Dr. Umut Durak

Adjunct Lecturer

TU Clausthal

Department of Informatics

Aeronautical Informatics

Phone: +49 5323 72-7129

Address: Albrecht-von-Groddeck-Straße 7

Gelbe Hörsaalgebäude, Room 202a

Email: umut.durak at tu clausthal de

 Research Scientist

German Aerospace Center (DLR)

Institute of Flight Systems

Flight Dynamics and Simulation

Phone: +49 531 295-2907

Email: umut.durak at dlr de

Office Hours: Friday afternoons with appointment


Aeronautical informatics is the field where aircraft and information technologies meet. I have been working in various fields of aeronautical informatics for more than 15 years; establishing methodologies and work flows, and developing systems, tools and infrastructures. I am currently participating in Flight Dynamics and Simulation Department of German Aerospace Center (DLR) Institute of Flight Systems as a Research Scientist. I am a part of the team that is responsible for the Air Vehicle Simulator (AVES). There I am conducting simulation engineering research on application of model based methodologies for flight simulations and simulation-based methodologies for flight systems development. 

Here I am participating in TU Clausthal Insitute of Informatics as an adjunct lecturer. I am coordinating the aeronautical informatics research, offering courses, seminars and co-supervising research projects and master thesis.  


  • Simulation-based flight systems development: Methodologies and approaches for streamlining the simulation utilization in flight system development.
    • X-in-the-loop testing, model integrations, FMI, simulation scenarios for systems validation, distributed simulation, simulation continuity  
  • Model-based engineering of flight systems: Application of model-driven practices in flight systems engineering lifecycle.
    • Metamodeling, model transformations, code generation
    • Model-based testing, model-driven development, model-based scenario development, model-based modernization
  • Ontologies and flight systems: Methodologies and integration strategies for ontologies in order to introduce them as the implicit components of flight systems development toolchain
    • Ontologies for metamodeling, ontologies for domain modeling, life cycle ontologies

Professional Activities 


Simulation Engineering

Graph Models and Simulation



  1. Saurabh Mittal,  Umut Durak, Tuncer Ören (eds.). 2017. Guide to Simulation-Based Disciplines: Advancing our Computational Future. Springer, Cham, Switzerland.
  2. Okan Topcu, Umut Durak, Halit Oguztuzun and Levent Yilmaz. 2016. Distributed Simulation: Model-Driven Engineering Approach. Springer, Cham, Switzerland.

Book Chapters

  1. Umut Durak, Thorsten Pawletta and Tuncer Ören.  (in press). Simulating Variable System Structures for Engineering Emergence . In  Engineering Emergence: A Modeling and Simulation Approach, Rainey, L. and M. Jamshidi (eds.). CRC Press.
  2.  Umut Durak, Ingo Stuermer, Thorsten Pawletta and Somaye Mahmoodi.  (in press). Quality Assessment and Quality Improvement in Model Engineering. In  Model Engineering for Simulation , Zhang, L. and B. Zeigler, and L. Juanjun (eds.). Elsevier.
  3. Thorsten Pawletta,  Umut Durak, and Artur Schmidt.  (in press). Modeling and Simulation of Versatile Technical Systems Using an Extended System Entity Structure/Model Base Infrastructure. In  Model Engineering for Simulation , Zhang, L. and B. Zeigler, and L. Juanjun (eds.). Elsevier.
  4. Umut Durak, Tuncer Ören, and Anreas Tolk. 2017. An Index to the Body of Knowledge of Simulation Systems Engineering. In  The Profession of Modeling and Simulation, Tolk, A. and T. Ören (eds.). Wiley.
  5. Tuncer Ören, Saurabh Mittal and  Umut Durak. 2017.The Evolution of Simulation and its Contributions to Many Disciplines. In  Guide to Simulation-Based Disciplines: Advancing our Computational Future, Mittal, S., U. Durak, and T. Ören (eds.). Springer, Cham, Switzerland.
  6. Melih Cakmakci, Gullu Kiziltas Sendur, and  Umut Durak. 2017.Simulation-based Engineering. In  Guide to Simulation-Based Disciplines: Advancing our Computational Future, Mittal, S., U. Durak, and T. Ören (eds.). Springer, Cham, Switzerland.

