An Approach to Evolutionary Design Pattern Engineering

René Reiners, Fraunhofer FIT

Ragnhild Halvorsrud, SINTEF ICT

Aslak Wegner Eide, SINTEF ICT

Daniela Pohl, University of Klagenfurt



The design of interactive systems, especially in distributed research projects, is a challenging process in which many concepts are developed with successful outcomes but also with dissatisfying results. In order to structure and relay knowledge about good or bad approaches, design patterns are a well-known instrument in research and development. Due to the condition that a design pattern must be easy to read, different stakeholders in the system engineering and design process are able to understand the described concepts without the need of specific expert knowledge. In distributed projects, application design knowledge may be scattered and documented in different manners. This means, before we can start formulating patterns, we need to discover and gather the available and partially concealed design knowledge. Since these fragments of knowledge may not always be accurately formulated for being used as design patterns, we seek for a collaborative method for collecting and formulating early findings together with established design knowledge. In this paper we present a concept of an evolutionary process for capturing, formulating, refining and validating design patterns. Our approach aims at involving as many stakeholders as possible in order to shape a pattern language over a project’s lifetime in a collaborative process allowing facile participation. We implement our approach in the scope of the EU research project BRIDGE that aims at supporting inter-agency collaboration during emergency response. We close with a discussion of the current state and envisioned next steps in order to foster our considerations.


Full paper


Proceedings of the 19th Conference on Pattern Languages of Programs (PLoP 2012)

Tuscon, Arizona, USA, 19-21 October 2012.







Upcoming Events

Read about BRIDGE and other events in the field of disaster management We will keep you informed about the workshops, conferences, exhibitions, and exercises that might be of interest to you.
Learn more

Recent Deliverables

D06.1 - Design Pattern Library - is ready for browsing! Please visit the BRIDGE Design Pattern Library and submit new patterns at
Learn more

Recent Publications

International Cooperation in Crisis Management – A European Perspective Large scale crises can influence many countries simultaneously as they may occur in or involve multinational regions.
Learn more