Interdisciplinary Project (IDP) for TU Munich Informatics students with the topic "Generation of Functional Mock-up Units for occupancy simulation from user specifications" in Valley


The Fraunhofer-Institute for Building Physics, Department for “Energy Efficiency and Indoor Climate” offers an

Interdisciplinary Project (IDP) for TU Munich Informatics students with the topic "Generation of Functional Mock-up Units for occupancy simulation from user specifications"

The introduction of the Funtional Mock-up Interface 2.0 in 2014 showed great response in the world of simulation experts. The standard allows to import and export simulation models from any software environment in order to exchange and co-simulate simulation models. The resulting simulations can be executed on master platforms that serve to orchestrate the contributing Functional Mock-up Units (FMUs). A growing number of software environments has been adapting to the functionalities
required to include the FMI standard in their repertoire. Most applications range amongst software capable of generating dynamic
simulation models involving high order equation systems and the necessary complexity of necessary solvers.

In this work, a tool shall be implemented that allows for converting smaller algorithms to computationally efficient FMUs. The algorithms in question can vary from simple decision trees to short equations resulting in different actions depending on the outcome. The goal of the algorithms is to simulate an occupant’s behavior within a building energy simulation. As these models
feature short, well-structured algorithms and do not possess the complexity of dynamic simulation models, FMUs of simpler and
computationally more efficient nature should be created to be included in a whole system simulation. To realize this challenge, a tool is to be devel-oped that converts a given algorithm representing occupancy behavior into an FMU. A useful tool for the implementation is the FMU Software Development Kit, which inherits typical function calls and structural information incorporated in a compiled FMU.

In conjunction to the project, classes of the chair for Building Physics or Computational Modeling and Simulation provide important insights to the foundations of building physics and recent developments in digital building modeling. 

Your tasks:

  • Analysis of possible solutions for FMU generation
  • Development of a conversion tool for generating FMUs from non-dynamic simulation models
  • Increase of the computational efficiency of the FMUs compared to regularly generated FMUs


Our Expactation:

  • Experience with XML
  • Experience with „Python" or „R" desirable 
  • Experience with building simulation software desirable 
  • Dedicated, systematic and self-dependent work attitude

What you could expect:

  • Flexible office hours
  • Friendly work environment
  • Possibility to participate in an interesting research project and to extend existing abilities


Remuneration according to the general works agreement for employing assistant staff.

In case of identical qualifications, preference will be given to severely disabled candidates. 

The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is committed to providing equal career opportunities for men and women. 

Fraunhofer is Europe’s largest application-oriented research organization. Our research efforts are geared entirely to people’s needs: health, security, communication, energy and the environment. As a result, the work undertaken by our researchers and developers has a significant impact on people’s lives. We are creative. We shape technology. We design products. We improve methods and techniques. We open up new Vistas.

Fraunhofer-Institut für Bauphysik

Sebastian Stratbücker
Fraunhoferstr. 10
83626 Valley
Tel.: 08024 / 643 – 632

Please consider that we can only accept online applications.
Kennziffer: IBP-2017-20H

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Anzeigenart Praktikum, Werkstudent, Abschlussarbeiten
Arbeitszeit Teilzeit
Vertragsart Praktikum/Werkstudent
Berufliche Praxis keine Angabe
Aus- und Weiterbildung Abitur / Fachabitur
Berufskategorie Produktion, Forschung und Entwicklung / Forschung und Entwicklung
Arbeitsort Fraunhoferstraße 10, 83626 Valley


Fraunhofer-Institut für Bauphysik IBP

Kontakt für Bewerbung

Frau Miriam Liebhart
Fraunhoferstraße 10, 83626 Valley

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