Welcome to my site


I am a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Informatics at King's College London (see what student's have to say). I am a member of the Software Modelling and Applied Logic (SMAL) group. I came here from Lancaster University, UK, where I was a Marie-Curie Fellow. Before that, I had been a PhD student and research associate with Technische Universität Dresden, Germany.

In 2007, I received my doctoral degree (Dr. rer. nat.) from Technische Universität Dresden, Germany. My doctoral thesis was in the area of non-functional properties of component-based systems and was awarded summa cum laude.

Whenever I am not sitting in front of the computer doing important research, I am most likely to be found a) in front of a book reading stories (well, anything, actually), or b) in rehearsals working on some new theatre play.

Current Projects and Activities

In this King's Together project, we are investigating opportunities for applying performance modelling and agent-based modelling techniques to the problem of optimising patient flow in hospital settings.

I'm leading a CTF funded project on automating assessment of programming tasks at King's.

Together with the King's Learning Institute, I run this project based on semi-structured interviews of students.


Selected Publications

Steffen Zschaler and Francisco Duran: GTS Families for the Flexible Composition of Graph Transformation Systems. 20th International Conference on Fundamental Approaches to Software Engineering (FASE'17), 2017.
[pdf ((c) Springer)] [slides] [http] [bibtex] Refereed Conference Paper,  research areas: Model-Driven Development, Modularity
Research contribution:  Writing contribution:
Rick Salay, Steffen Zschaler, and Marsha Chechik: Correct Reuse of Transformations is Hard to Guarantee. 9th International Conference on Model Transformations (ICMT'16), 2016.
[slides] [http] [bibtex] Refereed Conference Paper,  research areas: Model-Driven Development, Modularity
Research contribution:  Writing contribution:
Elizabeth Black, Peter McBurney, and Steffen Zschaler: Towards Agent Dialogue as a Tool for Capturing Software Design Discussions. 2nd Int'l Workshop on Theory and Applications of Formal Argumentation (TAFA'13), 2013.
[pdf] [bibtex] Refereed Workshop Paper,  research areas: Empirical Software Engineering
Research contribution:  Writing contribution:
Francisco Duran, Steffen Zschaler, and Javier Troya: On the Reusable Specification of Non-functional Properties in DSLs. Proc. 5th Int'l Conf. on Software Language Engineering (SLE 2012), LNCS vol. 7745, pp. 332--351, Springer, 2012.
Acceptance rate: 32%
[pdf (The original publication is available at www.springerlink.com.)] [slides] [http] [bibtex] [additional material] Refereed Conference Paper,  research areas: Model-Driven Development, Modularity, Non-functional Properties
Research contribution:  Writing contribution:
Javier Troya, Antonio Vallecillo, Francisco Durán, and Steffen Zschaler: Model-Driven Performance Analysis of Rule-Based Domain Specific Visual Models. Information and Software Technology 55(1):88--110, January 2013, 2013.
[http] [bibtex] Refereed Journal Article,  research areas: Model-Driven Development, Non-functional Properties
Research contribution:  Writing contribution:
Steffen Zschaler: Formal Specification of Non-functional Properties of Component-Based Software Systems: A Semantic Framework and Some Applications Thereof. Software and Systems Modelling Journal (SoSyM) 9(2):161-- 201, 2010.
[pdf] [http] [bibtex] [additional material] Refereed Journal Article,  research areas: Modularity, Non-functional Properties
Research contribution:  Writing contribution:
Holger Kampffmeyer and Steffen Zschaler: Finding the Pattern You Need: The Design Pattern Intent Ontology. Model Driven Engineering Languages and Systems (Proc. MODELS 2007), pages 211--225, LNCS 4735, Springer, 2007.
Acceptance rate: 28%
[pdf ((c) Springer, the original paper can be found at SpringerLink)] [slides] [http] [bibtex] [additional material] Refereed Conference Paper,  research areas: Ontologies and the Semantic Web
Research contribution:  Writing contribution:



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Dr. rer. nat. Steffen Zschaler
Department of Informatics
King's College London
Strand Campus
Bush House
30 Aldwych
London WC2B 4BG
United Kingdom



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