Journal Articles

  1. Artur Schmidt, Umut Durak, and Thorsten Pawletta. 2016. Model based testing approach for objective fidelity evaluation of complex and modular simulation models. Simulation,  92, 8, 729-746.
  2. Umut Durak. 2015. Extending the Knowledge Discovery Metamodel for architecture-driven simulation modernization. Simulation 91, 12, 1052-1067.
  3. Umut Durak. 2015. Pragmatic model transformations for refactoring in Scilab/Xcos. In: International Journal of Modeling, Simulation, and Scientific Computing 7, 1, Article 1541004, 23 pages.
  4. Ertan Deniz, Umut Durak, Kadriye Guclu and Halit Oguztuzun. 2015. DDS based Mil-Std-1553B Data Bus Interface simulation. Journal of Defense Modeling and Simulation 12, 2, 179-188.
  5. Umut Durak, Artur Schmidt and Thorsten Pawletta. 2014. Ontology for objective flight simulator fidelity evaluation. SNE Simulation Notes Europe 24, 2, 69-78.
  6. Umut Durak, Halit Oguztuzun, Ceren Koksal Algin and Ozer Ozdikis. 2011. Towards interoperable and composable trajectory simulations: an ontology based approach. Journal of Simulation 5, 217-229.
  7. Umut Durak, Halit Oguztuzun and Kemal Ider. 2009. Ontology based domain engineering for trajectory simulation reuse. Journal of Software Engineering and Knowledge Engineering 19, 8, 1109-1129.
  8. Umut Durak, Halit Oguztuzun and Kemal Ider. 2008. Ontology based trajectory simulation framework. Journal of Computing and Information Science in Engineering 8, 1, Article 014503, 5 pages.

