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Dr. Dirk Ziegenbein

Efficiently develop complex cyber-physical systems

“We research and prototype differentiating software and systems engineering methods and technologies for the development of current and future software-intensive Bosch products.”

Dr. Dirk Ziegenbein

My name is Dirk Ziegenbein, and I am Chief Expert for Engineering Open Context Systems, a term coined at Bosch for systems which need to adapt to evolving and partially unknown operating conditions. In addition, I lead a group of 20 experts researching software systems engineering methods for cyber-physical systems in automotive, robotics, and IoT.

Curriculum vitae

Project Manager Multi-/Many-Core System Development

2014 - 2016

Bosch Corporate Sector Research and Advance Engineering, Renningen

System performance analysis, software parallelization, determinism, composability

Product Manager for Embedded Software Engineering Tools

2007 - 2012

ETAS, Stuttgart

Automated code generation, MiL/SiL/HiL testing, ECU virtualization

PhD in Embedded System Design Automation


Braunschweig University of Technology

HW/SW co-design, models of computation, scheduling, real-time systems

Selected publications

  • Publications

    S. Saidi et al. (2018)

    Future Automotive Systems Design: Research Challenges and Opportunities
    • S. Saidi, S. Steinhorst, A. Hamann, D. Ziegenbein, M. Wolf
    • Tagungsband ESWEEK
  • Publications

    M. Lowinski et al. (2016)

    Splitting tasks for migrating real-time automotive applications to multi-core ECUs
    • M. Lowinski, D. Ziegenbein, S. Glesner
    • Tagungsband 11th IEEE Symposium on Industrial Embedded Systems (SIES)
  • Publications

    D. Ziegenbein & A. Hamann (2015)

    Timing-aware control software design for automotive systems
    • Tagungsband 52nd Annual Design Automation Conference (DAC)
  • Publications

    S. Kramer et al. (2015)

    Real world automotive benchmarks for free
    • S. Kramer, D. Ziegenbein, A. Hamann
    • Tagungsband 6th International Workshop on Analysis Tools and Methodologies for Embedded Systems (WATERS)
  • Publications

    D. Ziegenbein et al. (2005)

    AutoMoDe – Model-Based Development of Automotive Software
    • D. Ziegenbein, U. Freund, P. Braun, A. Bauer, J. Romberg, B. Schätz
    • Tagungsband Design Automation and Test in Europe (DATE05)
  • Publications

    K. Richter et al. (2002)

    Model Composition for Scheduling Analysis in Platform Design
    • K. Richter, D. Ziegenbein, M. Jersak, R. Ernst
    • Tagungsband Design Automation Conference (DAC 2002)
  • Publications

    D. Ziegenbein et al. (2002)

    SPI - a System Model for Heterogeneously Specified Embedded Systems
    • D. Ziegenbein, K. Richter, R. Ernst, L. Thiele, J. Teich
    • IEEE Transactions on Very Large Scale Integration (VLSI) Systems, vol. 10, issue 4, p. 379-389
  • Publications

    K. Strehl et al. (2001)

    FunState - an internal design representation for codesign
    • K. Strehl, L. Thiele, M. Gries, D. Ziegenbein, R. Ernst, J. Teich
    • IEEE Transactions on Very Large Scale Integration (VLSI) Systems, vol. 9, issue 4, p. 524-544
  • Publications

    D. Ziegenbein et al. (1998)

    Representation of Process Mode Correlation for Scheduling
    • D. Ziegenbein, K. Richter, R. Ernst, J. Teich, L. Thiele
    • Tagungsband IEEE/ACM International Conference on Computer-Aided Design


Dr. Dirk Ziegenbein

Dr. Dirk Ziegenbein

Chief Expert for Engineering Open Context Systems

Please tell us what fascinates you most about research.

Research gives me the opportunity to work on challenging and novel technical problems. The diversity of challenges and application fields is fascinating and the best antidote to boredom. Working in industrial research and advance development allows you not only to stay on the theoretical side but also to see your solutions being applied in product development. This forms an important learning cycle leading to new insights and ideas for new research activities.

Dr. Dirk Ziegenbein

Dr. Dirk Ziegenbein

Chief Expert for Engineering Open Context Systems

What makes research done at Bosch so special?

Bosch Corporate Research is to me a unique combination of close interaction with both the academic community and the industrial development of innovative products. You have on the one hand a lot of freedom to think and research and on the other hand the opportunity and obligation to apply and transfer your results to the product development. In addition, I enjoy the daily interaction with so many smart colleagues, enabling me to learn and grow. To me, it is the ideal environment for doing research which has an impact.

Dr. Dirk Ziegenbein

Dr. Dirk Ziegenbein

Chief Expert for Engineering Open Context Systems

What research topics are you currently working on at Bosch?

Cyber-physical systems operating in open-context environments need to perform a variety of different tasks (including perception, planning, control, monitoring, adaptation) with demanding and heterogeneous computational, real-time, and dependability requirements. Our team researches methods and technologies that enable us to verify and validate that these systems fulfill their constraints and that these systems can be built efficiently in terms of computing resources and development cost.

Dr. Dirk Ziegenbein

Dr. Dirk Ziegenbein

Chief Expert for Engineering Open Context Systems

What are the biggest scientific challenges in your field of research?

One demanding challenge is definitely how to model, analyze, and structure the operating context of autonomous systems in a way to reason on safe behavior and the protection of user needs. Another one is to build predictable real-time systems on the inherently unpredictable hardware platforms which are needed to deliver the required computing performance for applications like automated driving. However, in general there is the challenge that your methods and technologies need to be able to scale with the complexity stemming from systems of systems integration but also from the variability of thousands of derivations from one product line. Although “ever-increasing complexity” is probably the most overused clichéd rationale given in the introduction of technical papers in our community, it is still true. ;-)

Dr. Dirk Ziegenbein

Dr. Dirk Ziegenbein

Chief Expert for Engineering Open Context Systems

How do the results of your research become part of solutions "Invented for life"?

Following the quote “Ideas are useless unless used” (by Theodore Levitt), we are driven by our research results having impact on the product development. This requires being familiar with the state of practice in the product development departments and having an excellent understanding of their problems and needs. On the other hand, you need to establish a good working relationship with the product developers built on trust being earned also by helping them with their daily problems, which typically do not require research. To understand this innovation process, it was important to experience this firsthand by being on the receiving end of results from corporate research during my time in product development at ETAS.

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Dr. Dirk Ziegenbein
Dr. Dirk Ziegenbein
Chief Expert for Engineering Open Context Systems

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