systems from TUD and is currently a visiting researcher at the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering at the University of Canterbury.

Mr. Wollschlaeger's main research interests are in the fields of system design and semantic modelling of building automation components. He is co-author of several scientific publications in his respective field.