RF2: Methodology

Research Field 2: Development of the "Kassel Methodology"

In research field 2 VENUS develops a “Kassel Methodology” for the interdisciplinary design of technical UC-systems. Despite every vow for the interdisciplinary cooperation in the technical design, the problems of the disciplinary terms and languages, the temporal synchronization of the domain-specific contributions, missing bridge concepts and a lack of common theories and methods, are still unresolved. These problems are addressed in VENUS and at least for the design of UC-applications solutions are being worked out.

Possibilities of far-reaching generalization are pointed out. In view of the magnitude of the research field it is practically impossible that VENUS will be able to solve all open questions in general terms. Therefore the research of VENUS should be the basis upon which a following DFG- collaborative research center is planned, which stabilizes, extends and generalizes the results of VENUS.

The research in Research Field 2 can build on appropriate theoretical foundations like the theory of embedding (Giddens), the jurisprudence technology assessment (Roßnagel), and the classification of an ergonomic system design. It is mainly based on the integration of the already developed approaches for the interdisciplinary cooperation in technology design in a common methodology. It builds thereby on the available methodical approaches in the different disciplines:

  • requirements engineering (RE)
  • model driven software development
  • Expression in concrete terms of legal requirements (KORA, developed by Roßnagel),
  • Simulation studies in legal environment (developed by Roßnagel)
  • User-oriented design of interactive systems (DIN EN ISO 13407)
  • Ergonomics of human-system- interaction (DIN EN ISO 9241).

The networking of the disciplinary processes for a common design methodology
should build on the existing methodical preliminary work in the ITeG according to the methodical guidelines mentioned in chapter 1. It is structured in the steps: analysis, design, implementation, evaluation and synthesis, whereby this sequence should not suggest a linear process of the steps. It will be the result of all research to find which process model is adequate for the new “Kassel Methodology”. For these steps common theoretical foundations and methodical concepts have to be designed which altogether establish the Kassel Methodology and  should be used as a basis for developing a common laboratory for socially acceptable technology design.

The methodology is subject of the four sub-projects of Research Field 2 while Research Field 3 is related to the laboratory. The sub-projects in Research Field 2 are thereby focusing and integrating the methodical foundations of technology design from the point of view of the involved disciplines. Furthermore the working group “design process” as a cross-sectional task will investigate the temporal process of design steps and the temporal entanglement of the design phases.