Institut für Technik der Informationsverarbeitung (ITIV)
Houssem Guissouma, M. Sc.

Houssem Guissouma, M. Sc.

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    76131 Karlsruhe

M. Sc. Houssem Guissouma


  • Born in May 1991
  • Bachelor studies of electrical engineering and information technology at KIT
    • closed in November 2014
    • Bachelor thesis: Implementation of an adaptive OFDM-Demonstrator for powerline communication
  • Master studies of electrical engineering and information technology at KIT
    • closed in November 2016
    • Master thesis: Feature-based gestures classification using high-resolution radar measurements
  • at ITIV since January 2017


Research interests

  • Management, testing and validation of Software Over The Air (SOTA) Updates for connected vehicles
    The introduction of the SOTA technology in the automotive industry brings many advantages for both the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) and the vehicle owner. The maintenance costs of the software are significantly reduced and the update processes can be realized in a more convenient and faster way. Furthermore, SOTA is an important part of the "Internet of Things" and a core feature for the realization of future autonomous driving functions. However, the introduction of SOTA technology brings several challenges: In addition to the major security risks, the increasing complexity of the electric/electronic architecture, with up to over a hundred networked ECUs, requires new modern methods for managing and testing the software components to be updated, in conjunction with the enormous number of variants and configurations.


  • Modeling, simulation and virtualization methods for the validation of complex E/E systems
    For the verification and validation of SOTA updates, computer-aided methods such as model-based development, Software-in-the-Loop (SiL) and virtual testing of embedded systems are investigated and evaluated with respect to their efficiency and performance. For this purpose, different tools are used and combined if necessary.




Supervised student works

  • BA: "Integration von vertragsbasierten Monitoren in eine Simulationsumgebung zum Testen von Software Updates"
  • BA: "Konzeptionierung und Implementierung von serverseitigen Konfigurationschecks für OTA Updates"
  • MA: "Konzeptionierung und prototypische Implementierung einer Entwicklungsplattform für Updates in SOA"
  • MA: "Virtuelles Testen und Debuggen von Ziel-kompilierten IoT Anwendungen am Anwendungsfall "Remote Software Updates"
  • BA: "Realisierung und Analyse von Contract-Checks eines Software Updates für variantenreiche Automotive Systeme"
  • BA: "Diagrammbasierte Verhaltensmodellierung in E/E-Architektursprachen mittels Sequenzdiagrammen"
  • BA (extern: Vector Informatik GmbH): "Optimierung von parallelisierten Flash-Abläufen innerhalb eines Fahrzeugs"
  • BA: "Entwicklung einer virtuellen Testumgebung für varianten-reiche und updatebare eingebettete Systeme im Automobilbereich"
  • MA (extern: Vector Informatik GmbH): "Analyse und Konzeption eines Workflows zur Modellierung und Validierung von zeitsensitiven Netzwerken (TSN) für verteilte, eingebettete Systeme im Fahrzeug"
  • MA: "Application of Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) in the Development of a Bus Door Control System"
  • MA: "Entwurf und Aufbau eines demonstrativen Systems für Software Over the Air (SOTA) Updates"
  • MA (extern: Streetscooter GmbH): "Entwicklung und Realisierung eines optimierten Fahrzeugsteuergeräts für ein Elektrofahrzeug mit Hinblick auf funktionaler Sicherheit"
  • BA: "Konzeptionierung und Modellierung der Elektronik-Architektur eines Demonstrators"
  • MA: "Entwicklung und anschließende Virtualisierung eines vernetzten Steuergerätesystems"



Conference Papers
Incremental Contract-based Verification of Software Updates for Safety-Critical Cyber-Physical Systems.
Bebawy, Y.; Guissouma, H.; Vander Maelen, S.; Kröger, J.; Hake, G.; Stierand, I.; Fränzle, M.; Sax, E.; Hahn, A.
2020. 2020 International Conference on Computational Science and Computational Intelligence (CSCI), Las Vegas, United States, Dec 16, 2020 - Dec 18, 2020
Development Processes in Automotive Service-oriented Architectures.
Vetter, A.; Obergfell, P.; Guissouma, H.; Grimm, D.; Rumez, M.; Sax, E.
2020. 9th Mediterranean Conference on Embedded Computing (MECO), 1–7, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). doi:10.1109/MECO49872.2020.9134175
Variability-Aware Process Extension for Updating Cyber Physical Systems Over the Air.
Guissouma, H.; Hohl, C. P.; Stoll, H.; Sax, E.
2020. 2020 9th Mediterranean Conference on Embedded Computing (MECO), Budva, Montenegro, Montenegro, 8-11 June 2020, 1–8, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). doi:10.1109/MECO49872.2020.9134339
Towards Design and Verification of Evolving Cyber Physical Systems Using Contract-Based Methodology.
Guissouma, H.; Leiner, S.; Sax, E.
2020. ISSE 2019 - 5th IEEE International Symposium on Systems Engineering, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, October 1 - 3, 2019, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). doi:10.1109/ISSE46696.2019.8984478
Conference Papers
Virtual Test Environment for Efficient Verification of Software Updates for Variant-Rich Automotive Systems.
Guissouma, H.; Lauber, A.; Mkadem, A.; Sax, E.
2019. The 13th Annual IEEE International Systems Conference (SysCon), Orlando, FL, April 8 –11, 2019, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). doi:10.1109/SYSCON.2019.8836898
Conference Papers
An Empirical Study on the Current and Future Challenges of Automotive Software Release and Configuration Management.
Guissouma, H.; Klare, H.; Sax, E.; Burger, E.
2018. Euromicro Conference on Software Engineering and Advanced Applications 2018 (SEAA 2018), Prague, CZ, August 29-31, 2018. Ed.: T. Bures, 298–305, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). doi:10.1109/SEAA.2018.00056
Virtual Test Method for Complex and Variant-Rich Automotive Systems.
Lauber, A.; Guissouma, H.; Sax, E.
2018. 2018 IEEE International Conference on Vehicular Electronics and Safety (ICVES), Madrid, E, September 12-14, 2018, 151–157, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). doi:10.1109/ICVES.2018.8519599
A Generic System for Automotive Software Over the Air (SOTA) Updates Allowing Efficient Variant and Release Management.
Guissouma, H.; Diewald, A.; Sax, E.
2018. Information Systems Architecture and Technology: Proceedings of 39th International Conference on Information Systems Architecture and Technology – ISAT 2018, September 16-18, 2018, Nysa, Poland. Part I. Ed.: L. Borzemski, 78–89, Springer International Publishing. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-99981-4_8
Conference Papers
Feature-based gesture classification by means of high resolution radar measurements.
Fink, J.; Guissouma, H.; Jondral, F.
2017. 2017 18th International Radar Symposium (IRS), Prague, Czech Republic, 28–30 June 2017, 1–10, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). doi:10.23919/IRS.2017.8008239
A Survey on the State and Future of Automotive Software Release and Configuration Management.
Sax, E.; Reussner, R.; Guissouma, H.; Klare, H.
2017. Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT). doi:10.5445/IR/1000075673