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Since 1 January 2021, the chair for Software Design and Quality is part of the KASTEL institute as the Dependability of Software-intensive Systems group. Please visit our new homepage at https://dsis.kastel.kit.edu.

Dr.-Ing. Lucia Happe

This is the alumni page of Lucia Happe. It is online for archiving reasons. The information on this page may thus be outdated; please refer to the current webpage of the person for details.

Research interests

Among others, I am interested in model and metamodel quality in model-driven software engineering. During my PhD research, I have created an approach to automatically refine models with low level implementation details that are necessary to provide accurate performance predictions for component-based software architectures. This includes following topics:

  • Identification and formalisation of non-functional software properties and their representation as configurable black-box model constructs called model completions
  • Building library of model completions representing various design patterns (with focus on concurrency)
  • Support for automated integration of completions in the performance prediction models
  • Higher-Order Transformations and their role in refinement transformation generation


See the wiki page on my approach Chilies The Chilies for details.  Puzzle

Additionally, I am interested in software quality topics, especially the software system survivability and security.


Thesis Cover

Configurable Software Performance

Completions through Higher-Order

Model Transformations

Lucia Happe

2014, XII, 447 S.

ISBN 9783866449909



Publications are listed on a separate page and  

Community Activities

Lucia is or was involved in the organization committee of the following events:

  • FESCA 2015: 12th International Workshop on Formal Engineering approaches to Software Components and Architectures, Satellite event of ETAPS
  • MB4CP 2015: The International Workshop on Model-Based Design for Cyber-Physical Systems, , Satellite event of DSN (publicity chair)
  • FESCA 2014: 11th International Workshop on Formal Engineering approaches to Software Components and Architectures, Satellite event of ETAPS
  • FESCA 2013: 11th International Workshop on Formal Engineering approaches to Software Components and Architectures, Satellite event of ETAPS



She is or has been a program committee member of the following events:

  • SAGRA 2016: Sustainable Architecture: Global collaboration, Requirements, Analysis workshop
  • ICSEA 2016The Eleventh International Conference on Software Engineering Advances
  • SAGRA 2015: Sustainable Architecture: Global collaboration, Requirements, Analysis workshop
  • MEMICS 2015Doctoral Workshop on Mathematical and Engineering Methods in Computer Science
  • ModComp 2015: International Workshop on Interplay of Model-Driven and Component-Based Software Engineering
  • ModComp 2014: International Workshop on Interplay of Model-Driven and Component-Based Software Engineering
  • HotTopiCS 2014: International Workshop on Hot Topics in Cloud service Scalability
  • QoSA 2013: 9th International ACM Sigsoft Conference on the Quality of Software Architectures


Furthermore, she has been a reviewer for the following journals:




Lucia was invited to and participated in the following Dagstuhl Seminars:



  • ICMT'13 Best Transformation Refactoring Support in the Transformation Tool Context together with Georg Hinkel and Thomas Goldschmidt
  • DAAD PhD Stipendium award, 2008
  • TUKE (Technical University of Kosice) award for Distinguished Student Achievements, 2006


Awards of supervised diploma theses:

  • Georg Hinkel. An approach to maintainable model transformations with an internal DSL, Best diploma thesis awarded by Verein der Karlsruher Software-Ingenieure (VKSI).
  • Max E. Kramer. Generic and extensible model weaving and its application to building models, Best diploma thesis  awarded by the ObjektForum Karlsruhe.
  • Misha Strittmatter. Feedback-driven concurrency improvement and refinement of performance models, Best diploma thesis awarded by Verein der Karlsruher Software-Ingenieure (VKSI).

Curriculum Vitae (CV)

2007 Ph.D. student at the University Karlsruhe, Germany
2007 Internship Program SAP Research Center CEC Karlsruhe, Germany
2006 Research assistant at the Charles University in Prague, Czech republic
2003-2007 Student assistant in research and teaching (various positions)- Computer Networks Laboratory, Department of Informatics, TU Kosice, Slovakia
2004 Visiting Researcher, FOKUS Fraunhofer Institut Berlin, Germany
2004 Internship Program U.S.Steel Pittsburgh, Department of IT Infrastructure and Data communications, Kosice, Slovakia
2000-2006 Studies of Computer Science at the Technical University of Kosice, Slovakia
Attendance of the secondary school 'Gymnasium Postova' in Kosice, Slovakia


Helmholtz Portfolio Research: Security- & Safety-Critical Infrastructure

KASTEL - Das Kompetenzzentrum für angewandte Sicherheitstechnologie


Ferdinand - to investigate approaches for the early evaluation of architectural design decisions by analyzing and comparing design alternatives


http://www.q-impress.eu/wordpress/Q-ImPrESS - to bring service orientation to critical application domains, such as industrial production control, telecommunication and critical enterprise applications, with guaranteed end-to-end quality of service

Teaching and advising

Lucia Happe is giving the following lectures:


And following courses:


Please contact me if you are interested in a Master Thesis/Diplomarbeit or Bachelor Thesis/Studienarbeit related to my research or the Palladio approach in general.

Next to the topics presented on our Theses and Jobs page, there are always new ideas for thesis available, so just contact me.