Conference Papers

    1. Umut Durak, Thorsten Pawletta, Halit Oğuztüzün, Bernard P. Zeigler. 2017. System Entity Structure and Model Base Framework in Model Based Engineering of Simulations for Technical Systems. SpringSim-Mod4Sim, Virginia Beach, VA.
    2. Shafagh Jafer, Umut Durak. 2017. Tackling the Complexity of Simulation Scenario Development in Aviation. SpringSim-MSCIAAS, Virginia Beach, VA.
    3. Shafagh Jafer, Bharvi Chhaya, and Umut Durak. OWL ontology to Ecore metamodel transformation for designing a domain specific language to develop aviation scenarios. SpringSim-Mod4Sim, Virginia Beach, VA..
    4. Steven Derrien, Isabelle Puaut, Panayiotis Alefragis, Marcus Bednara, Harald Bucher, Clement David, Yann Debray, Umut Durak, Imen Fassi, Christian Ferdinand, Damien Hardy, Angeliki Kritikakou, Gerard Rauwerda, Simon Reder, Martin Sicks, Timo Stripf, Kim Sunesen, Timon ter Braak, Nikolaos Voros, Jürgen Becker. 2017. WCET-aware parallelization of model-based applications for multi-cores: The ARGO approach. 2017 Design, Automation & Test in Europe Conference & Exhibition (DATE), Lausanne, Switzerland.
    5. Andreas Tolk, Umut Durak. 2017. Simulation als epistemologische Grundlage für intelligente Roboter. Workshop der ASIM/GI Fachgruppen STS und GMMS, Ulm, Germany.
    6. Umut Durak, Torsten Gerlach. 2017. Wissensgebiete der Simulationstechnik. Workshop der ASIM/GI Fachgruppen STS und GMMS, Ulm, Germany.
    7. Umut Durak, Insa Pruter, Torsten Gerlach, Shafagh Jafer, Thorsten Pawletta and Sven Hartmann. 2017. Using System Entity Structures to Model the Elements of a Scenario in a Research Flight Simulator. AIAA Modeling and Simulation Technologies ConferenceGrapevine, TX.
    8. Shafagh Jafer, Bharvi Chhaya and Umut Durak. 2017. Graphical Specification of Flight Scenarios with Aviation Scenario Defintion Language (ASDL). AIAA Modeling and Simulation Technologies Conference, Grapevine, TX.
    9. Andrea D'Ambrogio and Umut Durak. 2016. Setting systems and simulation life cycle processes side by side. IEEE International Symposium on Systems Engineering,  Edinburgh, Scotland.
    10. Umut Durak, David Müller,Jurgen Becker, Nikolaos S. Voros, Nikolaos, Panayiotis Alefragis, Timo Stripf, Pierre‐Aimé Agnel,  Gerard Rauwerda and Kim Sunesen. 2016. Model-based development of Enhanced Ground Proximity Warning System for heterogeneous multi-core architectures. 23. Symposium Simulationstechnik (ASIM 2016), Dresden, Germany.        
    11. Thorsten Pawletta, Artur Schmidt, Umut Durak and Bernard P. Zeigler. 2016. A Framework for the metamodeling of multi-variant systems and reactive simulation model generation and execution. 23. Symposium Simulationstechnik,  Dresden, Germany.        
    12. Chenfeng Zhu, Umut Durak, Sven Hartmann and Clément David. 2016. Automatic layout of Scilab/Xcos diagrams. 23. Symposium Simulationstechnik (ASIM 2016),  Dresden, Germany.        
    13. Umut Durak, Torsten Gerlach, Anil Ozturk, Volkan Kargin, Hakan Aydemir and Ugur Zengin. 2106. Flight simulator model integration for supporting pilot-in-the-loop testing in model-mased rotorcraft design.AIAA Modeling and Simulation Technologies Conference, Washington, DC.
    14. Torsten Gerlach, Umut Durak, Alexander Knüppel and Tim Rambau. 2016. Running High Level Architecture in Real-Time for Flight Simulator Integration. AIAA Modeling and Simulation Technologies Conference, Washington, DC.
    15. Shafagh Jafer, Bharvi Chhaya, Umut Durak, Torsten Gerlach. 2016. Formal Scenario Definition Language for Aviation: Aircraft Landing Case Study. AIAA Modeling and Simulation Technologies Conference, Washington, DC.
    16. Umut Durak, Anil Öztürk and Mehmet Katircioglu. 2016. Simulation deployment blockset for MATLAB/Simulink. 2016 Spring Simulation Multi-Conference, Symposium on Theory of Modeling and Simulation (TMS/DEVS), Pasadena, CA.
    17. Umut Durak and Tuncer Ören. 2016. Towards an ontology for simulation systems engineering. 2015 Spring Simulation Multi-Conference, Annual Simulation Symposium (ANSS), Pasadena, CA.
    18. Thorsten Pawletta, Artur Schmidt, Bernard P. Zeigler and Umut Durak2016. Extended variability modeling using System Entity Structure ontology within MATLAB/Simulink. 2016 Spring Simulation Multi-Conference, Annual Simulation Symposium (ANSS), Pasadena, CA.
