Challenges for Software Engineering in Automation
Birgit Vogel-Heuser, Christian Diedrich, Alexander Fay, Sabine Jeschke, Stefan Kowalewski, Martin Wollschlaeger, Peter Göhner
Computer Science 11—Embedded Software Laboratory, RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany.
Institute for Applied Computer Science, Dresden University of Technology, Dresden, Germany.
Institute for Automation and Communication, Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg, Magdeburg, Germany.
Institute of Automation and Information Systems, Technische Universit?t München, München, Germany.
Institute of Automation Technology, Helmut-Schmidt-University, Hamburg, Germany.
Institute of Industrial Automation and Software Engineering, University of Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany.
Institute of Information Management in Mechanical Engineering, RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany.
DOI: 10.4236/jsea.2014.75041   PDF    HTML   XML   10,806 Downloads   16,433 Views   Citations


This paper gives an introduction to the essential challenges of software engineering and requirements that software has to fulfill in the domain of automation. Besides, the functional characteristics, specific constraints and circumstances are considered for deriving requirements concerning usability, the technical process, the automation functions, used platform and the well-established models, which are described in detail. On the other hand, challenges result from the circumstances at different points in the single phases of the life cycle of the automated system. The requirements for life-cycle-management, tools and the changeability during runtime are described in detail.

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Vogel-Heuser, B. , Diedrich, C. , Fay, A. , Jeschke, S. , Kowalewski, S. , Wollschlaeger, M. and Göhner, P. (2014) Challenges for Software Engineering in Automation. Journal of Software Engineering and Applications, 7, 440-451. doi: 10.4236/jsea.2014.75041.

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