Research and Innovation

Applied research for best-in-class applications of the future

XITASO invests in research and innovation in order to be and to remain an excellent digitalisation partner. Our method is to examine future topics intensively with partners from the worlds of science and business and work out possible applications for our partners and ourselves. This is how we provide space for the best possible application-oriented research and a link to today’s and future markets.

Scientific excellence as well as national and international exchanges with the scientific community are as much part of research at XITASO as self organised work in an agile, company-wide research team. We are convinced: this is how today’s research creates tomorrow’s innovations.

What drives us

Our areas of technology

People-centered software engineering

The aim of our research is to be able to better develop sustainable software systems with intrinsic value. This also requires the continuous further development of methods, tools, and principles of software engineering.

AI and optimization

The use and combination of different AI and optimization technologies has great potential to not only improve technical systems, but also software engineering itself. One focus in this area is to integrate existing domain knowledge and models with data-based methods and to explore their application potential.

IoT and 5G

IoT architectures and technologies are an essential basis for future process improvements and new value creation models. In this context, future communication infrastructures such as 5G will enable new design and interaction patterns for software-intensive systems, the potential of which we are investigating and advancing.

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Autonomous Robotics

In the future, robots will be more and more autonomous and will be present in more and more sectors of life in addition to industry; for example in logistics, agriculture, healthcare and in our everyday lives. At XITASO, we are therefore investigating how software solutions for safe, expectations compliant and user-friendly autonomous robot systems should look.

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eXtended Reality

3D and eXtended reality technologies promise users an immersive experience. However, they require a new type of interaction design and suitable system architectures in order to be usable as an ideal connection between the physical and digital worlds.

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Security by Design

Continuous networking requires the reconsideration of the security of technical systems and requires suitable methods and technologies for the design of secure software solutions.

A selection of current projects

T3 – Test the Test

The research project “Test the Test” (T3) has set itself the objectives of automatically evaluating the effectiveness of model, software and hardware tests and thereby improving the quality of said tests. With the aid of Fault Injection and Mutations, hardware interfaces, code and system models are deliberately and systematically seeded with errors, in order to evaluate corresponding tests regarding their quality and effectiveness in finding each and every error. The improvement of testing quality helps satisfy the ever-increasing quality demands of embedded systems.

AIPE (ACPEK) – Automated Commissioning through Persistence of Expert Knowledge

The objective of the project “Automated Commissioning through Persistence of Expert Knowledge” (ACPEK) is on the one hand the automation of fine adjustment of machine parameters through machine learning techniques. On the other hand, expert knowledge should be persisted mechanically in order to maintain it despite the demographic changes. The combination of both aspects makes it possible to simplify and accelerate the mechanical learning process with the aid of expert knowledge. The approach is evaluated on 3d printing that can be seen as a representative of manufacturing processes that are dependent on ambient conditions.

More information

A selection of our publications


  • A Closer Look at Sum-based Embedding Aggregation for Knowledge Graphs Containing Procedural Knowledge.
    Richard Nordsieck, Michael Heider, Anton Hummel, Jörg Hähner.
    6th International Workshop On Deep Learning For Knowledge Graphs (DL4KG) at the 21th International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC 2022).
  • Towards Conceptual and Procedural Models of Operator Knowledge in Industrial Information Models.
    Richard Nordsieck, Anton Hummel, Michael Heider, Alwin Hoffmann, Jörg Hähner.
    First International Workshop On Semantic Industrial Information Modelling (SemIIM) at the 19th Extended Semantic Web Conference (ESWC 2022).
  • Reliability-Based Aggregation of Heterogeneous Knowledge to Assist Operators in Manufacturing.
    Richard Nordsieck, Michael Heider, Alwin Hoffmann, Jörg Hähner.
    2022 IEEE 16th International Conference on Semantic Computing (ICSC).



  • Learning Classifier Systems for Self-Explaining Socio-Technical-Systems.
    Michael Heider, Richard Nordsieck, Jörg Hähner.
    Proceedings of the LIFELIKE 2021 – 9th Edition in the Evolution of the Workshop Series of Autonomously Learning and Optimizing Systems (SAOS).
  • CAD-based Grasp and Motion Planning for Process Automation in Fused Deposition Modelling.
    Andreas Wiedholz, Michael Heider, Richard Nordsieck, Andreas Angerer, Simon Dietrich, Jörg Hähner.
    International Conference on Informatics in Control, Automation and Robotics (ICINCO).
  • Knowledge Extraction via Decentralized Knowledge Graph Aggregation.
    Richard Nordsieck, Michael Heider, Anton Winschel, Jörg Hähner.
    IEEE International Conference on Semantic Computing (ICSC).


  • Evaluating the Effect of User-Given Guiding Attention on the Learning Process.
    Richard Nordsieck, Michael Heider, Andreas Angerer, Jörg Hähner.
    IEEE International Conference on Autonomic Computing and Self-Organizing Systems (ACSOS).
  • Interactive Knowledge-Guided Learning.
    Richard Nordsieck & Jörg Hähner.
    IEEE International Conference on Autonomic Computing and Self-Organizing Systems Companion (ACSOS-C).
  • Opportunities and Limitations of Mixed Reality Holograms in Industrial Robotics.
    Michael Filipenko, Andreas Angerer, Alwin Hoffmann, Wolfgang Reif.
    Factory of the Future: How to digitalize the robot-aided manufacturing process in Industry 4.0? Part of the 2019 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS).


  • Towards Automated Parameter Optimization by Persisting Expert Knowledge.
    Richard Nordsieck, Michael Heider, Andreas Angerer, Jörg Hähner.
    International Conference on Informatics in Control, Automation and Robotics (ICINCO).


  • partsival – Collision-based Particle and many-body Simulations on GPUs for Planetary Exploration Systems.
    Roy Lichtenheldt, Simon Kerler, Andreas Angerer, Wolfgang Reif.
    Joint International Conference on Multibody System Dynamics (IMSD).

Our partners

“We use research and innovation projects to explore the potentials of tomorrow’s technologies. For this purpose we network with strong partners and consciously invest in excellent young researchers.”

Dr. Andreas Angerer
Head of Research and Innovation

Your contact person

Dr. Andreas Angerer

Phone +49 821 885882-94