    19. Henrik Wüstenberg, Jürgen Gotschlich and Umut Durak. 2016. Anbindung eines aktiven Steuerkraftsystems an eine Echtzeitsimulation. ASIM STS/GMMS Workshop, Lippstadt, Germany.
    20. Awad Mukbil, Peter Stroganov, Umut Durak and Sven Hartmann. 2016. Towards a distributed simulation toolbox for Scilab. ASIM STS/GMMS Workshop, Lippstadt, Germany.
    21. Memduha Aslan, Halit Oguztuzun, Umut Durak and Koray Taylan. 2015. MOKA: An object-oriented framework for FMI co-simulation. 47th Summer Computer Simulation Conference 2015 (SCSC 2015), Chicago, IL.
    22. Umut Durak, Artur Schmidt and Thorsten Pawletta. 2015. Model-based testing for objective fidelity evaluation of engineering and research flight simulators. AIAA Modeling and Simulation Technologies Conference, Dallas, TX.
    23. Torsten Gerlach and Umut Durak2015. AVES SDK: Bridging the gap between simulator and flight systems designer. AIAA Modeling and Simulation Technologies, Dallas, TX.
    24. Artur Schmidt, Umut Durak, Christoph Rasch and Thorsten Pawletta. 2015. Model-based testing approach for MATLAB/Simulink using System Entity Structure and Experimental Frames. 2015 Spring Simulation Multi-Conference, Symposium on Theory of Modeling and Simulation (TMS/DEVS), Alexandria, VA.
    25. Torsten Gerlach, Umut Durak and Jürgen Gotschlich. 2014. Model integration workflow for keeping models up to date in a research simulator. 4th International Conference on Simulation and Modeling Methodologies, Technologies and Applications (SIMULTECH), Wien, Austria.
    26. Umut Durak, Okan Topcu, Robert Siegfried and Halit Oguztuzun. 2014. Scenario development: A model driven engineering perspective. 4th International Conference on Simulation and Modeling Methodologies, Technologies and Applications (SIMULTECH), Wien, Austria.
    27. Jürgen Gotschlich, Torsten Gerlach and Umut Durak2014. 2Simulate: A distributed real-time simulation framework, ASIM STS/GMMS Workshop, Reutlingen, Germany.
    28. Faruk Yilmaz, Umut Durak, Koray Taylan and Halit Oguztuzun. 2014. Adopting Functional Mockup Units for HLA-compliant distributed simulation. 10th International Modelica Conference, Lund, Sweden.
    29. Sema Cam, Umut Durak, Ertan Deniz and Halit Oguztuzun. 2013. API for DDS based Mil-Std1553B bus simulator. 7.Ankara International Aerospace Conference, Ankara, Turkey.
    30. Robert Siegfried, Halit Oguztüzün, Umut Durak, Aylin Hatip, Günter Herrmann, Paul Gustavson and Matthias Hahn. 2013. Specification and documentation of conceptual scenarios using Base Object Models (BOMs). 2013 Spring Simulation Interoperability Workshop, San Diego, CA.
    31. Ozer Ozdikis, Umut Durak and Halit Oguztuzun. 2010. Tool support for transformation from an OWL ontology to an HLA Object Model. 3rd International ICST Conference on Simulation Tools and Techniques, Malaga, Spain.
    32. Ozer Ozdikis, Umut Durak and Halit Oguztuzun. 2009. User-guided transformations for ontology based simulation design. 2009 Summer Computer Simulation Conference, Istanbul, Turkey.
    33. Kamil Tulum, Umut Durak and Kemal Ider. 2009. Situation aware UAV mission route planning. 2009 IEEE Aerospace Conference, Big Sky, MT.
    34. Umut Durak, Serdar Guler, Halit Oguztuzun and Kemal Ider. 2007. An exercise in ontology driven trajectory simulation with MATLAB Simulink®. 21st European Conference on Modelling and Simulation, Prague, Czech Republic.
    35. Sevsay Aytar Ortac, Umut Durak, Umit Kutluay, Koray Kucuk and Can Candan. 2007. NABK based next generation ballistic table toolkit. 23rd International Symposium on Ballistics, Tarragona, Spain.
    36. Umut Durak, Halit Oguztuzun and Kemal Ider. 2006. An ontology for trajectory simulation. Proceedings of the Winter Simulation Conference, Monterey, CA.
    37. Umut Durak, Halit Oguztuzun and Gokmen Mahmutyazicioglu. 2005. Domain analysis for reusable trajectory simulation. Euro – Simulation Interoperability Workshop 2005, Toulouse, France.
    38. Umut Durak, Omer Anlagan and Onur Demirors. 2001. Agent based shop floor control system development and software reuse. 12th DAAAM International Symposium: Intelligent Manufacturing & Automation: Focus on Precession Engineering, Jena, Germany.
    39. Umut Durak, Ozgur Unver, Omer Anlagan and Engin Kilic. 2000. Conceptual design of a gage and fixture tracking system using a distributed industrial framework. 9th International Machine Design and Production Conference, Ankara, Turkey.

    Edited Journal Special Issues and Conference Proceedings

    1. Andrea D'Ambrogio,Umut Durakand Deniz Cetinkaya (eds). 2017. Proceedings of the Symposium on Model-driven Approaches for Simulation Engineering, Virginia Beach, VA.
    2. Saikou Diallo,  Umut Durak, Navonil Mustafee and Saurabh Mittal (eds.). 2017. Special issue on modeling and simulation in the era of big data and cloud computing: theory, framework and tools. Simulation 93, 4.
    3. Thorsten Pawletta and  Umut Durak (eds). 2014. Special Issue: Ontologies in modeling and simulation. Simulation Notes Europe 24, 2.
    4.  Umut Durak (eds). 2012. Special Issue: Reusability, interoperability and composability in air warfare simulations. JDMS 9, 2.

    List of Selected Publications in Turkish

    1. Ipek Yagcan, Cigdem Turkmendag, Umut Durak and Halit Oguztuzun. 2014. Seri haberlesme protokollerinin testleri icin model tabanli veri cozucu [Model based data analyzer for testing serial communication protocols]. SAVTEK 2014, Ankara.
    1. Anil Ozturk, Müge Canpolat and Umut Durak. 2013. Model tabanli simulasyon gelistirme icin arac destegi [Tool support for model based simulation development]. USMOS 2013, Ankara.
    1. Ertan Deniz, Umut Durak and Halit Oguztuzun. 2012. DDS Tabanli Mil-Std 1553 Arayuz Simulasyonu [DDS based Mil-STD 1553 simulation]. SAVTEK 2012, Ankara.
    2. Müge Canpolat and Umut Durak. 2012. Model tabanli simulasyon yazilimi gelistirme [Model based simulation software development]. UYMS 2012 Yazılım Mühendisliği ile Modelleme ve Simülasyonun Sinerjisi Çalıştayı, Ankara.
    3. Aylin Hatip  and Umut Durak. 2012. Simulasyon projeleri icin model dogrulama gecerleme pratikleri [Model validation and verification practices for simulation projects]. UYMS 2012 Yazılım Mühendisliği ile Modelleme ve Simülasyonun Sinerjisi Çalıştayı, Ankara.
    4. Turkdogan Tasdelen, Umut Durak, and Halit Oguztuzun. 2011. Acik kaynakli zeniden kullanilabilir ucus benzetimi: FlightGear HLA federesi [A reusable open source flight simulation: FlightGear HLA federate].UYMS'11, Ankara.
    5. Hüseyin Bacanak, Hatice Guder, Ugur Arikan and Umut Durak. 2011. Coklu insansiz hava araci simulasyonlari icin altyapi cozumu [An infrastructure for multi UAV simulation]. USMOS 2011, Ankara.
    6. Murat Aydin, Umut Durak and Halit  Oguztuzun. 2008. Bir muhendislik ontolojisi icin web tabanli goruntuleyici [A web based browser for an engineering ontology]. Akilli Sistemlerde Yenilikler ve Uygulamalari Sempozyumu (ASYU 2008), Isparta.
    7. Umut Durak,Omer Anlagan and Halit Oguztuzun. 2004. Yeniden kullanilabilir ucus benzetimi mimarisi icin yol haritasi [Roadmap for reusable flight simulation architecture]. SAVTEK 2004, Ankara.


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